Does systems and complexity need new words?

Does systems and complexity need new words?

New words can be useful, but they can also mislead, confuse and turn people away.

Complexity and systems thinking is a different way to look at the world. It is easy to argue that to express new ideas, we need new words. However, we require novel words that don’t carry baggage with previous meanings that confuse and hold them back. Expression of novel concepts is more precise when we mint a unique new word to carry the meaning.

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As a complexity or systems thinker, what kind of blind man are you?

As a complexity or systems thinker, what kind of blind man are you?

The Blind Men and the Elephant
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A group of blind men came upon an elephant. One touched the side of the beast and thought it might be a wall. One felt a tusk and supposed he must have a spear in his hand. Another man grasped the tail, guessing it was a piece of rope. Yet another man brushed the elephant’s knee and surmised that he had touched a tree. However, none of the men said a word and went on their way.

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The easiest trick to get your prose to read better

The easiest trick to get your prose to read better

This week, I watched a live broadcast with two authors. She was just releasing an audiobook she had read herself. She said she had tripped over some sentences. He replied, “Writing to be read is different to writing to be read out loud.”

He was trying to make her feel better. But what he said has some truth to it. Some.

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