So suddenly, it seems, today’s world became volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA), but is this observation based on recent changes or just on change of focus? After all many smart women and men born in the last millennia have grappled with what in the field of social science has been labeled the turn to complexity.
Other fields of science did their turn: in math we have complexity and chaos theory, in physics vast universes with barely countable particles in quantum entanglement defying determinism and leaving space for new theories, philosophy is wondering over dualisms or monoisms, the force of life, and question if it’s not better to return from the lingual to more embodied concepts. In psychology, with its many theories of the mind, seemingly rational thoughts, prove to be born of fast but not so precise automatisms, and memories a construct of constant renarration. The military strategize along VUCA concepts, and business theory is following close.
We all know of globalisation, climate change, migration, shifts in power and maybe of network effects, system theories, process and flow, power laws, the third industrial revolution, and co-evolution of (cyborg) humans and machines. Something is in flux, it does affect us, and in our eyes it is worthwhile to learn more about.
Our intention for this group is to find people who are interested in the “arrival” of awareness of complexity in everyday sensemaking. How does it affect you and me, our family and friends? Do we need to/Could we do something to provide guidance? How does the combination of thoughtful intend and the making of things (“thinkering”) can be used to understand the confusing topic? How could we use physical and digital tools for teaching, learning, experiencing, and navigating in a world of processes and flow?
We invite artists, designers, coders, scientists, writers, thinkers, tinkerers, or simply curious join us to explore the ways how our daily life looks like looking from the angle of complexity.
Please join and we will then be able to discuss real world meetup and other things to do.