JANUARY 8, 2014
But the old Latin question is apposite here: quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Human systems are complex. complexity – Y.
Organize for Complexity
MAY 1, 2014
” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity.
Managing in Complexity
JANUARY 24, 2013
As our markets and technologies get more complex, we need new models to get work done. Complex problems cannot be solved alone.
No cookie cutters for complexity
MARCH 28, 2013
For example, what exactly is “Advanced” Web 2.0 Complex problems require require different thinking. complexitytechnology ?
Intervening in a complex domain
OCTOBER 5, 2014
Then we have three basic questions: (i) what can I change? (ii) Of those things that I can change, where can I monitor the impact of that change?
Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation
JANUARY 2, 2012
The column addresses a fundamental question that those studying innovation have been wrestling with for years: “Are big companies the best catalysts of innovation, or are small ones better?” There is little question that small, entrepreneurial start-ups are almost always the ones that bring to market highly disruptive innovations.
Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World
DECEMBER 23, 2014
Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world?
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
An IBM Global CEO Study conducted in 2010 concluded that complexity was the primary challenge emerging out of its conversations with 1,500 CEOs and senior government officials. CEOs told us they operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. They generally involve a relatively linear set of steps.
Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics
DECEMBER 7, 2012
What are some of these limitations? In thinking about this question over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems. Let me explain. .
Some Puzzling Questions about Innovation in the Digital Economy
FEBRUARY 26, 2014
Such systems are particularly hard to understand and control because of the complexities inherent in human and organizational behaviors.
Strategy Made Simple - The 3 Core Strategy Questions
JULY 9, 2013
In increasingly turbulent and complex times, we understandably fall prey to a dangerous temptation – both as institutions and individuals. That’s why it’s more critical than ever to be able to answer this question clearly and compellingly, for ourselves and the people we want to reach. Here’s an example. So, what’s the option?
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex? What purpose does this complexity serve? Why aren’t they simpler?
Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned
FEBRUARY 6, 2013
You cannot answer lots of the questions people will have, both inside and outside the organization. . How will your industry change over time?
Five Key Questions
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MARCH 17, 2011
In its 2010 Speech from the Throne , the Government of Ontario, Canada announced its intention to create an Ontario Online Institute (OOI) to support online learning in the province as part of the Open Ontario Plan. I was asked to provide some initial recommendations for that initiative, in the form of responses to five questions. HRSDC.
The Science of Complex Systems
JULY 9, 2011
When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in. It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems. Let me explain. Amazing.
The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky
APRIL 1, 2010
The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. From the Q&A after, it was clear that for them, the question wasn’t whether the internet was going to alter their business, but about the mode and tempo of that alteration. That kind of question comes up a lot. Twice!)
Design thinking & complexity pt 2
OCTOBER 4, 2013
For the moment I want to look at some of the implications for design thinking, reinterpreted through a complexity lens; shifting from a linear process to a non-linear dynamic. That question brings me to the first line of the table of differences I published yesterday. The active mind cannot be contained. Reflections
Design thinking & complexity pt 3
OCTOBER 5, 2013
The picture here shows one classic example, the development of feathers for sexual display and warmth that exapts to flight. Reflections
Protect your head – the world is complex
JUNE 13, 2013
For example, sailors wearing life jackets may try more risky maneuvers as they feel ‘safer’ if they get into trouble.
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 4, 2010
Thus learning (and pedagogy) as I see it is more about the development or creations of capacities (such as the capacity to learn, capacity to reason, capacity to communicate, etc) where these capacities are (again) not 'subjects' but rather complex developments of neural structures - more like 'mental muscles' than anything else.
Corporate Survival: Lessons from Biology
JANUARY 26, 2016
Complex systems, whether natural, social or engineered, are composed of many parts. What does this mean for business leaders?
Is There a STEM Crisis or a STEM Surplus?
AUGUST 9, 2016
Their answer, as is often the case with such complex questions, is that both sides are right. It all depends. workforce. level (e.g.,
The Rise of the Platform Economy
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Society and Culture Technology and Strategy
Visualization for Understanding
OCTOBER 27, 2014
Visualization can be a very powerful tool in sharing complex knowledge. Value Network Analysis (example) by Patti Anklam.
Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems
DECEMBER 29, 2015
Furthermore, data science is a highly complex discipline, a veritable mashup of several different fields.
Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer
JULY 28, 2015
Recombinant innovations, remixes and mashups are all examples of creating new contexts. . This sense of, ‘I’m building something, does it work?’
Technological Unemployment and the Future of Work
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
This question has been widely discussed for years, but, - at the end of the day, - we don’t really have good answers. Not according to Autor.
Network Era Fluency
JULY 8, 2013
For individuals, the core skill is critical thinking, or questioning all assumptions, including one’s own. Yes, useless.
Reflections from Stanford Nonprofit Management Institute: New Skills for a Complex World
SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
” This post shares my notes from that session along with a reflection about my session and some resources. The New Social Economy.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
Brown offers a very good answer to these questions. Why are these soft attributes so valued in today’s business environment?
The Coming Robotics Revolution
MARCH 8, 2016
Everyday examples include speaking a language, riding a bike, driving a car, and easily recognizing many different objects and animals. .
Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter
APRIL 25, 2016
These include solving problems, comprehending complex ideas, reasoning and planing, learning quickly, adapting to new situations, and so on.
The Datafication of Business and Society
JUNE 9, 2015
Datafication is a fairly new concept associated with our recent data revolution. They can tell you if you’re likely to get diabetes.” .
books in perpetual beta
DECEMBER 1, 2014
It questions the status quo of how organizations are structured in order to get work done. Books Complexity Learning PKM PKM Tips.
Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing
JANUARY 5, 2016
Prior to joining the SFI in 2003, he was the leader and founder of the high energy physics group at Los Alamos National Lab. Amazing.
Intervention Design: Overcoming Stiff Resistance to a New, Disruptive Innovation
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
This effect turns out to be even more important with complex, intangible designs.” . This was new for us - and for me personally. .
Create space for sense-making
SEPTEMBER 8, 2014
The inability to understand complexity is the problem facing almost all large organizations. Complexity Everyone sounded so powerless.
Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry
MARCH 22, 2016
How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Data Centers → Cloud.
The (Uneven) Digitization of the US Economy
JANUARY 19, 2016
Several weeks ago, the McKinsey’s Global Institute (MGI) published a report addressing these questions. Redefine customer engagement.
In a complex society
DECEMBER 19, 2010
Networks and complexity are the defining characteristics of our “work places today. In the network era, it’s all merging.