What is Complexity University?

(It is not entirely clear – but via the Systems Innovation Slack…)

What is Complexity University? A new type of educational paradigm for a complex world 

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What is Complexity University?

A new type of educational paradigm for a complex world 

Complexity University is part of 10-in-10; a cross between a foundation, a marketplace and a university. It has been designed on the basis of two decades of disciplined practice tackling complex challenges. 

We see ourselves as a new breed of organisation.

Rather than being daunted by complexity, we are at home in complex situations, seeing them as opportunities for changing systems no longer fit for purpose.

The paradigm underpinning our work, developed by reflecting on decades of practice, is relentlessly pragmatic. We are interested in effectively tackling society’s most complex challenge in practice.

Modernity and postmodernity have given rise to a particularly difficult and novel snarl of problems. While we can look at ancient lifestyles and cosmologies as models of sustainable living when compared to our own, we cannot necessarily turn to them to figure out what to do about the situation we find ourselves in. 

The long march of ideologies that characterised the twentieth century is over. This news has yet to filter through to the last desperate holdouts, still clinging to a fiction that one ideology might win over another. Ideological responses, that is, responses espousing normative choices regardless of context are no longer fit for purpose.

Our fight then, is with the high modernist paradigm of strategic planning, with its associated “best practices,” and cultures of response. We believe that this paradigm is a zombie paradigm, dead but still lurching around biting and infecting people.

Here are a set of Rules of Thumb, Practices and Orthodoxies underpinning our work. Click each to learn more.

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What is Complexity University? — COMPLEXITY UNIVERSITY