From Overwhelming Complexity to Effective Simplicity

Which large organisation isn’t impacted by crippling bureaucracy and overwhelming complexity? Whatever has been tried, the results remain disappointing. Yet, the breakthrough knowledge appears to be available today. The knowledge is, however, too distributed, lacks alignment with how human beings/organisations think and act, and it misses a vital ingredient: Integration of the solution elements into one overall solution before critical solution elements are eliminated. In this space, missing only one critical solution element can lead to failure of the other elements. Desperately needed solution elements can then be flagged as “doesn’t work either...”


Implementing innovative solutions in environments of crippling bureaucracy and overwhelming complexity is no easy task. The number of conflicts with the traditional solution thinking is endless. Failure rates must be extreme. The highly innovative nature of the Stoos Network’s ambition may create yet more conflicts. For the Stoos Network to be successful, it has to overcome these conflicts. That said, many of the solution elements needed may be the same as those needed to move to effective simplicity.


It is the ambitious goal of this session to provide lowest-effort/highest-impact guidance to move to effective simplicity. It does this through answering the following questions: What caused the present situation? How do we know what works and what does not? How do we prevent the traps of previous solution attempts? How do we make it sustainable?


The session’s goals are:

(1) To propose the lowest-effort/highest-impact solution elements and their integration

(2) To obtain feedback from the participants: Is the proposed sound and complete enough to be executable? What may be missing?

(3) If complete and executable: How can we make it happen together?


UPDATE June 6th: There are two other sessions proposing needed functionality to enable the move from today’s situation to effective simplicity. Their content is part of this session (though, there is no requirement to have seen the other sessions):


Session 1: “Facilitating effective interventions from within organizations” -Through a demo workshop, this session illustrates how to open the door for innovative and constructive solution thinking within organizations.


Session 2: “Guided Self-Organisation: Creating a Learning Network” -This extends on session 1 and illustrates the lowest-effort/highest-impact functionality to create a learning network that is integrated with the organization’s decision making.


NOTE FOR SESSION ORGANIZERS: Please plan as 3rd session of 3 sessions (if possible).



Session participants: 6 - 25



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