Agency: privilege & complexity

Dave Snowden

The daily email from Gaping Void is saving me the effort of searching the internet for images before posting. So to start this journey, let me look at two issues, the moral question of privilege and the ontological question of complexity: Firstly to the morality of privilege.

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?

Search Pidgin

David Weinberger

Search engines are easier because they have already trained us how to talk to them. We eventually learn that quoting a phrase searches for exactly that phrase. ’&# is way worse than “Moby-Dick harpoonist’ &# I have no idea what the curve of query sophistication looks like, but most of us have been trained to one degree or another by the search engines who are our masters and our betters.

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“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 Firm as a Large, Complex, Extended Family

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on. A firms is best viewed as a kind-of rather large and highly complex family.

Musing on Google’s Power Searching Course and marketing

Jay Cross

Today I completed Google’s Power Searching Course. Do I know any more about search than I did ten days ago? You can narrow a search by date. Previously I approached Google searches much like looking something up in an encyclopedia or dictionary.

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PKM is making sense of complexity

Harold Jarche

This is what you find on the first page of most searches for PKM : Personal knowledge management (PKM) is a collection of processes that a person uses to gather, classify, store, search, retrieve, and share knowledge in his or her daily activities – Wikipedia.

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[liveblog][act-tiac] A federal portal in the age of search?

David Weinberger

“In a world where everyone can search and has apps, is a web portal relevant?,” Now people arrive through search. People are surprised when it’s complex. Someone has a general idea, but not informed enough to search. Sarah Crane , Dir., Federal Citizen Information Center, GSA., is going to talk about ” she asks. NOTE: Live-blogging. Getting things wrong. Missing points. Omitting key information. Introducing artificial choppiness.

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The search for a genetic killer

Mind Hacks

Something as simple as a DNA sequence cannot explain anything as complex as behaviour. The medical examiner for the Sandy Hook shooting has requested a genetic analysis of killer Adam Lanza.

Searching for the off switch

Mind Hacks

The complex interplay between suicidal people in online chat rooms is discussed in an excellent edition of BBC Radio 4′s The Report which you can listen to online or download as a podcast.

In Defense of Data Centrism

Martijn Linssen

Home About Complexity Reading List Knowledge Management Reading List In Defense of Data Centrism John 0 comments Education System Dec 23 In the never ending search to know “what works,” we have a few choices.

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Is Design Thinking the “New Liberal Arts”?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Design thinking is now being applied to abstract entities, - e.g. systems, services, information and organizations, - as well as to devise strategies, manage change and solve complex problems. Design thinking has become an increasingly popular topic of discussion over the past decade.

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The Evolution of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

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Where is Technology Taking the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Powerful computers and intelligent algorithms are enabling us to make sense of all that data by searching for patterns and doing something with the results, including computer vision, natural-language processing, language translation, face recognition and digital assistants.

collaborating with the enemy

Harold Jarche

In the case where the situation is complex and cannot be controlled (which is pretty well most human problem situations) Kahane recommends ‘stretch collaboration ‘ “The first stretch is to embrace conflicts and connection.” Books Complexity

Blockchains: the Promise of More Frictionless, Trusted Economies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are a kind of friction incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right supply chain partners, establishing a trusted relationship, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

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How Will AI Likely Impact How We Work, Live and Play?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Political Issues Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Blockchain and the Future of the Firm

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right partners and prices; coordinating an ecosystem of partners; negotiating, monitoring and enforcing contracts; and so on.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): A Resource on the Visualization of Complex Networks

Mark Oehlert

His site, is a great resource - a great compilation of a ton of resources related to visualizing complex networks.

Noticing some nice non-profit wiki work | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Your search box is now waaaay down on the left nav bar of your blog – I almost gave up looking for it. And it is a Technorati search, so I have to go to Technorati and THEN link back to your blog. Maybe consider putting in a Google or other direct search option?

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Blockchain - Once Again, the Technological Genie Has Been Unleashed from its Bottle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It has been great for reducing the costs of searching, collaborating, and exchanging information… Overall, the Internet has enabled many positive changes - for those with access to it - but it has serious limitations for business and economic activity.”.

The World Cafe Community – Virtual Cafes? | Full Circle Associates

Nancy White

Amy Lenzo on 24 Oct 2008 at 12:58 pm Obviously my search algorithms suck because I’m just finding this post!

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The Emerging Data Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data is now being generated by just about everything and everybody around us, including the growing volume of online and offline transactions, web searches, social media interactions, billions of smart mobile devices and 10s of billions of smart IoT sensors.

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Research Goes Asian

Kevin Wheeler

Home About Future of Talent Subscribe Over the Seas Thoughts on Recruiting, Learning and Other Things as I Ramble around the World Research Goes Asian by Kevin Wheeler on August 6, 2009 Fusionopolis- Singapore The future of scientific research is moving global, and especially toward Asia, in the search for talented, skilled people.

Becoming a Data-Driven Business: Challenges and Opportunities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In 2000, only one-quarter of the world’s stored information was digital and thus subject to search and analysis. Artificial Intelligence Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Innovation Management and Leadership Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Learning to Apply Data Science to Business Problems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But more important for the students, the various A-Lab projects served as a concrete learning experience on what data science is all about, - how to leverage messy, incomplete, real-world data to shed light on a complex and not-so-well-defined problem.

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The MIT Inclusive Innovation Competition

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Jobs requiring expert problem solving and complex communications skills have significantly expanded, with the earnings of the college educated workers needed to fill such jobs rising steadily.

Why Some Work Groups Thrive While Others Falter

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

These include solving problems, comprehending complex ideas, reasoning and planing, learning quickly, adapting to new situations, and so on. Complex Systems Economic Issues Education and Talent Management and Leadership Society and Culture

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The Coming Robotics Revolution

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is a particularly serious problem when trying to use robots in the kind of general environment humans live in, as would be the case with transportation or search-and-rescue missions. .

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Computing Beyond Moore’s Law

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

And, and as is often the case when it comes to highly complex systems, I find myself turning to biology as a source of inspiration, in particular, to evolutionary biology. By the end of the Cambrian geological period, the diversity and complexity of life began to resemble that of today.

Shaping the Future of the Internet

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

As is the case with any complex system, the Internet’s design has been the result of many different choices. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Education and Talent Innovation Political Issues Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Anticipating the Future of the IT Industry

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How can we best anticipate the future of a complex, fast changing industry like IT? Over time, sophisticated applications were developed to help manage more complex operations, including enterprise resource planning , customer relationship management and human resources.

seek > sense > share for cities

Harold Jarche

This was part of the organization’s search for “ practical solutions to fulfill the citizen’s demand” acknowledging that “learning cannot be conducted alone but has to be part of partnerships”. The need to develop emergent practices to address complex problems by sharing implicit knowledge.

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The Prosperity Puzzle

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

GDP does not adequately capture the growing share of services and complex system infrastructures that characterize advanced economies. Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Economic Issues Political Issues Society and Culture

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The Importance of Empathy in Our Services-Centric, People-Oriented Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It gathered additional data through online surveys and partnered with Korn Ferry , - the world’s largest executive search firm, - which gave them access to data on almost 1,900 executives with a broad range of professional backgrounds. .

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Design Thinking and the Workplace Experience

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s particularly effective when breakthrough thinking is required to address highly complex problems. An elegant solution resolves a complex set of activities with seeming simplicity, making the outcome natural and harmonious, rational and efficient.” .

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Next Revolution in Interactions

John Hagel

Confronted by accelerating change, Western executives search desperately for “safe harbors”, sources of advantage that will give them some respite from growing competitive pressures.

Trust and the On-Demand Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transaction costs are incurred in obtaining goods and services outside the firm, such as searching for the right people, negotiating a contract, coordinating the work, managing intellectual property and so on.

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Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, while our brains are incredibly efficient, they can’t keep up on their own with the huge volumes of information now coming at us from all sides as well as with the increasing complexity of so many human endeavors, - including medical diagnoses, financial advice or business strategies.

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Technology and the Future of Media

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the pleasure of reading or watching something really good is to subsequently read the associated comments, which I often rely on to shed light on a particularly complex program and help me better understand its storyline, characters and what its creators might have been after.