The Dance of Complexity

The Dance of Complexity

We are mostly dancing bodies. The water in our bodies dances. We may see the calm surface of water, but researchers using have shown how water molecules dance. Molecules in our bodies dance too. A new method which uses tightly confined light trapped between gold mirrors a billionth of a meter apart to watch molecules β€˜dancing’ in real time could help researchers uncover many of the cell processes that are essential to all life, and how small changes to these processes can lead to diseases such as cancer or Alzheimer’s. The butterfly effect is in action is our bodies.


Swans dance together. Dolphins dance together. Ideas dance in our heads. Apparently ideas too have molecular structures that enjoy dancing in our heads. We dance with joy in celebration of new ideas and good news. The stock markets have their wavy fractal dancing patterns. Pendulums dance to make waves that remind me of the waves of stock markets.


The dance of pendulums serves as a good metaphor for complexity and visualizing its dance as well. The pendulums forms pattern as they dance. It is when we push them violently that they may swing to the extremes. More importantly is the interaction of multi layered pendulums. The image below shows first from left two pendulums attached to three pendulums in the middle and then to five pendulums to the left. I chose the numbers 2, 3, 5 because these are Fibonacci numbers. The dance of the two pendulums affect the dance of the three pendulums and these in turn affect the dance of the five pendulums. The five pendulums are affected by the environment and may affect their dancing pattern. This effect is then cascaded to the middle three pendulums, which in turn affect the dance of the two pendulums. There is no way by which we may predict how the new dance would be.

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The complexity of business today is reflected in this mode. Businesses are getting more interconnected and the dance of one partner shall affect the dance of all partners. The environment of business is getting like our natural environment. We can see how "partners" affect each other. We have witnessed how the Greenhouse Effect impact on the environment. The formation of tornadoes and the flooding of some cities are direct consequences of how the dance of many pendulums has been disturbed. This is similar to disturbing the molecular dance in our cells and eventually leading to cancer. One disturbance cascades into hugely impacting results. The warming up of the earth leads to the fast evaporation of water, which gets carried away by the wind and deprive some lands from the water necessary for agriculture. The formation of arid zones with not enough water to water plants lead to health problems, loss of jobs, death of animals and drying up of plants.

The Greenhouse Effect leads me to suggest the Greenhouse Effect of Businesses. The fall of one business leads to the fall of many businesses such as suppliers to the fallen business, banks that gave loans to the business, the insurers who may suffer similar destiny and to the job market where many people lose their jobs as well.

The increasing interconnections of global business means that that the emerging complexity of the global business will have more vitality, but also greater risks to the rippling effect that may cascade to many sectors of the business domain.

We need to think and imagine the future and how it may look like to prepare for it now. We need then to take small steps at a time so that the system doesn't swing violently and may cause earthquakes' to occur.

We have a hard game to predict the movements of the multi-layered global financial system.


I dedicate this buzz to Laurent BoscheriniΒ for his constant support, illumination and friendly gestures.

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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#20
Thank you my dear Tausif Mundrawala. They say the best theory is an applied one and I agree with you.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#19
Yes, it is dancing on a tightrope my friend Aaron Skogen. It is a very delicate situation.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#17
- my friend, your extracts of the lines of the buzz says a lot about you and your varied and rich experiences. Yes picked the line that are the highlight of the buzz and your examples are spot on such as that of Ford. yes, we need to prepare our future and prepare for them.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Complexity has its own vocabulary and dance Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

4 years ago #12

Is it complexity or complication I tend to think about complexity in terms of depth not necesserally volumes but let's say severity ?

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
Dear Deb\ud83d\udc1d Lange- I started to believe the day we stop dancing we die. A living body is a dancing one. We dance with molecules in our bodies and we need to keep the rhythm. I enjoyed your quotes immensely.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
I greatly appreciate your comment Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman. Yes, you read my intentions. I plan to go on with writing few buzzes on "I hope you can cover the rhythm of each dance to explore how we disturb it". This isn't an easy task as you know, but is well worth the effort. I greatly liked your quote of Maya Angelou and other examples of dancing such as dancing stars. At least, you made me dance with joy with your musical comment.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#9
Thank you dear Laurent Boscherini. Even though our engagements in writing are not that quite often; yet your comments pierce deeply in my memory. You are truly a genuine thinker.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

β€œEverything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”― Maya Angelou "As stars dangle and jangle waltzing across the celestial dome a rhythmic concerto" * * a Haiku I wrote addressing a blogging event. Ali Anani, I hope you can cover the rhythm of each dance to explore how we disturb it, as stated in your comment #4 in your wonderous Ali, style. My queries are does everything dance in unison until interrupted by mankind or an event not expected at the time it occurs? I wonder if the 9.1 magnitude earthquake in Japan and the tsunami that followed was due to an interruption in the rhythm in the universe. Thank you for sharing you intriguing post.

Laurent Boscherini

Laurent Boscherini

4 years ago #7

Thank you Dear Ali Anani for sharing your revelant prism , so well steered by your insighful writing to go beyond the first visible mind perception. Thank you my Friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#7
I am dancing to the music of your beautiful words Melissa Hefferman :)))😁😁

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#5
You are a great person in my walk of life dear Sara Jacobovici. Thank You

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #4

#4
You never need to apologise to me Ali Anani for being honest in your response and sharing your thinking with your readers. Looking forward to reading what's next!!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
You are absolutely right Sara Jacobovici by saying "I simply love it , my best read this year ))". Such comments fill me now with a burning desire to finish the planned buzzes. SOrry dear Sara, but I wanted to share with you my real feelings.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#1
Thank you dear debasish majumder for your lovely comment and sharing of the buzz. Writing this buzz was so challenging and your comment makes me happy.

Sara Jacobovici

Sara Jacobovici

4 years ago #1

You manage to present complexity in a very straightforward, no nonsense manner Ali Anani. The dance/movement relationship in nature and how it is reflected in business partnerships is an invaluable perspective. My humble contribution would be to highlight the element of rhythm. Every movement and dance pattern has its own rhythmic signature. Rhythm is an organizer; we breathe, experience our heartbeats in a rhythm that will either help us relate, be in sych, internally and externally, or will be experienced as disorganized and out of synch. The partners in dance depend on the rhythm to make their steps fit. Is it naive of me to think that we may be able to predict "the movements of the multi-layered global financial system" by analyzing the rhythmic signatures; "the breathing and the heartbeats" of the institutions? .

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