Posts By: Harold Jarche

curiosity yields insight

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” —Dorothy Parker The core habit to successfully navigate the network era is curiosity. Curiosity about ideas improves creativity. Curiosity about people improves empathy, by understanding others. We cannot be empathetic for others unless we are first curious about them. We cannot be creative… Read more »

organizations as media

In discussing organizational models and metaphors, Naomi Stanford refers to Gareth Morgan and his influence on organizational design. “Gareth Morgan’s book Images of Organisation (1986),  for example, offered eight organisational metaphors …” — machine, organism, brain, culture, political system, psychic prison, flux & transformation, and instrument of domination. Other researchers have added to this list… Read more »

from enlightenment to entanglement

As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, it is time to question our institutions of governance and commerce that mostly originated during the 18th century Enlightenment. Linearity and Cartesian logic are no longer suitable for a connected and complex world. To change our systems, first we have to understand them, and where… Read more »

best finds of 2019

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. Here are some of the best for 2019. Word of the Year @PhilosophyMttrs — “Word of the Year” — Ultracrepidarian — adjective noting or pertaining to a person who criticizes, judges, or gives advice… Read more »

Graham McTavish Watt

The only person to ever have guest blogged here is Graham Watt, a friend for almost 20 years. I met Graham as I was beginning my freelance career in 2003. With no commute or regular hours I could cycle during the day and drop by the local café for a chat. Graham was semi-retired when… Read more »

turmoil and experimentation

Renee DiResta discusses the challenges brought about by the printing press — invented in Europe in 1450 —  and compares these with the current effects of digital networks in — Mediating Consent. The printing press, invented approximately 50 years before the 95 Theses, extended Luther’s reach from the door of the cathedral to the entirety… Read more »

“diversity trumps ability”

High tolerance for ambiguity is a critical skill as we live and work in increasingly complex, networked environments. Navigating through turbulent times requires the ability to deal with ambiguity by seeking and making sense through a diverse network of connections of people and knowledge. The broader and deeper our connections, the better we can deal… Read more »

“we have moved to an era of post-ideology”

Every fortnight I curate some of the observations and insights that were shared on social media. I call these Friday’s Finds. @JohnRobb — “Significant philanthropic activity is a good indicator that you live in a dysfunctional society.” @White_Owly — “It’s easy to criticise the system after you’ve made enough money from it to last a lifetime.”… Read more »

complex networks of trust

What is innovation? — it is not so much about having ideas as it is about connecting and nurturing ideas. “History tells us that innovation is an outcome of a massive collective effort — not just from a narrow group of young white men in California.” —Mariana Mazzucato Markets do not work in isolation from… Read more »