Presentation: what stage in the cycle do YOU think we are at?


I know what I think and I reckon and, had it not been for the unimaginable amounts of money created out of thin air by Governments, we would already be travelling the road to recovery in the new landscape!

I am no financial or banking expert but I really don’t believe one need be if embracing some ‘Systems Thinking‘. Of course, I would love to hear some reasoned arguments for and against my viewpoint. I hope you enjoy the presentation.

Here is some further “food for thought”

“In finance it’s often been survival of the fattest rather than the fittest”

Andy Haldane, Bank of England

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Biology of Business: Complex Adaptive Systems


People who “understand” or, at least, have studied Chaos, Complexity, Systems or Information Theories will continue to argue for many years about the finer points of each. Good luck with that!

At Ontonix we refer to “Complex Systems” rather than the, more familiar, “Complex Adaptive System” moniker. We simply don’t see the need, a complex system is…a complex system. Through our work we have established some complexity facts (follow the link) and, rather than indulge in a debate about differences in interpretation, we wanted to give you access to that information whilst sharing a superb presentation on the subject. 

Business and society have become used to complexity without actually really considering what it is and the impact it has. We NEED to improve our understanding and Sharon’s presentation does a splendid job of bringing clarity and simplicity. ENJOY!

If you are hungry for more knowledge and are prepared to delve deeper here is another excellent presentation from Noah Raford…a man involved in so many projects, initiatives and heaps of other things he cannot sleep!

Updated: What was Machiavelli talking about?


I make NO APOLOGY for re-blogging one of my own posts and a pretty recent one at that!

I wanted to add Japan to the list of unforeseen events and to re-pose (if that isn’t just a word I have made up) the question: what can we, sensibly, “take for granted” or should we always expect and prepare for the unexpected?

What was Machiavelli talking about? Image via Wikipedia   Or is it really important to know? Because many of his words are so profound that they transcend disciplines, scenarios and centuries! “…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure.” – Niccolo Machiavelli If I had attributed the statement to: a respected Economist on the subject o … Read More

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Personalising systems, chaos and complexity


The Automatic Earth is a blog that, unlike others that tend to deal with financial or socio-economic issues, tell it how it is. DO YOUR FAMILY A FAVOUR and watch the video.

 

Below I have included an extract from one of their (consistently excellent) blog items that, I hope, will give you some flavour of just why I keep referring to systems and why understanding the basics of “Chaos Theory” and complexity are so important in everything that we are and do.

 

A blog worthy of tribute and a poignant video especially for US citizens

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What was Machiavelli talking about?


Niccolo Machiavelli 1

Image via Wikipedia

Or is it really important to know? Because many of his words are so profound that they transcend disciplines, scenarios and centuries!

“…in its beginning it is easy to cure, but hard to recognise; whereas, after a time, not having been detected and treated at the first, it becomes easy to recognise but impossible to cure.”

– Niccolo Machiavelli

If I had attributed the statement to: a respected Economist on the subject of sources of the global banking crisis or sovereign debt; an experienced Political commentator about the situation in Egypt;  a GP, talking about Cholesterol; an Oncologist, talking about cancer; an ecologist on global warming; an accident investigator identifying the cause of a man-made disaster; or one of my colleagues referring to business complexity, there may be some scope to debate the finer points but not the “essence” of the message!

Prevention is better than cure!

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