linguistic aporia

Dave Snowden

PENDING FULL TEXT. . In my post of today’s ago. . . . . . . Acknowledgements. Opening picture is by Kyle Glenn on Unsplash. The banner picture continues the them of the earlier post with a picture of one of the bookshelves in my study. This is the section for Welsh (and honorary Welsh) poetr

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Trends That Will Likely Shape a Highly Uncertain Year

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago The Economist published The World in 2021 , it’s 35th annual look at the economic, political, social and cultural trends that will likely shape the coming year.

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moving beyond training

Harold Jarche

Working smarter means that everyone in an organization learns from experience and shares with their colleagues as part of their work. Training is not enough — see the missing half of training.

3 Ways To Become More Caring In The Pandemic

Dan Pontefract

I’ve been thinking a lot about you recently. How are you doing? No, not that perfunctory “I hope you don’t really answer truthfully” how are you… The post 3 Ways To Become More Caring In The Pandemic appeared first on Pontefract Group.

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Habits and variety

Clark Quinn

Having heard it’s good for maintaining cognitive ability, I like to vary things. And, to keep doing things right, I like habits. Are these mutually exclusive? Maybe, but here’re some thoughts on habits and variety.

How we save the world

Doc Searls

Let’s say the world is going to hell. Don’t argue, because my case isn’t about that. It’s about who saves it. I suggest everybody. Or, more practically speaking, a maximized assortment of the smartest and most helpful anybodies. Not governments. Not academies. Not investors. Not charities. Not big companies and their platforms. Any of those can be involved, of course, but we don’t have to start there. We can start with people. Because all of them are different.

Frequency of Learning

Jane Hart

How FREQUENTLY do you learn from each of the 4 D’s of Learning? Please take the survey below which asks how frequently YOU learn from these 14 specified ways? Modern Workplace Learning

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New Year’s Rituals for Nonprofits To Improve Resilience in 2021

Beth Kanter

Sunset at Half Moon Bay. As we face an even darker winter due to the pandemic, we need to keep improving our resilience, the ability to adapt well in spite of significant stressors. Using rituals as part of our professional work is one strategy that can help.

Complex facilitation

Dave Snowden

I always have mixed feelings when I finish a Christmas blog series. There is a rhythm to writing to a plan but it can also be a burden and you feel you are missing key subjects. Whatever I took a day off and decided to summarise here some of the work I am doing on our Wiki.

Aesthetic aporia

Dave Snowden

HOLDING FOR FULL TEXT IN DRAFT. . Using aesthetic in the sense of anything which is not linguistic or physical, implies a level of abstract. . . . . . . Static, one time. cartoons like gaping void include quotations with bite.

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Twelvetide 20:13 The Baker’s dozen

Dave Snowden

So this post is by way of a post script to the main theme.

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Twelvetide 20:12 at a turning point?

Dave Snowden

In this twelve-part series, I have been attempting to layout my understanding of the field of naturalising sense-making which I, with the support of many others, have been involved in creating over the last two, possibly three decades.

The Intangible Asset Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Updates on my books

Clark Quinn

At this calendar inflection, it’s interesting to note how time flies. I was somewhat amazed to find out that my first three books were already out of print! And there are two reasons to keep them out there. For one, because there’s still some interest (I get pinged occasionally).

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The Evolution of American Capitalism - Tweaks, Reforms, or Wholesale Change?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

“American capitalism has evolved time and again, and we may be poised for another such shift,” said a recent McKinsey article, Rethinking the future of American capitalism , by James Manyika , Gary Pinkus , and Monique Tuin. “Capitalism has contributed to significant gains in economic growth and prosperity throughout its history.

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Update on my workshops

Clark Quinn

Just as I did an update on my books , it’s time to also let you know about some workshop opportunities. Together, I think they create a coherent whole.

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Twelvetide 20:08 Anthro-complexity

Dave Snowden

PENDING CONTENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures. As reported I had to leave the Lake District early and while I will get out and about on the Wiltshire Downs it is not the same thing.


Dave Snowden

Pending text. Acknowledgements. The opening picture of a triangular sculpture is by Ralf Kunze; Banner picture by Pavlofox both from Pixabay. Reflections


Dave Snowden - Untitled Article

Dave Snowden

DRAFT IN PROGRESS. . Earlier in the month I wrote two posts on networks, and in the second gave the first public airing to one of the most important developments of the last few years namely entangled trios. Either side of the link you will see posts from my good friend Valdis Krebs.

Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 1: Introduction 

Dave Snowden

This has been a year of experimentation in many things, including the report format.

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Physical aporia

Dave Snowden

In this final, for the moment, post on creating aporia I want to focus on the ways in which physical activity and the wider environment can create the conditions to think differently and to find novel solutions in times of perplexity and confusion.

Remembering Nan

Dave Snowden

Yesterday I mentioned the family history with reference to my mother fighting for her chance to be the first in her family to go to University which got me to thinking about the family and I then realised that today, the 10th was my Nan’s birthday, one she shared with my cousin Peter.

Change, urgency, and new opportunities 2: What can we sense together?

Dave Snowden

It is 2021, and many of us don’t know quite what that entails. Most were very glad to see the back of 2020, and many colourful, expletive-filled goodbyes were said. As this happened, I and many others reminded ourselves that 2021 will be just as difficult, if not even more demanding.

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best finds of 2020

Harold Jarche

Here are some of the best of my fortnightly Friday’s Finds of 2020. Happy New Year 2021! Hope and fear cannot occupy the same space. Invite one to stay.” — Maya Angelou. The first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it.” Ernest Hemingway. “To

Twelvetide 20:11 Coherent to what?

Dave Snowden

PENDING CONTENT. . . . . . . Pictures. Elidir Mawr is the outlier of the Welsh 3000 footers but well worth a trip. The ascent from the Llanberris pass is interesting. For a start its a delightful path but that as you reach Llyn Can Tryfan and the Carneddau start to appear over the horizon.

Twelvetide 20:10 The science question

Dave Snowden

HOLDING FOR CONTENT. . . . . . . . . . . . . Pictures.

Twelvetide 20:09 Manege and menage

Dave Snowden

I think a lot of people don’t realise how novel the complexity stuff still and how threatening (needlessly) it is to established management practice. Those of us engaged in taking a more humane perspective a decade or so ago were a merry band of mavericks from may different backgrounds.

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our crisis in network leadership

Harold Jarche

This pandemic has become a crisis in network leadership. Last June, I wrote — our wake-up call. On 6 June 1944 the First Canadian Army landed at Normandy. It had never been tested in battle as a formation.

an assumption of knowledge

Harold Jarche

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. “Word of the day is ‘sequaciousness’ (17th century): the blinkered, unreasoning, and slavish following of another, no matter where it leads.”

Include These 3 Skills in Your Remote Training Courses in 2021


In 2021, 25 percent of Americans will be working remotely, reported CNBC. “By By 2025, 36.2 million Americans will be working remotely, an 87% increase from pre-pandemic levels.” wrote the contributor. 1 This tells us that the work-from-home trend that started in 2020 is likely here to stay.

3 Advantages to Shorter Corporate Training Courses and How to Trim Them


The length of a corporate training course can contribute to its success or to its failure because it can encourage or hinder learner engagement. That’s why it’s critical for L&D teams to carefully consider how long each online training course should be.

How an LMS Helped a Nonprofit Grow Its Educational Program to Over 1,300 Schools


It’s not always easy for nonprofits to grow educational programs for kids. Many associations have budgetary constraints that limit growth and some kids have trouble accessing learning materials, especially during a global health crisis.

#Fakecommute: A Ritual for Work-Life Balance When You #WFH

Beth Kanter

A photo of me on my fake commute. We are living in traumatic times, and we need to prioritize building resilience. As the COVID-19 vaccines begin to roll out (although not as fast as we’d like), we know there will be an end to the pandemic.

“Living is Easy with Eyes Closed”

Dave Snowden

Earlier today I got iterated by several things on social media. Now I admit that this is not unusual and some would argue that I obviously enjoy the stimulation too much.