Transduction — leading transformation — Issue #20

Benjamin P. Taylor
11 min readOct 23, 2021

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“Institutions established to serve the public can over time, become insular and increasingly focussed on self-preservation. Against this, a changing world posing new risks and opportunities, an absence of competition or change catalysts, and limited public input can then create a growing gap between what is, and what could be. When the gap and cost…

The traffic lights will kill us all one day — unless the watermelons get us

The account of a former US Marine, Lucas Kunce, who served twice in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as narrated to The Kansas City Star: “I led a team of Marines training Iraqi security forces to defend their country. When I arrived I received a “stoplight” chart on their supposed capabilities in dozens of missions and …

Requisite Agility Unleashed Conference 2021, Transdisciplinary Sessions —

It’s time to unleash the Requisite Agility (RA) of your organization 7th — 8th December, 2021 9:30 am — 4:00 pm daily (US Eastern Time) | Live online

What gives you the foundations that enable change?
Here’s my philosophy, a summary of my recent talk at Conscious Organisation. A gorilla dies of old age at a zoo right before the zoo opens. It is the only gorilla at the zoo since they are not very profitable. However, the gorilla is their most popular attraction by far, and they can’t afford to … Continue reading What gives you the foundations that enable change? →

What do you think of FestivalUK*2022? — the once-chosen path
Or, as it’s better known, the ‘Festival of “Brexit”’? If you hate it, you’re falling into the trap. And if you love it, you’re falling into the trap, too. There are lots of discussions we could have about a £120m series of creative and cultural events planned to take place around the United Kingdom in 2022. And…

systems | complexity | cybernetics

Barry Oshry at ‘The Stoa’ — power+systems. November 4, 2021 4pm EST
Power & Systems w/ Barry Oshry Description “I’ve invited Barry to join us in a conversation about power and systems. Barry’s book’ Seeing systems’ has had a big influence on the thinking of many in our learning community, and with over 50 years of experience in the human systems space, we are excited to learn […]

Harish Jose on
In information theory, the ‘constraints’ are the ‘redundancies’ utilized for the transmission of the message. Lila Gatlin’s use of this idea from an evolutionary standpoint is quite remarkable. #Information #Constraints

Postcognitivism — Wikipedia | Systems Community of Inquiry

Movements in cognitive science are considered to be post-cognitivist if they are opposed to or move beyond the cognitivist theories posited by Noam Chomsky, Jerry Fodor, David Marr, and others. Postcognitivists challenge tenets within cognitivism, including ontological dualism, representational realism, that cognition is independent of processes outside the mind and nervous system, that the electronic computer is an appropriate…

Humanistic Principles and Social Systems Design | Douglas Austrom + Carolyn Ordowich (ST-ON 2021–05–10) — Coevolving Innovations
Humanistic Principles and Social Systems Design | Douglas Austrom + Carolyn Ordowich (ST-ON 2021–05–10) October 20, 2021 daviding 0 Comments Douglas Austrom and Carolyn Ordowich shared some reflections developed jointly with Bert Painter (Vancouver, BC) on some draft humanistic principles, the three Tavistock perspectives, and a meta-methodology with Systems Thinking Ontario. Humanistic Principles and Social […]

Coexploring Systems Literacy | Peter Tuddenham | Systems Thinking Ontario 2021–03–08 — YouTube | Systems Community of Inquiry

and YouTube

What drove the invention of military technologies? new paper from Complexity Science Hub Vienna
20-OCT-2021 What drove the invention of military technologies? New research conducted through the Complexity Science Hub Vienna and applied to a rich historical dataset shed light on the evolution of weapons, armour and fortifications in human history. Peer-Reviewed Publication COMPLEXITY SCIENCE HUB VIENNA What drove the invention of military technolo | EurekAlert!

New Books Network podcast | Vanilla Beer and Allenna Leonard, “Stafford Beer:… | Systems Community of Inquiry
Vanilla Beer and Allenna Leonard Sep 27, 2021 Stafford Beer The Father of Management Cybernetics 2019New Books Network | Vanilla Beer and Allenna Leonard, “Stafford Beer:…

The Purpose Of A System Is What It Does, Not What It Claims To Do — Benjamin and Komlos (2021)
The Purpose Of A System Is What It Does, Not What It Claims To Do David Benjamin and David KomlosContributor Leadership Strategy The Purpose Of A System Is What It Does, Not What It Claims To Do

Productive Organisational Paradoxes — Ivo Velitchkov
Productive Organisational Paradoxes — recorded on 21st of January 2019 in London at a SCiO open day Productive Organisational Paradoxes — YouTube

Organisational development / transformation

On Resilience … — by prof serious — Anthony Finkelstein’s blog
On Resilience … Problems are extracted from messes by analysis prof serious 2 hr ago 5 4 “Managers are not confronted with problems that are independent of each other, but with dynamic situations that consist of complex systems of changing problems that interact with each other. I call such situations messes. Problems are extracted from […]

Ethics in public service

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter

Causal impact of social care, public health and healthcare expenditure on mortality in England: cross-sectional evidence for 2013/2014 “additional social care expenditure is more than twice as productive as additional healthcare expenditure”

Mark O’Neill on Twitter
This really is organised crime. And it was aided and abetted by McKinsey’s.

Ruth Keeling on
Ugh. Had similar civil service interview feedback, that I was ‘extremely passionate but did not communicate in the usual civil service way’. Luckily they liked it (or overlooked it?) and I got the job. But still, this obsession with the cooker cutter model of a civil servant

Mark O’Neill on Twitter
In the last 6 months, highly paid columnists in U.K. have called for the mandatory resettlement of Travellers, said that an innocent young woman who died tragically young should burn in hell, & that the Irish are savages. But sure, it’s all about anonymous social media accounts.

Marie Le Conte on Twitter
every politician coming out in favour of banning anonymity on the internet should also give up the right to ever give an unattributed quote to the press, IMO

Refugees help power machine learning advances at Microsoft, Facebook, and Amazon — Rest of
Big tech relies on the victims of economic collapse.

davidallengreen (@davidallengreen) | Twitter
According to unattributed briefings, anonymous social media accounts could be banned, and there is no sense of contradiction.

Revealed: how UK spies incited mass murder of Indonesia’s communists | Indonesia | The Guardian
Newly declassified papers show shocking role played by Britain in slaughter

Stuart Wilks-Heeg on
This detail, from @andrewrawnsley ’s review of Andrew Mitchell’s memoirs, is my new favourite anecdote about elite self-perpetuation and elite interconnection in UK public life. Brings out so many facets of these dynamics in less than 100 words.

Alexis Conran on
Just prepping for my show and reading this on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph has just stopped me in my tracks … I’m … I … speechless … which is not great when you have to talk for three hours …

Dr Bethany Usher on
I exchanged presents with my Dad and sister socially distanced, in the rain, in a service station car park on the M1, after not seeing each other for eight months. This is unbelievable.

JustJulz on Twitter: “… “

St. Rev. Dr. Rev on Twitter
“@Meaningness A friend of mine has been trying to get a serious study done on the impact of *letting hospital patients sleep through the night*. For YEARS. Nobody’s ever thought to investigate, apparently.”

NHS Is Wasting Up To £568m A Year On Pointless Pills —
When they try to quit many suffer withdrawal symptoms such as abdominal cramps The amount wasted each year is enough to pay the salaries of up to 10,000 more GPs or 20,000 nurses

Environmental and social justice

Vagrancy Act, which makes it illegal to sleep rough, to be scrapped after pressure from Kent MP Tracey
The Prime Minister has confirmed plans to scrap legislation that makes it illegal to sleep rough are underway following pressure to speed up the process from a Kent MP. Tracey Crouch, MP for Chatham and Aylesford, wrote to Boris Johnson asking him to bring forward the repeal of the nearly 200-year-old Vagrancy Act, something which was promised by the previous Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick earlier this year.

Jason Hickel on
Most people don’t realize this, but the majority of high-income nations have already significantly exceeded their fair share of the carbon budget for 2 degrees. Their “zero by 2050” targets are therefore wildly inadequate. Here are the biggest overshooters:

Mark Pack 🔶 on Twitter
A reminder once again of how often British opinion is far more liberal than that of populists who seek to speak on its behalf.

The availability of good medical care tends to vary inversely with the need for it in the population served. This inverse care law operates more completely where medical care is most exposed to market forces, and less so where such exposure is reduced. The market distribution of medical care is a primitive and historically outdated social form, and any return to it would further exaggerate the maldistribution of medical resources.

How Bali could teach the world to manage its water resources| EurekAlert!
How Bali could teach the world to manage its limited resources With a method taken from physics, scientists determine which factors contribute to the equilibrium in Balinese rice cultivation. Peer-Reviewed Publication COMPLEXITY SCIENCE HUB VIENNA How Bali could teach the world to manage its | EurekAlert! OURNAL Physical Review Letters DOI METHOD OF RESEARCH […]

Climate plan urging plant-based diet shift deleted — BBC
A research paper recommending people shift towards plant-based foods is not policy, the government says.

More brain food

Brent Toderian on
Tell me this isn’t the best “traffic” you’ve ever seen. A school “bike bus” in Barcelona, happens each Friday & has been growing from an initial 5 kids when it started. Safety in numbers — do you really think you couldn’t do this in your city? Via @lljunca

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter
‘Self driving cars are safer than human driven cars’ Except for the obvious exceptions when they’re not.

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Harry Wallop on Twitter
Nigel is officially extinct as a baby name. @ONS has released full 2020 baby names data. There were 189 boys called Kylo, 142 called Kacper, 86 called Aadam, 64 called Cai. Not a single* Nigel

Ty Beal on
Lucky charms, cheerios, sweet potato fries, grape juice & watermelon all score at least twice as high as eggs, cheese & beef in a new healthfulness metric. Do we really want this for front-of-package labelling, warning labels, taxation and company ratings?

History of the Hose | Hoselink
Ever wondered where the first hose came from? It’s quite an interesting story as the humble garden hose came from rather gross beginnings! In this blog, we take you through the history of the hose as well as how Hoselink came to be!

Mark O’Neill on Twitter
In the last 6 months, highly paid columnists in U.K. have called for the mandatory resettlement of Travellers, said that an innocent young woman who died tragically young should burn in hell, & that the Irish are savages. But sure, it’s all about anonymous social media accounts.

Barbados elects first ever president ahead of becoming republic — BBC
The Caribbean nation is set to become a republic, removing Queen Elizabeth as its head of state.


Llandudno goalkeeper Alan Camsell still playing at 88 — BBC
Eighty-eight year old Alan Camsell is now playing with the grandsons of his original team mates.

Andrew R on Twitter

Person 1: The glass is 1/2 full

Person 2: The glass is 1/2 empty

Excel: The glass is the 1st of February

Matthew Sweet on
Alan Hawkshaw donated the royalties for this to pay fees for underprivileged music students. Every time it plays, someone gets a bit of time in college.

Art Garfunkel — Crying in My

Written By Jimmy Webb, a self-pitying soft rock classic.

Lassie Come Home —

another stone-cold soft rock classic

Adam Hurrey on
This is the greatest goal of all time

Nick Walker on
This is the greatest “showerthought” of all time. Of all time.…

Museum Starts OnlyFans Account After Its TikTok Is Banned for Posting
A consortium of museums opened an OnlyFans account as part of its ‘Vienna Laid Bare Campaign.’

Alastair Horne on
This is not a drill.