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Please copy the text in the edit box below and insert it manually by editing this page. Upon submitting the note will be published multi-licensed under the terms of the CC-BY-SA-3.0 license and of the GFDL, versions 1.2, 1.3, or any later version. Conflict resolution: Wars without end. Ashraf Amra/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images The Israeli–Palestinian conflict has been ongoing for 68 years.

Conflict resolution: Wars without end

In the seven decades that Colombia has been riven by civil war, the country has seen kidnappings, rapes, terrorist attacks and pitched battles that have cost more than 220,000 lives and displaced millions of people. Negotiations, peace accords and ceasefires have come and gone to little lasting effect. The latest round of this seemingly unending cycle began in August 2012, when the Marxist rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) agreed to meet with the central government in yet another round of peace talks. Leadership of Management for Complex Adaptive Systems. Why coding is not the new literacy. Despite the good intentions behind the movement to get people to code, both the basic premise and approach are flawed.

Why coding is not the new literacy

The movement sits on the idea that “coding is the new literacy,” but that takes a narrow view of what literacy really is. If you ask Google to define literacy it gives a mechanical definition: the ability to read and write. This is certainly accurate, but defining literacy as interpreting and making marks on a sheet of paper is grossly inadequate. Reading and writing are the physical actions we use to employ something far more important: external, distributable storage for the mind. Being literate isn’t simply a matter of being able to put words on the page, it’s solidifying our thoughts such that they can be written.

Chaos as an everyday thing. Complexity Rising: From Human Beings to Human Civilization, a Complexity Profile. Since time immemorial humans have complained that life is becoming more complex, but it is only now that we have a hope to analyze formally and verify this lament.

Complexity Rising: From Human Beings to Human Civilization, a Complexity Profile

Cynefin: A suggestive framework for problem solving. Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity - Richard Straub. By Richard Straub | 1:00 PM May 6, 2013 Nobody would deny that the world has become more complex during the past decades.

Why Managers Haven't Embraced Complexity - Richard Straub

With digitization, the interconnectivity between people and things has jumped by leaps and bounds. Dense networks now define the technical, social, and economic landscape. Cynefin: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation. I first encountered Dave Snowden and Cynefin back in 2003 when we were still working for IBM.

Cynefin: Distinguishing between sense-making and categorisation

I felt an immediate resonance when I encountered the Cynefin Centre’s Complexity and Narrative based consulting methods as I never felt comfortable with the one-size-fits-all recipe-based consulting approaches I’d had to apply. The acknowledgement of the importance of context and that Best Practices are only valid within very specific boundaries was a breath of fresh air. Complex domain: April 2013. I've been using the complex domain model for some time now since I first published it.

Complex domain: April 2013

One of my main aims was to move away from a simple categorisation of methods which is the all too frequent use of Cynefin into a more nuanced and varied understanding of complexity. There is a lot more to do here, but it's going in the right direction, Its gone through some minor changes but I don;t intend to repeat the descriptions of the dimensions here - read up on the link. Cognitive Edge Images - an album on Flickr. Emergence is a revolution in human thinking. Exploration of emergence as a tool for revolutionaries, it's use by capitalist management theory, and the tensions within that create opportunities for counterpower.

Emergence is a revolution in human thinking

A theme keeps popping up in the news of technologies, ideas, and predictions all based around theories of complex adaptive systems.[1] We hear about things like self-organizing and self-learning computer programs, hive models of military organization, cloud networks, and decentralized intelligence. Dig deeper into the scientific, industrial, and academic literature and a world begins to emerge from view, a scientific revolution under our feet. In places we comes across management theorists proclaiming the end of power as we knew it within businesses, dystopian projections of apocalypse, technoutopias of artificial life, and countless experiments of social control.

Manuel Lima on the Power of Knowledge Networks in the Age of Infinite Connectivity. The Power of Networks: Knowledge in an age of infinite interconnectedness. Simplexity. Simplexity is an emerging theory that proposes a possible complementary relationship between complexity and simplicity.


The term draws from General Systems Theory, Dialectics (philosophy) and Design. Complexity: It’s Not That Simple. Complexity theory has been around for a generation now, but most people don’t understand it.

Complexity: It’s Not That Simple

I often read or listen to consultants, ‘experts’ and media people who proffer ludicrously simplistic ‘solutions’ to complex predicaments. Since it seems most people would prefer things to be simple, these ‘experts’ always seem to have an uncritical audience. The ethics of unintended consequences. I taught the first day of of the Cynefin and Sense-making course here in Zurich without slides. I'm breaking the pattern entrainment of the slides I used and modified for the last two years by finding different ways to explain and expand on some of the consequences of thinking from a complexity perspective.

One of the aspects of speaking in this way is that you discover new ways of explaining things, but also you get new insights and understanding. In effect the law of unintended consequences come into play if you relax constraints. Now unintended consequences are very important for complexity thinking. Rosenfeld Media. Embedded image permalin. New ASU center studies connections in biological, social systems. Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015 By Samantha Incorvaia Cronkite News TEMPE – Agriculture, urbanization and health sciences are only a few of the many issues usually considered separately by policymakers. But to leaders of a new research center at Arizona State University they intertwine in ways that can lead to a better understanding of how challenges span biological and social systems.

“People should care because what we’re trying to do is work a foundational base for the type of knowledge that is needed to actually solve the problems we have,” said Manfred Laubichler, director of the ASU-SFI Center for Biosocial Complex Systems. ASU and the Santa Fe Institute, a Santa Fe, New Mexico-based nonprofit research institute specializing in the study of complex adaptive systems, launched the center last week. Science for Designers: The Meaning of Complexity - Point of View - March 2012. Michael Mehaffy and Nikos A. Salingaros Traditional city fabric evolved over generations as an extension of our own biology, thus representing an application of a kind of “collective intelligence” due to the system, not of any individual.

Images: Mustapha Ben Hamouche Today’s designers seem to love using new ideas coming from science. They embrace them as analogies, metaphors, and in a few cases, tools to generate startling new designs. We might think that the difference between metaphor and reality is so obvious that it’s hardly worth mentioning. Cognitive Edge: Making Sense of Complexity: David Snowden: 9780750666428: Books.

Preserving the Ambiguity. Eugene Peterson is one of my favorite writers. He has been a poet, professor and spiritual director. Perhaps his biggest influence on my life and faith journey is his paraphrase of scripture, The Message, which makes the Word come alive in earthy, muscular ways often missing in teaching and lost in translation. In a recent interview in Christianity Today, Peterson talked about his transformation in leadership from professor to pastor: “I always thought I’d be a professor.

And for the first two years or so in the church, I was acting as a professor, giving people knowledge and telling them what was true. Being an effective leader in any field is pastoral work. UNDERSTANDING IS A POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR CONVEXITY (ANTIFRAGILITY) Something central, very central, is missing in historical accounts of scientific and technological discovery. The discourse and controversies focus on the role of luck as opposed to teleological programs (from telos, "aim"), that is, ones that rely on pre-set direction from formal science. This is a faux-debate: luck cannot lead to formal research policies; one cannot systematize, formalize, and program randomness.

Antifragile. Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder is a book by Nassim Nicholas Taleb published in November 2012 by Random House in the United States and Penguin in the United Kingdom. Introduction[edit] In the introduction of the book, Taleb describes it as follows: "Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.