Author Archives: Dave Pollard

Collective Intelligence to Make Sense of Complexity

I recently did a mini introductory workshop on complexity and systems thinking, describing the difference between complicated and complex systems using my friend Dave Snowden’s Cynefin Framework (characteristics of each type of system in red; approaches in green; small business … Continue reading

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the ever-stranger

  Each day, first in the early afternoon and then again at midnight dave-the-character (not ‘me’; rather the creature whose body ‘I’ presume to inhabit) walks down from its tiny, lovely room to the Kaua’i ocean shore, dressed only in … Continue reading

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Making Sense of Who We Are

Have you ever had the experience of learning several things, each of which evolved completely independently, such that when you put them together you get a very satisfying or profound new insight? This recently happened to me. As an admirer … Continue reading

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Links of the Quarter: December 2019

The stuff in this post is pretty heavy so I thought I’d start off light: “The reason we know the earth isn’t flat is that if it was, cats would have knocked everything off it by now.” (origin unknown) cartoon … Continue reading

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Understanding Collapse: A Physical Systems View

image from the good folks at Pixabay CC0 (thanks Guillaume Preat) While my belief in the inevitability of civilization’s collapse in this century is rooted in my study of complexity science and a commensurate appreciation of how change happens in … Continue reading

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The World’s Most Blessed Agnostic

I’ve said before that I believe we’re all suffering, and all healing, from what I’ve called Civilization Disease — the combination of mental and physical illnesses that results from the relentless stress of horrifically overpopulated industrial society and the global … Continue reading

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Dave’s Favourite Songs of the 2010s

seal photo from a recent video by my friend Bob Turner In my last post I described the qualities of a great song, and specifically what certain songs evoke in me. This list is my favourite songs of the thousands … Continue reading

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Why Music Is Like Sex

Ebony Steel Band Juniors — UK National Competition Champions 2017 In the process of putting together my list of “favourite 30-40 songs of the decade”, I’ve been listening to my favourite songs from other decades (I’ve been making these lists … Continue reading

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What Would Net Zero Emissions by 2025 Look Like?

graph by Our World in Data The latest IPCC report says that in order to prevent catastrophic climate change global net CO2 emissions will have to reach net zero by 2050, from their current levels of 33-38B tons rising by … Continue reading

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Happy Now?

image from Succo at pixabay CC0 You’ve probably seen the 2004 talk where “happiness guru” Dan Gilbert says that people who have won the lottery and people who have had limbs amputated are equally happy with their lives a year … Continue reading

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