Rules of Edge of Chaos Complicated behaviour A few fundamental rules (Deep Simplicity) Effort (energy) needed to sustain: constant pull to attractors - static structures and random chaos Surprise Exists - systems adapt unexpectedly to unpredictable changes Mistakes occur - they can be useful in evolutionary terms Edge of Chaos: The natural state between order and chaos, structure and surprise The unstable meeting point where creation, and creativity is born…
Effort (energy) needed to sustain: constant pull to attractors - static structures and random chaos
Surprise Exists - systems adapt unexpectedly to unpredictable changes
Mistakes occur - they can be useful in evolutionary terms
Philippe Petit: "When I see three oranges, I juggle; when I see two towers, I walk."
A Butterfly’s Wing Creation (and Creativity) occurs at the unstable edge of structure and chaos Creation is a word that means Change Small changes can have big effects; big changes, small effects Effects are unpredictable; life itself is at the Edge of Chaos…
Edge of Chaos – The Rules of Nature The Edge of Chaos: Rules of the Universe
Unpredictable – things happen by chance, constant surprises, unique things about to happen.
Learning and Feedback - many moves and combinations take place which feed back into the next set of moves. Evolution is a process of refining and perfecting.
Uncontrolled: there is no precision planning, little formal structure structure, simply the ever-changing kaleidoscope of interlocking movement driven by the onward march of time.
Meet “Ida” - Darwinius masillae in Messel Pit, Germany. She is classified as an early Prosimian (Lemur) Inefficient: some moves are wrong, some are right. (Some of the wrong moves turn out to be very useful in evolutionary terms)
Random Mutations create new possibilities, new opportunities
“The Tacoma Narrows bridge failure has given us invaluable information...It has shown [that] every new structure [that] projects into new fields of magnitude involves new problems for the solution of which neither theory nor practical experience furnish an adequate guide. It is then that we must rely largely on judgement and if, as a result, errors, or failures occur, we must accept them as a price for human progress” Othmar Ammann, Federal Investigator, Bridge Designer.
"When what you are doing isn't working, you tend to do more of the same, and with greater intensity" Maynard and Champeau
Now: traditional knowledge boundaries are breaking down:‘Constrained Freedom’ Innovation and Creativity occurs within fluid, flexible and networked structures Where there is a free flow of ideas, information and knowledge generates new combinations Without rigid boundaries and roles Organisations seek contributions from within and outside: partners, suppliers, stakeholders (including customers, sometimes competitors)
What Do You Need to be Creative? Experience (learning) Knowledge (know-what) Insight and understanding (know-why) Observation Imagination Openness to Change Receptive to possibilities Willingness to fail Improvisation / Variation Experimentation - observation
Creative Mindset Open Adaptive Comfortable in unknown territory Inquisitive Lateral thinking Brave Collaborative On the Edge Photo: bobfranklin
For your inner problem solving machine to work, you need to follow this system: Feed your mind fresh, new observations (try to utilize all five senses) When you have a problem, write it down and then forget about it Find times during the day to quiet your mind Note which activities tend to lead to more ideas and seek out those times often Listen to the ideas that pour out of your subconscious Write the ideas down or otherwise record them so you don't forget Return to #1
"People can be divided into three categories: The few who make things happen, the many who watch things happen, and the overwhelming majority that have no clue what just happened”(From the Warren Miller film, Off the Grid)