Thinking and doing: theory and practice

Welcome and thanks for visiting.  This blog is where I write about projects I am working on, capture my research in progress and generally organise my thinking in public.  It helps me enormously to have a place to do this – I hope you also find it useful.

Current lines of enquiry include the 9 tribes of digital, designing for democracy and more general thinking about technology driven change and the digital mindset.

If you are looking for my professional bio then you need to head over to LinkedIn . If you are trying to find me online for a more research orientated discussion then you can find me on twitter as @curiousc.  If you want to contact to me about speaking at an event then you can contact me via either of these routes.

Dr Catherine Howe

Here are some of the things I am currently working on:

Latest posts
What happens if no-one is right?

What happens if no-one is right?

Dogma:  “a principle or set of principles laid down by an authority as incontrovertibly true.” This is part of my exploration of my own theory of change and perhaps a bit of backstory for my team when I am banging on about how we could approach things…… I have no ...

Mindful diary: and still she persisted

Mindful diary: and still she persisted

We’re down in Cornwall for a week enjoying walking, eating and a daily attempt to capture the perfect sunset shot from the local pub. Its been a hectic 6 months so its also time for some reflection and some thinking about the intent that I want to set for the ...

What makes a good decision?

What makes a good decision?

Its easy just to think that a good decision is one that has the right outcome but that’s magical thinking and assumes we make no mistakes. Good decisions are taken when we bring together knowledge, accountability and the views of the people who are most effected by the decision in ...


Thinking in public

Thinking in public

I’m just wrapping up after a few days out of the office doing some deeper thinking than you get chance to do in the normal week – I have called it my August firebreak.  It was one of the things I wanted to do as part of my personal development ...

All change is system change

All change is system change

All change is system change – to say otherwise is to ignore a fundamental truth about organisations being living breathing human systems. There is a lot of great thinking going on in the system change space.  Rowan is leading some really interesting work at the RSA looking at the intersection of ...

Spoiler alert – there are now 9 tribes of digital

Spoiler alert – there are now 9 tribes of digital

The 7 /8 / 9 tribes of digital is an ongoing observation exercise based around the different definitions of digital – usually represented by different waves of technology – that you can observe in an organisation.  As part of my August firebreak I’ve also been dusting off the 8 tribes of ...


How to find a digital mindset in your origin myth

How to find a digital mindset in your origin myth

Taking this few days to reflect and synthesise some of the things I have been learning since joining CRUK has been hugely valuable. As part of this I’ve been revisiting a couple of the models which I have developed previously and dusting them off to see if they still fit ...

Creating a personal firebreak

Creating a personal firebreak

I really enjoyed reading about how the Helpful Technology gang managed to create what they call a firebreak for themselves — a pause in their work that allows them both to work on their own projects but also catch up on some of the housekeeping work that always gets pushed to the ...

Full stack decision making

Full stack decision making

A few years ago now I did a lot of work with a number of police forces and I was always struck by the fact that the best of them were very comfortable with the fact that while community policing needs to be fluid and networked any kind of crisis ...


Weeknotes 30th July:  who needs an agenda anyway?

Weeknotes 30th July: who needs an agenda anyway?

I have decided to declare the excellent weather as the new normal which means that blogging needs to continue as planned and not be derailed by a desire to be outside – am compromising by writing in the garden. This last week was all about away days as I had ...

 
 

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