Recommended by Perspectivity partners

Do you want to know more about complexity? Perspectivity partners recommend reading the following sources:


Anne: ‘Using the Cynefin framework, Dave Snowden clearly explains the difference between complicated and complex. The article makes you understand why a complex situation needs different approaches than the ones we usually take.’


Han: ‘An interesting book for everyone who likes to know a bit more of how Perspectivity came about. The book is written bij co-founder Hans Keijzer — highly successful senior officer at DSM, who died in 2013. It is a highly personal story about a passionate thinker and a quest for an attitude that is focused on the service of society as a whole. But the book also contains the Perspectivity Passion Code that Hans and I co-created in 2011 and is still so valid for today’s complex world. Hans was a mechanical engineer, I am a biochemical engineer. It is in the engineering where we agreed and in the ‘how to’ where we differed. The book is an authentic story. As Feike Sijbesma, DSM CEO said: “It describes a philosophy and a movement for addressing the world’s most pressing issues; an approach to better understand the value of viewing and using multiple angles.”‘


Elien: ‘An interesting emerging practice using a simple and intuitive framework to help work with complexity. It makes the future accessible in the present. The tool supports our conversations that hold the complexity of the issue in a productive way. It naturally turns towards systemic patterns rather than individual ideas or unexamined trends. It frames our conversations in terms of the shift from the established patterns of the first horizon, to the emergence of new patterns in the third horizon, via the transition activity of the second. It brings out the three voices of the horizons: the managerial voice that is concerned with the first horizon responsibility for keeping things going; the entrepreneurial voice of the second horizon that is eager to get on and try new things; and the aspiration and vision of the third horizon voice. Three Horizons allows us to come together to explore our visions and to respond with creativity towards the not yet known.’


Nohad: ‘I find this interview, and the work of Cesar Hidalgo, very interesting. Although it is labeled economic complexity, it works across fields and talks about complexity in an insightful way. I particularly liked this quote from the podcast: “I think complex systems give you not only some practical tools to think about the world, but also some sort of humbleness because you have to understand that your knowledge and understanding of how the systems work is always very limited. That humbleness gives you a different attitude and perspective and gives you some peace.”’


Petra: ‘Chapter 4 in Doughnut Economics is all about complex systems. Under the title: “Get savvy with systems”, Kate Raworth explains very well why we should stop considering the economy as a mechanical equilibrium between supply and demand. Instead, she argues that the economy can be best understood as a complex adaptive system – made up of interdependent humans in a dynamic living world. In this same chapter, I love the quote by Donnella Meadows, one of the early champions of systems thinking: “Let’s face it, the universe is messy. It is nonlinear, turbulent, and chaotic. It is dynamic. It spends its time in transient behaviour on its way to somewhere else, not mathematically neat equilibria. It self-organises and evolves. It creates diversity, not uniformity. That’s what makes the world interesting, that’s what makes it beautiful, and that’s what makes it work.” And that is why we (at Perspectivity) love complexity!’


Book reviews

Perspectivity partners regularly write reviews of books which have inspired them, and which help with navigating complexity. Find the book reviews here!


Explained by children

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