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

July 7, 2016 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


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 mapping of the existing culture and context to allow us to design contextual “nudges” where the system is already ready to be nudged.  Like crossing a stream with stepping stones, you will learn to find the “next adjacent possible” and design nudges to evolve the system towards it.

In this master class, Dave will explore brand new theories of culture, including dispositional states and propensities that provide a measure of predictability and opportunities for creating real shifts.

Topics include:

  • The various uses of narrative in business
  • Introduction to Sensemaker and distributed ethnography
  • Narrative landscapes to enable change
  • Finding the “next adjacent possible”
  • Nudge theory
  • Other narrative practices like Archetype Extraction

Prof Dave Snowden a pioneer in the field of organisational complexity, distributed cognition and narrative, will lead this Masterclass. He will be joined by Sonja Blignaut, a practitioner with over 15 years worth of experience applying these methods and ideas on intractable problems ranging from culture, to safety, to customer centricity and strategy.

Click here to register and secure your spot. Limited seats are available.

Special rates are available for students, academics and delegates who have completed the 4 day training with Dave in the past.  Contact Sonja to find out more.


July 7, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sonja Blignaut
082 338 7495