A Wardley map is a boundary object. If you disagree, please jump to the comments section and share your insights.
As hyperconnectivity becomes ever more ingrained and remote first becomes commonplace, I anticipate the emergence of a variety of effective but simple boundary objects.
“All models are wrong”, attributed to the statistician George Box, is often quoted. Recently, when I think about models I consider that “all models are noisy” too. If all we had was a crystal radio set with intermittent reception and a signal-to-noise ratio that the most earnest amateur radio enthusiast would regard as useless, it would still be useful in other contexts and most likely lead to important breakthroughs.
Perturbations are often regarded as noise. What is the difference? Noise is usually understood from the point of the experimenter. If we measure it from the outside, noise is the fluctuation of the value we measure. However, from the point of view of the network, noise is a series of perturbations changing its original status. Network perturbations can be called either signals or noise. This dissection is rather artificial and shows our anthropocentric view of the world around us. What is ‘good’ or ‘purposeful’ is called a signal, and what is disturbing, undesirable, residual, is called noise.
Peter Csermely. Weak Links: The Universal Key to the Stability of Networks and Complex Systems (2006)
So, how will we deal with digital noise pollution? Adapting to a hyperconnected world will be, to some extent, dependent upon fair and effective noise filtering and collective learning. Currently, those with greater digital social capital (clout) get to amplify ‘signals’. Yet, as Csermely quote suggests, the distinction between signals and noise is blurred. Distinctions could be subjective or politically motivated. Moreover, as economic equilibrium thinking gives way to complexity economics, its implications in terms of the distribution of power are uncertain.
So, perhaps time and effort should be concentrated in other areas. I suspect that might mean developing boundary objects and focusing efforts on forgiveness to foster trust. The evolution of religion. From orthodoxy to heterodoxy. The beginnings of a new moral and ethical framework (see the Wardley map below).
Wardley maps are created to be challenged. If you have any comments, please indulge yourself.