Monthly Archives: December 2018

Pragmatic Dissonance: Communities of Difference and the Limitations of Consensus

We come together in communities, but are driven apart by our differences: in a systemic view of change, we may need to create the conditions for, and opportunity to, both agree, and dissent. It is unlikely that we will achieve … Continue reading

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A Home for Everyone

There was a story in the news today about a hotel which has cancelled a booking for 26 homeless people over Christmas. Organised by a local charity, it was an opportunity for people who live on the street to have … Continue reading

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#WorkingOutLoud Social Leadership and Community Research: Compassion

Just sharing some very early stage #WorkingOutLoud, as i complete the first of a series of four ‘gatherings’ in the NHS in Scotland. The sessions explore people’s experiences of ‘community’, their perceptions of ‘leadership’, and their ‘stories of dissent’. Through … Continue reading

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Stories of Dissent

Today i prototyped a new activity on ‘Stories of Dissent’. It’s a structured way to explore how ‘dissent’ can provide a stable structure of opposition, and to consider how we create, and hold, safe spaces to explore it. Systems that … Continue reading

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The Notebook

I must admit to rampant curiosity: the man sat opposite me on the train is surrounded by notebooks. Most old and battered, some new, and the one nearest to me, the only one i can read, labelled ‘scrap’. He is … Continue reading

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Graffiti Story #2

I found this graffiti in Berlin, sprayed around the city, in front of offices, or shop doorways. In this, the second of a series of Graffiti Stories, i wanted to reflect on the story that is being told, and what … Continue reading

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Dynamics of Learning

Our relationship with knowledge has, over time, significantly shifted, and remains in flow. Some broad trends are clear: a move from a centralised state, to distributed access, from control to democratisation, from formal authority, to distributed validation, alongside a levelling … Continue reading

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