Dave Snowden(pdf), formerly of IBM’s Cynefin Centre for Organisational Complexity, has been blogging at Cognitive Edge for a relatively short while. Here’s just a little tease from one of his recent posts. Go read the rest of the post and meditate upon it. No surprise, I suspect, that the wisdom came from the women.
SCENE 3: ONE YEAR LATER. GLAUCON ARRIVES FOR LUNCH.
Socrates: How was your son’s birthday party?
Glaucon: How did you know there was a party?
Socrates: Are you not still alive?
Glaucon: It was a glorious and treasured day. All the guests were ecstatic. The children were filled with joy. The gods have smiled on my family. I no longer fear for safety or security.
Socrates: And the cause of this surprising change in fortune?
Glaucon: I did what you suggested. I listened to the women
Socrates: What did they tell you?
Glaucon: Many things. But in short they said to make boundaries, create attractors, stabilize the patterns we desired and disrupt the patterns that threatened danger and harm.
Socrates: I do not understand. Is there a story here?