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.

Agency: privilege & complexity

Dave Snowden

In part that is the question of privilege, in part a failure to really on board the implications of complexity (and I speak here as some who has sinned and may well still be in a state of sin in this regard). The post Agency: privilege & complexity appeared first on Cognitive Edge.

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Decision Making in Our Increasingly Complex Organizations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

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

mastering complexity

Harold Jarche

“Our most successful clients have cross-flowing knowledge networks to handle the complexity/variety of their marketplace.” “The One Year Club – organizations that buy tools to embrace a new way of working without understanding fit, and finding it really complex.

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. In a complex system we: start journeys with a general sense of direction but without precise targets.

Organize for Complexity

Harold Jarche

” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity. We call this “disciplined practice” Fads like business analytics, knowledge management, and big data will never make organizations fit for complexity.

Payment Technologies: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

I was reminded of this dictum when recently attending a very interesting workshop, Payment Technologies: Past Present and Future. Fundamental innovations in record keeping and payments enabled our transition from small primitive groups to large-scale complex economies and societies.

Intervening in a complex domain

Dave Snowden

A good conversation in Moscow this morning with David Anderson around and about the issue of managing a complex system and as is the way with discussion a half formed idea or two coalesced. Instead you have to make changes in the present and respond to emergent properties.

Parallel Supercomputing: Past, Present and Future

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, by the late 1980s, these complex and expensive technologies ran out of gas and parallel computing became the only realistic alternative to scaling up performance. .

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The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

is that services are very like to remain central to the new economy, not least because we are at or near a tipping point: innovations now underway seem likely to change dramatically the way we live and to generate many services (though few can be predicted in detail at present).”.

Design thinking & complexity pt 1

Dave Snowden

I promised to address this yesterday following a presentation on Design Thinking at the conference here in Ohio. There was a little too much control for my mind and at the end of the day we were told that the experts would now go off line and present solutions to us in the morning.

Managing Complex, Disruptive Innovations - Some Lessons Learned

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They were happy to embrace the new, innovative capabilities of the Web, but it all had to be done in an evolutionary way while continuing their present operations and leveraging their existing IT infrastructures.

Leadership in Complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet In organizing for diversity and complexity , I discussed structural changes that are needed in our institutions. Kevin Wheeler has a great slide presentation on leadership in complexity that looks at what is required in a diverse and complex work world.

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. You cannot predict all the future states of an object or a particle based on its present state. Big Data is one of the hottest topics out there.

Complexity, Information, and Education

George Siemens

I’ve uploaded the slides from my presentation this morning: Croatia: CARNET. View more presentations from gsiemens 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?!

A complex look at task assignments

Clark Quinn

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. It could be a presentation, a video, a document, or what have you. There could even be a model presentation.

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. The problem I have is the word solution is that it implies a prior known problem and if you look at every example I have seen in design thinking presentations they make claims about providing imaginative solutions to defined problems.

Living with Complexity

Clark Quinn

His latest, Living with Complexity , is not as landmark a book as that, but it has some very astute thinking to present. The book, as the title implies, is largely about how complexity isn’t bad, it’s necessary, and the real issue is about designing to manage it. We want powerful systems to accomplish meaningful goals, and he makes the case that this naturally requires complexity, either at the front end or at the back end.

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 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

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.

Me and the Complexity MOOC

Jay Cross

Melanie is diligent, Santa Fe Institute is sponsor, and it’s a fine presentation-MOOC.

Phoenix conference - opening presentation

Dave Snowden

First day session at Phoenix and I did a basic presentation. Complexity is all about obliquity, dealing with problems indirectly. Slides here and no major new things for people familiar with this blog. Slide 3 has some new summary material which covers the following: The importance of the See-Attend-Act model of sense-making. Whether I see the data is an issue of its own right, if I will attend is even hard and getting people to take action is near possible.

Learner self-organization in complex knowledge settings

George Siemens

I tackle that in the presentation below (btw, if you’re reading this live, the presentation is being streamed here ): Self-Organization in Open Online Courses. View more presentations from gsiemens

Complexity and Collaboration

Harold Jarche

timkastelle Nice post from @EskoKilpi: Complexity. The sciences of complexity change our perspective and thinking. Following the thinking presented by the most advanced scientific researchers, the important question to answer is not what should happen in the future, but what is happening now? Tags: Friday's Finds complexity

Presenting in a networked age

Clark Quinn

The Learning Circuit’s Big Question this month has to do with the increasing prevalence of internet access during presentations. The context is that during presentations it’s certainly possible that your audience is multi-tasking, and the question is; what are the implications? The audience can be doing things related to the presentation, like live-blogging it, tweeting it, or taking notes (I’ve been known to mindmap a keynote a time or two).

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.

Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Twenty-thirty years ago, the business world was arguably less complex, slower moving and more predictable. Operations and strategy were distinct parts of the business, one focusing on running the business in the present, the other one looking out into the future. . These shifts are unyielding and contribute to the sense of a world growing more uncertain, volatile and complex.” .

TLt2010 Presentation on Net Work Learning

Harold Jarche

I am presenting at Tlt2010 in Saskatoon this morning. As we become more connected, our governing models, our business structures, and our ways to support learning are all getting more complex. View more presentations from Harold Jarche.

The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World

Luis Suarez

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: . The task today is to understand what both social business and complexity mean.

Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

A signal (''data'', on this model) presents a state of affairs: "Mary''s dress is red." We need to know - somehow a priori - how our senses actually do present us with information, and we need to know, again a priori , what our meaning and purpose in life is. Networks'' and ''Complex adaptive systems'' are two very different things. Under the heading "A believable theory? Actually, yes it is. Jon Dron offers a longish paragraph in two parts.

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. Today was a presentation to a wider audience before moving on to the detailed work. I started with the Handy S Curve models with my most elaborate presentation to date (slides are here , plus a 117mb podcast). Today was the first day of my three day programme at the Civil Service College in Singapore.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

At present, there’s a lot of uncertainty and skepticism around the cloud, particularly among technology professionals who have deep expertise with, or attachment to, on-premise computing,” McAfee adds. 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.

A dark and complex past

Mind Hacks

If you speak Spanish you can watch his recent conference presentation. At one point in the presentation, he is brought to tears as he reads a description of how the yet-to-be Austrian anthropologist murders an old man with a pistol.

Organize for complexity: make work work again

Jay Cross

Complexity had not been discovered. Complexity rules. This marvelous presentation by Niels Pflaeging explains what’s going on. Early this morning I was reflecting on how different today’s world is from the world I grew up in. You see, I was born during World War II. Computers had not been invented. Frederick Taylor was revered. It was a tidier world. Everything was logical. A simpler time. Thirty years ago things began to get fuzzy.

Design to elucidate complexity: derivatives and the meta-economy

Ross Dawson

I just came across the excellent visual presentation at the bottom of this post by information designer Gong Szeto on Design as Derivative: Weapons of Mass Disruption. The post Design to elucidate complexity: derivatives and the meta-economy appeared first on Trends in the Living Networks.

A learning system to meet the needs of a complex knowledge era

George Siemens

I gave a talk on the type(s) of learning system(s) that are needed to address complex knowledge needs. A key point that I wanted to communicate in the presentation is the importance of thinking about the intended needs of knowledge in society when talking about the future of higher education. I had the opportunity to stop by edX last. A video the talk is available here.

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.

Web 2.0 and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

and Change Present Challenges to Many Learning Executives. At a recent symposium I was presenting some research on what CLOs say they are responsible for. Web 2.0 By Rex Davenport.

The complex motivations for self-harm

Mind Hacks

The reality is that motivations for self-harming are complex. Part of the article gives examples of various forms of symbolic ‘magical thinking’ It’s a bit wordy but it illustrates some of the psychological complexity of self-harm.

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.

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

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Are there innovative government models that might work better than our present ones? 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? These are extremely complex issues that will take decades to resolve.

Learning and Working in Complexity Workshop

Harold Jarche

Over several online and on-site presentations this past year, I’ve noticed a need for organizations to develop practical tools and contextual processes to manage information, knowledge and learning. Learning & Working in Complexity Workshop. I am offering a one-day workshop that encapsulates several years of “learning & working on the Web&#. One day (on-site or online). Part 1: Overview of issues and forces that are fundamentally changing workplace learning.