Introducing Pathfinding

Today’s world of rapidly-increasingly complexity and fast-paced change requires an evolutionary, ever-adapting approach to working together.
We have developed Pathfinding over the course of the last decade (and as a concerted venture from late 2019 until today) as a plug-and-play operating system for collaborating at scale and across networks.
Our goal is to empower teams, consultants, and business leaders the world over, to solve complex problems, orchestrate real systemic change, and develop best-in-class products, services & capabilities – all using the power of collective stakeholder intelligence.
Pathfinding has two fundamental parts:
The People Mindset – a set of guiding principles that we view as foundational to modern collaboration
The Technical Protocol – a first-in-class ICT protocol for network-based or ‘collective’ collaboration

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Pathfinding is stakeholder collaboration for a complex age.

In an increasingly complex world, the success of all strategic or change (and increasingly operational) efforts depends heavily on the ability of individuals, teams, and the broader ecosystem in which those actors exist, to collaborate effectively, even when communication between them is delayed, distributed, or fragmented.

As organizational management rapidly evolves to match the increasingly complex nature of effective strategy execution, ‘complexity theory and organizations’ or ‘complex adaptive systems (CAS)’ has emerged as a leading approach for understanding how to address those challenges. CAS draws from research in natural sciences that examines uncertainty and non-linearity while complexity theory emphasizes interactions and the accompanying feedback loops that constantly drive change and evolution within systems.

Pathfinding represents 10 years of research and development across the areas of ‘collaborative science’ and ‘complex adaptive systems’. It has been developed as an operating system for tomorrow’s (network and ecosystem-based) stakeholder collaborations.

Pathfinding is not a standard. Instead, we have designed Pathfinding as a fundamental approach to working with others across complex networks and ecosystems, regardless of objective, framework, or organizational structure. Pathfinding wraps around ALL current and future ways of working, providing true continuity for stakeholder connectivity and collaboration.

There is no formal certification for Pathfinding. You cannot be trained in Pathfinding. Pathfinding is a lifelong learning journey, that begins with a mindset, and is supercharged by the Waypoint software platform and its breakthrough technical protocol.

At the core of the Pathfinding operating system is ‘pattern-based coordination’. ………………………………….

Patterns can help teams and organizations specify customized processing systems that can capture their unique requirements, while also following pathways laid down by other teams and organizations.

Most organizations today are valued around knowledge & information. Individual value, therefore, is usually judged based on the knowledge they have. It stands to reason therefore that if they share this knowledge their value decreases. Step one on the pathfinding journey is to get rid of this mentality. This starts at the top.

Pathfinding is about having the tools available to capture what is already being said (as opposed to trying to force people to record it) and about understanding and learning from the tools we are already using to create ecosystems of information and procedure within the working environment.

Whether it’s due to a competitor or a startup disrupting a product or service line, or an entire industry going into a decline during a global pandemic; organizational strategy today needs continual reassessment to maintain competitiveness.

Pathfinding proposes an ‘always-on’ strategic planning process that can be scaled across all levels of an organization. Instead of developing strategic plans annually or quarterly, organizations should focus on enabling communication and decision-making lines that enable all stakeholders to both feed into and take direction from strategies that can adapt to shifting ecosystem conditions.

The People Mindset

 A fundamentally new way to make sense of complexity and collaborate with others across your networks.

A clear focus on outcomes, over outputs/deliverables, anchors pathfinding efforts to value, impact & sustainability. Pathfinders work together towards a shared why, rather than on isolated technical excellence.

Stakeholder apathy or resentment can be a death sentence for complex initiatives. Pathfinding prescribes intelligent stakeholder engagement, early & often – to ensure ongoing feedback, enthusiasm & buy-in.

There is no one-size-fits-all process for collaborative excellence. Pathfinders know when and how to weave frameworks together, ensuring an evolutionary & iterative approach to solution development.

Ego & opinion often influence key decisions throughout collaborative activities. Pathfinding promotes evidenced & peer-backed decision-making, distributing accountability across your entire organization or ecosystem.

Businesses are complex living systems and launching new solutions today often fails. Pathfinders consider and anticipate the dynamic effects of initiatives to form conscious & connected viewpoints of what can be achieved.

Pathfinders recognizes the ever-changing nature of collaboration. Rather than resisting change, they embrace evolution, ensuring processes remain relevant, resilient, and always aligned with the shifting landscapes of business and innovation.

The Technical Protocol

Our first-in-class ‘Collective Sense-Making and Co-ordination’ ICT protocol acts as your infrastructure to scale.

1. Collective Sense-Making (Catch, Cluster, Commit)

Initiate and connect feedback loops between interdependent elements leading to critical insights and perspective shifts.

2. Non-Linear Self-Organization (Reach, Connect, Chart)

Enable teams (across networks) to collate distributed system elements to form natural, scalable organizational patterns and sequences

3. Real-Time Network Graphing (Map, Track, Evolve)

Observe the natural relationships between the key artifacts, efforts, indicators and outcomes that emerge over the course of all organisational efforts

Teams, consultants, and business leaders around the world are joining the movement.


Ecosystem Owners & Orchestrators


Framework & Process Builders


Independent Consultants


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Just some of the people charting the future of collaboration

Ready to introduce Pathfinding to your practice, organization, or ecosystem?

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