Transduction — leading transformation — Issue #109

Benjamin P. Taylor
20 min readNov 17, 2023

This week:

  • Commissioning Academies
  • Systems Thinking
  • Systems and Complexity in Organisation
  • Systems change

Upcoming events:

Two new commissioning academies: coming this winter!

Exciting News! Introducing two Commissioning Academies.

  • We will be offering a new Virtual Commissioning Academy, launching in October, facilitated entirely online
  • and an In-Person Commissioning Academy launching in January, with in-person sessions held in Nottingham.

Both offer the same great content, accredited by the PSTA and Cabinet Office.

Join our flagship development program to transform outcomes for the communities we serve!

  • Be part of a national network of commissioning practitioners.
  • Learn to initiate and lead change across complex systems.
  • Develop capabilities to drive real transformation.
  • Access expert insights and collaborative learning.
  • Apply innovative ideas and approaches to your work.

Here’s what’s in store for you at the National Commissioning Academy:

  • Foundation concepts: Working as a system, outcomes thinking, collaborative working.
  • Commissioning for outcomes as a system: Systems thinking, asset-based commissioning, trauma-informed practice, prevention and early intervention.
  • Creating conditions for change: Systems leadership, coproduction, innovation, and promoting social value.

Expect a transformative experience with masterclass workshops, action learning, expert speakers, peer challenges, practical action planning, and membership in our nationwide alumni community.

Ready to make a difference? Apply now to secure your spot at the Academy! Contact David Mason at david.mason@publicservicetransformation.org

Systems Thinking Apprenticeship (2023)

We are delighted to share the news that there is now a Level 7 Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship available in England.

Systems thinking practice was developed specifically to address highly complex, adaptive, and dynamic situations. It helps you to model each situation as a system incorporating many different parts, dependencies and relationships. Systems thinking practitioners are uniquely equipped for achieving large-scale transformational change.

If you live in England, you can benefit from the scheme. The Apprenticeship is a two-and-a-half year, day release, post-graduate qualification with government funding of up to £18,000 per person. It is fully supported by expert tutors, comprehensive learning materials, and ongoing action learning.

This is a practice-based, portfolio assessed programme which draws on core systems approaches and practice skills. You’ll be supported in your job to actually put the learning to work right away, and you will be evaluated on how you incorporate your continual learning into your practice.

It’s been designed by practitioners for practitioners — the people who have not just read the books, but have written them. More importantly, these are people who have been there, done it, know about all (or at least most) of the pitfalls, and can guide you away from them.

The professional body for systems practice, SCiO, is providing world-class systems practitioner-tutors, and is supporting the curriculum development and overall approach of the programme. They are acting in collaboration with Cherith Simmons Learning and Development, who provide the apprenticeship. Further details are available here.

If you’re not in England, you can still sign up to individual modules here.

And if you are interested in developing your transformation skills, take a look at the RedQuadrant tool shed. This is a small group action learning journey with Benjamin Taylor, founder of the consultancy RedQuadrant, supported by 24 online modules covering all aspects of organisational transformation. Get a 20% discount by mentioning Enlightened Enterprise Academy.

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My Weekly Blog post:

In our lives, we dread rejection akin to fearing death, fearing isolation from the tribe. Ironically, in the modern world, this fear often inflicts more damage than rejection itself. The apprehension of rejection hinders us from seeking, starting, and achieving our desires. Embracing rejection is crucial for personal development and resilience. Rejection Therapy, though not actual therapy, serves as a lighthearted method for self-improvement. By daily seeking rejection in harmless requests, we confront our fear and realize that rejection is a normal part of pursuing goals. This practice, whether lasting 30 days or a hundred, transforms us, fostering boldness, freedom, and happiness.

We fear rejection like we fear death. It’s the fear of being abandoned by the tribe, left to survive on our own

Launching “Systemic” — A game for applying systems change thinking to policy

Posted by: vanessalefton and alexfleming, 15 November 2023 — Categories:Policy Lab

This blog launches “Systemic” — a game that simulates how policy-making systems function and possible shifts that can be made to improve policy outcomes. Systemic has been inspired by the world of board games, and was co-created by Policy Lab and Matteo Menapace, the co-author of ‘Daybreak’. It forms part of our learning from a project aiming to shift complex systems around multiple disadvantage with the Changing Futures Programme. Serious games are one of Policy Lab’s new experimental methods, set out in the launch of our experimental innovation strategy last year.

Learn from a collection of Ph.D. seminar presentations at MIT on System Dynamics by Jay Forrester (one free, others free to Systems Dynamics Society members)

Watch skilled academic conversations and multidimensional discussions in action. Develop awareness of how thought diversity and controversial perceptions and opinions become the fertile starting points for deep dives into more insightful and beneficial discussions.

Mini-Courses are FREE for Society members and $25 for non-members. Join today and unlock all benefits!

Select from 11 rich and engaging mini-courses with discussion questions to interact with other students, quizzes to test your knowledge, and selected readings to dive deeper. The first mini-course is free for everyone!

Tijn Tjoelker on LinkedIn — ‘I’m creating a systems-thinking starters kit. What are your favourite systems-thinking tools and resources? Here are some of mine (I actually use)’

[171 comments in 15 hours — that is fasinating. And so. Many. Bad. Takes. (I guess I’m tired tonight)]

I’m creating a systems-thinking starters kit 🌟 What are your favourite systems-thinking tools and resources? Here are some of mine (I actually use) 👇

See more at:

Post | LinkedIn

Welcome to the Systems Change Masterclass! Ashoka — free ten week course

[Oh my. Ashoka! ‘Clearly defined goals’, ‘milestones’, ‘analyse your systemic root causes’ — really?]

Powerful Tools for Scaling Impact in Any Sector

CRAFT YOUR STRATEGY DECK | Free | 10 Weeks | Available in: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Czech

Enroll now S’inscrire maintenantPřihlásit se do kurzu

Inscreva-se agora Inscríbete ahora

What You Will Take Away

  • The practice of using tools to reach a clearly defined systems change goal
  • A list of milestones and concrete projects that you want to reach in order to achieve a systems change goal
  • Practical worksheets to start flexing your systems thinking muscles
  • A customized systems change strategy deck within a pre-designed template
  • Tools to engage a broader audience and build a network of allies

Welcome to the Systems Change Masterclass!Powerful Tools for Scaling Impact in Any SectorCRAFT YOUR STRATEGY DECK | Free | 10 Weeks | Available in: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, CzechE

What You Will Take AwayThe practice of using tools to reach a clearly defined systems change goalA list of milestones and concrete projects that you want to reach in order to achieve a systems change goalPractical worksheets to start flexing your systems thinking musclesA customized systems change strategy deck within a pre-designed templateTools to engage a broader audience and build a network of allies

Welcome to the Systems Change Masterclass! | Ashoka | Everyone a Changemaker

Clara Llamas on LinkedIn — who are the scholars of (or close to) ‘Complexity Leadership Theory’?

Dear LinkedIn community,

I wonder if I can pick your brains on scholars of 🌐 Complexity Leadership Theory 🌐 (or close to) that you may know who are relevant and I should add to my emerging list, which at the minute is rather small in length (not in collective knowledge 🎓 ) and includes the following:

Mary Uhl-Bien
Dave Snowden
Michael Arena
Gervase R. Bushe
Keith Grint
Ralph Stacey
Richard Boyatzis
Deborah Ancona
Chris Mowles
Cynthia McPherson Frantz

Any thoughts are super welcome! 💌

Embracing complexity: Insights for resilience in 2023 and beyond — Complexability advertorial in The Mandarin (Australia Public Sector focus)

In September 2023, Complexability, in collaboration with The Cynefin Co and The Griffith Centre for Systems Innovation, and 100 others engaged in a series of events over a week to explore contemporary social and organisational challenges and issues through the lens of complexity.

Embracing complexity: Insights for resilience in 2023 and beyond

i2S News — Integration and Implementation Sciences, Australian National University

In the LinkedIn Systems Thinking Network group https://www.linkedin.com/groups/2639211/
Gabriele Bammer shares this:

Just out! Oct-Dec 2023 i2S News at https://lnkd.in/gb3bzKTb.

Two key features are: 1) a great video by Gerald Midgley on a #systems theory of #marginalisation with 6 strategies for challenging marginalisation, including amplifying marginalized voices and creating empathic connections, as well as undermining negative stereotypes and 2) ten i2Insights contributions from sub-Saharan Africa covering #decisionmaking, #decolonisation, institutionalisation, #leadership, #researchimplementation, #stakeholderengagement & #teamwork. Countries represented are Benin, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal & South Africa. #I2Sresources

Click to access 2023–10_i2S-news.pdf

What is a Complex System, After All? Estrada (2023)

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What is a Complex System, After All?Open accessPublished: 30 May 2023(2023)Download PDFYou have full access to thisopen accessarticleFoundations of ScienceAims and scopeSubmit manuscriptErnesto Estrada

What is a Complex System, After All? | Foundations of Science

Anticipatory Systems, Evolution, and Extinction Cascades | Judith Rosen | ST-ON 2023–10–16

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Judith Rosen agreed to give an online presentation for the Systems Thinking Ontario meeting in October 2023, after we converted her in-person meeting at OCADU in August into a discussion circle. Channelling the anticipatory systems approach of her father, mathematical biologist Robert Rosen, Judith has been extended those ideas in her own continuing observation of living systems.

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Anticipatory Systems, Evolution, and Extinction Cascades | Judith Rosen | ST-ON 2023–10–16 — Coevolving Innovations

The role and power of re-patterning in systems change — Griffith Centre for Systems Innovation (2022)

7 everyday patterns to shift systems towards equity

Griffith Centre for Systems Innovation

Good Shift

The role and power of re-patterning in systems change7 everyday patterns to shift systems towards equityGriffith Centre for Systems Innovation·FollowingPublished inGood Shift·4 min read·Oct 25, 2022

The role and power of re-patterning in systems change | by Griffith Centre for Systems Innovation | Good Shift | Medium

Society as a Complex Adaptive System, Buckley (1968) — David Ing and others

Systems Thinking sociologycomplex-adaptive-systems daviding Aug ’20

For those who ascribe “complex adaptive systems” to mathematicians and physicists at the *Santa Fe Institute* (founded in 1984) 2, it’s worth noting the 1968 article published by Walter F. Buckley.

Society as a Complex Adaptive System, Buckley (1968)Systems Thinkingsociologycomplex-adaptive-systemsAug 20201 / 1Aug 2020Aug 2020davidingAug ’20For those who ascribe “complex adaptive systems” to mathematicians and physicists at the *Santa Fe Institute* (founded in 1984) 2, it’s worth noting the 1968 article published by Walter F. Buckley.

Society as a Complex Adaptive System, Buckley (1968) — Systems Thinking — Open Learning Commons

https://discuss.openlearning.cc/t/society-as-a-complex-adaptive-system-buckley-1968/247

An introduction

https://journal.emergentpublications.com/Article/2f6dedc2-398b-4a98-a697-d19b436c3666/academic

Systemic Mirros — Dr. Ir. Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer & Ir. Carine van Loon (2023)

Mieke writes:

“At the Relating Systems Thinking & Design symposium RSD12, Carine van Loon and I presented a new concept in systemic design, which we refer to as ‘systemic mirroring’: designing an object that provides system stakeholders with a different perspective on the system they are part of. It confronts them with their beliefs about the system and their role in it. We hope that such mirrors support stakeholders in redesigning the system from the inside out. We illustrate the concept with Carine’s graduation project in which she designed a children’s book that reflects the care system around parents with a child with special needs. You can watch our presentation here”

Systemic Mirrors » mieke | van der bijl | brouwer

ELAPDIS (Latin American Society for Systems Thinking) with the assistance of Metaphorum — Raul Espejo webinar ‘Talking for a better future’ (Conversando para un mejor futuro) — in Spanish — November 10, 2023, 11:30 (ARG-BR-CH) 10:30

ELAPDIS (Latin American Society for Systems Thinking) with the assistance of Metaphorum are kindly inviting you to join Raul Espejo’s webinar ‘Talking for a better future’ (Conversando para un mejor futuro) which will happen on Friday, November the 10th, 2023, at 11:30 HRS (ARG-BR-CH) 10:30 HRS (VE); 09:30 HRS (COL-PE)14:30 pm (UK). The webinar will be in spanish. Those interested in attending please request the webinar link to Alejandro Ochoa at alejandro.ochoa@elapdis.org).

https://wosc.world/index.php/get-involved/csi/4-talking-for-a-better-future?fbclid=IwAR38f8GfW_kxX5ZEdcyMLukGZmlwBkmvaVxAAs-6ADWzZAJ3BksgNFyCmEM

A system dynamics glossary — Ford (2019)

Compiled by David N. Ford

First published: 07 November 2019

A system dynamics glossaryCompiled by David N. FordFirst published: 07 November 2019

A system dynamics glossary — Ford — 2019 — System Dynamics Review — Wiley Online Library

Upcoming constellations training and other sessions (paid) from Meus — Ty Francis

Constellations Workshops 2023 & 2024 This newsletter brings you an overview of the current meus constellations workshops running in to 2024, facilitated by Ty Francis. All workshops advertised here are ‘in person’ events where Ty will be bringing his unique focus on both the personal development of practitioners with the business development we are entrusted to support and enable for ourselves and our organisational clients.Organisational Trauma & ConstellationsIt seems beyond doubt that an organisational culture can be traumatised as much as an individual. Yet what are the implications of this perspective for leaders, managers, coaches and consultants working within and for organisations? In this 2-day workshop we will explore the topic of Organisational Trauma through inputs on leading edge theory, exploration of case studies, group discussion and enquiry, and — importantly — through the medium of practical, experiential work with Organisational Constellations. For further information and to book your place click below. 2-Days in person in CardiffDates: 19th & 20th Nov 2023 Cost: £580Book your placeMoney ConstellationsThis workshop provides an opportunity to explore the hidden dynamics that might be affecting your relationship with money and financial success. There will be opportunities for personal enquiry into your relationship with money, using family and organisational constellations; as well as teaching inputs and exercises that will enable you to clarify areas of difficulty, entanglement and lack of flow regarding money. For further information and to book your place click below.1 Day in person in CardiffDate: 12th April 2024 Cost: £220Book your placePersonal ConstellationsNot a teaching seminar, but a 2-day ‘constellations clinic’ for people who want to explore what holds them back at work and in life more generally. Drawing on a unique mix of family and organisational constellations experience, Ty will share his own approach to ‘coaching constellations’ — creating opportunities for shifts of awareness that can be enriching and sometimes even transformational. For further information and to book your place click below.2 Days in person in CardiffDates: 23rd & 24th May 2024 Cost: £292Book your placeConstellations Learning CircleThis Learning Circle is intended as an annual event to provide experienced constellations practitioners with opportunities to develop their own ‘signature style’ and to improve and deepen their constellations practice in a safe and supportive environment. A focus on your own inner journey as a coach, manager, or other organisational practitioner is a central feature of the programme. Therefore, an openness to exploring your own life-themes (and a commitment to working compassionately with yourself and with others) is a pre-requisite of participation. For further information and to book your place click below.3 Days in person in CardiffDates: 4–6th Sept 2024 Cost: £950Book your placeLeading the workshopsTy Francis PhD Ty is an experienced OD practitioner who works with global corporations, Government Departments and Public Sector organisations. He has been practising and teaching Constellations for over 20 years and supervises coaches and consultants drawing on this approach. His Doctorate on Social Psychology focused on facilitating ‘breakthrough’. His practice is deeply informed by Gestalt, Systemic Constellations and the work of Presence taught by The Ridhwan School. Ty is passionate about the use of film to inspire personal, organisational and cultural transformation.

Constellations Workshops | 2023/24

https://mailchi.mp/89a7e83a0529/constellations-plusonsystemic-transformation-15102601?e=fe606b74fe

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