Arts & Philosophy
Over the years I have earned quite a few degrees but what taught me the most was the experience I gained working with people from many different professions and knowledge cultures.
As an integrative system analyst I specialise in identifying problems and potentials through mapping 'the rules of the game'; the social, economic and environmental patterns that make up the underlying system. Once we know how the game is being played, we can improve it.
This is a case of complexity science and I'm not the only one doing it: from economic risk managers all the way to ecosystem scientists; as different as their work may look like on the outside, lots of professions have already specialised in understanding and managing their respective systems and how it interacts with the outside world (business competitors, markets, neighbouring ecosystems, social networks, etc.).
The innovative part is that the underlying structure of how to identify a system and work with it remains the same - doesn't matter whether we talk about protecting a local nature reserve, planning someone's career or managing the risk of a fortune 500 company's latest investment.
Our problems of today have long disrupted the boundaries of sectors, countries and politics; as complex as that may be, it is exactly the systemic perspective that can bring us back together, so that we stop just pondering the future and actually go create it.