Who we are
We’re a like-minded collective who thrive in complex environments and working with messy complex issues in social systems.
We are a core team of experienced complexity practitioners, and a global network of preferred partners and alliances. We bring the appropriate mix of experienced people together with sophisticated processes and tools to support our projects and clients.
We’re a part of a global ecosystem who collaborate, research, learn, report and inform on complex issues.
We are committed to creating learning communities with our clients and colleagues, embracing multiple perspectives and using open and transparent processes that are congruent with the nature of complex social systems.
We’ve undertaken projects and capacity building in Australia, New Zealand, South East Asia and the Pacific; working with Government Departments and Agencies, private sector companies, Non-Government (not for profit) Organisations and the wider community.
Working in complexity much more than a pivot. It’s a seismic shift.
Who we are - The Core team
All Complexability practitioners have extensive practical experience in the application of complexity based tools and methods (including Cognitive Edge narrative based research methods) in a variety of contexts and environments. Each practitioner has integrated their understanding and knowledge of complexity with their specialist knowledge and expertise.
Viv Read and Julie Cunningham are authorised, Cognitive Edge Facilitators.
Viv has extensive experience as a manager and consultant in systems change, stakeholder engagement, culture change and strategy and innovation. Building on expertise developed in major workplace reform projects for organisations such as Lend Lease, Carlton United Breweries, Department of Employment.
Julie works closely with organisations to help lift performance through capability cultivation. She leads the application of a growing body of work assisting organisations to work with and understand complexity, develop curiosity, explore disruption and identify blind spots through a brain savvy lens. This is aligned with growing emphasis to drive innovation, think differently and build sustainable capability.
Laurel is an independent consultant focusing on the areas of narrative research, complex facilitation, cultural change, leadership development, coaching and mentoring, and training and development. She has worked on projects in Australia as well as Hong Kong, Singapore and across the Pacific.
Scott Arbuthnot is a senior Complexability consultant with 22 years professional experience in developing leaders in large, complex systems. Scott is known for using robust adult learning (andragogy) research in designing experiential learning that integrates complexity tools and methods for leaders influencing culture, collaboration and systems level performance. Scott’s previous experience included leadership roles for short term securities and money market teams for Australian merchant and trading banks.
Malcolm is an Information Technology professional with 30-year experience in advanced business reporting and analytics, application development, and business, systems, and network administration. His main interest is in the area of data and systems analysis and business change. He has the ability to translate data into information and knowledge and is able to assist organisations with business transformation activities. Malcolm’s strengths include advanced analytical skills. He is comfortable working with large data sets and has the ability to see through the data and analyse it to find conclusions
Marcia has over 25 years of experience in senior executive roles in the Government and Non-Government sectors, across Australia and overseas. She is currently Director of Creativma and a member of Complexability- working as an independent innovation and change specialist with a focus on partnership and engagement.
Bob Dick is an independent scholar and an occasional academic, consultant, coach and facilitator. He has worked with a wide range of people in industry sectors including, heavy and light manufacturing and steel production, consulting, engineering, health care and education, community development and government. He has integrated the Cynefin framework and associated methods into his practice for the past 15 years.
Stephen has thirty years of experience of risk management and modelling for projects and organisations. He combines strong analytical skills with an interest in complex adaptive systems and emergence incorporating Cognitive Edge methods. His experience to date includes defence and telecommunications.
Focused on making strategy accessible for all. De-constructing how strategy is done in commercial organisations today, cutting away the BS, and showing businesses how to ‘make moves’ that create value for them, rather than over-complicated ‘plans’ that only make money for the consultants.