We often strive for simplicity. However, we live in an increasingly complex world. Three types of complexity proliferate:
- Social complexity - where stakeholders lack a shared vision of the future or even a common understanding of the problems we face
- Dynamic complexity - where the causes of the effects we are experiencing are difficult to find because there’s not a binary or linear relationship between them
- Generative complexity - where the rules of the past are no longer helpful in predicting for or dealing with the future
We work with organizations around the world to help them achieve profound results through harnessing the power of Collaborative Design. We’ve run hundreds of engagements in every major geography to help navigate through complexity and achieve shared outcomes.
During these engagements, we harness the power of collaboration to:
- Make better decisions
- Accelerate the time it takes to do the work
- Create an environment to foster innovation and
- Enable people to organize themselves around the work that needs to be done based on passion and purpose
Organizations are great at putting us in boxes and at organizing our work in de-humanized packages. But the real forces that hold the machinery of an organization together in reality are more along the lines of passions, aspirations, loyalty, integrity, and so on.
Highly performing organizations are those which are well-connected and work across organizational silos.
Imagine an organization where each unit would be connected to all the others through effective personal links:
- How fast would the information circulate?
- How many stupid decisions would be avoided?
- How many issues would be anticipated?
- ...enables groups to self-organize around passion and purpose into teams that we call Patches
- ...enables participants to deliver the transformation alongside BAU activites
- ...ensures a holistic and integrated solution is created and embedded through our algorithm based Nodal connections
- ...gets the work done by enabling people to hold each other to account
- ...embeds new ways of working to achieve shared outcomes
- ...enables monitoring of Patch performance and targeted interventions
- ...supports the system to re-organize itself into a new orientation based on a new purpose: Patches are re-created as purposes are fulfilled
We have synthesized complex system theory and self-organizing principles of people such as Stuart Kauffman into a practical process called Patchworks on our online platform: Recoder Watershed. Recoder is live on the Android and Apple app stores.