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Posts tagged ‘Complexity’

A Letter about Complexity

Dear Dibyendu,

Thank you for sharing the challenges of Complexity you’ve encountered in your work. I greatly appreciate your observations. To further my independent studies in Systems Thinking I’ve picked up a tool called Pattern Dynamics. The pattern language contains an eloquent set of symbols which are multifaceted, and overlapping in ways that reveal the interconnected dynamics of systems. It also places a strong emphasis on sustainability.

What you said about our need for a balanced view of complexity that includes both humanities and science made me think of Pattern Dynamics. Tim Winton, the founder of PD, suggests it’s important we notice how culture shapes our understandings, beliefs, and values because they’re ultimately what create meaning in our social systems. So when you speak of humanities and science both playing an equal role in Complexity, I believe you are correct.  Especially because both will be needed if we are to adapt to environmental shifts.

I thought it would be prudent to begin applying Pattern Dynamics to a post you shared on Complexity. You made it clear that Complexity is not a single body of knowledge like Physics or Economics or Philosophy, yet it often slants to the ‘scientific’ approach through the stringent application of Mathematics. As you’ve pointed out, these rigorous scientific experiments tend to select variables, or parameters which only behave as expected under specified conditions.

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Applied Peer Learning

A small group of us has begun exploring the real time collaboration environment called Rizzoma. We are developing processes and protocols in building a Holarchy of engagement which will enhance our capacity to manage the Complexity of the Growth of a metacognitive Structure.

As we Iterate our practice we give real time and asynchronous Feedback to the System under development. The Synergy between participants is supporting our collective Adaptation to the new online environment, as well as the Emergence of a Seed Pattern. This will support our ongoing experience of the Evolution of collaborative play/work and the Emergence of the collective genius which informs the System.

We are using the Pattern Dynamics Language to enhance our understanding of the Process, and to help define areas of Resonance as well as identify the arising of aspects of Polarity. Utilising these tools together in real time and providing Feedback as we progress is allowing us to Capture the value of multiple perspectives. When we focus our Energy toward achieving Harmony in our interactions and developing a Resource that adds value to knowledge generation and information Exchange, the Flow/Stores aspect of Polarity is optimised for the benefit of all involved.

We are documenting our ongoing process through posts such as this, both here and elsewhere as a contribution to the Emergence of a new human capcity for group cohesion and effective action.