Thrive by 5: Foundation Workshop Executive Summary - page 4

TheReosChange Labmethodology is designed for
intervening in complex problems. As such, it is important
for individuals to understand the natureof complex
problems, and in turn, effective responses to them.
As seen in image4, problems canbe considered
complexwhen they have:
• DynamicComplexity –what happens inoneplace
has an effect somewhere else (things change in time
and space)
• Social Complexity – different stakeholders hold
different ways of seeing theworld (e.g., our diversity
of beliefs; our experiences as complex human
• GenerativeComplexity –we are facedwith new
problems, and as such, wedon’t havegood
examples of how todeal with them. As the jazz
quartet taught us, when it comes to complex
problems, weneed to learn toplay newmusic
Image 5 illustrates theway inwhichwe respond to these
three types of complexity.We take an approach that is:
• Systemic – take a systems thinking approach to
identify leveragepoints
• Participative – engagingdiverse stakeholders and
employingparticipatory processes
• Creative – doing things that have never beendone
before (newways, new actors)
Engaging themaximumdiversity of stakeholders from
the system –whobring their whole selves to thework
– is critical. In fact, it is apre-condition to an effective
systemic and creative approach.
By buildingour understandingof the natureof complex
problems, we canbegin to see just howmuch learning
is requiredbeforewe can successfully andeffectively
respond. As such, a significant part of thework of TB5 is
tobuildour capacity “to stay in theproblem” and truly
learn its “character”beforewe respond.
Image 4
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