Gareth Morgan’s 15% concept

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 20, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

In our work to design complexity-based interventions our aim has been to create small initiatives, which in themselves are designed to address specific issues, that …

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A metaphor for attractors and strange attractors

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 19, 2005
Filed in Communication

The concepts of an attractor and strange attractor from complexity science can be difficult ideas to grasp, but I came across this metaphor by Bill …

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Edward Tufte New Chapter from Beautiful Evidence

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 19, 2005
Filed in News

For one month Edward Tufte is making available a chapter from his upcoming book, Beautiful Evidence. Tufte wrote 3 of my favourite books which I …

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Complexity, Stories, and Knowing

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 18, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

Ken Baskin presented this paper at the 2004 International Workshop on Complexity and Philosophy. I haven’t had a chance to read the paper yet but …

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Some obstacles can be a right pain

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 18, 2005
Filed in Fun

Thanks to Bill Gibson for this one.

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The relevance of the open source model for communities of practice

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 17, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

I totally agree with Mitch Kapor’s when he says: “Open source heralds a global paradigm shift in social and economic value creation of enormous proportions, …

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The role of free will in social complexity–does it exist?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 16, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

Dave Snowden frequently says: “Humans are not ants. We have ‘free will’ and can impose order on an otherwise complex system.” This sounded like a sound …

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Community of practice adoption in government agencies

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 14, 2005
Filed in Collaboration

Government agencies have for some time embraced the idea of communities of practice. Australia seems to be behind the US and Europe in adopting CoPs …

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Corporate narrative is not storytelling

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 13, 2005
Filed in Business storytelling

After hearing Dave Snowden describe the importance and application of stories in organisations for the first time, I became extremely excited by the idea and …

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Don’t forget Max Boisot

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 12, 2005
Filed in News

I was chatting to Bill Godfrey today and we got onto the topic of Denham Grey’s top 5 KM books. We were both surprised that …

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