Posts Categorized: Complexity

Working Smarter Cracker Barrel

Next week, at our Working Smarter event hosted by Tulser in Maastricht, NL, we will have a series of short sessions on selected topics. Each Principal of the Internet Time Alliance has three topics of 20 minutes to be discussed in small groups. My topics are listed below and include links to relevant posts as… Read more »

Talking about Working Smarter

Working Smarter: What is it? Why do we need to do it? Working Smarter means integrating learning and working. We’re networking our society, our economy and our workplaces. This increases complexity because there are more connections between people, places and things. In complex systems, the link between cause and effect cannot be determined. Instead, we… Read more »

Patterns emerge over time

Andrew Cerniglia has an excellent article that weaves complexity, cynefin and the classroom together. It is worth the read for anyone in the teaching profession. I became interested in complexity as I moved outside the institutional/corporate walls and was able to reflect more on how our systems work. The observation that simple work is being… Read more »

Is research racing to the middle?

From the annual report of the New Brunswick Innovation Foundation [my emphasis]: Large amounts of public funding are available for researchers to get started. Large amounts of capital are also available for companies when they reach their growth stage, after they have taken flight. Banks make loans and, and stock markets offer IPO’s. What about… Read more »

Organizations and Complexity

I’ve discussed this table before, but I’d like to put all the links together to highlight what we need to do with our organizations and structures to deal with complexity. From the evolving social organization we developed this table to show the differences between three archetypal organizations. Simplicity Complication Complexity Organizational Theory Knowledge-Based View Learning… Read more »

Work is learning; so what?

“Work is learning, learning work” – that is all Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know. (once again, apologies to Keats) — I rewrote the above lines a while back and they sum up how networks have changed the relationship between learning and working. They’re one and the same thing, as the ubiquitous… Read more »

Complexity links

I use Delicious to keep track of web resources and recently passed on, via Twitter, my social bookmarks tagged with complexity. Here are some of those bookmarks. James Surowiecki’s three conditions on the use of the Wisdom of Crowds [something often overlooked], via Dave Snowden: independence of opinion between the individuals relevant diversity among the… Read more »

Complexity and Collaboration

Some of the things I learned on Twitter this past week: @jonathanfields: “The day you say “that SOB stole my idea” is the day you need to face your own inability to execute.” via @moehlert @barbarosa1: “There are an increasing number of world problems that can’t be solved by hierarchy. Collaboration is the only chance… Read more »

“Shape Patterns, Not Programs”

Excellent lessons and a wealth of references are included in this paper, Changing Homeland Security: Shape Patterns, Not Programs which is applicable to a wide and sundry audience. Advice from Socrates to a man who over-planned his son’s birthday party – “ask the women”, with the following results: We held the party at Panathinaikon Stadium…. Read more »

The collapse of complicated business models

Clay Shirky, in the collapse of complex business models, notes: Bureaucracies temporarily reverse the Second Law of Thermodynamics. In a bureaucracy, it’s easier to make a process more complex than to make it simpler, and easier to create a new burden than kill an old one. The premise of his article is that successful organizations… Read more »