learning with complexity

Harold Jarche

Two technologies — machine learning , and the internet — are changing our understanding of the world by showing that we really cannot understand large scale complexity. “We don’t use these technologies because they are huge, connected, and complex. Sensemaking is becoming a critical skill in our complex world. We definitely cannot do this alone. Working and learning in complexity means letting go of certainty while continuously improving our sensemaking.

Systems thinking & complexity

Dave Snowden

The pioneering work of Prigogine and others which gives us complexity theory happens in the middle of that century. It was a characteristic of that period of development that the complexity of system would be resolved by engineering design, often bottom up, or definition of specific outcomes. I didn’t know it at the time but that was the key Cynefin distinction between complex and complicated.


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Complex knowledge

Harold Jarche

Last week I spent several hours each day, for four consecutive days, trying to share complex knowledge. I was reminded once again of how much time it takes to share complex (implicit) knowledge. To really share complex knowledge takes a willingness to listen as well as the time and space to do so. complexity Learning Wirearchy I had my understanding of communities of practice, personal knowledge management, leadership, and innovation that I wanted to share.

complexity and social learning

Harold Jarche

As we transition from a market to a network economy, complexity will increase due to our hyper-connectedness. Managing in complex adaptive systems means influencing possibilities rather than striving for predictability (good or best practices). No one has the definitive answer any more but we can use the intelligence of our networks to make sense together. Read more » Complexity SocialLearning

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the column, professor Frenkel discusses a very deep and important question: Is there such a thing as a true reality, or “is our belief in a definite, objective, observer-independent reality an illusion?” But part of my fascination with the subject is that I often ask myself similar questions when thinking about the equally mysterious world of highly complex emergent systems, that is, systems where the whole can at times be quite different from the sum of their parts.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Not only does God definitely play dice, but He sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen. Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there.

Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions - Bob.

Bob Sutton

Adopting The No Asshole Rule: Dont Bother If The Words Are Hollow » Richard Feynman On The Folly Of Crafting Precise Definitions.   When behavioral scientists started pushing for precise definitions of concepts like effectiveness and leadership, he would sometimes confuse them (even though Larry is a very precise thinker) by arguing "there is a negative relationship between precision and accuracy."   I agree that definitions are useful at times.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Perhaps the one definition everyone can agree to is one attributed to The Economist : a service is “anything sold in trade that cannot be dropped on your foot.”. Cloud Computing Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Services Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy By now, most will agree that cloud computing is a major transformational force in the world of IT.

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

Bringing the human element and complexity thinking to rebuilding resilience in Puerto Rico

Dave Snowden

We will focus on bringing the transdisciplinary human element and complexity thinking to a fascinating mix of disciplines, ranging from hydrological, electrical and mechanical engineering, meteorology, climatology, and social ecology to data science and social science. It was also an important session for the different disciplines to discuss the development of a truly interdisciplinary definition of resilience.

A guide to complexity and organizations

Harold Jarche

Via Jay Cross is this amazing synthesis – Organize for Complexity – of how complexity affects our work and the ways in which we can change our organizational structures to account for complexity, instead or adding more complication. If you know nothing about complexity, read this. The definition of complex systems is quite useful: Complex systems have presence or participation of living creatures.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. Jon Husband’s working definition of Wirearchy is “a dynamic two-way flow of power and authority, based on knowledge, trust, credibility and a focus on results, enabled by interconnected people and technology”. PDL – Personal Directed Learning: from Clockwork & Predictable to Complexity & Surprising. Complexity: the new normal. Complexity and the new Enterprise.

PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

It is interesting to note that this definition comes from a study on manufacturing and artificial intelligence. 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. “Ideas emerge in the complex domain …” which is where creative knowledge workers in a network economy need to be active, probing, and playing.

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Growing Up in a Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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. Several weeks ago IBM released its 2010 Global CEO Study.

A Simple Definition of Knowledge?

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Responding to George Siemens's A Simple Definition of Knowledge. At its simplest, a neuron can be 'off' or 'on' (actual neurons have more complex states, of course). The traditional definition of knowledge is 'justified true belief'. There are many problems with that definition, but it does point to the fact that we think of 'knowledge' as being something broadly mental and propositional. It is currently pending approval over there.

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.

The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World

Luis Suarez

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. . We are our relations “ To then finish off with a short note on the impact of social technologies in today’s complex, more interconnected world than ever: .

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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Values, Trust and Reputation in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Both present and future leaders expect the business environment to grow significantly more complex over time. This is one of the main conclusions of two recent studies conducted by IBM, the 2010 Global CEO Study , and the companion student study, Inheriting a Complex World. They don’t even need a definition of complexity, since that is the only world they have ever known.

Trauma is more complex than we think

Mind Hacks

I’ve got an article in The Observer about how the official definition of trauma keeps changing and how the concept is discussed as if it were entirely intuitive and clear-cut, when it’s actually much more complex. I’ve become fascinated by how the concept of ‘trauma’ is used in public debate about mental health and the tension that arises between the clinical and rhetorical meanings of trauma.

The Three Types of AI: Artificial, Authentic, and Augmented Intelligence

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While that began with rote, repetitive physical tasks like weaving, machines have evolved to the point where they can now do what we might think of as complex cognitive work, such as math equations, recognizing language and speech, and writing.

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Why diverse viewpoints are critical in dealing with complexity

Trends in the Living Networks

The September issue of Harvard Business Review focused on complexity, with several excellent articles. Mauboussin , the chief investment strategist at Legg Mason Capital Management, whose investment approach is fundamentally based on understanding complexity. His answer to the last question in the interview was very interesting: What are some of the rules of thumb for getting yourself into the right mind-set to deal with complexity?

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Dave Snowden

Lots of languages have trouble translating Cynefin, mainly because of the distinction between complex and complicated. So I called complex ????????? Could the “Complicated”, in fact, have been construed as “Complex” in the Cynefin sense? Complexity Cynefin Meaning Musings

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This complex and tragic event supports my own view

Mind Hacks

Enraged by the inexplicable violence of this complex and multi-faceted attack, I promised the public I would use this opportunity to push my own pet theory of mass shootings. Research on the risk factors for mass shootings has suggested that there are a number of characteristics that have an uncertain statistical link to these tragic events but none that allow us to definitively predict a future mass shooting.

Definition of Social Learning from Wired for Culture by M. Pagel (further discussion)

Mark Oehlert

Currently reading this book and hit the following definition : "Social learning can be fiendishly difficult to define but has - when applied to humans-two important features that together make the entirety of our cultural achievements possible and effectively open up an unbridgeable gulf between ourselves and all other animals. I'd be curious to find case studies supporting this definition in the virtual learning world.

Definition of Social Learning from Wired for Culture by M. Pagel (further discussion)

Mark Oehlert

Currently reading this book and hit the following definition : "Social learning can be fiendishly difficult to define but has - when applied to humans-two important features that together make the entirety of our cultural achievements possible and effectively open up an unbridgeable gulf between ourselves and all other animals. I'd be curious to find case studies supporting this definition in the virtual learning world.

addressing wicked problems

Harold Jarche

They require us to address complex, intersecting social, economic and technical (and often hidden) systems. Two dimensions of complexity are important. First, the underlying problem is complex with many causes. Second, developing solutions requires complex collaborations.

The Urgent Need for Wide-Scale Upskilling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Any definition presupposes a set of values about what matters – sustainability for some, productivity or security for others. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Future of Work Management and Leadership Political Issues Services Innovation Society and Culture

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To curate or be curated?

Dave Snowden

For those not familiar with the approach it involves understanding the relevant root definitions of activity within a system. The development of Rich Pictures involved using sketches and symbols to better visualise the various interactions within a complex problem or issue.

Will AI Ever Be Smarter Than a Baby?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a very good definition of general intelligence , - the ability to effectively address a wide range of goals in different environments. Deep learning methods are particularly valuable in extracting patterns from complex, unstructured data, including audio, speech, images and video.

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The Increasing Economic Value of Digital Capital

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The reason for this fast rising valuations is that intangible capabilities are a major source of a company’s long-term competitive strengths , and are generally quite complex to build and replicate. A firm’s financial statement comprises two distinct types of assets.

The Increasing Influence of Recommendation Systems in Our Everyday Lives

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, “recommendation engines are far more intriguing and important than their definitions might suggest,” as they not only predict but also shape their users’ preferences. A few years ago, I attended a seminar by University of Toronto professor Avi Goldfarb on the economic value of AI.

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The Current State of Cloud Computing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the lead article , technology editor Ludwig Siegele started out his definition of cloud computing by first giving a very succinct history of computing: “In the beginning computers were human. In June, 2008 I gave a talk at a conference on The Promise and Reality of Cloud Computing.

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Conceptualizing AI in Human Terms is Misleading and Potentially Harmful

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a very good definition of general intelligence , - the kind of intelligence that’s long been measured in IQ tests, and that, for the foreseeable future, only humans have. Humans can learn such abstractions, both through explicit definition and more implicit means.

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learning in the flow of work

Harold Jarche

Complex work can provide a unique business advantage — but complex work is difficult to copy. Complex and creative work require greater implicit knowledge. Learning among ourselves is integral to complex and creative work. Complexity NetworkedLearning

Dealing with a Highly Unpredictable Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Not only don’t we have definitive answers, we don’t even know how to best frame these critical questions. But that’s all been changing in our complex economy and society. Everything else being equal, it’s our preferred way of absorbing complex information.

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A New Contract with the Middle Class

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

While there are multiple definitions , most are based on income, partly because data on income are widely available, and it’s easier to come up with concrete, quantifiable definitions. “The U.S.

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The Intriguing Nature of Non-Fungible Tokens

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And second, blockchain technologies can significantly improve the efficiency, resilience, and management of supply chains, financial services, and other complex global applications involving multiple institutions across multiple countries.

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Why Business Transformation Efforts Often Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Change, by definition, requires creating a new system, which in turn always demands leadership. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Management and Leadership Media and Communications Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

revisiting cooperation

Harold Jarche

But complex work requires much greater human involvement and the sharing of implicit knowledge, which cannot easily be codified or captured by software. Managing in complex adaptive systems means influencing possibilities rather than striving for predictability (good or best practices).

America’s Obsession with Economic Efficiency

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Since the definition of efficiency for something as complex as an economy is rather abstract, such a model of the economy uses proxies to measure and attempt to achieve maximal efficiency. We need different principles and processes to address this class of highly complex problems.

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Looking back at the Acorn Study; Part 9: Seedlings

Dave Snowden

After a couple of weeks of hiatus (early spring is definitely Bank Holiday season here in Cyprus), this blog series returns for its final look back at the Acorn Study. Anthro-complexity Blogs Cynefin Centre Climate Change programme Series

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Are We Becoming a Decadent, Stagnating Society?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But Douthat says that he simply uses decadence as a description of the current state of society: economic stagnation, institutional decay, and cultural exhaustion despite a high level of material prosperity. “The decadent society is, by definition, a victim of its own success,” he noted.