Towards this end, Complexity Science has come a long way in helping us understand the inner dynamics shaping systemic patterns. Yet such insights have proven hard to translate into effective forms of action. Hence the question repeatedly asked by decision makers – how can we bridge the gap between complexity thinking and complexity doing?

Social Acupuncture is a personal research project aimed to help bridge this gap by suggesting new rationales for designing counter-pattern strategies. In a nutshell, it explores how analysing the deeper interactions sustaining patterns can be used to identify leverage points; and how small accumulative interventions across such points can be used to disrupt and transform them.

If you’re interested to learn more, some of the key ideas and underlying assumptions for this experimental approach can be found under ‘Building Blocks’. As this research project is still in progress they do not present a fully formed narrative as a future book on the subject would demonstrate, but rather map out its leading rationales. Further practical explanations of key concepts rising from complexity theories can be found under ‘complexity bits’; while my Blog provides a more mixed assortment of observations concerning both complex patterns and the experiences of those dealing with them. Hope you enjoy.

Dr Orit Gal

Currently, a Senior Lecturer for Strategy and Complexity at Regent’s University London, Orit is a political economist with a deep curiosity for the inner workings of complex social systems. An expert generalist, she has worked in tech start-ups; corporate market research; peace building NGOs; and innovative policy and military think-tanks. Having the opportunity to closely observe decision makers operating in messy, volatile, and highly complex environments, she set on a passionate search for new knowledge that could help design more effective action. Social Acupuncture brings the fruits of this research to light.