Habits of a complex mind – Stockholm Resilience Centre

Here’s an interesting article, “Habits of a Complex Mind” from the Stochholm Resilience Centre detailing three habits of mind needed to move from reductionism to “complexity thinking”:

The first frame, openness, includes the following habits:

  • Hold your strong opinions lightly
  • Embrace surprise, serendipity and epiphany
  • Accept everyone as co-learners, not experts or competitors

The second, situational awareness, includes habits such as:

  • Be aware of contingencies, scale and history
  • Consider the importance of relationships and interactions
  • Reflect often: formally, informally, individually and collectively

The third frame, respect for the restraint and action paradox, includes habits such as:

  • Seize the just-do-it moment

  • Have courage to take action from which you can learn

  • Avoid premature convergence – avoid being too quick to judge

All important frames to bear in mind when undertaking work in a school!

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