Archive for July, 2006


Getting into a sensemaking mindset

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —July 31, 2006
Filed in Culture

Brenda Dervin recently made a few points in her masterclass that have stuck in my mind. Like: when it comes to sensemaking, what matters is the moment of action. There is no reality, only reality-making. It seems that taking a sensemaking approach requires getting into a sensemaking mindset. How about this zen koan to help you get into […]

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The difference between communities of practice and knowledge networks

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 31, 2006
Filed in Collaboration

I was on a conference call on the weekend discussing Steve Denning’s book, The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling, with the CP Square guys. In chapter 7 Steve makes a clear distinction between CoPs and Networks where the latter consists of a group of people who link together for mutual benefit, such as an alumni. While […]

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Management can kill a community of practice

Posted by  Mark Schenk —July 30, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes, Collaboration

I was reminded earlier this week of an event in 2000 when I was working for SMS consulting that demonstrated the dramatic and adverse impact that inappropriate management can have on a community of practice. A small group of consultants interested in knowledge management had started meeting regularly and over several years the group had expanded […]

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Visualising statistics

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 29, 2006
Filed in Fun

I’ve always has an admiration for anyone who can display complex information simply. This is why Edward Tufte’s books, like Envisioning Information, are among my favourites. Nerida Hart sent me this link which I think you’ll find impressive: Nerida, when are you going to get a blog so I can link to this cool information […]

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Telling stories for a living

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 28, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

Everyone can benefit from finding and telling better stories. Don’t be confused in thinking, however, that telling stories means regaling an audience with your latest adventure tale. In business it doesn’t need to be so grand. Telling stories is simply conveying your ideas, values, intentions by retelling something that happened that illustrates your points. Let […]

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Interested in facilitation?

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —July 28, 2006
Filed in Events

 Then you’ve gotta make it to the Naked Facilitator Conference to be held in Geelong this year November 28–1st December. There are some great people going to be there like: Bob Dick, Viv McWaters, Johnnie Moore, Izzy Gessel, Andrew Rixon. Hmmm. Be an early bird and get in before 1st September!

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Cognitive Edge (aka Cynefin) blog is up and running

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2006
Filed in News

Dave Snowden has officially started blogging. I’d keep an eye on this site as Dave is renowned for his unique style and new perspectives on complexity and organisational issues.

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Relationships create resilience

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 26, 2006
Filed in Anecdotes

I remember a great story told by Margaret Wheatley about how the US Federal Aviation Authority successfully landed all the planes in US airspace on September 11. I was searching around for it today and found it. Here is it: On September 11th, as we all know, every plane was grounded. It took four hours […]

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Being comfortable not knowing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 25, 2006
Filed in Communication

Andrew says we should be more comfortable with not knowing and I have to admit I don’t entirely know what he means. 🙂 This post over at Fast Company starts with a nice Einstein quote. I wish people would cite where these quotes were written, said, etc. Does anyone know where this quote comes from? […]

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World eBook Fair

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 24, 2006
Filed in Events

Free Access to the public from July 4th to August 4th, in celebration of Project Gutenberg’s 35th Birthday World eBook Fair.

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