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Next Ragged University Event:

8st December Edinburgh: Come for lunch to discuss what it is exhibitions can do with artist Rob Kennedy. Open to all, Rob invites you to come to Talbot Rice Gallery for a late lunch (2 -4pm) and to discuss the exhibition he has created, 'acts of dis play': Click To Read More

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The Root of Expertise by Alex Dunedin

Here is the address at the beginning of the Ragged year in Edinburgh where I deal with the issue of expertise and how we are all a part of it.  It recaps the project and what it’s ambitions are and set the scene for the first two talks of the Ragged University year…

Welcome to the beginning of the Edinburgh Ragged University year. There will be a break between the two talks when we can eat, refresh our glasses and get to know who is in the room.  This room is a space private to you, and like any personal space, it is not monitored with forms, questionnaires or number counting.  It is a space sacred to getting to know other people on your own terms and learning something new.

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Systems Thinking; Management By Doing The Right Thing by Andy Lippok

What we have witnessed in the last 20 years is a series of programmes of change failing to achieve their intended outcomes. Customer Care, ISO 9000, TQM, ABC, BPR. All the research and experience show that the latest panacea does no better than its predecessors.

Over and over again improvement programmes are thwarted by commonly-known but illusive forces. The problem labelled as ‘organisation culture’, which typically leads to rationalisations like ‘change takes time’, or ‘each programme is an element in the total change programme’. Read more