Search Results: complexity

Is Simplicity the Antidote to Complexity?

John Maeda has taken on the task of exploring simplicity as a means of making sense of a complex world. In this post I explore his 10 laws and introduce an argument that challenges three of these laws.

Read More

Can We Reduce Complexity?

I recently participated in a conference call looking to establish a conference on reducing complexity (and whether it can be done). The answer to that question is dependent upon answering whether we can create the necessary conditions to answer the question in the first place.

Read More

Complexity, Innovation and Fear

Complexity can induce fear and fear is a big reason why people don’t innovate. There are reasons for this, but also solutions. This post explores some of them.

Read More

Complexity and the Information Landscape

How to make sense of information in a complex learning environment and why is it important? If we think about climate change, pandemic flu and other serious issues, we may come to the conclusion that this is among the most important topics we can devote time to.

Read More

Seeing Simplicity / Seeing Complexity

We often confuse simplicity and complexity, which can have harmful effects on our health and social wellbeing. The confusion between the complex and the simple as it relates to public health is discussed in this look at issues like vaccination and cigarette smoking.

Read More

Complex problems and social learning

Adaptation, evolution, innovation, and growth all require that we gain new knowledge and apply it to our circumstances, or learn. While much focus in education is on how individuals attend, process and integrate information to create knowledge, it is the social part of learning that may best determine whether we simply add information to our […]

Read More

A mindset for developmental evaluation

Developmental evaluation requires different ways of thinking about programs, people, contexts and the data that comes from all three. Without a change in how we think about these things, no method, tool, or approach will make an evaluation developmental or its results helpful to organizations seeking to innovate, adapt, grow, and sustain themselves.  There is […]

Read More

Reframing change

Change is one of the few universal constants as things — people, planet, galaxy — are always in some state of movement, even if it’s imperceptible. Change is also widely discussed and desired, but often never realized in part because we’ve treated something nuanced as over-simplified; it’s time to change.  For something so omnipresent in […]

Read More

Time. Care. Attention.

A read through a typical management or personal improvement feed will reveal near infinite recommendations for steps you can take to improve your organization or self. Three words tend to be absent from this content stream and they are what take seemingly simple recommendations and navigate them through complexity: time, care, and attention. Embedded within the torrent […]

Read More

Jaded: Whether You Are a Plant or a Stone Makes All the Difference

An attempt to innovate – do something new to produce value — is always fraught with risk and a high likelihood that things won’t go as planned, which can leave people jaded toward future efforts. Whether that metaphor of jade is one of a rock (static) or a plant (growth) makes all the difference.  Innovation is hot. […]

Read More