Stranger (is not always) Danger

Stranger (is not always) Danger How might we engage with others in ways that seek ‘connection’, rather than efficacy? What may we do to move toward ‘meeting’ others (even if only for a brief moment), rather than attending ‘meetings’ where the only purpose is outcomes? Why at times can we feel challenged connecting with new …

Just Hangin’ Out…

Just Hangin’ Out… One of the privileges of working in a community-led, service oriented organisation, is that I come across some remarkable people. Remarkable, not because they are heroes who save the day, not because they perform magic that miraculously turns pain into pleasure, and not because they have a super power that transforms darkness …

Models From Social Sensemaking

Models From Social Sensemaking First published here In this piece I introduce you to two of the semiotic models developed in my first book Social Sensemaking. Firstly, The Decision Tree and then The Trade-offs Model. The Decision Tree Why is it challenging to accept that many of our ideas and thoughts originate in our unconscious? …

I was Offloaded!

I was Offloaded! Why is it that even with ample information, and despite 'knowing' differently, that sometimes our 'feeling of risk' may override, or at least heavily influence, our response to it? Also, how could someone who has studied and reflected on it in a rather intimate way for the last six years, not control …

Sensemaking and ‘Hapori’ – Essential for Tackling Risk in New Zealand

Sensemaking and ‘Hapori’ – Essential for Tackling Risk in New Zealand “The minimum unit of a human being is two” These are the (wise) words of Graham Long, the Pastor and CEO of The Wayside Chapel in Sydney’s Kings Cross; an example of a community who practice, rather than simply preach about, their mission which …