Which tools do you find most useful for dealing with complexity?

I love conceptual models and frameworks and other tools for playing with ideas and dealing with complexity. :heart_eyes: Some might even claim that I can get a wee bit obsessive about them!

In all seriousness, no model or framework is “right” (of course) but some of them are useful when loosely held, and in my experience, using a few different models at one time, to turn things around and explore different perspectives, can be even more effective.

Here is a list of a few of my favourites, just to get the ball rolling. Eventually the Praxorium wiki will have articles on all of these and more.

  • Cynefin Framework (Dave Snowden, Cognitive Edge)
  • Warm Data (Nora Bateson)
  • General Systems Theory
  • Wardley Maps - Value Chain; Pioneers, Settlers, Town Planners (Simon Wardley)
  • Modern Agile
  • Enterprise Architecture
  • Graves Model / Spiral Dynamics (Clare Graves, Don Beck, Chris Cowan)
  • Enneagram
  • Jungian Cognitive Functions (or Myers-Briggs, if you want the simpler “coded” version)

What are your favourite conceptual tools for engaging with complexity?

Over the past year or so I’ve encountered a few more tools I’d like to record here:

  • Circling (Guy Sengstock)
  • Collective Presencing (Ria Baeck)
  • Ephemeral Group Process (Forrest Landry)
  • Non-Violent Communication
  • Glass Bead Game (Laurence Currie-Clark)
  • World Cafe
  • Open Source Technology
  • Liberating Structures
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