Reflections on Complexity, Chaos and COVID-19

Dave Snowden

It is in this context that we pulled together some of the leading thinkers in the field of complexity to explore where we are from different perspectives. Complex systems are entangled systems; things connect and intertwine in unexpected, non-linear ways across different scales and even across time. The post Reflections on Complexity, Chaos and COVID-19 appeared first on Cognitive Edge. Blogs Knowledge Management Managing Complex Systems Reflections Thinking events

Complexity in Human Systems

Dave Snowden

Many of the readers of this blog will know that one of the drivers behind the creation of the Cynefin framework was a desire to break the fad cycle. 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.

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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. With a bit of luck and a following wind I will back to near daily blog posts shortly.

Fidelity in complex systems consultancy

Dave Snowden

Since then a mixture of bad flu, trans-pacific, trans-americas & transatlantic flights have all conspired against my blogging. 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.

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

This blog is being posted on behalf of Thomas Townsend. Some 10 years ago now when I first became interested in how complexity science might be used in public administration there was a body of thinking but relatively few practical examples of applications. This has brought attention to approaches informed by complexity science for working with intractable problems as well as a way to square the circle of making localization workable and relevant.

No cookie cutters for complexity

Harold Jarche

bandwagon but more nimble upstarts (like me) could now significantly engage in a conversation with our markets using our own tools, like blogs, with which we have developed a certain advanced level of expertise. Blogs with lots of colourful widgets? As social learning, collaboration, and even complexity become mainstream concepts, the array of products and services around them are becoming commoditized. Complex problems require require different thinking. complexity

simplifying the complexity

Harold Jarche

Complex Problems. I like complex problem-solving. Perhaps my most interesting project was when a client gave me a statement of work to ‘simplify the complexity’ I did not have a solution but felt that with my extended networked I would be able to solve their problem. Buying ‘off-the-shelf’ will not address the unique requirements for learning and working in any complex organizational environment.

The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

From time to time, I like to reflect on my feelings about blogging, and then write about them in an entry in my blog. I have not done so in a while, and it has now been just about six years since I started this blog, so I thought that it would be a good time to return to the subject. I started blogging at the urging of colleagues at IBM. For several years my friend and colleague John Patrick had been urging me to start a blog. I write this blog.

Gird for complexity

Jay Cross

Complexity has been on my mind a lot lately. What’s left is complexity: the unpredictable, volatile, surprise-time, non-linear, quantum, interconnected challenges of WTF. Will complex work become the norm by 2020? Yet learning to navigate complex environments is totally different than learning to follow procedures and solve bounded problems. To master complexity, you need, in the words of John Seely Brown, “marinate in it.” Complexity Just Ja

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).

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Blogs allow flow and micro-blogs, like Twitter, enable great flow due to the constraint of 140 characters. PDL – Personal Directed Learning: from Clockwork & Predictable to Complexity & Surprising. In complex environments it no longer works to sit back and see what will happen. Complexity: the new normal. Complexity and the new Enterprise.

Lean & Complexity event

Dave Snowden

I'm completing some of my reading around the subject at the moment so any recommendations for blog postings, articles or books would be welcome. I'm looking forward to my keynote at the Lean Software & Systems conference in Long Beach California from May 3rd to 6th this year. I also have a whole day workshop on the application of CAS to Lean concepts which will pick up on AGILE and SCRUM.

Complexity in Government

Dave Snowden

To see a whole government start to shift towards complexity theory as a new paradigm of government is mist encouraging. My argument was that we in a phase shift period, between the paradigm of systems dynamics (process, scenario planning, learning organisation) and complexity theory (fragmented sense-making, use of human sensor networks, the inter-connectivity of social computing etc.). Today was the first day of my three day programme at the Civil Service College in Singapore.

Managing in Complexity

Harold Jarche

The challenge is getting organizations that are used to dealing with the Known & Knowable to be able to manage in Complex environments and even Chaotic ones from time to time. We should be ready to have many informed conversation about managing in complexity and put forward some plausible options. More conversations: The Smart Work Company ; Internet Time Alliance blog ; Tags: Informal Learning InternetTime Wirearchy

In a complex society

Harold Jarche

After Maastricht and London, we had many people commit to engaging with Twitter, blogs or other social media. In complexity, we have to think about emergent practices, which means jumping in and immersing ourselves in the environment in order to start making sense of it. Networks and complexity are the defining characteristics of our “work&# places today. Tweet As you may have noticed, this has been a busy week.

Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I wrote about the CEO study in this recent blog. The primary challenge emerging out of the CEO conversations was complexity - the fact that CEOs now operate in a world that is substantially more volatile, uncertain and complex. Inheriting a Complex World: Future Leaders Envision Sharing the Planet invited graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a Web-based survey between October 2009 and January 2010. They grew up in a complex world.

Blog Post: The Dialogic Mindset: Leading Emergent Change in a Complex World

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen If you are interested in how leadership needs to adapt to better cope with our increasingly complex world then this paper from Gervase Bushe and Robert Marshak will be of interest: The Dialogic Mindset: Leading Emergent Change in a Complex World. Adaptive challenges are too complex for anyone to analyze all the variables and know the correct answer in advance, so the answer is to use emergent change processes.

Would a Distributed Model of Government be More Suitable for a Complex, Diverse 21st Century Democracy?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While business and government have clearly different objectives, many of the challenges involved in managing a complex, fast changing organization are similar. If large global companies have had to embrace a more distributed management style, why not large, complex governments? I referenced his writings in a blog on distributed, collaborative government which I posted in September of 2008. These are extremely complex issues that will take decades to resolve.

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&#. There is also a blog , Flickr pictures , etc. Here’s what I’m up to this week - today prepping for the FAO/CGIAR/BIOVERSITY/WFP/IFAD joint 3 day knowledge Share Fair, with a close focus on KS in global development as it relates to agriculture and food security.

Irving Wladawsky-Berger: Reflections on Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « The Web and the Long, "Soft" War | Main | The Life Cycle of a Business » April 16, 2007 Reflections on Complex Systems Last week I attended the Almaden Institute , a meeting held annually at IBMs Almaden Research Center , located in Silicon Valley. The theme of this years Institute was Navigating Complexity: Doing More with Less , and featured a number of talks and panels on a variety of themes relating to complex systems.

Complex Development of Moral Sensitivity and Empathy - fMRI

Eide Neurolearning

From the Decety lab : "Moral reasoning involves a complex integration between affective and cognitive processes that gradually changes with age and can be viewed in dynamic transaction across the course of ontogenesis. Eide Neurolearning Blog. ndings support the view that negative emotion alerts the individual to the moral salience of a situation by bringing discomfort and thus can serve as an antecedent to moral judgment."

Content Personalization: What is it & Why is it so Hard at Scale?


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The Napoleon Complex

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We live in a complex world where a wide range of factors go into producing results. But more to the point, when we ask, “what is killing those people,” a more complex answer emerges. You should, after all, have the last word on your own blog. I just want to capture my part of a discussion that took place on Matthew Tabor's website.

Misadventures in Content Production: Copying & Pasting is Not Reuse


Blog Uncategorized featured blogsThe term “reuse” gets thrown around a lot in regard to content management and maintenance, particularly when dealing with content at scale.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: April 2018

David Gurteen

Ralph Stacey: Complexity and Paradoxes [link] #complexity #ConversationalLeadership. Short video: What are complex adaptive systems? Stockholm Resilience Centre [link] / a really good, simple 3 minute introduction to complex adaptive systems. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: July 2019

David Gurteen

The adaptive leader is one who faces complex challenges for which there are no easy answers. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Without conversation, work stops [link] #KM #KMers #KnowledgeManagement #ConversationalLeadership #KnowledgeCafe #ConversationalWisdom. Adaptive Leadership, What Is It Really?

Blogging as an Exercise of the Brain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Every six months or so, I turn to blogging itself as the topic for that week’s post. Perhaps, as someone wrote in a comment to a previous post on blogging several years ago: “You know that someone has run out of things to say when they start blogging about blogging.” It is quite possible that when all else fails in coming up with a topic, a self-referential blog will do the trick, as long as you don’t do it too often.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: February 2019

David Gurteen

7 Differences between complex and complicated | More Beyond [link] #KM #KMers #KnowledgeManagement #ConversationalLeadership #KnowledgeCafe #complexity. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. The most effective form of sustainable leadership is developed through effective and meaningful informal discussions (i.e.,

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: September 2017

David Gurteen

A great quick intro to the Cynefin model.making sense of complexity [link]. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Heuristic for epistemically humble adults: Try saying 'I disagree' at least 10x as often as you say 'I'm offended'. Humans May Be the Most Adaptive Species - Constant climate change may have given us our flexibility [link].

3 Reasons Why Personalized Learning Projects Fall Short


Blog ResourcesPersonalization is easier said than done — especially when delivering content at scale. While strategic visions may vary, the need to deliver the right content, to the right audience, at the right time, and in the right format, remains the same.

Blog Post: Why we never think alone

David Gurteen

Humans have built hugely complex societies and technologies, but most of us don't even know how a pen or a toilet works. By David Gurteen I went up to the RSA in London recently to hear a talk "Why we never think alone" by Steven Sloman, a cognitive scientist, The talk was to promote his recent book co-authored with Philip Fernbach: The Knowledge Illusion: Why We Never Think Alone. And quite a fascinating, thought provoking talk it was too. Here are few clips from the book.

Blog Post: Getting your head around the Cynefin Framework

David Gurteen

If you have the same problem, take a look at this excellent article The Cynefin framework: applying an understanding of complexity to medicine. In our increasingly complex world, I think everyone should have a grasp of the Cynefin framework. By David Gurteen.

The end of blogging’s golden age

David Weinberger

Brian Solis has responded to Jeremy Owyang’s provocative post declaring the end of the golden age of blogging. Here’s the comment I posted on Brian’s site: I think in a sense it’s true that the golden age of blogging is over, but that’s a good thing. And not because of anything bad about blogging. Blogs let us post whenever we had something to say, and came with commenting built in. Blogging isn’t golden! Long live blogging!

Development conference blog: Day 1

Dave Snowden

The event is over two days and is about Being strategic in the face of complexity. Monday morning I had the opening keynote and provided an introduction to our approach to complexity, but made the point to strongly differentiate complexity from systems dynamics and also made it clear that human complex systems are different. I will blog on that specifically later today or tomorrow. The general conference blog, run by The Broker can be found here.

Misadventures in Content Production: Why “Rapid” Tool Aren’t Really Rapid


Xyleme’s award-winning Learning Content Management System (LCMS) supports the entire content creation and management lifecycle, from authoring and publishing to delivery, reuse and analysis, allowing organizations with complex content needs and audiences to create and deploy content efficiently and to pivot and respond quickly when needed. Blog Resources featured blogsLet’s be honest — so-called “rapid” authoring tools aren’t really rapid at all.

KMRC Conference Blog: Snowden

Dave Snowden

I suppose I should complete the conference blog and report on the closing keynote speaker namely yours truly. Here is had done some quick screen shots of the blogs I had been running, and the blog awaiting posting on Leif's presentation. Now all of those rules (and my earlier criticisms) are to my mind common sense, so not it was time to elaborate on the science of common sense namely complex adaptive systems theory. Tags: conference blogs

The Collapse of Complex Business Models ? Clay Shirky

Clay Shirky

The Times’ Paywall and Newsletter Economics » The Collapse of Complex Business Models. In 1988, Joseph Tainter wrote a chilling book called The Collapse of Complex Societies. Every one of those groups had rich traditions, complex social structures, advanced technology, but despite their sophistication, they collapsed, impoverishing and scattering their citizens and leaving little but future archeological sites as evidence of previous greatness. Clay Shirky.

KMRC Conference Blog: Gorjestani

Dave Snowden

Birds flock based on simple rules, passing reference to complexity theory here, and a positive one. I produced a variation on this twenty years ago on uncertainty which I must blog about some time. I don't think Nick means that, and I think (from other conversations) that in theory and practice he believes in evolution not engineering but I think the audience will interpret it in the light of Senge rather than complexity. Tags: conference blogs

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: June 2018

David Gurteen

How to be a great leader in a complex world [link] #ComplexWorld #ConversationalLeadership #leadership. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. Most conversations are simply monologues delivered in the presence of witnesses. Margaret Millar [link]. Knowledge is not power.

Blog Post: Henley Forum: Join in June

David Gurteen

Engaging with and working through complexity – a practical take on a tricky problem, starts 26th June Overcoming myopia, seeing and believing in the virtues of difference – Research Summit, 20th July Energising new ways of working – Research Summit, 2nd November. By David Gurteen I have been a friend of the Henley Forum for Organisational Learning and Knowledge Strategies (known as the Henley Forum ) ever since its inception back in 2000 and frequently take part in its events.

Blog Post: Gurteen Knowledge Tweets: June 2017

David Gurteen

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity [link]. By David Gurteen Here are some of my more popular recent tweets. Take a look, if you are not a Tweeter, you will get a good idea of how I use it by browsing the list of micro-posts. ECKM2017 7-8 Sept 2017 Barcelona - preliminary agenda published [link] #KM. Wearable AI system can detect a conversation's tone [link] HT @klowey22. Bringing the Flow of Knowledge to a Standstill by Speaking with Conviction [link].

Blockchain and the Promise of an Open, Decentralized Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These are not only complex but esoteric subjects, as nicely illustrated in this funny video. Blockchain and Identity Blogging Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and StrategyThe January 21 issue of the NY Times Magazine included a very good article, Beyond the Bitcoin Bubble , by science writer Steven Johnson.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Home Archives Subscribe « Welcome to Adam Smiths World | Main | Social networks and Organizational Governance » October 08, 2007 The Complex Chemistry between Brands and Customers - Some Personal Experiences People have very complex relationships with companies and the products and services they offer. " The relationship between a brand and its customers is a complex one indeed, full of emotional connections and chemistry.