The world is a complex place. The situations we find ourselves in are increasingly complex, for a variety of reasons:
First of all, then, we need to have the requisite variety of available responses to the situation. (More on this in The Law of Requisite Variety):
"This means that to engage with or to affect something, abilities must match or exceed the nature of things being affected/engaged with. If you want to change the behaviour of a class of children and all you do is shout then you are not going to get far; it needs a larger repertoire to engage effectively with the children."
Complexity-worthiness is a fairly complicated business, but one of the prerequisites that you or the system or the situation needs to have in order to be complexity-worthy is complexity-awareness. Here is a list prepared by Beautement & Broenner to explain complexity-awareness:
'Closed' Reductionist Approach
'Open' Complexity-Aware Approach
There's a lot more on this in their book, but this list seems like plenty to start with. Some ideas from it that keep recurring in Triarchy Theory, Design Thinking, Ecological Thinking, Cultural Theory, Complexity Theory, International Futures Forum Thinking and Systems Thinking are:
Subjective appreciation: is one of Graham Leicester's Ten Things to Do in a Conceptual Emergengy.
Valuing contradiction: Perrine Bailleux used to have on her website Mehdi Belhaj Kacem’s words: "La haine de la contradiction est la structure ontologique de la bêtise."
Repeatable patterns: Lesley Kuhn quoted Mandelbrot as saying that, in river systems, 'degrees of irregularity of local wiggles of the banks and of enormously global bends turn out to be identical.'
Informal collaboration: underpins Alain de Vulpian's view of the Third Modernity.
Failure as a way of learning: is an idea promulgated by many (like Russ Ackoff) but applied by few (see David Hillson)
Alain de Vulpian
Patrick Beautement and Christine Broenner