Complexity & Uncertainty

Complexity & Uncertainty

Taking action in the midst of an uncertain future and complex reality is one of today’s most difficult – but crucial – challenges. We offer tools that determine strengths and weaknesses of organisations and tailored advice in order to stay viable in this complex and uncertain world.

Social complexity and uncertainty have an increasing impact on our social and working lives. The Framework for Acting under Uncertainty and Complexity (FAUC™) gauges the ability to deal with complexity and uncertainty, act effectively and remain viable.

Complementary to traditional techniques, organisations and societies require a different approach in dealing with today’s and future challenges. The FAUC™ assessment provides a detailed report with insights, conclusions and tangible actions to improve effectiveness based on scientific theory.

Complexity and uncertainty

These issues are covered by two key terms: Complexity and Uncertainty. Complexity, since we have to deal with large numbers of interacting individuals, that is, networks. Uncertainty, since we cannot forecast the future and unexpected events will inevitably arise. In light of the emerging challenges, we thus need a radically different approach. An approach that goes further than traditional planning & control methods, as well as methods to build capacities to deal with complexity and uncertainty.

The FAUCTM assessment

To actively build the required capacities in organisations and places, the FAUC™ assessment has been developed by the Global Complexity Network, in close cooperation with Zanders. The FAUC™ assessment focusses on key capacities to assess the effectiveness of corporate multinationals, financial institutions, governments and cities. The focus lies on five key capacities: Entrepreneurial, Alert, Adaptive, Resilient and Creative.

Shaping these capacities is essential to act effectively in a complex and uncertain environment. The FAUC™ assessment uses both quantitative and qualitative information and is a combination of conversations, a web-based questionnaire and interactive visuals. It helps to find weak spots and to develop the capacities to deal with negative and positive surprises. The assessment can be performed on an individual basis, within teams, communities or organisation-wide.

For more information, see the brochure and feel free to contact Steyn Verhoeven or Evert de Vries.

Interested in complexity & uncertainty?

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Get in touch with Evert de Vries or Steyn Verhoeven for more information about complexity & uncertainty.