Decision Integrity (DIL) is a research and coaching enterprise working on holistic
approaches that benefit sustainable systems, projects, communities, organisations
and societies with special emphasis on transformative resilience.
Today's challenges to policy and governance are globally enmeshed in multiple complex
networks and systems. The result is that we have shifted from the complicated world
to a complex world which has less predictable properties such as acceleration, emergence
and discontinuity. This new pattern profoundly challenges the adaptive capacity of
our legacy systems of government, which are modelled on hierarchy, segmentation,
and fragmentation into silos.
One major approach to dealing with the complexity is to improve understanding of
context by introducing more science-based research, data and evidence to inform policy.
This is certainly an improvement on purely speculative policy which has not been
grounded in pertinent information and interpretation. But it also depends heavily
on the dominant science paradigm of determinism which is well-suited to the complicated
world but increasingly fails in the complex world. It fails to take into account
uncertainty, value loading, and a plurality of legitimate judgemental perspectives.
Second-order science offers a fresh perspective on how policy and science might relate
for better results.