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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.
Generative Systems Design
Complex Adaptive Systems, Process Design, Adaptive Push Back, Antifragility, Dynamic Organization, Autopoiesis
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A Manifesto for Open Participation — Open Participatory Organization

A Manifesto for Open Participation - Open Participatory Organization - Medium
principles for the future of work
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An Open Architecture for Self-Organization — Open Participatory Organization

An Open Architecture for Self-Organization - Open Participatory Organization - Medium
and… what happens to managers in a self-organized environment?
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Leading by Omission | MIT Video

Leading by Omission | MIT Video | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
If successful business depends on innovation, wonders Ricardo Semler, why are automobiles made essentially the same way today as they were in Ford's first assembly line 100 years ago? ...
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Lean, Agile & Scrum Conference - Keynote Dave Snowden - Making Sense of Complexity - YouTube

A recent Gartner report identified the importance of the Cynefin framework for IT departments as a sense-making methodology, suggesting a significant market ...
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worth listening to, many many nuggets; including the differences between systems thinking and working with complex adaptive systems, creating architectures for allowing for emergent properties.  

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Anne Caspari's comment, October 27, 2015 4:22 AM
thanks Bonnie Roy for posting this.
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Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity | TED Talk | TED.com

Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity | TED Talk | TED.com | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution.
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Misperceptions of Self-Management

Misperceptions of Self-Management | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Say “Self-Management” and almost everyone gets the wrong idea.

Self-managing structures are appearing everywhere, and get increasing attention in the media. They seem to be much more adaptative, agile, motivating than traditional pyramidal organizations, and they appear to achieve spectacular results. But is this a simple fad, or a new phenomenon destined to spread? And why are most people dismissive when you mention the possibility to run organizations “without a boss”?
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Fred Kofman: in order to optimize the system you have to sub-optimize the sub-systems.....

Fred Kofman: in order to optimize the system you have to sub-optimize the sub-systems..... | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Your job is not what you do, but the goal you pursue. Your real goal, however, is not your individual KPI, but the team’s goal. Whether you play defense or offense, your real goal is to help your team to win the game.Winning is each and every player’s primary job.A defensive player normally helps his team to win by defending, but not always. For example, when losing 1 to 0 with five minutes to go, it may be better to attack—even at the risk of a counter-attack.But if the coach assesses the defender’s performance based on goals scored by the opposition, a perverse situa
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Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation | Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 2014

Clayton Christensen on disruptive innovation | Harvard Magazine Jul-Aug 2014 | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it

a must to read, 


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Alain Coetmeur's curator insight, February 2, 2015 3:23 AM

a must to read.

Thanks to Philippe Silberzahn on his blog to have referred to this author.

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Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught

Economics students call for shakeup of the way their subject is taught | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Students from 19 countries argue economics courses failing wider society by ignoring need to address 21st-century issues
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about time...

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How Different Cultures Understand Time

How Different Cultures Understand Time | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Time may seem universal, but different cultures interpret it very differently.
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4 Bio-Inspired Tips to Create Better Teams | Design Thinking

4 Bio-Inspired Tips to Create Better Teams | Design Thinking | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
There’s an entire industry built around how to be a better leader and build strong, dynamic teams. But we look to nature for inspiration.
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Nice. More design thinking should be inspired by all things nature. 

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Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile

Beyond “Sissy” Resilience: On Becoming Antifragile | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
What’s the opposite of a person or organization that's fragile?
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don't know about the manliness, but the pics and graphs are cool :-) 

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Eli Levine's comment, January 31, 2014 12:10 AM
Not a bad goal for humanity to accomplish.<br><br>I think it's feasible, provided we get out from under the outdated nonsense that we're currently under.
Eli Levine's comment, January 31, 2014 12:10 AM
Not a bad goal for humanity to accomplish.<br><br>I think it's feasible, provided we get out from under the outdated nonsense that we're currently under.
Eli Levine's comment, January 31, 2014 12:10 AM
Not a bad goal for humanity to accomplish.<br><br>I think it's feasible, provided we get out from under the outdated nonsense that we're currently under.
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What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t

What Starbucks Gets that Architects Don’t | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Dear architects,

You’re outdated. I know this because I once was one of you. But now I’ve moved on. I moved on because …
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"form follows feeling".....

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Think Tank with Bonnitta Roy

Think Tank with Bonnitta Roy | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
FACING ORGANIZATIONAL CHALLENGES  April 1 - 3, 2016 in Germany 3- DAYS with BONNITTA ROY  - An invitation to step into a new way of understanding organizational life, based on principles of open, authentic participation, which we find quite ingenious. This is for you if you are into the kind of organizational development that deals…
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Anne Caspari's curator insight, February 7, 5:51 AM

not to be missed, new paradigm of organizational development in action. 

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Sync and the Teleological Swimming Pool

Sync and the Teleological Swimming Pool | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
* The following essay was recently featured on Episode 84 of Sync Book Press' Always Record. If interested, the audio version can be found here. In 1945 the incomparable George Orwell composed an illuminating essay titled What is Science? At first glance the answer to this question seems obvious enough. Whether learned through explicit instruction or absorbed via…
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.....and now for something a bit different :-). Thanks Mushin Schilling for pointing to this article. 

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Christopher Alexander on living structure | Solving for Pattern

Christopher Alexander on living structure | Solving for Pattern | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
Video of the famous 1996 OOPSLA talk on the origins of pattern theory and the generation of a living world.
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Nassim Taleb explains how fragile economies crumble under stress - FinBuzz (press release) (blog)

Nassim Taleb explains how fragile economies crumble under stress - FinBuzz (press release) (blog) | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
FinBuzz (press release) (blog) Nassim Taleb explains how fragile economies crumble under stress FinBuzz (press release) (blog) The author of The Black Swan explains his latest 'antifragile' theory, which divides the world economy into three...
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The Iceberg

The Iceberg | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
The iceberg model, used in system dynamics, is a base note to our scribing practice. To diagnose a room and reveal where sense-making of the spoken word is most needed, we can refer to these tiers:...

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Welcome to the age of unintended consequences (and what to do about them)

Welcome to the age of unintended consequences (and what to do about them) | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
So one of my favorite things about decision intelligence is its promise to help to overcome unintended consequences. As a way to capture both mental models, as well as providing an ongoing infrastructure to gather evidence to support and refine what start out as mental models and end up as sophisticated systems models, I’m tremendously excited about the future of what we can do.

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, March 17, 2015 8:38 PM

Unintended consequence design patterns?  Yet another "reality engineering" post. 

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TED in Half | William McDonough - Cradle to Cradle Design - YouTube

Who's got the time to watch 20 min clips of someone talking? For those who like their info hard and fast, it's TED in half. William McDonough gives a must se...
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I know this is old by now and Bill is rather cynic -  this is still brilliant .

 

"Design is the first signal of human intention"  and we have design problems.

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Participatory wisdom and sustainability

Participatory wisdom and sustainability | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it

In that effort I think it wise to seriously reflect on nature’s patterns. Evolution, ecology and ancient tribal cultures all tell us – each in their own useful ways – that nature is sustained by the participation of all its life forms and ecosystems, all its elemental forces and cycles. They tell us that communities and species thrive within that vibrant association by fitting their participation harmoniously into the larger dance of life around them. Sure, they can and do shape their environment to serve their needs and dreams. But they must simultaneously serve the wellbeing of their fellows and their ecosystem or they risk being removed from the dance by elemental forces and cycles far greater than themselves.

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Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system

Tree roots form a sort of "neural network" with one another, in an antifragile complex adaptive system | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it

"In this real-life model of forest resilience and regeneration, Professor Suzanne Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected, with the largest, oldest, "mother trees" serving as hubs. The underground exchange of nutrients increases the survival of younger trees linked into the network of old trees. Amazingly, we find that in a forest, 1+1 equals more than 2"


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Flora Moon's curator insight, August 20, 2014 8:51 AM

I was just thinking about anti-fragile systems,  great example, thanks!

Kathy Mays's curator insight, August 26, 2014 3:58 AM

Consider Jung's concept of the collective unconscious while looking at this.

Susie Osler's curator insight, April 9, 2015 3:27 PM

yes!

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Group genius: Why fish are smarter in swarms - YouTube

Read more: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg22129540.800 When animals swarm they exhibit a complex collective intelligence that could help us build robo...
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ANTIFRAGILE 2014, 2-5 June 2014. Call for papers and participation. | www.altreonic.com

ANTIFRAGILE 2014, 2-5 June 2014. Call for papers and participation. | www.altreonic.com | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it

Keynote speaker: Dr. Kennie H. Jones from NASA kindly agreed to give a keynote speech at ANTIFRAGILE 2014. He will discuss, among other issues, the role that antifragile engineering is playing within NASA and how this research direction may provide an answer to the design challenges of large and complex resilient and antifragile systems.


The expected returns are extraordinary as well: antifragile computer engineering promises to enable realizing truly autonomic systems and ambients able to meta-adapt to changing circumstances; to self-adjust to dynamically changing environments and ambients; to self-organize so as to track dynamically and proactively optimal strategies to sustain scalability, high-performance, and energy efficiency; to personalize their aspects and behaviors after each and every user. And to learn how to get better while doing it.

 

The ambition and mission of ANTIFRAGILE is to enhance the awareness of the above challenges and to begin a discussion on how computer and software engineering may address them. As a design aspect cross-cutting through all system and communication layers, antifragile engineering will require multi-disciplinary visions and approaches able to bridge the gaps between “distant” research communities so as to propose novel solutions to design and develop antifragile systems and ambients; devise conceptual models and paradigms for antifragility ; provide analytical and simulation models and tools to measure systems ability to withstand faults, adjust to new environments, and enhance their resilience in the process; foster the exchange of ideas and lively discussions able to drive future research and development efforts in the area.

 

For the link to the international workshop https://sites.google.com/site/resilience2antifragile/

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Glad to see Taleb's work spreading and becoming the focus of system design application in the real world. 

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A Big Little Idea Called Legibility

A Big Little Idea Called Legibility | Generative Systems Design | Scoop.it
James C.Scott’s fascinating and seminal book, Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed, examines how, across dozens of domains, ranging from agriculture and forestry, to urban planning and census-taking, ...
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