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  1. El-P • Distraction Pieces Podcast with Scroobius Pip #337

    Absolute hip hop perfection this episode as Pip has a proper full length chat with rapper/producer/composer - or for brevity’s sake, half of Run The Jewels - El-P!

    Whether you’re familiar with El-P from his way back underground (dare I say ‘indie rap’) days of Company Flow alongside Bigg Jus and Mr Len, and of course the label Def Jux (including his sonic architecture of the Cannibal Ox album), or his solo work wearing many hats per album – OR – his present work alongside Killer Mike as 50% of Run The Jewels, you will get a ton out of this. Obviously RTJ talk is discussed, but as a fan, Pip goes in deep for the true heads and gets the background info from El’s days (bad memory not withstanding) hustling the Tower Records mailout system, freestyling on the Stretch & Bobbito show, the Rawkus days, collabos, producing for self and as a team, taking on difficult projects to get out of conventions, “delving into water”, and scoring films (like the forthcoming ‘Capone’). Oh and also releasing an eerily prescient 4th RTJ album during a pandemic. If you’re familiar with El-P’s work over the years or have listened to Fantastic Damage more than a few times, you’ll understand that a pandemic is probably the perfect time for an El-related project. He might have been born yesterday sir, but he stayed up all night - it’s El-Producto!

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  2. Understanding Complexity with Dave Snowden (Comfort in Chaos and Uncertainty) | Podbean

    Tim and Ben have previously drawn extensively on Dave Snowden’s material as a means of sense-making in complex environments. And here he is in person (virtually). In particular, Snowden’s Cynefin (pronounced ‘kin-ev-in’) framework has proven consistently to be an incredibly useful and intuitive sense-making tool for leaders in all contexts. 


    In the period of heightened COVID-19 risk it has been highly instructional to the management teams that Tim and Ben work with.


    In this episode, Dave joins us from the UK and speaks to not only Cynefin, but also complexity.


    BYO notebook for the knowledge from this one!


    Intelligence Summary (INTSUM)

    03:20   Dave and Ben’s first meeting at the SAS Regiment back

    04:00   Dave provides an overview of his Cynefin framework

    04:50   The domains – simple, complicated, complex and chaotic

    09:20   Leading in complex environments – parallel probes

    11:25   Every intervention into a complex system fundamentally changes it

    12:00   ‘Nudges’ towards ‘adjacent possibles’ – stepping stones towards better results.  An alternative to trying to predict the future

    13:45   The key to operating in complexity – know where you are and the rough direction you want to head

    14:20   What can you control in a complex system?

    17:00   Negative boundaries – teaching through failure, not success

    18:20   Commander’s Intent – ‘metaphorical examples with counter-factuals’ – Dave’s Gettysburg example, taken from his time at DARPA

    22:25   Are contemporary Western militaries doing ‘mission command’ well?

    23:25   The Black Lives Matter protests through a Cynefin lens

    27:00   Using ‘trios’ to validate decision-making in complexity

    28:45   Neuroplasticity and its impacts in various stages in life

    32:20   Why Dave got thrown out of the Pentagon

    34:50   Human-mediated wargames: ‘far more malicious’

    36:30   Ben on the benefits of Dave’s visit to the Australian SAS in 2009

    39:00   Dave’s work with Peter Drucker

    40:00   COVID-19 as a ‘Black Elephant’ – a cross between a Black Swan and the elephant in the room

    43:15   The importance of narrative and storytelling

    48:10   Using anecdotes to increase resilience

    50:20   The importance of experience in training

    51:30   COVID-19 – who got it right: the economists or the doctors?

    52:30   Dave’s prognosis for contemporary political leadership


    External Links

    Dave’s company website Cognitive Edge



    The Externals … Available on Spotify (plus a bit of Ben’s guitar work, recorded in the bathroom of one of Saddam’s palaces in Tikrit, Iraq!)


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  3. Affordances, Category Theory, Convexity of Social Media | Synthetic A Priori

    Seed idea: Can category theory help us frame how things that are different, but that perform the same function, are somehow “the same.” With links to affordances, cross-category competition, and jobs to be done. Plus thoughts on the trade-offs between data ownership and convexity effects on social media.

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  4. System Design, Pattern Languages, and Cognitive Grammar | Synthetic A Priori

    Seed idea: If Alexander’s work tells us a design is a language, can we use linguistics to better understand it? With connections to system design, pattern languages, and Ronald Langacker’s Cognitive Grammar.

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  5. The Knowledge Project #83 — Brian Koppelman

    Writer and director of the hit show Billions, Brian Koppelman uncovers his career ups and downs, dealing with fear, and learning to live a meaningful life.

    ✩THREE THINGS✩ 1. Follow us on Instagram HERE: 2. Subscribe to The Knowledge Project Podcast (Apple Podcasts: | Spotify: | Google Podcasts: 3. Check out the full show notes including how to get a complete transcript:

    AND ONE MORE THING … 4. Over 300k people read my weekly newsletter. Sign up now

    ———— #TheKnowledgeProject #ShaneParrish #Brian Koppelman ————

    Original video:
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  6. DDDDD: Bourdieu’s social theory applied to tech

    Every workplace, every community, and in fact every social interaction, is governed by various forces, hidden power structures, implicit oppression and submission. We oppress people by accident, and we are oppressed by others by accident.

    Bourdieu’s social theory (with concepts like “symbolic violence", “cultural capital” and “hexis”) explain what is happening. By understanding what he meant, we learn how each of us influences and is influenced by the people around us, in ways that we wouldn’t expect.

    This talk tries to make Bourdieu’s ideas accessible. Learn how to improve your environment immediately; see why meritocracy is a dangerous lie; recognise oppression and submission when it happens; and gain the tools to fight it day to day.

    Original video:
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