Complexity Pioneering

The generic objective of our pioneering is to search, scout and learn regarding what the added value of thinking, theory and findings belonging to the knowledge domain of complexity can bring to human living systems. Can we shape this up in interventions to be used from the perspective of the improver of the human living system?

Setup Pioneering Weekend



Looking through glasses

Work sessions on complexity for human systems

Pioneering people, practitioners in organisations, regularly meet to learn together. In the set up of our meetings we use as much as possible the added value of complexity, the aim is to walk the talk. This implies:

  • Using the self-organising principle with distributed leadership and co-creation. The participants own the process together.
  • As far as we can speak of a set up, we use the metaphor of dancing. Within the notion of this metaphor we can play with multiple dimensions, such as: free versus choreographed, simple versus complicated, relaxed versus stressed, level of effort, on intuitive impulse, consciously changing dimensions on the way, fun and pleasure and experimentation, learning by doing.
  • Overall transparency regarding process and content to create space for reflection, input and organisation from all participants. Transparency means visual availability and changeability by the participants.
  • An iterative, fractal-like modular approach inspired by The Pearlfarm
  • As we meet with a partial stranger group with a complex objective, a complex subject matter and a complexity process, we encounter the challenge to use time and energy in a beneficial way. This asks for a continuous awareness, attention, care and responsibility from all participants. We invite every participant to do needful interventions in order to sustain a fruitful process.

Working frame of a weekend

This approach is adapted from The Pearlfarm and could be seen as a process model that provides structure to the process and in the same time enough looseness and space for improvisation and exploration of unknown territory (cf. dancing metaphor).

Three elements repeat fractal like in different levels: engage, dive and grow (e.g. in each of the different blocks, in the whole sequence of blocks and in a larger process that might emerge in the future).

This timeframe is to be considered as an indication and therefore flexible. Quality time is the driver.

  • Block 1 Engage - 6h
    Connecting with the temporary team, the subject matter and the process through an interweaving of these focusses
  • Blocks 2-3-4-5 Dive - 4 x 2h
    Each of these blocks will focus on a subset of the complexity-characteristics in view of the objective of the work session.
  • Block 6 Grow - 2h
    Combining and complementing insights from previous blocks into meaningful wholes, into conclusions and new questions, this about content and process – What’s next? For the whole group and for each participant?