From the workings of the human body at the microscopic level to the rapid-fire movements of the stock market to the vast and varied connectedness of the environment to the everyday annoyance of traffic jams, complex systems affect every aspect of our lives.

To truly understand the problems and find solutions, we have to dig deeper and find the “clues to connectedness”.

The human brain is good at perceiving and learning from simple cause and effect relationships.  Being able to understand those relationships and acting on that learning has helped us improve our lives through agriculture, industry and technology.  However, the complexity we’ve created can bring some undesirable results, along with the benefits, especially when it comes into contact with the still little understood complexity of the natural world and society at large. To truly understand the problems and find solutions, we have to dig deeper and find the “clues to connectedness”.  Identifying the connections and how they work together is often difficult because there is so much going and/or events are happening so quickly that we can’t “see” the interactions that create the results.

Systems Tangilizers help us understand the workings of complex or fast-moving systems by helping us use several senses at once to perceive the many elements that make up the big picture.  Systems Tangilizers identify the elements in a system and use colours, sounds and vibrations to bring the intricate interactions between these elements to life.  In this way, the interactions within the system become “tanglible”. The multi-sensory modelling tools they create allow users to not only observe systems in real time but also to slow down, rewind, see trends and patterns, isolate individual elements and experiment with small changes as we gain understanding, anticipate outcomes or solve problems.

Systems Tangilizers:

  • Help researchers and healthcare professionals understand the workings of health and disease.
  • Model the workings of the global economy, shaping not only how finance, economics and social policy are taught but also how governments help their citizens participate positively in the world.
  • Provide tools to help children learn how to perceive and solve complex systems from an early age.
  • Facilitate large scale planning of land use that takes into account everything from the migratory patterns of birds, insects and human commuters to how man-made constructions can affect wind patterns, water accumulation/dissipation and the availability of sunshine for collection as solar power.

Job Requirements/Skills

You like figuring out puzzles, so you may aspire to be a Puzzle Master.  You gain understanding and insight into how things work and what users need by being an active listener.  You’re an observer who naturally looks for patterns “in the noise”.  You can write code that turns information into pictures and use your insight to find the best pictures to “draw” (using shapes, colours, sound and vibration) to lead the mind to meaning.