Complicated technical systems or situations, where experts give us a small range of viable options, are the domain of "good practice." We can be reasonably sure that what we do will get the result we intend.
But... The really complex systems and challenges in cities and regions and nations, with economic development... Don't work the same way. No one knows what the solution is. The best we can do is try a promising idea, and look back for causality after the fact. Keep what works. This is the domain of "novel practice." We need to design our experiments and explorations in ways that are okay to fail, and learn from failure as well as success.
The great Peter Drucker may not have known the dynamics of complex systems. But he said this famously and succinctly: "culture eats strategy for breakfast." Little differences make all the difference. What worked for them, CAN'T work for you. But.. you CAN use what you learn from their experience, and ADAPT it to YOUR culture and context.
The Single Biggest Mistake that orgs, communities, and politicians make, is in treating the truly complex AS IF it were obvious or technical.
Author, Bruce Waltuck, M.A., Complexity, Chaos, and Creativity
President & Owner, Freethinc. . . For A Change, LLC-Services on Organizational Change, Employee and Labor Relations, Collaborative Dialogue, and Story-gathering for Insights and Action. Bruce currently serves as a Director, The Institute for Open Economic Networks (I-Open).
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