Episode 001 Why Complexity?

In this first episode of the HumanCurrent podcast, we begin our casual conversations about complexity by defining what complex systems are and why they matter in life, work, and all the things we do. What is complexity? Why do we care when there are starving people in the world? Why not focus on simplicity? Systems and networks shape our world, even (and especially) when we can't see them.

Show Notes

Quotes from this episode:

"Complexity is a fact of life and nature. We can't ignore it. We can't avoid it. It's just there. It’s a natural phenomenon." - Stacy Hale

"My goal in exploring complexity is to help people understand that it doesn't necessarily mean complicated–only non-linear." - Stacy Hale

“A complex adaptive system is a network, a set of loosely connected units each pursuing its own agenda in response to local conditions...the absence of strong central control in such networks can be a virtue because local units can adapt very quickly to new developments and because the loss of any one outpost does little damage to the whole.” - Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal

"Complexity is not some abstract academic concept that doesn't have any application close to home." - Stacy Hale

"It's a different mindset. It's about planning for adaptability and emergence versus avoiding failure and the mindset is so much about being present within the feedback loops." - Angie Cross

“The whole is disorganized but each individual fragment is in order, is a representative of a higher order. The highest order prevails even in the disintegration and the totality is president even in the broken pieces." - Aldous Huxley


Resources from this episode:

Reframing Organizations by Bolman & Deal