Thursday, June 08, 2006

Planners Who Blog

That's right, folks. Planners don't just ramble, make interesting charts with triangles and oblongs on, and feed biscuits to housewives in return for their fascinating views on washing powder.

They also blog.

Two excellent planning blogs I have found recently areRussell Davies and Northern Planner.

Highly recommended, whatever side of the fence you're on.

7 comments:

writer said...

It's all football. I suspected planners never did anything useful and now I know.

Anonymous said...

Planners tend to be useful for giving you a balanced view instead of just opinion. Judging by your blog I'd agree that they haven't been useful to you at all.

Anonymous said...

Planners tend to be useful for giving you a balanced view instead of just opinion. Judging by your blog I'd agree that they haven't been useful to you at all.

Scamp said...

Anonymous - Not sure if your comment was meant for me or 'writer'.

And not quite sure what you mean anyway.

Can even the loftiest planner claim a purely objective view?

And isn't everything we do based on opinion (or at least interpretation) rather than fact?

The best planners have strong opinions, and back them up with arguments / evidence.

Northern Planner said...

Scamp, that's a really useful way of looking at it. Never really thought of it that way.

faris said...

Interesting. I think you may be right about planning Scamp.

I tend to think of strategy this way too - opinion supported by evidence.

Sometimes things are obviously wrong. But a lot of the time we are being asked to think about things that haven't happened yet. So there is no way we can have the right answer.

We sift through all the available information, we think about it, and we form an opinion that can be supported.

Ultimately, the consumption of creative work is the construction of subjective meaning. So I guess a good planner perhaps aspires to the the state of multiple subjectivity, understanding the opinions of the many?

Or perhaps group subjectivity.

http://farisyakob.typepad.com/blog/2006/06/critical_mass_l.html

Rob Mortimer said...

Russell is a legend... being linked to from his site alone has quadrupled my page views in less than a month!