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How to solve the world's biggest problems

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Interdisciplinarity has become all the rage as scientists tackle climate change and other intractable issues.

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What is complexity?

What is complexity? | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" And the two young fish swim on for a...
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Computers Jump to the Head of the Class

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The rapid development of artificial intelligence threatens many white-collar jobs, and the value of education, experts say.
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Applying Complexity Thinking to Solving Global Problems

Don Tapscott's speech at the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013. In his talk on “Applying Complexity Thinking to Solving Global Problems“ he raises the question: how do we solve the problems in the world? Complexity is at the heart of this.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 11:19 AM

The future is not to be predicted but to be achieved through a new dynamic paradigm including self-organizing, emergent and sometimes resilient networks involving millions of stakeholders.


These networks embrace, active participation, uncertainty and constantly changing conditions, and they show great promise for solving global problems and governing an volatile and complex planet in the future.

Victor Jimenez's curator insight, January 2, 2014 11:45 AM

Inspirational insight into a grand vision of what we can collectively and individually do "if we will it."

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Could SimCity Become a "Swiss Army Knife for Teachers ...

Could SimCity Become a "Swiss Army Knife for Teachers ... | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
"SimCity, the venerable urban planning simulator, is positioning itself as a Swiss Army knife for teachers," writes Brian Fung. "Not only does it aim to convey basic skills such as arithmetic, but an understanding of complex ...
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The tools of complexity: the Stacey Diagramme

Professor Robert Geyer demonstrates one of the most powerful policy tools of complexity -- the Stacey Diagramme. Using a simple structure based on levels of ...
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Eric Berlow: Simplifying complexity | Video on TED.com

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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Working with wicked problems | King Baudouin Foundation

Working with wicked problems | King Baudouin Foundation | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
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My own paper on the subject, written in respons to a request by Brussels-based King Baudouin Foundation.

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Five Routes to More Innovative Problem Solving

Five Routes to More Innovative Problem Solving | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it

Finding innovative solutions is hard. Precedent and experience push us toward familiar ways of seeing things, which can be inadequate for the truly tough challenges that confront senior leaders. After all, if a problem can be solved before it escalates to the C-suite, it typically is. Yet we know that teams of smart people from different backgrounds are more likely to come up with fresh ideas more quickly than individuals or like-minded groups do.2 When a diverse range of experts—game theorists to economists to psychologists—interact, their approach to problems is different from those that individuals use. The solution space becomes broader, increasing the chance that a more innovative answer will be found.


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Is McKinsey overselling here? "Flexons help turn chaos into order by representing ambiguous situations and predicaments as well-defined, analyzable problems of prediction and optimization."

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The Learning Factor's curator insight, April 22, 2013 7:11 PM

Tricky problems must be shaped before they can be solved. To start that process, and stimulate novel thinking, leaders should look through multiple lenses. A McKinsey Quarterly article.

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Problem Solving in the Anthropocene by Kevin J. Noone - Project ...

Problem Solving in the Anthropocene by Kevin J. Noone - Project ... | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Coping with the challenges of the Anthropocene era, in which humans shape many of the planet's most fundamental processes, requires a new approach to strategic decision-making. Rather than addressing one issue at a ...
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Crowdstorm: The Future of Innovation, Ideas and Problem Solving

Crowdstorm: The Future of Innovation, Ideas and Problem Solving | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
If you're a reader of this blog, you know my interest for marketing, innovation and the internet (see also my twitter words). In recent years, I've been increasingly blogging about co-creation and crowdsourcing, the latter being ...
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The power of distributed intelligence in working with wicked problems ...

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Google's 9 Principles of Innovation - Can you apply these to your classes in 2014

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Want to know what's in Google's secret sauce? Chief social evangelist Gopi Kallayil dishes out the tech giant's success recipe.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 4, 2014 6:47 PM

Innovation does come from anywhere. We lose sight that innovation is not something that exists in the mainstream. It usually comes from the boundaries and the margins. Leadership is about guiding the innovation and continually casting on eye to the margins.

Patrick Peterson's curator insight, April 27, 2014 2:20 PM

Google emphasizes a good ideas can come from anywhere. Innovators also learned from failure  as  they build upon what they learned.

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Solving Problems for Real World, Using Design

Solving Problems for Real World, Using Design | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Formally the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University, the D.school has made a global impact by encouraging students to find out what is most useful.
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Complexity: Looking at the World through Different Lenses

Charles Handy's speech at the Global Peter Drucker Forum 2013. Handy stands out in the world. He's an oak tree in the management forrest. Listen to his interesting perspective on complexity and understand why it matters, that we look at the world through different lenses. 


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Matthew Farmer's curator insight, November 13, 2014 1:33 AM

The 6th Drucker Forum begin in Vienna today.  Here is one of he highlights from last year's forum which was themed on dealing with complexity.  Charles Handy on why it matters that we look at things through different lenses.


This year's conference will focus on The Great Transformation - how to manage our way to prosperity.  It will explore how society (and the world of work in particular) will need to embrace changes if we are to effectively address the structural issues that face us today such as youth unemployment. You can follow the conference online - http://www.druckerforum.org/


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Economist: Management thinkers disagree on how to manage complexity

Economist: Management thinkers disagree on how to manage complexity | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
THERE can be few better places to talk about complexity than Vienna. This was the capital of the most complicated political organisation yet seen: the...
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How Google Convinced Its Engineers That Managers Matter

How Google Convinced Its Engineers That Managers Matter | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Engineers tend to be skeptical of management, so Google had to put together a massive set of data to convince them otherwise.
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Classical conflict between System 3 and System 4 from a Viable System Model perspective ...

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Global Challenges of the Future Featured by the Special Issue of the ... - PR Web (press release)

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Honey bees demonstrate decision making process to avoid difficult choices - Phys.Org

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Honey bees demonstrate decision making process to avoid difficult choices
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Honey bees demonstrate decision making process to avoid difficult choices. 8 hours ago.
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Fear of path dependency in the face of irreducible uncertainty

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Google Glass going to five nonprofits for real world problem solving ...

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A big portion of the Google Glass news seems to circle around when they will launch for the public, what the price will be when they arrive and what the next.
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Blacksmithing: a Problem-Solving Art | Michigan Tech News

Blacksmithing: a Problem-Solving Art | Michigan Tech News | Wicked problems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Students forge ahead in the Michigan Tech Smithing Guild.
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The power of designerly and craftsmanlike approaches to complexity ...

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