Stephen Hawking famously said that this century would be the century of complexity. From its early days in the Santa Fe Institution, complex adaptive systems theory has increasingly moved from the world of academia to practice. Sometimes known as the science of uncertainty, it provides radically new ways to understand how to create organizations that are resilient and adaptive. This day-and-a -half symposium, a joint production of the Cynefin Centre for Organizational Complexity, Information Today, Inc. and Dysart & Jones Associates, brings together some of the leading academics, thinkers, and practitioners in the field of complexity to discuss a range of topics that include the following:

  • How can government and industry more effectively navigate the multiple uncertainties of a hyper-connected world?
  • What insights does complexity science give to the development of doctrine and strategy?
  • How does complexity transform our understanding of design and innovation from the linear processes of design thinking to something dynamic and radically creative?
  • What are the models of leadership appropriate for conditions of growing uncertainty?
  • What are the implications for individual development, agency, and organization growth that arise from complexity and cognitive science?
  • What is the role of art in human intelligence? Aesthetics and semiotics can have a profound impact on organizational change.
  • What are new ways of ensuring impact that avoid the gaming and misdirection of KPI

This is a chance to be there at the first major event to discuss and co-create a radical new sets 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”. Watch the website for updates and new additions to our expert panels with whom you will get a chance to interact. Register and join the conversation at this exciting learning and networking event.

Faculty & Coaches

Glenda Eoyang, PhD, HSDP
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