Tag Archives: Systems

Apollo

The Saturn 5 rocket, the one that lofted Armstrong, Collins, and Aldrin, into space and set them on the path to the moon, had more than three million parts to it. It’s sometimes reckoned to be the most complex machine … 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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Complex Collaboration

One of the core themes around the Socially Dynamic Organisation is that it deeply connected: not simply through formal hierarchy, but through webs of trust, reputation, respect, and fairness. These bonds sit primarily within the social system, hence the journey … Continue reading

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Blowing In The Wind

Trees move in the wind: they bend, because the alternative is to break. I’m feeling deeply curious about systems at the moment: systems of power, systems of communication, formal and social systems, and so on. Particularly in how they are … Continue reading

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Elasticity: Moving But Rooted

There’s an important phenomena called elasticity that we need to understand as it’s an insidious energy of organisational change. Elasticity is where we bend and sway in the breeze, giving an illusion of movement whilst always being rooted firmly in … Continue reading

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An Architecture for Learning Technology

I’ve written before that the Social Age is about an envolved sociology, not simply new technology, but technology is a key part of it. For many organisations it’s the first place they turn, trying to procure a technology solution for … Continue reading

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The Limits of Hierarchy: Brittle Systems

I’ve spent some time over the last few weeks exploring the space of ‘Black Swan’ events and the limits of hierarchy. At the heart of the framework are a series of counterpoint notions: Known Frames (the context we operate within) … Continue reading

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