From Complexity to Chaos: a lens on the Social Age

I’ve been working with a great team today, interested in the challenges of learning in a complex world. Infrastructure, logistics, uncertainty, change, all conspire to create ambiguity and risk. We sometimes see the world as moving from complex to chaotic. And, by one measure, it is. The link between cause and effect is often disjointed, extended or fragmented. Indeed, some environments seem chaotic: a space where there is no link at all, indeed, the cause and effects are unknowable.

From complexity to chaos

But this is our new world, this is the Social Age. To thrive, we need an evolved mindset. We need to view complexity not as complex, but as terrain. We have to find the tools to navigate. Agility. Curiosity. Fairness. Kindness. Iteration. Rehearsal. And chaos? It’s simply our reality.

Risk: it’s not about avoiding it, but rather understanding it and understanding where we can embrace it. Because risk can be utilised. It can be the fuel of change.

About julianstodd

Author, Artist, Researcher, and Founder of Sea Salt Learning. My work explores the context of the Social Age and the intersection of formal and social systems.
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