Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Friday, January 18, 2008
Research in Social Conflict
As Paul de Armond observed in his paper The Road to Athena's Camp, “Most people possess the basic research skills. What they lack is the framework for applying those skills---due to a conflicting framework that falsely values emotional opinion over rational knowledge.” Immersion in the collection of data, absent a strategy, only contributes to the illusion of purpose.
For those new to applied research, it is common to confuse strategy and tactics. As noted by de Armond,
Research provides the facts and builds a knowledge base. That knowledge is filtered through analysis to determine strategy. Operational research guides the tactics used to accomplish the strategy. Strategy requires topsight---a comprehensive understanding that surpasses knowledge.
Thursday, January 17, 2008
Down in Flames
Monday, January 14, 2008
We did good: we prevented harm, we laid down a record, we demonstrated what netwar is all about. We gave alumni/ae a place to tell their stories, and we honored those who fought to be heard.
Sometimes that's all you can do.