Regulating AI

A wicked problem for AI developers, regulators, and users

When thinking about regulating AI, we all need new ways of thinking.

If you are an AI developer or policy maker, you probably want some new tools—new ways of governing—in your toolkit.

And you probably also want to know what types of governance are likely to work and why.

A wicked problem

Even among award-winning AI developers, there is no agreement about the definition of the challenge we face in regulating AI, or, indeed, if regulation is needed at all. This is further complicated by the very nature of AI which has the potential for independent action.

The Allison Group’s model of Social Dynamics—developed by Mary Ann Allison, MBA, PhD, and backed by award-winning research and practical experience— offers a proven framework for building on past human success and predicting patterns that will shape the future.

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“Mary Ann’s framework is sheer genius and a must-have for anyone committed to creating a better world. She offers a clear, brilliant model for us to navigate wild uncertainty and enter an unknown future with skillful intention and sanity.”

Anne Rose Hart, Executive Coach

How DO we govern AI? Frameworks for the future

Bringing historical and emerging patterns of governance, truth, and identity into conversations about AI, this talk brings attention to how three significant characteristics of our societies change over time.

Learn about nested social eras

We humans create huge problems for ourselves when we lose sight of techniques and understandings we developed in the past and when we are blind to key areas of the emerging future.

A free, short two-part introduction to effective methods of governance

Part 1

Introduction to Dynamic Patterns of Social Change (8 min)

Part 2

Overview of Social Dynamics for governance (14 min)

A mental heads-up display for rapid change

Develop a mental heads-up display: Learn to identify emerging patterns of social change. Designed for organizations—typically government, business, research groups, and non-profits—this briefing introduces groups to a shared model of social change and a common language for environmental scans and scenario planning.

Mary Ann also highlights key differences between wicked, augmented, and existential problems, supporting effective national and global leadership in complex and changing situations.

“Whenever I look at political and societal problems now, I always remember to ask myself is this a wicked or augmented problem? Mary Ann’s model of problem types clarifies so much for me and helps me to think more realistically about ways we might address them. This gives me hope.”

F. Jo Goodson, CEO/CIO, Nymbol Technology


Got questions about what kind of speaking we can provide? Have a look at our faqs or get in touch below.

All of our briefings and presentations are tailored to your situation. Briefings are typically between three to six hours. Length depends on the objectives and the group size. Workshops include more hands-on application than briefings. It takes a little over an hour to walk through the core model. We almost always recommend doing this first. Learning and inspiration occur more naturally when the introduction is not compressed. The core model can stand alone, can be the first part of the half to three-quarter day briefing, or can be the first in a series of two or more presentations.

Yes. We will be happy to provide support to help you deepen understanding, learn by doing, and gather momentum.

Yes, in some cases. Let’s talk about what is prompting you to ask.


Yes, it can be very effective to hold a deep-dive session the day after a presentation.

We also meet with leaders or implementation groups to help maintain momentum. Frequency depends on your objectives. We can meet monthly for three to six months. Or support an annual assessment session.

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