Boyd’s Conceptual Spiral

This was Boyd’s last major briefing (164 KB PDF), carrying the date “July / August 1992.”  In it, he addresses the question of how we generate the new actions and ideas we need in order to thrive and grow in an uncertain, competitive, and sometimes downright dangerous world.

For his answer, he returns to the themes he laid out in his 1975 paper, “Destruction and Creation,” and weaves in material from all of his other briefings.

One thing to note as you’re going through it — the emphasis John places on performing analyses, arriving at a synthesis, and then testing our synthesis in the external universe.  In a conflict situation, we may go through this conceptual spiral quite rapidly, but we are always thinking, we are always mindful, and we always have our senses and our gray matter engaged.

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