Over the years, we have drawn on a large number of thinkers. We want to mention a few of the most influential ones here, together with a number of influential books and articles that have inspired us over the years.

  • The work on anthro-complexity, naturalising sense-making, the Cynefin Framework, complex facilitation and SenseMaker® by Dave Snowden, Alicia Juarrero, Sonja Blignaut, Zhen Goh, and many others.
  • The work on Warm Data, transcontextuality and symmathesy by Nora Bateson and the endless sources of insight and inspiration from her father Gregory Bateson.
  • Various other thinkers in the space of systems and complexity including but not limited to Jean Boulton, David Allen, Edgar Morin, Melanie Mitchell, Donella Meadows, Paul Cilliers, and many others.
  • The work on naturalising decision-making by Gary Klein and others.
  • The work on New Economic Thinking by Eric Beinhocker, Richard Nelson, Brian Arthur, Douglas North, Mary Shirley, Kathleen Thelen and many others.
  • The work on socio-technical transitions, deep transitions, techno-economic paradigms and sustainability transformations by Frank Geels, Johan Schot, Carlotta Perez, Dirk Messner, Maja Göpel, and many others.
  • The work on resilience by the Stockholm Resilience Centre and associates institutions, including work by Carl Folke, Johan Rockström, Oonsie Biggs, Rika Preiser, and many others.


Here’s a selection of books that have influenced us. Again, in no particular order, just as they come up.

  • Small Arcs of Larger Circles by Nora Bateson
  • Steps to an Ecology of Mind by Gregory Bateson
  • Dancing at the Edge by Maureen O’Hara and Graham Leicester
  • Do Pause by Robert Poynton
  • Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta
  • Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows
  • Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell
  • Complexity and Postmodernism by Paul Cilliers
  • Dynamics in Action by Alicia Juarrero
  • Harnessing Complexity by Robert Axelrod and Michael D. Cohen
  • Embracing Complexity by Jean G. Boulton, Peter M. Allen and Cliff Bowman
  • Sapiens and Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  • Seeing What Others Don’t; Sources of Power; and Streetlights and Shadows by Gary Klein
  • The Origin of Wealth by Eric Beinhocker
  • Reinventing the Bazaar by John McMillan
  • An Evolutionary Theory of Economic Change by Richard R. Nelson and Sidney G. Winter
  • Understanding the Process of Economic Change by Douglas C. North
  • How Information Grows by César Hidalgo
  • Institutions and Development by Mary M. Shirley
  • Doughnut Economics by Kate Raworth
  • Designing Regenerative Cultures by Daniel C. Wahl
  • Why Nations Fail by Daron Acemoglu & James A. Robinson
  • Solving Tough Problems; Power and Love; and Collaborating with the Enemy by Adam Kahane
  • On Dialogue by David Bohm
  • Managing the Unexpected by Karl E. Weick and Kathleen M. Sutcliffe
  • Humble Consulting by Edgar H. Schein