Patricia Ryan Madson reflects on uncertainty.  “We do not know or need to know what next“.

R. A. in The Economist has some thoughts on complexity, uncertainty and regulation. “Faced with complex systems and considerable uncertainty about the possibility of catastrophic risk, it’s better to be safe than sorry.”  The comments stream makes for good reading too.

And a personal response to uncertainty from Jeffrey Tang on his blog – The Art of Great Things – better ways to live, work and change the world. “Sometimes the unknown sucks”.

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Ben Ziegler at Collaboration Journeys calls the Gulf of Mexico/BP oil disaster a failure of connection.  I read his post immediately after watching Mark Earls speak on Why Good Ideas Matter.  The link is to Tim Kastelle’s blog where I found the video.

On the face of it, they’re not about the same subject.  Except each of these posts touches on something I’ve been feeling.   I’m disappointed. Disappointed in political leaders who pretend to be something that they’re not.  Disappointed in those who put national interests ahead of global ones.  Disappointed in how we (individuals, groups, organisations) are not honest with ourselves and others about our motivations which are often based on protecting vested interests and looking after ourselves and our own.  And disappointed when we apparently can’t work together on problems that appear to be too hard to solve.

As Mark Earls introduces his talk, he mentions being at a music industry conference where all he was hearing was conversation based on these words – assets, money, cash, owner, extract, exploit and enforce.   Depressing, especially for an industry built on creativity.   There was nothing about ideas, making things happen or creating things of value.  He produces data demonstrating how culturally embedded habits and beliefs don’t change, and notes that even small changes can take several lifetimes.

Ben Ziegler speaks of how I want to see the world.  A world where we connect with people who are different.  A world where we connect people with nature and where we let natural systems be.   It’s about relationships, sustainable practice and systems thinking.  Where we respect unpredictability and let go of the idea that we can control it all.

Mark Earls talks about how we ‘hack’, improve and/or adapt others ideas and reapply them.  I’ve adapted his 5 questions to ask ourselves when new ideas emerge.  I’d like to see these adapted questions applied to myself and communities of all sizes and scales when we face seemingly insurmountable challenges.

1  What does this challenge?  (What’s at stake here for each and everyone of us?)

2. How can we explore it further?

3. What’s the offer for us here?

4. Where does this suggest things are going?

What must I/we absolutely – can’t wait – do next?

5. How might this make our (being part of this world) more (connected)?

Disappointment is not a useful place to be.  This is what’s challenged me this morning.  I want to connect the dots and work towards understanding what the offer is, and then (with a sense of urgency) act on it.

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From Johnnie Moore on chaos v order.

Viv McWaters is putting down her clever and putting on her ordinary.  A great post on being the you that you are.

Jan Schultink on the picture resources within Google Street view’s urban images.

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Myriam Laberge on activities that connect.

Gillian Martin Mehers on making dry topics fun.

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Birds on the Wires  via Patti Digh is a magical musical creation by Jarbas Agnelli inspired by a group of birds…what are you noticing today?

Designing narrative with index cards - Dave Gray’s method of developing and sifting ideas for presentations which applies equally to story writing.

A video from Socialnomics via acidlabs   Social media data and thoughts of Stephen Collins on the revolution.

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Carving out you-shaped spaces Eva Schiffer at Net-Map explores being allowed to focus and work on things you love.  These often coincide with things you are good at.  Imagine the potential that could be realised if all children could choose, and be accepted in, their favourite spaces in the world.

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istockphoto-blog1Olivia Mitchell at Speaking About Presenting is debunking the myth of Mehrabian’s formula on how a message is communicated

Shawn Callahan at Anecdote asks why don’t positive stories carry?

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istockphoto-blog1An inspirational video of a teacher and his class of 10 year olds called Children Full Of Life via a new blog Understanding Ingenuity. Thanks JS !

Hot off the press news of a workbook coming early next year from Dan Roam to follow The Back of the Napkin.




istockphoto-blog1Stephen Collins on user centred government – public engagement and empowerment

Myriam Laberge on preparing to facilitate complex group dynamics

Jan Schultink – Slides that Stick – filling shapes on PowerPoint with pictures

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Here are some gems I’m reading this week.

Shawn Callahan on the vital role of business storytelling

Nancy Dixon’s Knowledge Management blog

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