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1 Images of Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

2 Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

3 I would not give a fig for the simplicity this side of complexity, but I would give my life for the simplicity on the other side of complexity. Oliver Wendell Holmes

4 Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity Chaos is order misunderstood. Alexander Pope Complexity is simplicity misunderstood. Irv & Alison Dardik

5 Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity Confusion is a word we have invented for an order that is not yet understood. Henry Miller We see that harmony does not mean a balance at rest, but a vibrant, bi-polar energy force that urges on all other energy. Mathew Fox

6 Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity It's the best possible time to be alive, when almost everything you thought you knew is wrong. Tom Stoppard, Arcadia Act I, Scene Four For every problem there is one solution which is simple, neat and wrong. Satirist, H. L. Mencken Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them. Laurence J. Peter

7 Managing the Unknowable: Accepting An Unforeseeable Future

8 Managing the Unknowable I suspect that by not merely accepting an unforeseeable future, but by building it into my life, I may come closer to living a true life than those who struggle against it. E.B. White The appearance of control is always an illusion. Gayle Pergamit & Chris Peterson

9 Managing the Unknowable No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future. Ian E. Wilson Imagination is more important than knowledge. It is the preview of lifes coming attractions. Albert Einstein

10 Managing the Unknowable Planning by its very nature defines and preserves categories. Creativity, by its very nature, creates categories or rearranges established ones... The key is integration rather than de-composition, based on holistic images rather than linear words. Henry Mintzberg There is a field beyond right and wrong. Let's meet there. Rumi It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters in the end. Ursula K. Leguin

11 Managing the Unknowable Living systems evolve in variety, resilience and intelligence; they do this not by erecting walls of defense and closing off from their environment, but by opening more widely to the currents of matter-energy and information. They integrate and differentiate through constant interaction, spinning more intricate connection and flexible strategies. For this they require not invulnerability, but increasing responsiveness. Such is the direction of evolution. Joanna Macy

12 Surprising Convergence of Disciplines

13 By shifting focus to relationships instead of separate entities, scientists made an amazing discovery… system properties are awesomely elegant in their simplicity and constancy throughout the universe, from suborganic to biological and ecological systems, and mental and social systems, as well. Joanna Macy

14 Surprising Convergence of Disciplines From a management point of view, the current division of human knowledge into disciplines is managerially stupid and an often evil design of science, which blocks off inquiry into critical issues because the issues don't fit into the disciplines. C.W. Churchman Managers are not confronted with problems that are independent of each other, but with dynamic situations that consist of changing problems that interact with each other. I call such situations messes... managers do not solve problems: they manage messes. Russ Ackoff

15 Surprising Convergence of Disciplines My point is that if we take… types of largely- agreed-upon orienting generalizations from the various branches of knowledgefrom physics to biology to psychology to theology and if we string these orienting generalizations together, we will arrive at some astonishing and often profound conclusions, conclusions that, as extraordinary as they might be, nonetheless embody nothing more than our already- agreed-upon knowledge. The beads of knowledge are already accepted: it is only necessary to string them together into a necklace. Ken Wilber, A Brief History of Everything

16 Finely Tuned to the Edge: Innovators As Heretics

17 Every truth passes through three stages before it is recognized. In the first, it is ridiculed. In the second, it is opposed. In the third, it is regarded as self-evident. Marianne Williamson, Illuminata If a man would persist in his folly, he would become wise. William Blake Genius in fact involves sufficient energy and passion to question assumptions that have been taken for granted over long periods. Physicist, David Bohm

18 Finely Tuned to the Edge: Innovators As Heretics Security is mostly a superstition, it does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men (and women) as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all! Helen Keller Changelessness is a sign of death, transformation a sign of life. Commentary on the I Ching

19 Finely Tuned to the Edge: Innovators As Heretics What is accepted is no longer valid, what is valid is not yet accepted. Jamshid Gharajedaghi Crooked is the path of eternity. Nietzsche All great truths begin as blasphemies. George Bernard Shaw

20 The Leaders Paradoxical New Work

21 Reality is only a consensual hunch. Lily Tomlin To know how to listen is to know how to wait. an improv jazz musician To know how to wonder and question is the first step of the mind toward discovery! Louis Pasteur

22 The Leaders Paradoxical New Work Given the right circumstances, from no more than dreams, determination, and the liberty to try, ordinary people consistently do extraordinary things. To lead is to create those circumstances. Dee Hock, Visa Founder & CEO Emeritus In the beginners mind there are few possibilities. In the masters mind there are many. Shunryu Suzuki Roshi I dwell in possibility. Emily Dickenson

23 The Leaders Paradoxical New Work We often feed the critic gourmet meals and starve the rest. Angeles Arrien There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein We must be the change we wish to see in the world. Gandhi

24 The Leaders Paradoxical New Work At such times, it is no failure if you fall short of realizing all that you might dream, the failure is to fall short of dreaming all that you might realize. Dee Hock, Visa Founder & CEO Emeritus What ever you can do or dream you can begin it, boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Goethe You've got to have a dream, if you dont have a dream, how you gonna have a dream come true? Oscar Hammerstein

25 The Leaders Paradoxical New Work Human capacity is equal to human cruelty, and its up to each of us to tip the balance. Alice Walker We know finite disappointment, but we know infinite hope. Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. The only way out is through. Robert Frost

26 Order Arising from the Grass Roots Up

27 Intrinsic motivation lies at the heart of Demings management philosophy. By contrast, extrinsic motivation is the bread and butter of Western management.... A corporate commitment to quality that is not based on intrinsic motivation is a house built on sand. Peter Senge

28 Order Arising from the Grass Roots Up Truth? I care about the job, of course. But mostly, I just want to be inspired. Jerry McGuire Change the environment, not the person. Buckminster Fuller What unites all beings is their desire for happiness. Dalai Lama

29 Order Arising from the Grass Roots Up The greatest revolution in our generation is the discovery that human beings by changing the inner attitudes of their minds can change the outer aspects of their lives. William James Lasting improvement does not take place by pronouncements or official programs. Change takes place slowly inside each of us and by the choices we think through in quiet wakeful moments lying in bed just before dawn. Peter Block

30 Holographic, Interdependent Systems Nested in Systems

31 A human being is part of the whole called by us the Universe. We experience ourselves, our thoughts and feelings as something separated from the resta kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures, and the whole of nature in its beauty. Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but the striving for such achievement is, in itself, a path of the liberation and a foundation for inner security. Albert Einstein Holographic, Interdependent Systems Nested in Systems

32 Perceive all conflicts as patterns of energy seeking a harmonious balance in a whole. Dhyani Ywhoo Clouds are not spheres, mountains are not cones, coastlines are not circles, and bark is not smooth, nor does lightning travel in a straight line. Mandelbrot on fractals If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is, infinite. William Blake

33 Order For Free: Perpetual Self-Organizing Novelty

34 Chance is always powerful. Let your hook be always cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish. OVID All success boils down to accidents. Tom Peters More than half the worlds greatest discoveries have been made through serendipitythe finding of one thing while looking for something else. Melvin Saunders Order For Free: Perpetual Self-Organizing Novelty

35 If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun. Katherine Hepburn The improvising jazz band is an open system, both richly coherent and in constant flux. Thus it is capable of endless transformation. Sally Helgesen Creativity comes from freedom. W. Edwards Deming Order For Free: Perpetual Self-Organizing Novelty

36 Fail often to succeed sooner. IDEO company slogan You miss 100% of the shots you don't take. Wayne Gretzky I dont care if the final results are true to my original idea, because my ideas constantly change. Dale Chihuly, glass artist Order For Free: Perpetual Self-Organizing Novelty

37 Seeing With New Eyes… Through A Complexity Lens

38 Seeing With New Eyes You dont see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it. Thomas Kuhn We dont see things as they are, we see things as we are. The Talmud A hunch is creativity trying to tell you something. Frank Capra

39 Seeing With New Eyes Dont play whats there, play what's not there. Miles Davis The uncreative mind can spot wrong answers, but it takes a very creative mind to spot wrong questions. Anthony Jay

40 Seeing With New Eyes I believe that all, or almost all, learning is remembering, in the sense of bringing forth what is already latent in us and giving it new form appropriate to the moment. Roger Harrison Perhaps the only limits to the human mind are those we believe in. Willis Harman

41 Seeing With New Eyes It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare; it is because we do not dare that they are difficult. Seneca The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. George Bernard Shaw

42 Seeing With New Eyes All things are ready if our minds be so. William Shakespeare The real voyage of discovery lies not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. Marcel Proust

43 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution

44 We have received an inestimable gift. To be alive in the beautiful, self organizing universeto participate in the dance of life with the senses to perceive it, lungs to breathe it, organs that draw nourishment from itis a wonder beyond words. Joanna Macy

45 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution We must draw our standards from the natural world. We must honor with the humility of the wise the bounds of that natural world and the mystery which lies beyond them, admitting that there is something in the order of being which evidently exceeds all our competence. Vaclav Havel

46 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution If we think about it, we find that our life consists in achieving a pure relationship between ourselves and the living universe about us. This is how I save my soulby accomplishing a pure relationship between me and another person, me and a nation, me and a race of people, me and animals, me and the trees or flowers, me and the earth, me and the skies and sun and stars, me and the moon; an infinity of pure relationships, big and little… this, if we know it, is our life and our eternity: the subtle, perfected relation between me and the circumambient universe. D. H. Lawrence

47 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution A human being is part of a whole, the universe. Our task must be to free ourselves from the delusion of separateness. Albert Einstein Fitness is... the ability of a species to play a coherent role in the web of ecological processes. R. Ulanowicz

48 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution When you begin to understand the power of self-organization, you begin to understand why biologists worship biodiversity even more than economists worship technology. The wildly varied stock of DNA, evolved and accumulated over billions of years, is the source of evolutionary potential, just as science labs, libraries and scientists are the source of technological potential. Donella H. Meadows

49 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution The greatest challenge of the 21st Century is to settle humanity down and accommodate 8 to 10 billion people with a decent standard of living before we wreck the planet. Humanitys responsibility to the rest of life and future generations is clear: bring with us as much of the environment and biodiversity through the bottleneck as possible. E.O. Wilson

50 Coming Back To Life: Our Interdependent Co-Evolution This we know: The Earth does not belong to man, man belongs to the Earth. All things are connected like the blood that connects us all: Man did not weave the web of life, he is but a strand in it. Whatever he does to the web he does to himself. Chief Seattle, 1852

51 Imagined and created for Plexus Institute by Keith McCandless and Ken Yu 206/ / Thanks to our reality instructors Anne Jacobs and Lesley Jacobs Copyright © 2001 Plexus Institute This presentation may not be used in whole or in part without the express permission from the copyright holder. If interested in use of specific photos used herein, contact Keith McCandless or Ken Yu. Images of Simplicity on the Other Side of Complexity

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