Chaos, information ecosystems and information management

Thought for the day:

  1. Modern organisations collaborate on demand, producing an unstructured and informally managed set of information flows and feedback loops.
  2. At a sufficient point of complexity, the results of these information flows will exhibit characteristics of a non-linearly dynamical or chaotic system.
  3. Many natural ecosystems are non-linear and mapping information flows from this free-flowing collaboration would exhibit many characteristics of an ecosystem. (Let’s call this information map an information ecosystem.)
  4. Ecosystems are naturally chaotic unless environmental dampeners (aka negative feedback loops) are put in place.
  5. The main job of Information Management is to stabilise the naturally chaotic state of an enterprise's information ecosystem.