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It used to be that we lived in private and chose to make parts of our lives public. Now that is being turned on its head. We live in public, like the movie says (except via micro-signals not 24–7 video self-surveillance), and choose what parts of our lives to keep private.

Ben Schott – 2010 – TEN YEARS AGO

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American Business

It’s an old one that I rediscovered in the archives. Time to publish.

Killing Them Softly: America is not a country, it’s just a Business

It just seemed right, timely and very ‘People Firsty’.

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Managing Complex Change

Brought to my attention by Stuart Robbins, who went on to write ….

It is known as the Knoster Model for Complex Behavioral Change (circa 2000). For those who would like to know more, search for Timothy Knoster. In sum, Knoster identifies the 5 key elements needed for any Change Management initiative to be successful, and the relative symptoms caused if/when one element is missing.

Stuart Robbins

Interesting. I went of looking further and found an even better image (see below) that adds context to the steps and happy smiling emojis that reflect the expected feelings! 🙂

The keen observers amongst you will also spot a different order and an extra step – but the principle holds. (The principle being – as Stuart said in his original message to me … (I paraphrase) … how much information can be packed into a single image (doffing hat to E. Tufte.)

John Philpin

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Describing The Cynefin Framework

Dave Snowden introduces The Cynefin Framework

I first referenced the Cynefin Framework and published this link on my old Beyond Bridges – now decommissioned – site on June 18th – 2017. Needless to say, though the site is going away, the articles are already archived and dropped safely on my ‘words site’

It seemed important, right and relevant to reference it here as I build the archives of frameworks and models relevant to People First.

For sense-making – not categorization.

cynefin framework

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Finding Your Life’s Purpose

the purpose of beer
Photo by Gary Butterfield on Unsplash

Of course it is. But the bigger question is what is your purpose?

Imagine my delight to stumble across this Ted Talk … ‘How to know your life’s purpose in 5 minutes.‘ Finally!

Adam sets the scene pretty quickly. You just need to ask yourself 5 questions and ‘Bob’s your Uncle’.

5 Questions To Answer Your Purpose

  • who you were
  • what do you do
  • who do they do it for
  • what those people want or need
  • what they get out of it – how they changed as a result

Simple. Right?

It’s so simple that he takes the entire audience on a journey of him asking – and them answering – those 5 questions, by shouting them out.

Adam Leipzig

The answer to question 1 – after a little prompting – was loud.

Question 2, still pretty good.

After that it all falls apart. By the time you get to the answer to number 5, well it’s not that you could hear a pin drop – but you kind of get the feeling that the audience is sorry for him.


I think it’s because the questions are easy. You’ve read them so many times before. The answers, not so much.

To be clear, the purpose of this article is not to state the ‘bleeding obvious’, but rather to highlight that if you are struggling with that definition. It’s ok …

We all are!

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What Are We Going To Do About The Rich?

I came across the Pet Shop Boys track ‘What Are We Going To Do About The Rich? It seemed to be very People Firsty in nature.

Apart from the recurring refrain “What are we gonna do about the rich?” we do have other words;

They say democracy is simply very bad for business
While deploring student protests in the middle of Hong Kong
They insist that people have to work on zero contracts everywhere
So profit margins grow and shares are very strong
But one group that they never take to task
And one question that they never seem to ask

They’re buyin’ football clubs today with absolute impunity
And so much of the media to give themselves the power
To destroy the very notion and the feeling of community
While poisoning the public discourse hour by hour
But although it never seems to make it into Hansard
The question at some point must still be answered

They’re avoiding paying taxes
While the welfare state collapses
Their extravagance and arrogance
Their lack of tact to balance this
Their lawyers and their attitude
The scale of their ingratitude
They only give to charity
For maximum publicity

Pet Shop Boys

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A New Model For Business

Wouldn’t you know that one of the first real blog posts to go live on the newly revamped People First Blog is really not my work at all – but rather that of ‘People First Friend and Member’ … Jeff Mowatt.

Photo by Clark Tibbs on Unsplash

So what does business that puts people first actually mean in practice?

People-Centered Economic Development derives from a paper for the steering group for the Committee to (Re)Elect the President, describing a business model which operates for social benefit rather than maximising shareholder returns.

In the core argument which critiqued the fractional reserve banking system the paper asserted:

“Economics, and indeed human civilization, can only be measured and calibrated in terms of human beings. Everything in economics has to be adjusted for people, first, and abandoning the illusory numerical analyses that inevitably put numbers ahead of people, capitalism ahead of democracy, and degradation ahead of compassion.”

“Each of us who have a choice can choose what we want to do to help or not. It is free-will, our choice, as human beings.”

Jeff Mowatt

Read the whole article here ….

More about Jeff Mowatt, Director, People-Centered Economic Development UK.

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I have moved my blog from an old domain to this new space. At the same time introduced some design changes which on occasions causes the old posts to look odd. As I see then, I fix then 0 but specifically not going back into the archives to fix proactively – life is just too short.

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Our Web Properties

More of a status check than information, but it kind of makes sense to record here – and periodically update.

People First has 9 domains that get used for different initiatives.

‘Broadcast’ Sites

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Not Yet Live – and so for now, all should resolve to

  • – it will be the book site.
  • – the structures, framworks, models that allow you to use People First thinking.
  • – when we move into video – this is where it will be.
  • – it will map the fabric across the internet.