Simplifying organisational complexity:: inspired infographics – The Art of Complex Problem Solving


Interactive Infographic: The Art of Complex Problem SolvingClick for interactive version

I’ve never met Marshall Clemens but can state emphatically that I love his mind!

As anyone who has read my blog before will know, simplifying and conveying the message about an abstract concept like complexity is not easy.

Add to that the fact that there is no single/common definition and, apparently, little scope for agreement – certainly not amongst Academics!So not much chance of a common language…UNLESS Marshall has provided an inspired starting point.

“Translating” the scientific and applying it in terms that relate to a business environment is difficult to communicate and, until I found this, difficult for many business-people to visualise. Although excessive complexity can seriously damage both wealth and health!

There are considerable risks associated with conventional, hierarchical, organisations, as well as the management style and associated culture. NOT all of these risks e.g. excessive complexity, are visible…but that does not mean that they are not there! Just that we require the appropriate tools to identify them.

The FACT is, that unmanaged, *self-generated [endogenous], risk is a source of systemic risk and is communicated, using business connections (e.g. financial networks, supply chain) as the conduit, to other entities (large and small; individual and corporate) across industries, communities, borders and domains:

by our inaction WE are adding to the very financial uncertainty and market volatility that we so desperately need to address!

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The Inevitable Next Economy


The Human Productivity Chart

Courtesy of Dan Robles (Ingenesist

Human civilization has progressed through many stages.  Each stage arose from the “integration” of the tools developed in the prior stage.  Believe it or not, the next economic paradigm will arise from the integration of the tools being developed in the current stage of human development. Let me explain:

Hunter -gatherer:

We started as hunter-gathers who travelled from place to place to follow animal migrations and seasonal flora.  People would collect fallen branches and burn them for heat or cooking.  Then people started to sharpen rocks that could be used to hunt food better than a dull rock. They sharpened rocks to chop down trees for warmth and shelter.  Soon they sharpened rocks to till soil.

The agrarians

The arrival of the agrarian age came when the arrow, the axe, and the plough were integrated; that is, the output of one became the input of another – allowing people to conserve energy and increasing productivity. The emergence of communities led to the division of labour as people specialized their skills. People soon developed tools and techniques for forging metals, building structures, and harnessing of forces such as wind, sun, water, and domesticated animals.

City-states

The arrival of City-States arose when division of labour, harnessing forces, and transportation became integrated.  Spare time became available to experiment in ideas such as governance, laws, civil services, and currency. Travel allowed for trade of goods, services, and the spread of knowledge across great distances.

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