Narrative Ecologist

Taking inspiration (again) from Chris Corrigan and his recent call for a return to blogging, like others, I am going back to my blog and taking ownership of my words and thoughts. Twenty Four years ago I first met Dave Snowden who shifted my personal story from that of process modelling and systems analysis to a much more anthropological approach using narrative, sensemaking and a gradual understanding of complex adaptive systems.

So this seems like an opportune moment to review and reflect and I hope to share, with anyone who is interested, a shallow dip into the insights, inspirations and case studies that have shifted me most.

This first one is an attempt to explain why I call myself a narrative ecologist.

A narrative ecologist, as I see it, looks not at individual stories or other system components but instead takes an ecological perspective enabling you to focus on the communities, flow and realisation of insights within a narrative landscape.

The sharing of (insights) knowledge via relationships across  an organisation is much more an ecology that needs to be nurtured, than a precisely defined machine that can be managed. Ecology has at times been called the ‘subversive science’, since it subverts our egocentric insistence on separateness.

In subsequent postings I hope to explain many of the concepts and methods that have most influenced my approach to facilitating workshops, coaching and teaching.