BREAKING THE CYCLE: “i2o” the complexity change code


Time For Change by David Reece.
Originally published June 2010 but worthy of reprise!
Collaboration has played as significant part in some of the most remarkable advancements in the history discoveries, inventions and science. Whether progress was born out of curiosity or concern great leaps forward in our understanding of “our world” have occurred when interdisciplinary discussion and research take place. I am relieved that the collaboration tools now at our disposal are helping to connect thinkers, leaders and like-minded individuals to consider our collective future. If we listen and contribute we may even avoid making the same mistakes…

In many respects Edge Foundation are leading the way but, thankfully, they are not alone! Like other “citizens” they are impacted when the errors or assumptions of Politicians and commerce are socialised. They recognise the INTERDEPENDENCE of ECONOMIC; ENVIRONMENTAL; SOCIAL; CULTURAL domains. They are key to our own SUSTAINABILITY.

Businesses must take a similarly holistic view…DON’T WAIT AROUND FOR GOVERNMENTS AND INSTITUTIONS TO TAKE A LEAD!!!

It is no longer about reward for SHAREHOLDERS at the expense of STAKEHOLDERS. Organisations need to embrace CHANGE.

Every business evolves in an effort to maintain its competitive advantage within a changing marketplace. But, too often, the change is short-lived [either by accident or design]: to create the “right impression”; to generate the right results; to appease the shareholders/new management/bankers/market; adopt new working practices; because others have adopted similar; “it seemed like a good idea at the time”…

What’s i2o and why is it any different?

Well it is something that I thought summed up what Quantitative Complexity analysis is all about! Getting right to the heart of the matter to build a clear – objective – picture [complexity map], literally, from INSIDE TO OUT: i20. Because Change Management is a difficult enough task to perform when people have their little empires to protect, Silos begin to close ranks and unite like they rarely do on a day-to-day basis! Even within relatively small organisations there is always someone to question the motivation for change. Hardly surprising if there is little [or no] transparency associated with the decision-making process!

TOP DOWN requires an in depth and objective management review. Ultimately, change needs the buy-in of engaged employees. Too often this approach is, understandably, associated with a “command and control” management strategy even where “persuade and influence” is preferred.

BOTTOM UP is all too often dismissed as irrelevant, ill-conceived, impractical or not financially viable, by “the management”.

The result, at least in theory, is impasse. or, at best, compromise that results in minor – often short-lived change.

Hence the benefits offered by i2o. Objective and transparent based upon a quantitative complexity analysis that can be measured, monitored and managed on an ongoing basis. Reduce the number of KPI’s. Identify strengths and weaknesses within the operational structure whilst monitoring the overall complexity of the system and its ecosystem.

RESULT: CONSISTENT, TRANSPARENT, QUANTITATIVE, DECISION-MAKING. Good for everyone, well, except for those with a hidden agenda…

The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism


David Harvey (Geographer/Radical Sociologist) delivers a fascinating lecture at RSA.

The crises are not, exclusively, ECONOMIC. Nor is it entirely due to the global inter-connectedness but the “solution” does begin with tracking the inter-connectedness and managing rising complexity within every domain to attempt to bring about CULTURAL CHANGE and to rebuild for a SUSTAINABLE future.

“Capital is the lifeblood that flows through the body politic of all those societies we call capitalist, spreading out, sometimes as a trickle and other times as a flood, into every nook and cranny of the inhabited world”

Harvey maintains that: modern economics has buried its head in detail but ignored the systematic character of capital flow, he claims, and it is time for a restore an understanding of how capital works.

Statements like “The capitalist class will never willingly surrender its power,” and “It will have to be dispossessed” echo the words of Dr Joseph Tainter (The Collapse of Complex Societies) and of Ulrich Beck – refer links to previous blog items below.

Who am I to argue!?

The book:

The Enigma of Capital and the Crises of Capitalism
David Harvey
Profile Books, 256pp, £14.99

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