The Spark Blog

An occasional series of thoughts and reflections on the role of narrative in organizational change, branding and knowledge work

diversity of courage

Having a plural organisation is vital and is hard to do. Here are some thoughts about the role of story in shifting the diversity agenda on. At the Lord Mayor’s conference for Charity Leaders recently, Alice Maynard (the departing Chair of Scope) was talking on a panel about diversity. It’s not just diversity of identity we

values, behaviours, culture – hangers, clothes, actions

One month on from attending the Complexity and Management Conference at Roffey Park, thoughts have seasoned and resurfaced, prompted by two recent questions thrown up by current projects. First, why do values and behaviours, clearly articulated, really matter. And, secondly, how can people at all levels in large organizations be weaned off hiding in ambiguous

systems vs bodies

Victoria relates Archbishop Welby’s recent speech on good banking back to Sparknow’s work with causal layered analysis: shift the deeply hidden narrative layers and everything else follows. On Wednesday night, Archbishop Welby was giving the keynote at the third in a trio of debates on ‘The City and the common good: what kind of City

‘I wanted your eyes to open wider’

Sparknow’s take on the Salz report into business practices at Barclays. This request by Vija Celmins refers to her sculpture called Fix the Image in Memory. This is explained on the MOMA website. For this work, Celmins made bronze casts of eleven rocks and then painted the casts to resemble the original stones as closely