Posts Categorized: Complexity

Literacy and numeracy for complexity

The need for competency in developing emergent practices is not a new theme here. Neither is the democratization of the workplace. It’s all about dealing with increasing complexity. In addition to new work practices, it seems there might also be a need for different types of literacy and numeracy, as described by Daniel Lemire. Increasing complexity… Read more »


Most of us have seen those great teamwork motivational posters and almost every job description includes teamwork as a critical competency. Teamwork is over-rated, in my opinion. It can be a smoke screen for office bullies to coerce fellow workers. The economic stick often hangs over the team; “be a team player or lose your… Read more »

In a complex society

As you may have noticed, this has been a busy week. I flew to Maastricht, NL last weekend, via London and Brussels; a 24 hour trip. The highlight of getting to the working smarter event with Tulser was a short but enjoyable stop in Brussels with Christian De Neef who met me at the airport… Read more »

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 »