You’re probably wondering why The Narrative Lab has been so quiet over the last few months? Although there’s no real excuse for our silence, I thought I’d give you an update on what has been keeping us so busy.
Firstly, Aiden became a proud first-time dad of a beautiful baby boy called Daniel James a little over a month ago. For those of you with children, you’d understand that this life-changing event can keep one quite busy!
Natasha Govender joined us in April. She’s an experienced consultant with several years of experience, so we’re really excited to welcome her into TNL.
We’re currently also wrapping up our annual South African Cognitive Edgeaccreditation training course with Steve Bealing. We had a very enthusiastic group of 20 participants from a variety of backgrounds and some very lively discussions. We’re hoping to be able to run another course early next year in Stellenbosch.
On the project front, we’ve been very busy with delivery on a research project into the drivers of stakeholder engagement and volunteerism in the water arena in South Africa. We are finding some really interesting dynamics, although from an emotional perspective the stories we’re hearing are often very unsettling. We’ll post more on this in the next few weeks as we wrap up the research.
We’re also moving into the intervention phase of a pilot project at an SA coal mine where we’re looking at safety culture through the lens of complexity and using narrative to understand the emergent dynamics. After a few months of gathering stories and making sense of the patterns, we’re starting to see behavioral shifts that are very encouraging.
So, we’ve been quite busy over the last few weeks, but we’re hoping to ramp up our blogging frequency again. Thank you for bearing with us!