27 April 2010

Visualizing Complexity ~ Mapping Causal Links...

The NYTimes stupidly slams this graphical visualization... ...in Elisabeth Bumiller's piece We Have Met the Enemy and He Is PowerPoint. Her ill-considered screed mistakenly confounds the make-work of assembling briefings for the hard-work of systems dynamics and analysis required to understand the complexities of counter-insurgency and nation-building in Afghanistan. That graphic by PA consultants attempts to capture all the causal links in a way no written briefing, no PowerPoint list of bullets, and none of the Generals or responsible politicians have yet been able to.

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