Canvas

The VucaCanvas® enable teams, organisations and communities to prepare for and act in a VUCA world. It is a combination of a framework, a set of canvasses and an interactive workshop design. Field tests show the approach shapes the capacity for shockproof and vibrant social systems.

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The picture below shows the core canvas with six capacities. Each capacity is described in a seperate canvas (not published here). The framework is based on scientific insights.

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Six capacities shaping vibrant and shockproof organizations

Adaptive

The variation, selection, and multiplication of ideas and innovations happens when leaders create the proper conditions. In retrospect, traditional management thinking actively reduces ‘variance’ and ‘inefficiency’ which is necessary for experimentation.

[science based - derived from evolutionary biology]

Resilient

Organizations become robust due to resilience, the capacity to return to the initial state. Buffers are especially important in VUCA environments, in which negative surprises are frequent. Lacking buffers for the benefit of leanness and efficiency can led to collapse.

[science based - derived from evolutionary biology]

Diverse

Variety in social systems stimulates to adapt to a VUCA environment. In organisations, leaders should emphasize diversity along various dimensions such as partners, perspectives and innovations. This may come at the cost of short-term efficiency, but it is essential to viability.

[science based - derived from evolutionary biology]

Sensitive

It is impossible to predict the future for an organization. However, we can search for signals, look for patterns of change, and imagine possible futures - and take action to limit undesirable outcomes. It will be valuable to continuously scan the environment to avoid being blindsided.

[science based - derived from complex adaptive system theory]

Connective

Vibrant organizations consists of loosely connected parts. Highly modular systems limits the spread of shocks from one part to the next, making the overall system more robust. Despite the trade-offs, connectivity is an important capacity of shockproof organizations.

[science based - derived from complex adaptive system theory]

Cooperative

Organizations are flourishing due to cooperation; direct control of people is rarely possible. Individual interests often conflict, and when individuals push their own selfish interests, the organization overall becomes weaker, and the social system might collapse.

[science based - derived from complex adaptive system theory]

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