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Cognitive Edge Accreditation training postponed

We unfortunately have to postpone the next Cognitive Edge accreditation training course that was planned for early November 2011. At this time, another date hasn't been decided upon, but it will probably be in the first quarter of 2012. If you need to familiarise yourself with the Cognitive Edge methods or thinking urgently, please don't hesitate to contact us to discuss potential coaching options in the the interim.

Why BP’s engineers should take a break

One of the most enjoyable parts to many of our workshops is watching the reaction of people who fail to see a very obvious gorilla in a video clip because we told them to focus on counting basket balls being passed between two teams of players.  I'm not going to link to the video, because more and more people have already seen it and it spoils our fun! A recent post on Jonah Lehrer's Frontal Cortexexplains this phenomenon in a very [...]

Change blindness

This is fascinating!  One of the first things I remember hearing Dave Snowden speak about is how people make decisions.  According to cognitive science we only have a very small percentage of what's in our visual range in sharp focus at any given time.  We see through a series of spot observations and fill in the rest based on past experience.  This often leads us to physically not see things that don't fit our expectations or patterns.  I remember when [...]

Guest blogging on Cognitive Edge

I will be guest blogging on for the next two weeks, so feel free to follow my "musings" there. I'll be discussing some of our current and forthcoming opportunities here in South Africa. Remember also to catch Dave Snowden @ the CSIR on the 19th of August where he'll be talking about "Making KM strategic to your organisation".

Art from mass collaboration

I found out about artist Aaron Koblin's use of Amazon's Mechanical Turk to use mass consultation to create collaborative art in a blog entry by John Winsor. It's quite a shift in paradigm to what we normally see as the artistic creation process. Winsor comments that "Art always seems to lead the way in paradigm shifts. What's next in this evolving landscape." James Surowiecki's book, "The Wisdom of Crowds"; related some interesting stories about leveraging the wisdom that exists in large numbers of independent people....  It can [...]

Unconscious Incompetence

We all know them, people who think that they are experts on a certain topic (in extreme cases on all topics!) when in fact they know very little.  I recently found out that there is actually a name for this - it's called the Dunning-Kruger effect which is defined as: "the phenomenon wherein people who have little knowledge think that they know more than others who have much more knowledge" It's named for Justin Kruger and David Dunning who first demonstrated the phenomenon [...]