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The Spark Blog

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

they didn’t see it coming

Alicia Pickering, a Sparknow associate, is working with us on cultural alignment/ethical auditing. Here she writes about empty field myopia, a pilot’s term that applies to any boardroom. Her article is based on a discussion with her father, Alex Pickering, Victor pilot, instrument rating examiner and in-flight refueling instructor, RAF 1960s. Previously she has written a

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