Scaling in complex systems

Dave Snowden

Naturally I have done a lot more thinking since then but the fundamentals remain: you don’t scale a complex system by aggregation or imitation but be decomposition to an optimal level of granularity followed by recombination (possible exadaptive recombination).

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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Understanding complexity

Harold Jarche

Thinking of complex adaptive systems as merely complicated entities that can be regulated like machines can lead to disaster, as Niall Ferguson shows in his recent book. Human systems are complex. He also elaborates on 16 attributes of effective ways to address complex problems.

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

Fidelity in complex systems consultancy

Dave Snowden

It been a week since my tirade against the abrogation of leadership by falling back to the crutch of a mega-consultancy report. 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.

eLearning Reports: 3 LMS Metrics That Indicate Course Effectiveness

TOPYX LMS

1 This statistic indicates that many eLearning courses aren’t as effective as they should be, but measuring the effectiveness of each course exactly can be a complex process. eLearning LMS LMS Reporting

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.

The Complex Nature of Cloud-based Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A somewhat similar point was made in a 2013 report by the McKinsey Global Institute , Ten IT-enabled business trends for the decade ahead , which listed cloud as one of its top trends and succinctly described its key value as realizing anything as a service.

Build trust, embrace networks, manage complexity

Harold Jarche

We have known for quite a while that hierarchies are ineffective when things get complex. In matrix management people have more than one reporting line and often work across business units. Most organizations still deal with complexity through reorganization. Complexity.

Workshop report

Dave Snowden

I was also charged to give people some experience of complex facilitation techniques, so I explained what I was doing as I went along. An all day workshop today as a build in to the ARK KM conference here. A good turn out, many people I know well plus some new people.

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Exception handling is complex work

Harold Jarche

Complex, new problems need tacit knowledge to solve them. For example, just adding finished reports to a knowledge base does not help others understand how that report was developed. Exception handling is complex work, which requires passion, creativity and initiative.

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.

[review] Cheap Complex Devices

David Weinberger

So, with the knowingly-false intention of coming back to write a longer review, here’s a brief report on one book on my list. John Sundman (Disclosure: John is a friend from a mailing list) is a geek, and Cheap Complex Devices is a geeky novel. John details the mechanics and economics of flogging self-published books in his report on DefCon I’ve got an ever-growing list of books that I intend to write reviews of because they’re so damn interesting.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Conventional wisdom these days says that small is better when it comes to innovation and putting new ideas into practice,” writes Mandel at the beginning of the report. 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. But, it is not enough to be large for a company to succeed at complex systemic innovation.

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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. What is it that makes these systems so intrinsically complex?

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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.

7 principles of intervention in complex systems

Dave Snowden

Not to simply report what we had found, but to allow to explore the data and come up with a series of interventions that would hold out the possibility of achieving change, or through failure would allow learning to take place. I may buy this T-Shirt as its a great slogan.

Social Learning, Complexity and the Enterprise

Harold Jarche

Our relationship with knowledge is changing as our work becomes more intangible and complex. 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.

A client report

Dave Snowden

This is a growing area of work for us with a lot of organisations frustrated by complex reports with lots of figures but no context. One of the things I like about this report is the mix of inductive and abductive results. One of the things about narrative work using SenseMaker® is that you are often dealing with material, especially the results which cannot be shared.

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Organizations and Complexity

Harold Jarche

Tweet I’ve discussed this table before, but I’d like to put it all the links together to highlight what we need to do with our organizations and structures to deal with complexity. Complexity. How we can support emergent practices in the increasingly complex enterprise: COMPLEXITY. Patti Anklam , in discussing value networks and complexity states: Understanding of complexity provides a practical guide to managing context.

Bread, Freedom, Social Justice: A report from Egypt

David Weinberger

The cry of the masses reflected a street awareness of the complexity of development as human dignity and active citizenry — an enlightenment that the ruling elite lacked. A mix of political naivite and the desire to protect own interests (they are a major recipient of US aid and a major economic player), SCAF’s amateur performance has brought to disarray the politics and economics of a very complex country. Here is an email Nagla Rizk sent to the Berkman mailing list.

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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. A few weeks ago, the Academy released Perceptions of Science in America , the first in a series of reports from the Public Face of Science initiative. The report found that confidence in scientific leaders varies based on demographics and related factors.

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.

The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The IT function of 2015 will bear little resemblance to its current state,” concludes one such report. 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.

Drug addiction: The complex truth

Mind Hacks

You can read more about Rat Park in the original scientific report. 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.

[shorenstein][liveblog] Phillip Martin on reporting poverty, and Boston’s racist image

David Weinberger

He is a Boston-based investigative reporter who (says Alex Jones) “tries to explain the city to itself.” It’s now considered to be one of the most dangerous in the area, which masks the complexity of the place. A labor reporter (Steve Orr [?]) He was reporting on the UAW and plants closing across Detroit. The coverage by this reporter did jibe with what Phillip saw happening and what his cousin Cyrus said about his experience working in an auto plant.

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Per Question Reports

Tony Karrer

First, having worked on custom LMS, LCMS, Authoring projects and being pretty deeply familiar with SCORM, it's easy to blame the LMS for poor reporting on per-question reporting, but its very hard for an LMS to create generic reports that work well across all the variations that you run into. So, if the source of the statement "I'm not happy with their support for SCORM" is only the issues of reporting, that's a bit unfair.

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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.

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. Several scientific papers in a complex and unsettled debate about this topic could be taken to support my position.

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.

How complex is our work?

Harold Jarche

On my recent post, Emergent practices need practice , I looked at how complexity could not be easily addressed through traditional training methods: But many of the problems we face today are COMPLEX, and methods to solve simple and complicated problems will not work with complex ones.

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.

Oxytocin is a complex character

Mind Hacks

Contrary to the cliché, we reported on a study last year that found that the drug increased feelings of envy and gloating in a trading game. Not Exactly Rocket Science elegantly covers a new study that counters the tired ‘love drug’ stereotype associated with the hormone oxytocin.

From Addis Ababa to Las Vegas (catching up on trip reports!) | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Home About Full Circle Contact Resources Wiki Full Circus Full Circle Associates connections for a changing world, online and offline… Jul 10 2008 From Addis Ababa to Las Vegas (catching up on trip reports!)

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Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter

Luckily, Idealware has just published a useful guide cover the practical resources and technology tools for collecting, tracking, and reporting on program data.

Why Some AI Efforts Succeed While Many Fail

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Winning with AI , - a 2019 report based on a survey jointly conducted by the MIT Sloan Management Review and the Boston Consulting Group , - found that 90% of respondents agree that AI represents a business opportunity for their company.

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Conversation with Tom Stewart: intellectual capital, new reporting, finance and strategy

Ross Dawson

Audit firms see new revenue streams in intangibles reporting. Financial executives must learn new reporting techniques. Until recently the uptake of intangibles reporting has been slow, but the pace is picking up. Over the last years the production of sustainability reports has been added to the to-do list for many overburdened corporate staff. As Stewart points out, intangibles accounting and sustainability reporting are “two sides of the same coin”.

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CPSquare’s Long Live the Platform Event Report | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Check it out — Long Live the Platform Report (application/pdf Object).

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The Internet of Things is Changing the World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We’ve long thought of products as physical entities built with a combination of mechanical and electrical components, - e.g., appliances, cars, agricultural machines, industrial equipment, - some quite simple and some highly complex.

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… from little acorns grow

Dave Snowden

My role was also to provide an overview of complexity theory and its application to climate change. Managing Complex Systems

Blockchain - the Networked Ecosystem is the Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Their presentation was based on their recently published report Building your blockchain advantage. Another major challenge is the sheer complexity of organizing major industry-wide initiatives.

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.

The State of AI in the Enterprise

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Davenport was a co-author of both reports. Around 40 % of respondents cited implementation difficulties, integrating AI into the company’s roles and functions, and data privacy and related data issues as their top challenges, not surprisingly for a complex technology in its early stages.

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