Complexity in Human Systems

Dave Snowden

Sometimes with the the active encouragement of said ‘guru’ sometimes they become yet another victim. As complexity theory has started to get traction I’ve had three concerns. Secondly to distinguish work on complexity in human systems from that based on non-human systems (although again there is much of value). Thirdly to prevent complexity becoming a single guru movement or movements. The post Complexity in Human Systems appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

Complex thinking

Clark Quinn

An interesting article I came across brings up an interesting issue: how do we do complex thinking? The article says that our brains are limited in thinking about complex situations. We can do complex thinking, with the right tools.

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Complexity, design and aesthetics

Dave Snowden

Last year we looked at complexity in generation, in 2018 we are both expanding the number (from one to three) and focusing in particular areas. The first this year is coming up shortly in Whistler and will focus on creating a complex systems approach to how we handle design and innovation in large organisations, the role of aesthetics and creativity in human systems. The post Complexity, design and aesthetics appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Prediction means anticipating what will happen in the future, and given the widespread role of predictions in business, government and our everyday life, AI is already having a major impact on all kinds of human activities. As machine predictions become inexpensive and commonplace, the human judgement that leverages and complements prediction will become more valuable, especially given the increasing complexity of the decisions our institutions are called upon to make. “It’s

Fidelity in complex systems consultancy

Dave Snowden

Returning yesterday from my first TedX in Cyprus I was chatting with Sonja Blignaut about some upcoming activities and differences between approaches to sense-making and complexity. So its a hard problem, if not the Hard Problem , and it is especially so when you are working in a paradigm shifting area such as complexity theory. Now complexity is uncomfortable to any organisation (which in fact means more or less all organisations) as it challenges several key assumptions.

improvise for complexity

Harold Jarche

The five principles are: Assume complexity and only control process choices, not the outcome. Nourish ‘ensemble’ to let go of safety and dive in with openness [ improv activities help]. ComplexityThe premise of A Useful Idea is that improvisation acting principles can help with the creation of something new, and perhaps innovative. Design skillful rehearsals & adaptive performances [ perpetual beta ]. Tap into source [ half-baked ideas ].

Reconciling Activity and Decisions

Clark Quinn

On the one hand I talk about using decisions as a basis for design, and on the other I refer to activity -based learning. What was necessary was reconciling activity and decisions. However, I also have characterized learning as a series of activities, and those activities generate some work product and are (ideally) annotated with reflections. These are complex outputs that are unlikely to be aut0-marked, and can be the basis of either or both of peer or mentor review.

simple structures for complex problems

Harold Jarche

It is a suite of capabilities that foster an organizational culture that is constantly learning in order to understand and engage the complex environment in which it lives. Promote the active practice of PKM: a. The human brain is the best interface for complexity. Complexity needs simple, adaptive structures. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise DemocracyWhat is the optimal digital transformation technology for a networked organization?

Absorbing complexity with PKM

Harold Jarche

Anne Marie McEwan explains its effects, in Why Your Network is Your Life Support System : The concept implies that organisations that fail to distribute responsibility for absorbing complexity will eventually cease to be viable – they will not be resilient against shocks coming at them from their external environment. We both use social technologies to reach out into the complexity and try to make sense of it. With complex problems there is not often a simple correct answer.

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Design thinking & complexity pt 2

Dave Snowden

The active mind cannot be contained. 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. A complexity informed theory of design on the other hand wants to prevent the premature convergence on a defined problem that the linear model of Research-Ideate-Prototype implies.

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Businesses were thus able to engage in their core transactional activities in a much more productive and efficient way. But given the complexity of the changes involved, they would likely take place as a series of incremental, evolutionary steps, not as a rip-and-replace transformation. It was quite revolutionary that customers could now simply use the Web for many ordinary activities that previously required a trip to a store or office, or at least a phone call during office hours.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization. A connected enterprise starts by building a foundation of trust, embracing networks, and then managing complexity. Networks enable organizations to deal with complexity by empowering people to connect with whom they need to, without permission. Complexity. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Today’s complicated organizations are now facing increasingly complex business environments that require agility in simultaneously learning and working. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication. To succeed in complex environments, the organization should focus on four basic pillars: Knowledge. complexity Learning Wirearchy

Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Complex, new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. This is where activity streams and micro-blogging have helped organizational learning. Exception handling is complex work, which requires passion, creativity and initiative. Today’s complex work is tomorrow’s merely complicated or even simple work. But with complex work, failure has to be tolerated, as there are no best practices for exceptions (that’s why they’re called exceptions).

The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. The research for my thesis was focused on the highly complex world of atoms and molecules.

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Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Learning may be an individual activity but if it remains within the individual it is of no value whatsoever to the organization. Complexity: the new normal. Complexity: wirearchy.

Organizing for diversity and complexity

Harold Jarche

It comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative. Project Teams do complex work (if it’s not complex, it will be outsourced & automated ) which requires strong interpersonal ties. Working smarter starts by organizing to embrace diversity and manage complexity. Communities complexity

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two years ago, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched The Public Face of Science , an initiative whose objective is to better understand the complex relationship between scientists and the public in America. Americans also support an active role for scientists in public life. The 2015 Pew Research study found that while 87% of the scientific community agreed that climate change is mostly due to human activity, only 50% of the public did.

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

I was thinking (one morning at 4AM, when I was wishing I was asleep) about designing assignment structures that matched my activity-based learning model. And I’ll be the first to acknowledge that it’s complex, as the diagram represents, but let me tease it apart for you and see if it makes sense. If it’s a complex artefact (such as a product design, not just a presentation), there could be several revisions.

in an increasingly complex world

Harold Jarche

Robert Warwick - Following a comprehensive literature review, heavily influenced by complexity sciences, we came up with seven essential criteria that are important to consider in an increasingly complex world, these were: Go out of your way to make new connections. Connections: develop an active PKM process, which is reviewed from time to time. complexity

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Things are even tougher with people-centric sociotechnical systems, which not only have to deal with potential software problems, but with the even more complex issues involved in human behaviors and interactions. And, at the bleeding-edges of complexity are data-driven AI systems , which are generally based on statistical analysis and machine learning methods. . What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex? What purpose does this complexity serve?

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On the Complex Evolution toward Mobile Digital Payments

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In addition, by reaching out to financial institutions, merchants, application developers and others, Apple is helping bring together the different players in the payments ecosystem, something that’s absolutely essential to succeed in such a complex undertaking. Engage actively on the regulatory agenda. Let’s hope that initiatives like Apple Pay will help propel forward the complex evolution toward mobile digital payments. .

Complexity and Design in Warfare

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The workshop explored how design-oriented approaches can help us better understand and deal with the very complex problems we are increasingly encountering in all aspects of business, economies, government, public policy, military operations and society in general. Over the past few meetings the Forum has focused on various topics related to complex systems, - how to best understand and manage them in the present, as well as predict and shape their future directions.

Social networked learning in complex information environments

George Siemens

In mid-January I spent a wonderful day at American University learning about (and presenting on) the changing educational landscape, technology, and the practices and activities of learners. The slides from my presentation are below: Social Networked Learning

Future of work is complex, implicit and intangible

Harold Jarche

With the increasing complexity that networks bring, implicit knowledge-sharing becomes more important as well, but this is often ignored by both training and knowledge management programs. Relationship Capital: +100 million Daily Active Users, +Advertisers, 3 million websites that integrate Twitter, 6 million Registered Twitter Apps. The new workplace of intangible assets is a complex environment , and one where traditional analytical methods no longer work. complexity Work

PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

This is what you find on the first page of most searches for PKM : Personal knowledge management (PKM) is a collection of processes that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve, and share knowledge in his or her daily activities – Wikipedia. It is in making sense of complexity. The idea is that ideas emerge in the complex domain and are then constrained to shift them into complicated. Neither of these activities will be helped through automation.

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Me and the Complexity MOOC

Jay Cross

You want to understand what’s right and what’s wrong about the variety of activities people are calling MOOCs, just take some. It’s 11:10 pm in Berkeley and I am in the bowels of the Internet Time Lab listening to Melanie Mitchell tell me what’s up with fractals, dynamics, entropy, Shannon, genetic algorithms, and cellular automata.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many activities will devolve to business units, be consolidated with other central functions such as HR and Finance, or be externally sourced.”. Cloud computing is a highly complex initiative - at the technical, business and organizational levels. And, one of the key lessons we all hopefully learned from the dot-com era is that complex, global initiatives take time. In June of 2008 I participated in a conference on cloud computing.

The Complex Relationship Between Science and the Public

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Two years ago, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences launched The Public Face of Science , an initiative whose objective is to better understand the complex relationship between scientists and the public in America. Americans also support an active role for scientists in public life. The 2015 Pew Research study found that while 87% of the scientific community agreed that climate change is mostly due to human activity, only 50% of the public did.

Complex Organizational Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The study of complex systems has been a common arc in my career. It started with physics at the University of Chicago in the 1960s, where I was studying complex natural systems - atomic and molecular physics in particular. In the last twelve years, my work has focused on the kinds of complex systems made possible by the advent of the Internet and the Web. What makes such complex systems complex ? But why are these systems so complex?

Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings

George Siemens

In higher education, we have largely ignored the self-organizing aspect of learner activity. I’m a fan of dichotomies, recognizing very well the weaknesses they hold. A dichotomy is a way of pinning points of thought. Hopefully, once these points have been pinned, we can start to explore the nuances and gradients that exist between these positions. Consider learning: it can be organized for us or we, as individuals, can organize ourselves.

learning in complexity and chaos

Harold Jarche

But more of our challenges are complex and cannot be solved in a standard way — inequality, refugees, populism, racism. Whenever people are involved, within a global context of climate change, the situation is likely complex. In complex situations there is less reliance on detailed plans and analysis and a greater emphasis on continuous experimentation coupled with good observation and tracking. We have to learn constantly in complexity. Complexity & Chaos.

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They generally exhibit a level of complexity that is often beyond our ability to understand and control. Not only do they have to deal with the complexities associated with large scale hardware and software infrastructures, but with the even more complex issues involved in human and organizational behaviors. . A few weeks ago, MIT professor Joseph Sussman addressed these issues in a lecture - Complex Sociotechnical Systems: The Case for a New Field of Study.

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Drug addiction: The complex truth

Mind Hacks

In fact, their consumption increased, suggesting they were actively trying to avoid the effects of morphine, but would put up with it in order to get sugar. We’re told studies have proven that drugs like heroin and cocaine instantly hook a user. But it isn’t that simple – little-known experiments over 30 years ago tell a very different tale. Drugs are scary. The words “heroin” and “cocaine” make people flinch.

Types and proportions of learning activities?

Clark Quinn

A series of these might be enough if the task isn’t too complex, but if it’s somewhat complex, it might be worth creating a model-based simulation and giving the learners lots of goals with it (read: serious game). I’ve been on quite the roll of late, calling out some bad practices and calling for learning science. And it occurs to me that there could be some pushback.

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The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World

Luis Suarez

It’s that activity you would do whenever you would have some free, idle time in between workflows. Whether we like it or not, that’s who we are and it’s a fascinating journey to realise how the new specialisation of today’s complex world seems to be that we need to know a little bit of everything in order to make sense of the environment, the context and the connections we are surrounded by. .

The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

My colleagues felt that as someone closely associated with IBM’s Internet strategy , it was important that I personally become an active blogger. The contrast Franzen drew between liking versus loving someone or something proved helpful as I was probing into the complex relationship with my blog, especially as it evolved from the puppy love infatuation stage of the first year to the passion bordering on obsession of the later years.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

" The relationship between a brand and its customers is a complex one indeed, full of emotional connections and chemistry. Let me illustrate this complex chemistry by discussing some of my personal experiences with brands. Immigration is a very complex subject.

apprendre dans un monde complexe et chaotique

Harold Jarche

This is a translation of learning in complexity & chaos. Mais, aujourd’hui, nous devons faire face à des problèmes complexes qui ne peuvent pas être résolus de manière standardisée — inégalités, réfugiés, populisme, racisme. Chaque fois que quelqu’un est impliqué dans le contexte mondial de changement climatique, la situation est probablement complexe. Les systèmes mécaniques sont compliqués, mais les systèmes humains sont complexes.

Diversity, complexity, chaos and working smarter

Harold Jarche

Complexity, chaos and enterprise-architecture ~ by @tetradian – via @DavidGurteen [explores the under-represented Chaotic domain of Dave Snowden's Cynefin framework]. People who are engaged in activities they are passionate about will connect with other people — and if you’ve got the platform available, and right, then they will use it in conjunction with passion. It is accepted that rapid change and the complexity of overlapping issues is the norm.

Knowledge sharing: for doing complex work in a complex world

Nancy White

One of the activities is a 90 second challenge to talk about what IS Knowledge Sharing… “Knowledge sharing is necessary to do complex work in a complex world&#. I’ll try and reblog so of my “social reporting&# activity as time allows.

Spike activity 06-03-2015

Mind Hacks

Psychiatry is More Complex than Either its Proponents or its Critics Seem Able to Admit. Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: The strange world of felt presences. Great piece in The Guardian. Nature reports that the Human Brain Project has voted for a change of leadership. But read carefully, it’s not clear how much will change in practice. Surely the worst ‘neuroscience of’ article ever written?

Spike activity 24-06-2016

Mind Hacks

A complex question tackled over at NPR. Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: Why do some children thrive in adult life despite a background of violence and neglect? Fascinating piece from Mosaic. Scientific American asks with the flood of neuroscience PhDs, where will all the neuroscientists go? Ask British neuroscientists, they’re probably weighing up their options right now. Blobs and Pitfalls: Challenges for fMRI Research.