Our Next Seminar

Title: How do we thrive in a hyper-connected, complex world? An afternoon of conversation with David Gurteen

Date: Wednesday 20th May 2020


We live in an increasingly hyper-connected, rapidly evolving world.

There are many dimensions to this connectedness which include:

  • our physical world (transport)
  • our cyber-world (internet)
  • our social world (people)
  • our organizational world (organizations)
  • our financial world (global financial system)

Over the last 75 years, this increased connectivity has resulted in massive complexity, and today we can conceive of two worlds –an old world before the Second World War and a new world that has emerged since 1945.  Not only are our technological systems complex, but we human beings are immensely complex, non-rational, emotional creatures full of cognitive biases. This socio-technical complexity has led to a world that is highly volatile, unpredictable, confusing, and ambiguous.

Furthermore, this complexity is accelerating as we enter the fourth industrial revolution in which disruptive technologies and trends such as the Internet of Things, robotics, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence are rapidly changing the way we live and work. Our 20th-century ways of thinking about the world and our old command and control, hierarchical ways of working no longer serve us well in this complex environment. If we wish to thrive, we need to learn to see the world in a new light, think about it differently, and discover better ways in which to interact and work together.

The Conversation

The conversation will be broken into two short Knowledge Cafés.

David will start by talking a little about our transition to our hyperconnected, complex world. He will then facilitate a short Knowledge Café to discuss the nature of this new world.

David will again talk for a short time on how he thinks we should respond to this complexity and facilitate a second Knowledge Café where we will discuss how we think we should respond in more depth.

Please note that this seminar will almost certainly be a virtual one, using the Zoom platform. More details will be made available to those registering.



David Gurteen is a writer, speaker, and conversational facilitator. The focus of his work is Conversational Leadership – a style of working where we appreciate the power of conversation and take a conversational approach to the way that we connect, relate, learn and work with each other.  He is the creator of the Knowledge Café – a conversational process to bring a group of people together to learn from each other, build relationships and make a better sense of a rapidly changing, complex, less predictable world. He has facilitated hundreds of Knowledge Cafés and workshops in over 30 countries around the world over the past 20 years.  He is also the founder of the Gurteen Knowledge Community – a global network of over 20,000 people in 160 countries.  Currently, he is writing an online book on Conversational Leadership.

Provisional Timetable

14:30 – 15.30 Conversation session

15.30 – 15:50 ‘Tea and networking’

15:50 – 16:50 Conversation session

16:50 – 17:00 General discussion and wrap-up


Online, using Zoom. More details to those registering.

Seminar Costs

If you are a NetIKX Member or join NetIKX now, there is no charge.  Non-members normally pay £30.  However, in view of the current situation and as an introductory offer, there will be no charge for this meeting. Nevertheless, please register. If you find the meeting of interest, perhaps you will consider joining NetIKX.

There are discounts available for returning members and others – for further information, please send an email to .

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