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Generative Systems Design
Complex Adaptive Systems, Process Design, Adaptive Push Back, Antifragility, Dynamic Organization, Autopoiesis
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The No Straight Lines challenge: be realistic imagine the impossible | No Straight Lines

The No Straight Lines challenge: be realistic imagine the impossible | No Straight Lines | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
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This is where I want to return to the idea that what we face is a design problem, where answers exist not at an unattainable theoretical level but on the floors of our factories, in the streets of our towns and cities, the classes of our schools, the waiting rooms of our hospitals. These answers will manifest themselves as true acts of creation, originating new ways of getting stuff done, informed by the decisions we collectively take. So in re-designing the world, we need human creativity in the sense of the capacity to ‘make’, we need visionary leadership in the sense of making a difference. And we seek the craftsman’s critical eye, steady hand and creative mind. It is this process of seeing – realising new pathways to success, by bringing two ‘unlikes’ (new information, tools, processes etc.) together in close adjacency – that we create, and make new things. Then we can meaningfully apply that capability.

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ComplexitySol: Projects as Complex Adaptive Systems

"When uncertainty levels are high we tend 2rely more on prior knowledge 2make sense... This isn’t always helpful" http://t.co/XI6YehORtq
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Anne Caspari's comment, March 19, 2013 9:32 AM
this is good, sound, bottom up and applicable.
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Science for Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems| Metropolis Magazine

Science for Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems| Metropolis Magazine | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it

As humans we are remarkably good at conceiving the world as a collection of objects, their geometric attributes, and the ways they can be taken apart and re-assembled to do spectacular things (either perform marvelous tasks for us, or provide an aesthetic spectacle, or both). This way of designing underlies much of our powerful technology—yet as modern science reminds us, it’s an incomplete way. Critical systemic effects have to be integrated into the process of design, without which we are likely to trigger operational failures and even disasters.

Today we are experiencing just these kinds of failures in large-scale systems like ecology. As designers (of any kind) we must learn to manage environments not just as collections of objects, but also as connected fields with essential features of geometric organization, extending dynamically through time as well as space. This is a key lesson from the relatively recent understanding of the dynamics of “complex adaptive systems,” and from applications in fields like biology and ecology.

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