Dave Snowden at TedX: A succinct overview of his groundbreaking work


Dave at TedX

I first met Dave in 2002 when we were both employed by IBM.  I remember experiencing an immediate resonance with his work, especially the inherent integrity of honoring context and not mindlessly applying best-practice recipes as the big consultancies tend to do. It is now 16 years later, and it has been a privilege to … Continue reading Dave Snowden at TedX: A succinct overview of his groundbreaking work

Designing Sensemaker signifier frameworks – a Masterclass with Prof Dave Snowden


Sensemaker® is  ground-breaking software developed by Prof Dave Snowden that enables insight based not only on the scalability of quantitative statistics, but also the context and persuasiveness of stories.   It enables distributed ethnography by capturing thousands of “micro-narratives” or noticings, within a custom developed quantitative framework of “signifiers”.  This allows analysts to create narrative landscapes … Continue reading Designing Sensemaker signifier frameworks – a Masterclass with Prof Dave Snowden

Narrative & a new theory of change – a workshop with Prof Dave Snowden


The number of failed change   implementations in large corporates are staggeringly high.  Our traditional linear and project driven change models simply aren’t sufficient in a world of continuous and disruptive change. People are becoming increasingly fatigued of processes that are aimed at “yanking” them to someone else’s preferred state.  We will explore using Narrative … Continue reading Narrative & a new theory of change – a workshop with Prof Dave Snowden

Training courses with Dave Snowden in July


Dave will be popping over to SA for a brief visit in the first week of July.  Before we finalise our training calendar, I thought I’d test the waters to see where the most interest is. We only have 4 days available (2 in Cape Town on 4 & 5 July and 2 in Gauteng … Continue reading Training courses with Dave Snowden in July

Useful: Dave Snowden on resilience


While preparing a proposal for a series of leadership workshops on resilience, I came across this list of seven characteristics of resilience in an older post by Dave Snowden: They’ve probably changed, but I thought they were useful nonetheless.  Original text in italics. For a system to be resilient it must be capable of dynamic re-organisation on … Continue reading Useful: Dave Snowden on resilience

4 day accreditation training with Dave Snowden: May 2014


Dave will be back in South Africa again from 12-15 May to present the new and improved 4 day Cognitive Edge accreditation.  Come and learn about the new domain models and other new thinking from Dave himself. You can attend all 4 days, or just the days that interest you.  You can find all the … Continue reading 4 day accreditation training with Dave Snowden: May 2014

Complexity, snake-oil and silver bullets


I just returned from a trip to London to experience the updated 4-day Cognitive Edge accreditation training and to meet some of the CE’rs I’ve known virtually for many years (like Michael Cheveldave and Peter Stanbridge) face to face.  Several new ideas were introduced, probably the biggest one being the renaming of the simple domain of … Continue reading Complexity, snake-oil and silver bullets

Cynefin organising principle 2: Paradox & the use of dialectic


Following on from my last post, if we let go of our need for categorisation,  we move from seeing the world as black or white into the grey world of paradox. Dave Snowden writes: “Reasoning since Kant has sought to remove paradox from human thinking.  The assumption is that there is a physical reality that … Continue reading Cynefin organising principle 2: Paradox & the use of dialectic

Cynefin Organising Principle 1: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation


I first encountered Dave Snowden and Cynefin back in 2003 when we were still working for IBM.  I felt an immediate resonance when I encountered the Cynefin Centre’s Complexity and Narrative based consulting methods as I never felt comfortable with the one-size-fits-all recipe-based consulting approaches I’d had to apply.  The acknowledgement of the importance of … Continue reading Cynefin Organising Principle 1: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation

Workshops with Prof Dave Snowden in Jhb & Cape Town (October 2013)


As promised in an earlier post, here are the details for the various public workshops taking place with Dave Snowden in October. In Gauteng: 1.  A full day workshop at Worldsview Academy in Johannesburg on 17 October with a focus on complexity & leadership Find out more about it here 2.  A half day workshop at … Continue reading Workshops with Prof Dave Snowden in Jhb & Cape Town (October 2013)