ABSTRACT: Simplexity is advanced as an umbrella term reflecting sensemaking, organizing and storytelling for our time. People in and out of organizations increasingly find themselves facing novel circumstances that are suffused with dynamic complexity. To make sense through processes of organizing, and to find a plausible answer to the question ‘what is the story?’, requires a fusion of sufficient complexity of thought with simplicity of action, which we call simplexity. This captures the notion that while sensemaking is a balance between thinking and acting, in a new world that owes less to yesterday’s stories and frames, keeping up with the times changes the balance point to clarifying through action. This allows us to see sense (making) more clearly.
With analyses of dominant stories, discursive devices, life stories, documentaries, and oral tradition, these authors aim for a deeper understanding of order, constraint, conflict, legitimation, embodiment, and distributed improvisation.
This is an academic article that I'm looking forward to delving into. The authors are talking about organizational narratives, how workers make sense of complex events through sharing stories, and are then able to take action.
But I think the authors are also talking about how we select the stories we listen to and share, who is telling the larger narratives we are listening to, what are those stories stirring up, and what can't we see? Hmmmm -- great questions!
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