‘Resilient organisations are those that handle threats and opportunities that cannot be predicted’
(Dave Snowden, The Cynefin Co)
Partner with us to ‘learn by doing’ in working with messy complex issues and multiple competing perspectives. Our practice is informed by the work of The Cynefin Co, Indigenous Knowledges through Riteways Wanjau and the Indigenous Knowledge Systems Lab (IKSL), Deakin University and the late Professor Bill Ford (UNSW).
For the past 20 years the Complexability Team has partnered globally with organisations to build capability in addressing and navigating uncertainty. Areas of specialty include complex facilitation for consumer engagement, consultation and strategy development; applied narrative inquiry using SenseMaker® for culture change, monitoring and impact evaluation, consumer engagement and feedback; supporting innovation partnerships and change programs for community and organisation development; building complexity literacy to enable leadership decision making at all levels.
“‘Learning to dance’ with a complex system is definitely different from ‘solving’ the problems arising from it.” (Roberto Poli, 2013)
Complex issues need new approaches, new tools, new methods and new ways of working.
Navigating complexity is not solutions based; it’s a direction of travel. Options and opportunities are context specific. Learning from others is valuable; replication fails. Multiple perspectives and valuing diversity are essential. Seeking consensus too quickly reduces the field of possibilities. Learning from doing, which includes learning what doesn’t work, is essential.