The Power of networks

republished via Experiencia:

“In this new RSA Animate, Manuel Lima, senior UX design lead at Microsoft Bing, explores the power of network visualisation to help navigate our complex modern world:

Network visualization has experienced a meteoric rise in the last decade, bringing together people from various fields and capturing the interest of individuals across the globe. As the practice continues to shed light on an incredible array of complex issues, it keeps drawing attention back onto itself.

In his talk (held in London on 8 Dec 2011), Lima explores a critical paradigm shift in various areas of knowledge, as we stop relying on hierarchical tree structures and turn instead to networks in order to properly map the inherent complexities of our modern world.”

2 Comments The Power of networks

  1. AvatarJohan Söderberg

    Why is it that people that walk around with the word “complexity” on the tip of their tongue so often tend to have an extremly poor, simplified idea of historical times? Is it because the argument is so shallow that will only fly when contrasted against a strawman past?

  2. AvatarMagnus

    Johan: I agree and think it’s often problematic when complexity is historicized, such as saying that “today we are facing complex problems”. Certainly there are new tools and techniques available today to map and visualize complexity and there can be a need for a “mind-shift” to be able to utilize the potential of these tools.

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