Book Review of Wisdom, Analytics and Wicked Problems

Wisdom, Analytics and Wicked Problems: Integral Decision Making for the Data Age by Ali Intezari and David Pauleen, 2019. Routledge.

I’m not sure what prompted me in 1994 to suggest we needed to go beyond teaching about computers and information systems and be teaching wisdom (Farrell, 2019). There wasn’t much support for the idea and, except for one colleague, no one I knew at the time expressed any interest. Things have changed over the last twenty-five years and now calls are common for wisdom to be included in management education. The latest resource exploring this area is this excellent book on practical wisdom for today’s managers and leaders by Ali Intezari and David Pauleen.

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My Journey to Can-Do Wisdom

On Friday June 10, 1994 I woke up around 3am with a sudden thought, “We should be teaching students about wisdom, not just about computers.” This point in my life would be the start of a long journey to explore the concept of wisdom.

Adrian Farrell – Researcher, Blogger, WriterAdrian Farrell — Researcher, Blogger, Writer
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Lyn White – Animal Welfare Activist for Change

For the first thirty-five years of her life Lyn White never gave a thought to animal welfare. She does now.

Lyn White – animal welfare activistLyn White – animal welfare activist
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We have to do the best we can. This is our sacred human responsibility.
-Albert Einstein

Lyn had always been an animal lover—at least of companion animals. Beyond that, growing up in Adelaide, South Australia, wild animals and farming animals didn’t figure in her life much at all. This was about to change.Continue reading

The Can-Do Wisdom of Florence Nightingale – Part 1

The story of Florence Nightingale’s life is relevant today for men and women who aspire to lead society into a better future. Having been born into wealth she could have followed her obvious destiny to lead a life of luxury and comfort in Victorian England. Instead she chose to use her considerable talents and resourcefulness to bring about lasting change in the world. In this way she is a model of an I Can, I Do leader who inspires We Can, We Do followers.

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Anthony Foster – The tenacious advocate for victims of child sexual abuse

The first inkling that Anthony and Christine Foster’s daughter, Emma, might have been a victim of child sexual abuse came after years of Emma’s unexplained psychological issues and self-destructive behaviour had been occurring. It was in February 1996 that Emma’s psychiatrist said to Chrissie, “She’s displaying all the symptoms of someone who has been sexually abused.”

Vale Anthony Foster - advocate for child sexual abuse victims
Vale Anthony Foster
1953 –2017

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