Simple, Complicated or Complex?

  • 21 Aug 2012
  • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Marie Callendar's Restaurant 9503 Research Blvd. Austin, TX 78759


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To develop foresight, one has to acknowledge and understand three different types of systems - simple, complicated and complex. This presentation will discuss an overall structure for the different types of systems and their characteristics together with examples. Paul Schumann will discuss the apparent trend towards more complex systems and why this trend may be true. He will provide some insight in how to think about complex systems. 


“1, 2, a Few, and Many”, Paul Schumann: A survey and introduction to complexity

“Insights and Foresight”, Paul Schumann: Search on complexity for 107 entries

“This Is Generation Flux: Meet The Pioneers Of The New (And Chaotic) Frontier Of Business”, Robert Safian, Fast Company, 1/9/2012

“Complexipacity- What is it? Do we need it? Can we get it?”, David Pearce Snyder,

About Our Speaker 

Paul Schumann is a futurist, creative thinker, advisor and writer. He is a proponent and practitioner of collaborative approaches.

He has been a technologist and technology manager in the semiconductor industry (IBM), internal entrepreneur (IBM), cultural change agent (IBM), and consultant (Technology Futures and Glocal Vantage). With 50 years of professional experience, Paul is still excited about learning, and sharing what he is learning.

He is a blogger, writer of numerous articles and book chapters, and coauthor of two books (Innovate! and Superconductivity). Paul has been blogging since 2002 and as of this writing has posted 679 blogs on Insights-Foresight ( ).

Paul is a fan of web 2.0 technologies and has applied them to his own work, and to create market intelligence systems for clients. He is expecting to see their application in democracy. His interests also include media ecology and complexity.

He is the founder, past president and past member of the board of the Central Texas Chapter of the World Future Society. Paul was a member of the advisory boards of the Marketing Research Association, the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas and ACC’s Center for Community-based and Nonprofit Organizations. He is on the editorial board of On the Horizon journal, and was involved with Texas Forums and Extreme Democracy.

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