Managing complex structures – how complex?

Since many years I have been working in and with organizations which is suffering from increasing complexity. The problem is usually not the complexity in itself but the inability of the top management to acknowledge the current level and understand that this particular degree of complexity require a different set of methods and skills. It … Continue reading Managing complex structures – how complex?

Visualization Periodic Table

Wow!! For me being a complex and visual thinker it was really amazing to find a site which collects so many visualization techniques in one page. I see it as a really valuable tool when working with scenario planning project are looking for ways to present the data to explain the relation behind driving forces … Continue reading Visualization Periodic Table

Google Trends – to search a search engine

Google have released a new fascinating and probably controversial tool onto the world: Google Trends. By simply letting users search directly in the meta-data some of the higher level patterns of what people search for is out of the box. If you e g search for "united states", you get a list of regions from … Continue reading Google Trends – to search a search engine

Challenges for open source scenario planning

After reflecting a while about Jamais' idea about open source scenario planning and after reading Art Hutchinson's comments about some difficulties I thought I should add some of my reflections about problems an open source approach could face. After having teached scenario planning for several years, as well as being involved in several scenario projects … Continue reading Challenges for open source scenario planning

Open source scenario planning

As creative as ever, Jamais Cascio are following the Open Source line of thinking and applies it to the concept of scenario planning. (And refers to my humble page and scribblings about scenario planning <defunct> along the way...) Really intriguing idea for a collective open source scenario generating process. Read about the idea at Jamais's … Continue reading Open source scenario planning

The new flavour of futurism – situated and horizontal, narrative and non-predictive

Natalie Dian recently made an interesting comment to my recent blog post about increasing interest in the future. She referred to one of her own observations from last year where a guy at OECD were commenting on that the role of traditional planning with its dream of predictability is declining And Natalie concluded that New … Continue reading The new flavour of futurism – situated and horizontal, narrative and non-predictive

On changing system behaviour from within

A growing number of people are today trying to make their voices heard in order to change the behaviour of a larger system. I have myself tried to do this since I was 10 or something. Sometimes it is a small number of individuals within a company. Quite often I meet these people as representatives … Continue reading On changing system behaviour from within