Complexity in Human Systems Symposium

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Stephen Hawking famously said that this century would be the century of complexity.  We believe that the time has come for complexity-informed thinking and approaches to be adopted more broadly and make a real impact.

We are extremely excited about this day-and-a-half symposium, a joint production of the Cynefin Centre for Organizational Complexity, Information Today, Inc. and Dysart & Jones Associates, that brings together some of the leading academics, thinkers, and practitioners in the field of complexity to explore the following:

  • What is the work to be done in the world, and how will complexity help us do it?  This thread is framed using the themes of Sustainability & Resilience, Planning & Strategy and Leadership & Power.
  • What principles or practices are shared across the spectrum of approaches?  And what are the differences that make a difference in practice?
  • Taking all of this into account, what can be done collectively to grow the field and strengthen us all in the work that needs to be done?

This is a chance to be there at the first major event to discuss and co-create a radical new set of ideas. In keeping with the theme, the event will not be organized around traditional keynotes, but instead on multiple structured interactions between experts and attendees to allow new insights and understanding to emerge. Einstein stated that “The definition of genius is taking the complex and making it simple.” to which we can add “but not simplistic”.

“The idea is to create an annual space in which people come together, listen to each other, understand differences and commonalities and in general advance the field. If it works it will become an annual event and hopefully a large and diverse conference/event. We are on the cusp of new insights and understanding as a result of science and at a time where the world needs new ways of thinking. There are differences but a common sense of direction.” – Dave Snowden

Make sure you register early to avoid disappointment.  Seats are limited.

We hope to see you there!

 

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