Complexity describes the behaviour of a system or model whose components interact in multiple ways and follow local rules, meaning there is no reasonable higher instruction to define the various possible interactions.

Former Deputy Secretary Department of Finance and Government CIO, Ann Steward, ignited a lively Edge Thinking Roundtable discussion at the Commonwealth Club in February. Public sector leaders from a variety of fields joined the conversation exploring the challenges of digital transformation to organisations, cultures and behaviours.

Silverstone Edge recognises complexity has become the natural order of things.

Co-founder Melanie Kontze says, “Ann’s depth of experience and knowledge brought insight into government leadership and the need for emergent approaches to change in the increasing complexity of whole of government policy, digital transformation, technology implementation and citizen interactions. The conversation explored many interesting perspectives”.

The discussion brought different perspectives from the policy makers, the technologists, communicators and people and culture specialists in the room – multiple lenses which re-frame the conversation.

Edge Thinking Roundtables bring together a small number of senior executives from multiple disciplines for a conversation over breakfast.

If you would like to join the next Edge Thinking Roundtable in Canberra, email