Tag Archives: complexity

Complexifiers and Simplifiers: some necessary nuance

Scott Berkun writes that there are two kinds of people in the world: simplifiers and complexifiers. Complexifiers are averse to reduction. Their instincts are to turn simple assignments into quagmires, and to reject simple ideas until they’re buried (or asphyxiated) in layers of abstraction. […] They take pride in consuming more bandwidth, time, and patience […]

Musings and reading on collaborative rationality in urban planning and civic projects

This is an extremely long post mashing together Beth Simone Noveck’s chapter on collaborative democracy with Judith Innes and David Booher’s recent book on collaborative rationality in planning called “Planning with Complexity,” mixed liberally with my own thoughts on community management in open source software. A lot of hand-waving, block quotes, and thinking out-loud.