Resources: Complex system change; simple solutions?

Jim Simpson

Jim Simpson

Jim is a consultant, researcher, coach and developer.

Systems both help us do things and frustrate us.  We are all part of complex systems – such as societies, communities, families and work networks. We are part of natural systems too like humanity, and we are even composed of systems like the circulatory system or the brain. What happens when systems don’t work properly? they drag all sorts of things down with them when they fall such as happened with the financial market collapse.  However mostly systems are working for us holding and developing things for us, enriching our experience and facilitating our social lives, economic exchange and even our love lives.

Complex: complicated

Complex systems – dense interconnectedness and autonomous yet inter-dependent units (Source Interlex business dictionary) they exhibit “properties that emerge from the interaction of their parts”

Complex systems – grand theory (not sure its at this level yet) meta level; originates in science so value free.

Policy level – Macro; Organisation level – Meso in between; Cognitive – micro level.

Holistic not reductionist so not subject to the ever-specialising slicing up of academic expression. Descriptive perhaps, certainly about synthesis not analysis – evidence?

System academic leaders: von Bertalanfyy – Biologist; Luhman; Donna Meadows, Paul Cilliers – Complexity and Post Modernism; David Byrne – Complexity Theory and the social sciences; Durkheim.

Unpredictably, unstable, dynamic.

Complex systems about interactive, human, hard to pin down and sticky; prbablilty based rather than predictive

Complicated systems are mechanical – maybe very difficult but are malleable, scientifically-driven and ultimateky predictable such as jet flight – predictive.







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