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Oct

04

Monday

How un-order can enable creativity: Exploring the Cynefin domains of knowledge

12.00am

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Public

18:00-19:30

Series: Centre for Creativity Seminar

How un-order can enable creativity: Exploring the Cynefin domains of knowledge

Elyssebeth Leigh

This approach to knowledge management challenges more familiar assumptions of order, of rational choice, and of intent (Kurtz & Snowden 2003). In doing so it dismantles many taken-for-granted beliefs about how things are and operate. It introduces a way of thinking about what we 'know' and how we know it, that simultaneously undoes and rebuilds all our concepts about how knowing is arranged.

It may come as an great relief to know that "un-order" is part of the natural arrangement of things, and that chaos too may have a pattern [just one that is too big for us to see]. Conversely it may be worrying that some forms of knowing will come done to taking action and then seeing what happens without being able to predict anything in advance.

This session will introduce a simple and deeply intriguing model for thinking about what we know and how we 'know' it. There will be action and interaction, since the model is not easily amenable to merely intellectual analysis. We will have fun and consider how to 'act naturally' in times of crisis and 'operate out of character' when things are apparently in order. Little that is creative comes form an 'orderly world' so we will look at how 'un-order' can help with being creative.

Elyssebeth leads FutureSearch - an educational consultancy using action and experiential learning and simulations and games for organisational development and personal improvement. As an experienced communicator and learning facilitator, as well as a designer of simulations and games, she works in multi-cultural contexts. A recent invitation was as a keynote at the 2010 conference on "Public Administration in the XX1st century - traditions and innovations" hosted by Lomonsov Moscow State University. Elyssebeth publishes books and articles - the most recent being Wills, S. Leigh, E. Ip, A (2010) The Power of Role-based e- Learning, New York, Routledge. She leads the Technical Committee for the SimTecT conferences (http://www.siaa.asn.au)

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12.00am - 12.00amMonday 4th October 2010