Humans as complex systems

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“A single soldier and his equipment can be seen as a complex system,” explained Minami. ” He must be prepared to quickly assess a situation and determine how to communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders, from fellow soldiers, to officers, to citizens, in environments that are often hostile and deadly. Deepening my understanding of complex systems will help me better serve my troops and my country.”

Suspend your attitude to the issue of war momentarily and let’s learn from this insight. Today most individuals are “complex systems” at work, at home, in social settings. So, we are complex dynamic systems operating within other complex dynamic systems.

The idea of systems thinking is important to help us understand how to improve not only ourselves but also the systems in which we operate.

But there is also a question: will this knowledge help us improve our human systems in general or will this knowledge remain locked and accessible only to industries, business and organizations like the ones in the article above?

Source

MIT: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/sloan-soldier.html

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Daniel Montano
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Keyword: Daniel Montano, Dan Montano, user experience design, information architect

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