|Two different maps of the London tube.|
"You can think about certain aspects of a situation for some purposes and other aspects for other purposes." - Eugenia Cheng
Her explanation of interconnectedness was familiar and compelling. She explains that framing problems in a specific way can lead to more illuminating and productive arguments, or problem-solving. Problems should be evaluated, not linearly or by individual factors, but as a web of relationships. This bigger picture should help stakeholders distill and better evaluate the broader dynamic that is driving a problem.
|Cheng's flowchart of The United Incident.|
|Cheng's flowchart of The 2016 US Election.|
|Homeostatic feedback loop.|
I can attest that framing processes or problems as charts is incredibly useful to both the dissemination, interpretation, and policy- or procedure-building of solutions to problems both broad and small. (Otherwise, modern medicine wouldn't be a thing.) Most importantly, I think that Cheng's (rather preliminary, to some) idea of interconnectedness is useful to design because it's a reminder of inclusivity and transparency.