Generating understanding. Narrative, complexity and communications - changing organisations by understanding them. Understanding cultures and spaces. Revealing emergent patterns in large volumes of qualitative data. Spotting the outliers and weak signals of impending changes.
I'm teaching on behalf of Cognitive Edge this week in Boston - the Practitioners Foundation course that I was recommending to all and sundry years before CE asked me to start teaching it myself. It's still a great course:
"exceeded my expectations, re-kindled a lot of ideas and opened me up to possibilities ... stimulating on so many levels"
One of the difficulties is defining who will benefit from the course - truth is everyone will, as its underpinning is around techniques to address complex situations, "wicked" problems and uncertainty in organisations. It's a mixture of theory, with practical approaches that embed the theory and give participants tools to use as soon as they return to the office.
Last time in London, we had communicators from the financial sector, consultants to large corporates, evaluators from development and health sectors, developers from telecoms and more. Diverse people, diverse issues...
Early bird registrations are available until 31st December, so don't loiter. (It's possible to take over €1200 off the combined price of the two courses, if you get the right combination of people together in time...)
Given some of the conversations I'm having at the moment, it's encouraging that some people are plumping for an action focus than a how-many-pages-of-research-can-write focus. But Dilbert nails it, all the same...