Complexity: Interdependence lessons from nature (& Ghandi)

It is always reassuring to discover that you are not the only one blogging frantically in an effort to convey the message that complexity isn’t new or only found within modern technology. Nothing could be further from the truth! It is a subject that, for so long, has been overlooked – or, at least, fallen between too many stools.

Perhaps because of the very nature of the issue, complexity has become a subject much beloved by the Academic community. Whilst the subject matter is absolutely fascinating, for obvious reasons, my focus has been very much upon practical business applications.

Ontonix Srl, under the leadership of Dr Jacek Marczyk have broken new ground in this area so it is really exciting times for us and our clients. Identifying and managing complexity within business systems for a wide variety of purposes is already bringing major benefits.

Critical elements of fundamental “systems thinking” are INTERDEPENDENCE and SUSTAINABILITY. As important to a dynamic business system as it is in nature and has been throughout the history of our civilization. There is a significant resource of complexity-related reading within the widget on the main page and in the About Complexity page.

But if you want more, particularly with an emphasis upon sustainability and complexity in nature, I can commend Dave Pollard’s blog How to save the world. It contains more information than you could shake a stick at!

Thanks to Dave for allowing me to share these graphics with you.


“Interdependence is and ought to be as much the ideal of man as self-sufficiency. Man is a social being. Without interrelation with society he cannot realize his oneness with the universe or suppress his egotism. His social interdependence enables him to test his faith and to prove himself on the touchstone of reality. If man were so placed or could so place himself as to be absolutely above all dependence on his fellow beings he would become so proud and arrogant as to be a veritable burden and nuisance to the world…”

If you aren’t already familiar with these wise words I should first point out that they were not written about the current financial crisis but were “coined” some time ago by Ghandi.

Think on!!!


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