Category Archives: Complexity

Closed Competence

I have an uneasy relationship with electricity: last time the main fuse blew in my house, i fixed it, tentatively, but turned it back on at arms length, with a wooden spoon, hiding behind a cushion. World class protection from … Continue reading

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Intertwined Systems

There’s an illusion of a woodcut that you may have seen: look at it, and you see the silhouette of an old women, but then, the image shifts, and you see a young woman’s face. Concentrate hard, and it shifts … Continue reading

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A State Of Radical Complexity

When the banks collapsed in the last financial crisis, there was a phrase bandied about, that some were ‘too big to fail’. This week i’ve been pondering something of the opposite: are some organisations ‘too big to succeed’. I’m not … Continue reading

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To Simple, Through Complexity

Agility comes through fluidity: an ability to adapt to circumstance, to diagnose, to deploy, to learn. In essence, it’s simple: codify enough into process to give replicability and scale, keep enough freedom to adapt, to change course as circumstance demands. … Continue reading

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Building a rocket to fly to the moon: are your learning blueprints complete?

Commander Hadfield is the archetypal Social Age hero: rugged but personable commander of the International Space Station, cult hero on Twitter and lead musician in the first ever terrestrial/orbital concert performance. Which, naturally, makes me want to build a rocket … Continue reading

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Developing ‘The Knowledge’: rewiring the adaptable brain

I was bouncing around London yesterday, on one leg, by taxi, i got into a conversation about ‘The Knowledge‘. To be a cabbie in London, you have to acquire The Knowledge, a notoriously difficult task, typically taking three or four … Continue reading

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‘Music in learning’. Sharing extracts from the new book

I’m spending this week finishing up my new book on ‘music in learning‘. It’s an exploration of music as a language of learning, looking at how learning music changes us and how we can communicate with greater richness and depth … Continue reading

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