The 'Innovation Dialogue on Being Strategic in the Face of Complexity', organized by Wageningen University and Research Centre, aims to explore what it means to 'be strategic in complex times'. The event, on November 30 and December 1 2009, brings together people working on international development, sustainable business strategies and social entrepreneurship, and focuses on practical ways to intervene strategically in complex situations. In the lead up to the two days, a series of guest bloggers, including keynote presenters, will begin the dialogue here online. We look forward to reactions on the blogs, which will be used to help frame Dialogue. Pepijn Jansen will be coordinating the blogging inputs and reporting from the Dialogue itself.
In my work, I find thinking of complexity in four dimensions is useful: temporal complexity...referring to the time lags (and variety of length) between taking action and seeing impact; dynamic...referring to the interplay between large numbers...▶
Reflecting on the first day of the conference, it might be easy to say that the main message is rather complex. But then, as both of the keynote speakers agreed, not everything is complex because we, as human beings, create order. So let me try an...▶
In the train, on my way back home, I reflected on today’s keynote speeches. Somehow, I found them a bit contradictory while, at the same time, they matched perfectly. Perhaps it’s mostly the 'setting the boundaries' by David Snowden that caused my...▶
Over the past few weeks, I have been browsing about 50 books and hundreds of articles on the wider subject area of ‘being strategic in the face of complexity’. Slowly, a pattern is starting to emerge in terms of how various authors seek to be stra...▶
Looking forward to this conference about complexity, it might be useful to get back to the basic and simple questions. We are talking about complexity, everything is complex, and we need to be strategic to deal with complex issues, and so on. What...▶
What does ‘strategic’ mean to whom? This is an essential question to ask when discussing what ‘being strategic in the face of complexity’ involves. Is ‘strategic’ synonymous to ‘good’ and ‘ethical’? ‘Strategic’ may sometimes be considered as merel...▶
Welcome to the first blog in the lead up to our Innovation Dialogue on ‘Being Strategic in the Face of Complexity’. Much interest has been shown and we have expanded capacity to cope with the high number of registrations – now well over 100.I rece...▶