[review] Cheap Complex Devices

David Weinberger

I’ve got an ever-growing list of books that I intend to write reviews of because they’re so damn interesting. In fact, it’s because they deserve full reviews that I’m not writing any reviews. 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.

Reinventing Organizations – Review

Harold Jarche

It articulates the framework needed for better organizations that can grow and adapt to work in complex environments. It is an excellent background resource to Organize for Complexity , explaining 21st century organizational transformation in much greater detail.

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freedom inc. review

Harold Jarche

They understand that in complex human systems all contexts are different. In these times, can you afford to continue stifling the vast majority of your people instead of giving them a chance to help your business? Freedom Inc.

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Complex actions workshop

Dave Snowden

Another sign that complexity thinking is coming into its own. There are new action forms for this, and also a whole new approach to portfolio management of complex interventions. A basic introduction to complexity theory using metaphor in the main.

WTF? Complexity.

Jay Cross

Outcomes result from the interplay of complex adaptive systems. What’s a person to do when complexity turns our clockwork universe on its head? My colleagues at the Internet Time Alliance agree that we need to embrace complexity , not hide from it.

The Connected Company Review

Harold Jarche

It is a comprehensive read, covering complexity and networks, and how they are changing business. A connected company is a complex, adaptive system that functions more like an organism than a machine. It’s design for complexity, for productivity, and for longevity.

in an increasingly complex world

Harold Jarche

Robert Warwick - Following a comprehensive literature review, heavily influenced by complexity sciences, we came up with seven essential criteria that are important to consider in an increasingly complex world, these were: Go out of your way to make new connections. complexity

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. The instructor then reviews these outputs, and assigns the student several others to review.

“Complicated” vs. “Complex”

Martijn Linssen

The background: A gentleman who makes a living “reducing complexity” for IT systems keeps running into some of us on Twitter who study complexity. The ask: There is a group of complexity aficionados that criticize my use of the word “complexity.” ” In general, these are folks who are influenced by the Cynefin framework that considers complexity and complicated to be different attributes of a system. The Emergence of Complexity.

The Nature of the Future – Review

Harold Jarche

Lending Club : “We replace the high cost and complexity of bank lending.” Books Communities complexity Innovation What will the future look like? Here are some glimpses. Genomera : Crowdsourcing clinical trials. BioCurious : Hackerspace for biotech.

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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.

Smarter Than We Think Review

Clark Quinn

I have argued before about how we can, and should, augment our pattern-matching capability with the perfect memory and complex calculation that digital technology provides, and separately how social extends our cognition. In Smarter Than We Think , Clive Thompson makes the case that not only is our technology not making us stupider, but that we have been using external support for our cognition from our earliest days. Moreover, this is a good thing.

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Beatles’ Revolver 49 years later: A Review

David Weinberger

So, here’s a review of Revolver (the UK version). Tell you what, let’s have Ringo throw in a classic kiddy song with enough complexity in the harmonies and arrangements that it’ll be great when you’re high. The post Beatles’ Revolver 49 years later: A Review appeared first on Joho the Blog In the 1980s, I stopped listening to music for no particular reason.

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Capital One’s AdaptivePath.org Year In Review

Adaptive Path

This event was one that bridged the gap between design and business, between complex challenges and tangible solutions, and most importantly between cohabitants of this vibrant city we call home. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall. During the earliest day of dot-org, I borrowed this quote to succinctly express what I hoped dot-org would become in the world.

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The Learning Layer – Review

Harold Jarche

This is the ultimate in flexibility and efficiency, and can serve to make the benefits of processes realizable in even the most complex and fluid of work settings.

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Makers – Review

Harold Jarche

However, it’s not so deep that it detracts from the story, which includes some interesting and complex characters. I don’t read much fiction but I must say I truly enjoyed Cory Doctorow’s Makers , set in the near distant future. It is neither techno-utopian nor dystopian. Doctorow has matured as a writer since Eastern Standard Tribe , an interesting novel but lacking the depth of characters and storyline of Makers.

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Simplexity – review

Harold Jarche

In Simplexity Jeffrey Kluger writes an easy-reading book on “why simple things become complex and how complex things can be made simple&#. First of all, this is not a book for anyone looking for a deep examination of complexity theory.

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The TED of all Leadership Management Conferences – A Review of the Drucker Forum 2013

Dan Pontefract

The conference theme was entitled “Managing Complexity” yet I don’t think it did justice to the presentations, banter and discussions that transpired. She smiled and said she looked forward to reviewing the book. Roger’s take on complexity was spot on.

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The Complex Transition to the Age of the Cloud

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In November of 2011, Andrew McAfee published an article in the Harvard Business Review: What Every CEO Needs to Know about the Cloud. 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.

Reviewing "A New Culture of Learning"

John Hagel

Collectives provide the context for learning and the learning process involves a complex interplay between the personal and the collective. We all have the uncomfortable feeling that the education we received is serving us less and less well. The reassuring notion that the concentrated dose of education in our younger years would serve us well for the rest of lives appears increasingly suspect.    And this doesn’t even address our concerns for our children and grand-children. 

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Social Media Marketing – Review

Harold Jarche

The final section is on best practices and common mistakes and, given the complexity and changing nature of the field, these may change.

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The Hyper-social Organization – Review

Harold Jarche

” Social Messiness vs Process and Hierarchy: “SEAMS: sensing, engaging, activating, measuring, storytelling” [Note: this does not align with the Cynefin framework that advocates a "Probe-Sense-Respond" approach so I think SEAMS lacks the flexibility necessary in complex environments.]. Tweet. The main premise of The Hyper-social Organization is that social media, connectivity and always-on technology are enabling what humans do naturally; to be very social.

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The Evolution of My Complex Relationship with Blogging

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Liking Is for Cowards, Go for What Hurts , by Jonathan Franzen was published as an OpEd in the Week in Review section of the May 29 Sunday New York Times. His last book, Freedom , published in 2010 has gotten rave reviews, as did his 2001 novel, The Corrections. They publish the results of their research in peer-reviewed journals, especially in academia. Blogging Complex Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

Review: The Edupunks' Guide, by Anya Kamenetz

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Where is the distinction between different types of research, such as experimental research, say, and literature reviews? They start with something simple (print "Hello world") move on to something more complex ("bubble sort") and engaging ("game of life") long before they, say, write their own word processor or database software. I have now had the chance to read The Edupunks' Guide and can now form some opinions based on what I've seen.

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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. We read the many reviews of products and services now available online to then form our own opinions.

Capital One’s AdaptivePath.org Year In Review

Adaptive Path

This event was one that bridged the gap between design and business, between complex challenges and tangible solutions, and most importantly between cohabitants of this vibrant city we call home. “What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.” Jane Goodall. During the earliest day of dot-org, I borrowed this quote to succinctly express what I hoped dot-org would become in the world.

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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.

it’s not complicated – review

Harold Jarche

A major focus of my work is getting people to think in terms of complexity and understand the difference between complicated and complex systems. ” A quick guide to see if your situation is complex. complex global social issues. Books Complexity

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Why diverse viewpoints are critical in dealing with complexity

Ross Dawson

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?

Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

Beth Kanter

Almost five years ago to the day, I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation. Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.

Review: Web Form Design

Adaptive Path

If you want detail on complex Flash or Ajax applications, you should look elsewhere. It’s not hard to like a book on web forms that starts with the simple truth: “Forms suck.&# Luke Wroblewski’s Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks is quite a good book, filled with practical advice told in an engaging manner. I can’t imagine any serious web interaction designer not having it on her bookshelf, although it doesn’t get into much beyond basic-HTML web forms.

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Review: Hotel Apartamentos Canaima

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I originally wrote this review of Apartamentos Canaima for Expedia , but it exceeds their length restriction, so I am posting it here. Location Despite references to 'Mogan' on the hotel website, it is located in the Puerto Rico tourist complex (which is about 18 winding kilometers from Puerto Mogan and something like 30 kilopmeers from Mogan). The major advantage of this hotel is that it is cheap - at 50 Euros a night, one of the best rates available on Gran Canaria.

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Book Review: The Nonprofit Business Plan

Beth Kanter

” But after doing research , we learned that nonprofits rarely filled in the year 4 or year 5 – not due to laziness, but because the world has gotten more complex.” Kathy Reich, Packard Foundation and Author David La Piana.

The Napoleon Complex

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

To introduce this, I'll quote part of the post I was responding to (I don't want to cite everything in the post because his site is not licensed under Creative Commons): The Journal of Common Sense in Education has a new submission ready for peer-review: rightly or wrongly, appearance is a factor. 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.

Next Generation Evaluation: Embracing Complexity, Connectivity, and Change

Beth Kanter

On November 14, FSG and Stanford Social Innovation Review will convene nonprofit leaders, grantmakers, evaluators, and other interested organizations and individuals to explore the possibilities for learning and evaluation in the social sector for “ Next Generation Evaluation.”

GEWR Online Event After Action Review | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

The After Action Review (AAR) of the event is now up on the wiki if you are interested! Gender Equity and Women’s Rights Online Event After Action Review Here is the text: Reference materials: [link] DGroups site: [link] Event description A 2-week online event to discuss what individual and groups were doing to mark the World Social Forum 2008 Global Day of Action and to begin considering how to impact and participate in the WSF 2009 global gathering in Belem do Para, Brasil.

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Last Year's Predictions For 2008, Reviewed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Jane Hart , Head, Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies, UK Predicted: Open source and other free tools will continue to dominate the e-learning market, but these will be used to create simple informational types of e-learning rather than complex instructional solutions. Nope - all that was tried with MERLOT years ago, and the whole quality-review thing just isn't catching on.

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stevenberlinjohnson.com: Ghost Map Reviews: The First Round

Steven Berlin Johnson

stevenberlinjohnson.com « | Main | » Ghost Map Reviews: The First Round So the review season has officially started for The Ghost Map , though it doesnt come out until this Thursday. Were the lead review -- titled "Plotting Death" -- in this Sundays L.A.

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Favourite Books of 2013 That I Read

Dan Pontefract

On the contrary indeed, Bill has done such a fantastic job at listening and then curating, it’s a marvelous example of Habit 23 “Your Power is Your Network” and Habit 25 “It’s Not About You” On Managing Yourself by Harvard Business Review. I like to read.

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The Urgent Need to Strengthen the Nation’s Resilience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

So did business, as explained in The High Price of Efficiency , a 2019 Harvard Business Review article by Roger Martin , professor emeritus and former dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

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Book review: Willpower by Baumeister & Tierney

Mind Hacks

This book, on the other hand, is an example of how sterile experimental psychology can be when faced with the complexities of a core human dilemma, such as that of self-control. Full disclosure: I’m reviewing this book because I was asked to by the publisher, who sent me a free copy. “Willpower: Rediscovering the greatest human strength”, Roy Baumeister & John Tierney, 2011.

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.

Harold Jarche » Getting to Maybe – Review

Harold Jarche

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