Although I have been very busy since the last newsletter, my efforts seemed to be largely confined to workshops and admin. I can recommend the Inland Revenue's Small Business Team who ran an excellent course on PAYE.
Cognitive Process Profiling
ASE have brought out new concept in profiling which uses a computer programme to assess how people approach and solve problems by analysing the (computer) mouse movements. This is then charted against 16 cognitive styles.
Although it is a totally new instrument, and refreshing because of that, the concentration is still on the individual rather than the relationships between the individuals (which is where complexity theory suggests we should concentrate).
More details at http://www.ase-solutions.co.uk
The ASE workshop referred to above did get me thinking about my own preferred cognitive style and I came to the conclusion that it is the perverse thinking style (which is not one of the 16 that ASE have identified)
is about purposely looking at things backwards, such as
"I believe that
in business that the truth is usually the exact opposite of what we believe
to be true"
"I believe that
everything that I believe is probably not true"
Items from the Last Newsletter
The London School of Economics' ICoSS lauch was an excellent affair with a lot of rich new connections being made - especially for me. By chance Bill McKelvey (the world renowned complexity specialist from the University College of Los Angeles) was staying at the same hotel and had dinner with Frances Storr and I. We had a lively discussion about many aspects of complexity.
The Open University
Conference was an interesting mix of items, which catered for the complexity
novice as well as the initiated. One of the concepts raised (by Bill McKelvey
actually) was that of the Benard Cell. I downloaded this description from
So now you know! Answers please, on a postage stamp
Out and About
I had a most interesting
meeting with Arthur Batrum, the author of "Navigating Complexity"
and we have agreed to collaborate on a couple of pieces of work including
writing the Humberside TEC story for his next book. His web site can be
I also had a fascinating discussion with Raul Espeju at Lincoln University, and he challenged, in a supportive way, the experiences we had in Humberside TEC which enabled me to understand them from a higher level. He also introduced me to the metaphor of a glider for co-evolution, where the pilot is constantly co-evolving with her environment in order to stay in the air.
Finally, for this newsletter, I am currently reading a brilliant book - "Awareness" by Anthony De Mello. It is very thought provoking and is causing me to re-evaluate much of my approach to life. Although not about complexity, there are a considerable number of parallels to be found in the book.