A Field Guide for Novel Problems
The principal characteristics of a rhizome: unlike trees or their roots, the rhizome connects any point to any other point, and its traits are not necessarily linked to traits of the same nature; it brings into play very different regimes of signs, and even non-sign states.
—Gilles Deleuze and Felix Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus
Here’s a little flag in the ground of cyberspace, a sandbox for thought, and an opportunity to share a few things I’ve learned in my journey through design, research, and complexity. It is also an extension of my independent research operation by the same name.
Some areas of inquiry include:
Complexity theory for designers
Research as a form of map-making
Meta-processes for novel problems
Interdisciplinarity as mental model arbitrage
Generative methods for grounded strategy
Tools for thought
Centrally, the writing here will revolve around novel problems, and how to approach them. Since we have no shortage of novel problems, I hope it can be a resource for you in thinking about, strategizing, understanding, addressing and perhaps even solving the novel problems ahead of you—as well as an opportunity for us to learn together.
Here we go!