[ by Charles Cameron — Ashby, the Law of Requisite Variety, Bateson, the arts and sciences ]
Mapping from complexity to complexity. Access to a set of relationships … that we are not usually conscious of in ourselves. The depth and riches of imagination, of the arts and sciences, of the listening heart / mind, of the world around us, of the models we need to make to navigate that world successfully… of the wisdom our steersmen need, and all too often lack.
Zen‘s post Ruminating on Strategic thinking had me thinking a bit, and I guess I felt some of his bullet points,
- Assessment of the relationships among the variables
- Assessment of the relationship between the variables and their strategic environment
- Assessment of current “trajectory” or trend lines of variables
- Assessment of costs to effect a change in the position or nature of each variable
- Assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of the variables as a functioning system
- Recognition of systemic “choke points”, “tipping points” and feedback loops.
are separable as components one might learn, but need to fuse into a single intuition if the result is to be fully system-responsive.
And I think the two comments above by Ashby and Bateson are in their own ways both “about” that — about the need for a gestalt understanding rather than a list of separate and disparate parts…
And of course, those two quotes can also be used to pitch for cybernetics, or for poetry, or both… much to my delight!