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. How do we lengthen the paths for the virus while maintaining adequate information and resource flow.

Complex knowledge

Harold Jarche

Last week I spent several hours each day, for four consecutive days, trying to share complex knowledge. Sharing information and viewing it through our individual filters is the best that we can hope for in terms of knowledge transfer. complexity Learning Wirearchy

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Complexity, Information, and Education

George Siemens

I’m in Rijeka, Croatia. It’s my first visit hear and it’s a beautiful country. The scenery is spectacular. Unfortunately, most of my time has been spent in a hotel room writing and getting caught up on email/work, etc. Wasn’t traveling fun *before* we could take our work with us?! I’ve uploaded the slides from my presentation this morning: Croatia: CARNET. View more presentations from gsiemens

Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Similarly, the economic value of the Internet can be described as reducing the cost of communications and of search, enabling us to find and access all kinds of information, - including text, pictures music and videos.

culture is complex

Harold Jarche

My network helps to keep me informed. I listened to John Seely Brown several years ago where he explained there is only one way to understand a complex adaptive system (namely one with people in it): you have to marinate in it. Culture is complex. Communities Complexity

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

hold space for complex problems

Harold Jarche

” Work informs much of our relationship with society. Every one of the major challenges facing us is complex. But our organizations are not designed for complexity. Our education institutions do not teach an understanding of complexity. Complexity Democracy

Complexity and Public Administration

Dave Snowden

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. So what is applying complexity thinking to public policy really all about?

improvise for complexity

Harold Jarche

The five principles are: Assume complexity and only control process choices, not the outcome. 4) Add information. ComplexityThe premise of A Useful Idea is that improvisation acting principles can help with the creation of something new, and perhaps innovative.

Complex Systems and the “Rashomon Effect”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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.

Coherence in complexity

Harold Jarche

Anecdote reports that John Kotter, leadership guru , is accepting that methods like his 8-step process for leading change may not be effective in the face of complexity. Complexity, driven by global networked communications, is the main factor. complexity InternetTime SocialBusiness

Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The first part is designed to be very broad, as a "view of the universe as a self-organizing information system that can, in some sense, be seen to have knowledge and to change through co-adaptation of its parts." Let''s look at what is included in this sentence: It''s a ''view of the universe'' that is self-organizing that is an information system that can be seen to. The key turn in this sentence occurs in the next phrase, the one depicting the universe as an information system.

Networks thrive in complexity

Harold Jarche

In complex environments, weak hierarchies and strong networks are the best organizing principle. One good example of complexity that we can try to fathom is nature itself. complexity Wirearchy

social learning for complex work

Harold Jarche

It’s a question of complexity. Complicated systems and the training for them can be controlled and information organized for reference. Complex systems and learning how to work with them cannot be controlled. Complexity SocialLearning

Absorbing complexity with PKM

Harold Jarche

We both use social technologies to reach out into the complexity and try to make sense of it. Managing and sharing information, especially through conversations, are fundamental processes for sense-making in the complex domain.

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Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

I started talking about the differences that complexity theory makes to design thinking some time ago - In Malmo at the XP conference as I remember it - and have now introduced that material in modified form onto day four of our accreditation programme.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, the transition to an information-based, service-intensive digital economy truly started when the Internet and World Wide Web took off in the mid 1990s, - a short time ago in historical terms.

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.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

They work well when information flows mostly in one direction: down. We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization. Complexity. Complexity ConnectedEnterprise

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The universal reach and connectivity of the Internet were enabling access to information and transactions of all sorts for anyone with a browser and an Internet connection. Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Technology and Strategy

Complex actions workshop

Dave Snowden

Another sign that complexity thinking is coming into its own. I had to put an outline together to explain what goes on and decided to publish it here both for the record and to inform others. A basic introduction to complexity theory using metaphor in the main.

Re-wiring for the Complex Workplace

Harold Jarche

Complexity is the new normal. Company policies that try to limit information sharing, in case it may be inaccurate, further sabotage organizational learning. Re-wiring for complexity. Organizations need to understand complexity instead of adding more complication.

Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Known problems require access to the right information to solve them. This information can be mapped, and frameworks such as knowledge management (KM) help us to map it. Complex, new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. complexity Wirearchy

MOOC on complexity

Jay Cross

I have enrolled in a MOOC offered by Santa Fe Institute on Complexity. Introduction to Complexity. About the Course: In this eleven-week course you’ll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems. Information, Order, and Randomness.

our simply complex world

Harold Jarche

” Understanding Makes the Complex Simple. There’s a complex web of key personalities and networks that make it function,” I pointed out, “and your job sits right in the middle of them.”

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. So is the world of highly complex systems , especially those systems whose components and interrelationships are themselves quite complex, as is the case with systems biology and evolution. .

Informal Learning – the other 80%

Jay Cross

The start-up stiffed me but the paper morphed into the Informal Learning book. I’ll be leading a series of master classes on informal learning and working smarter in Europe. Informal Learning – the other 80%. Informal learning is effective because it is personal.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We generally think of large companies as being good at operations and incremental innovations, which require them to excel at management discipline, detailed information analysis and project management. It favors large companies because of their ability to address complex systemic problems, manage the large-scale ecosystems that solving such problems requires, and bring their solutions to market all round the world.

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Want Results? Champion the Informal

Jay Cross

We have an information explosion. The world is becoming more complex. I first heard about informal learning was at a conference in Orlando, Florida, a dozen years ago. The scientists discovered than over 80% of the way people learned their jobs was informal.

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. Some of it is based on lack of information.

Preparing Students for an Increasingly Complex Business World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are engineering and management schools adequately preparing students for our fast-changing, highly complex business world? Not quite, say a number of recent studies. A good education should include soft as well as hard competencies.

Design thinking & complexity pt 2

Dave Snowden

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. In a very important sense, then, from the perspective of material engagement, cognition has no location.

Complexity, swiss cheese and failure

Harold Jarche

Nearly one-third—31%—of people say they have deserted a particular news outlet because it no longer provides the news and information they had grown accustomed to. How Complex Systems Fai l [PDF] Complexity, swiss cheese and failure.

Pulling informal learning

Harold Jarche

Informal learning is mostly Pull. They are also more in control of who Pushes to them, through social networks and other sources of online information. The pace of change and the level of complexity are outpacing the ability to Push the knowledge artifacts needed for an agile workforce.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Corporations that understand the value of knowledge sharing, teamwork, informal learning and joint problem solving are investing heavily in collaboration technology and are reaping the early rewards. ~ Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex.

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.

Informal rule of thumb

Harold Jarche

Studies show that informal learning accounts for between 70 and 95% of workplace learning [USBLS: 70%; Raybould: 95%; EDC: 70%; CapitalWorks: 75%; OISE: 70%; eLG: 70%; Allen Tough: 80%]. According to Gary, as much as 95% of workplace learning is informal. Informal Learning

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.

Networks and complexity

Harold Jarche

A cultural change is required in the way we organize our work because of two related factors: Networks & Complexity. The cynefin model shows that emergent practices are needed in order to manage in complex environments and novel practices are necessary for chaotic ones. Tweet.

Complexity links

Harold Jarche

I use Delicious to keep track of web resources and recently passed on, via Twitter, my social bookmarks tagged with complexity. A short explanation of the Cynefin framework (and video by Shawn Callahan ), by Ton Zijlstra : Over the years I’ve seen the number of issues companies and professionals are dealing with shift more and more to the complex realm. Complexity is where predictability is absent, and only in hindsight cause and effect are clear.

PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

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. Managing and sharing information, especially through conversations, are fundamental processes for sense-making in the complex domain.

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Cognitive Edge announces training courses for 2016 – Working with Complex Problems

Dave Snowden

Today we’re announcing practitioner-focused courses on complexity and the Cynefin framework. Course 1: Dealing with Complex Problems. Course 2: Managing in Complexity. Managing and strategising in Complexity using ABIDE. Cynefin Managing Complex Systems Narrative Trainin

The Science of Information-based Predictions

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Silver, on the another hand, views information-based predictions, including political forecasting, as a scientific discipline. The exponential growth in information is sometime seen as a cure-all, as computers were in the 1970s.