The Complexity Space

The Complexity Space is comprised of several inter-related elements:


  • Ecosystem Dimensions identify three key dimensions of an organization’s “context” — “the water the fish is swimming in and usually doesn’t see.”
  • Ecosystem Levers identify four distinct, yet overlapping “levers for change.” Individually and collectively, these are areas in which organizations can introduce change in order to influence their existing patterns.
  • The Complexity Space Flow recognizes  that the gathering, integrating, and acting are constantly occurring, producing continuously emerging outcomes. This recognition provides a critical lens through which to view adaptive change initiatives.
  • The Complexity Space Landscape  offers a visualization of how organizations can define the current and desired states of three major patterns.
  • The Complexity Space produces two types of complementary Outcomes. “What” outcomes focus on traditional, project-based measures of success. “How” outcomes focus attention on whether patterns are shifting in appropriate and useful ways.
  •  The Complexity Navigation Process provides a “roadmap” for teams, departments, and organizations to follow as they influence their complex systems towards their desired short- and long-term goals.
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