What is this about? I've had certain conviction that there are better ways to transfer knowledge, learn, and connect the dots than the way we currently do it. New, interesting and increasingly affordable technology and ideas give us the capability to leap frog over how we did it last year, last month and even last week. I love when people bring together seeming unrelated ideas, technology or processes and make something new that helps move a greater good forward. Examples of this mashing together of ideas or technology that I’ve been part of or admire are RFID which took the identification of things and married it to a non-line of sight technology, the Khan Academy which made use of You Tube videos to turn how we learn on its head. My own contribution is using process simulation software to not only understand complex systems, but generate test data for the real systems.
For years I've thought that many of these mash-ups could be used to move progress along faster, make us better able to adapt and adopt new ideas at a faster pace. I've had success in bringing together supply chain data with simulation software and Google maps to demonstrate potential future outcomes and current bottlenecks due to regulatory provisions. Now, I'd like to see these same techniques applied to the understanding of complex systems so that the best solutions, regardless of perceived complexity, can come to light.