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Dave Snowden on the heuristics of complexity

A very useful list from Dave Snowden which can be used to describe good tactics for dealing with complex situations:

  • The whole success of social computing is because it conforms to the three heuristics of complex systems: finely grained objects, distributed cognition & disintermediation
  • In an uncertain world we need fast, real time feedbacks not linear processes and criticism includes short cycle experimental processes which remain linear.
  • The real dangers are retrospective coherence and premature convergence
  • Narrative is vital, but story-telling is at best ambiguous
  • Need to shift from thinking about drivers to modulators
  • You can’t eliminate cognitive bias, you work with it
  • Extrinsic rewards destroy intrinsic motivation
  • Messy coherence is the essence of managing complexity

5 comments to Dave Snowden on the heuristics of complexity

  • Hi Chris
    I want to contrast my reactions to your last two posts, mainly as a personal reflection. Your post on what’s happening on Bowen Island moved me, it’s a story, your story, I can see and hear and feel you as I read it. It makes me feel human and connected. This post on heuristics and complexity makes me feel dumb. I don’t understand the words or what they mean and it makes me feel as though I should. I wonder how you feel about writing such contrasting posts?

  • Hiya Viv…this blog has occasionally gone through fits and spells of identity crises and this is probably one. Not sure if I should be writing more personally here or using it more for it’s intended function, as a “parking lot.”

    But I notice that I use Evernote more for that kind of reminder and I tweet links out like the one above. And I have no desire to make my readers feel numb (or dumb even) so perhaps I will just stick to writing personally here.

    Thanks for your feedback!

    Turkey is lovely and hot by the way…. :-)

  • Hi Chris,

    Just stumbled on this blog – found the list really helpful. As has been your link to Ownership and the Living Organisation. We’re starting up with a structure centred on stewardship and rights decoupled from financial / investment rights.

    The list has triggered a few useful thoughts on creating a scalable social community that is also a profitable business.

    Thanks …

  • Having read this I believed it was rather enlightening. I appreciate you taking the time and effort to put this information together.
    I once again find myself spending a significant amount of time
    both reading and leaving comments. But so what, it was still worthwhile!

  • Heya! I know this is somewhat off-topic however I needed to
    ask. Does managing a well-established website such as yours require a massive amount work?
    I’m completely new to operating a blog but I do write in my journal everyday.
    I’d like to start a blog so I can easily share my own experience and views online.
    Please let me know if you have any kind of suggestions or tips for new aspiring bloggers.

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