Archive for the ‘Culture’ Category

Making headway in a new network

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 18, 2006
Filed in Communication, Culture

A first day at a new organisation is often daunting. Apart from just getting up to speed with what you are supposed to be doing …

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Google’s experimental decision market

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 13, 2006
Filed in Culture, Leadership Posts

Last September I reviewed James Surowiecki’s book Wisdom of Crowds. At the end of the review I said: I can understand why, as Surowiecki laments, …

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Michael Crichton and complexity science

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 8, 2006
Filed in Communication, Culture

Here is a set of videos of Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park and other techo-thrillers) presenting at The Smithsonian Associates and The Washington Center for Complexity …

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Barriers to public participation

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —November 26, 2005
Filed in Culture

This comes from yesterday’s Australian Financial Review regarding a contentious desalination plant which Sydney is planning for. The key points which the paper reported were: “Plans for …

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Our tendency to categorise and the effect on sensemaking

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 22, 2005
Filed in Culture

Patti over at 37 Days provides a brilliant and humorous description of Richard Nisbett’s work on how westerners and Asians perceive the world differently. Her …

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Great quote from Brian Arthur on sensemaking

Posted by  Andrew Rixon —October 16, 2005
Filed in Culture, Leadership Posts

This has got to be one of the best quotes I’ve seen regarding sensemaking, from an article of Brian Arthur’s in the Harvard Business Review. Imagine …

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A couple of things I’ve learnt about interventions

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —September 27, 2005
Filed in Collaboration, Culture

Late last year I described some initial thoughts on what makes an intervention. Here is an excerpt: We call them ‘interventions’ because they are designed …

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Cultural attractors – Dan Sperber on the Edge

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —July 30, 2005
Filed in Culture

If you love reading essays by some of the world’s top thinkers, then get onto the Edge mailing list (www.edge.org). This month’s set of essays …

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An example of an intervention

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —April 28, 2005
Filed in Culture, News

In a previous post I’ve described the difference between interventions and projects. On the radio this morning (ABC 774) I heard about what I would …

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Skimming over the organisational issues

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 14, 2005
Filed in Culture

James Dellow made the following comment: I think there are some barriers to blogging inside corporates that Shawn’s paper skims overs. For example, IT architecture, …

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