* From bat suit crazy nipples to the number one best-selling management science book.
* From online council meetings to enactivism
* From the meta-rational workplace to the university set up by Jewish people interned on the Isle of Man
* From the sad implications of #digital to the even sadder old story of poor young boys crying for their mothers as they face the prospect of dying — or killing — for rich old men.
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For many years, a favourite exercise of our is what we call ‘the Obolensky game’ — because we learned it from Nick Obolensky and his book ‘Complex Adaptive #Leadership‘. It is in fact, I think, a classic of the #systemsthinking | #complexity | #cybernetics genre — various called ‘the triangle game’ and something like ‘assassins and shields’ — you can google Nick or me … Continue reading When is #selforganization… not? And does it matter? →
The Grammar of Systems: From Order to Chaos & Back — Hoverstadt — stream.syscoi.com
very exciting that this is now out! The Grammar of Systems: From Order to Chaos & Back: Amazon.co.uk: Hoverstadt, Patrick: 9798414307754: Books You can also see Patrick talking about this at the SCiO UK Virtual Open Meeting — March 2022 Monday 21 March, 18:30UK time https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-uk-virtual-open-meeting-march-2022 (along with Roger Duck and Jane Searles talking about […]
public | service | transformation
An analysis of key trends in adult social care confirms wider reform of the sector remains an urgent priority, writes a senior fellow at The King’s Fund.
By Mary Reid | Wed 2nd March 2022–6:47 pm
David Brindle on Twitter — twitter.com
So sad to see this. Many of us had such great hopes for direct payments. Take-up now just 26.6%, lower than in 2015–16. From excellent @TheKingsFund Social Care 360 update.
We are delighted to share an interim report from the primary evaluation of the Life Chances Fund (LCF). Click here to read the full report.
This free webinar is aimed at commissioners from local public authorities, as well as leaders of social enterprises and other public benefit organisations, who want to explore new and more impactful ways of organising public services.
CECAN Webinar: Evaluating government spending: Findings and recommendations from the latest National Audit Office report
Evaluating government spending: Findings and recommendations from the latest National Audit Office report Tuesday 15th March 2022, 13:00–14:00 GMT Presenter: Phil Bradburn, National Audit Office
Is there a better way to deliver public services? Chris Naylor, the former Chief Executive of Barking and Dagenham Council assesses the need for public service reform, meeting innovators and talking to those who design and use public services. This BBC Radio 4 programme asks, is it time for a radical rethink?
systems | complexity | cybernetics
UKSS Online workshop — Christine Welch March 16 at 4pm UK — Soft Systems Methodology — what it is and is not (and trailer for the UKSS conference!)
Online workshop with Dr Christine Welch — 16th March at 4.00 pm Soft Systems Methodology — what it is and is not UKSS Online workshop — March 16th Online workshop with Dr Christine Welch — 16th March at 4.00 pmSoft Systems Methodology — what it is and is not Please book a free place here. See […]
Understanding Complexity & OrganisationsMark Eddleston Understanding Complexity & Organisations
A single-sentence summary of the essence of meta-rationalism. May require rereading and reflection to understand.
Systems View of Life with Fritjof Capra and Jeremy Lent — March 5, 9am PST — stream.syscoi.com
What happens when we bring together two great thinkers of Systems Theory and Deep Ecology in emergent conversation?Join us on Saturday, March 5at 9am PST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT for Systems View of Life. Fritjof Capra, author of many books including The Systems View of Life and Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct: A Cultural History of […]
Constructivism + Embodied Cognition = Enactivism: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Conceptual Change | Holton (201)
Constructivism + Embodied Cognition = Enactivism: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Conceptual Change (PDF) Constructivism + Embodied Cognition = Enactivism: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Conceptual Change | Doug Holton — Academia.edu Constructivism + Embodied Cognition = Enactivism: Theoretical and Practical Implications for Conceptual Change Doug Holton Published 2010 The objective of this paper is to […]
DISTRIBUTED VS CENTRALIZED: 1) not a binary distinction, 2) both architectures evolve in nature thru bottom up processes 3) both have robustness + evolvability issues. Be empirical not ideological.
A meta-rational organization may appear chaotic (although productive and innovative), until you notice how smoothly routine rational work gets done.
In the last great war, some Jews were interned on the Isle of Man, between England and Ireland, and set up their own university. Find out more with renowned Systems Thinker Gerald Midgley, Wednesday 16th March. More details here:
organisational development / transformation
so good and so, so sad
where #digital takes us
Manifesting Mass Metanoia. Doing Change in Trying Times | by Brent Cooper | The Abs-Tract Organization | Mar, 2022 | Medium — medium.com
*This article was originally published as Chapter 10 in Dispatches from a Time Between Worlds (June, 2021). It is duplicated here to make this pertinent theme more accessible and encourage wider…
Donald Schon Lecture (1989) — YouTube — stream.syscoi.com
Donald Schon Lecture Donald Schon Lecture — YouTube Video recording of Donald Schön lecture (1989) Discovered by João Ferreira on the PHD-DESIGN discussion list (PHD-DESIGN@jiscmail.ac.uk) Dear all, I came across a video recording of a lecture by Donald Schön. It was published by the Iowa State University Library on YouTube. There isn’t much information about it, […]
ethics and competence in public service
TRANSPARENCY UPDATE Every page of the Register of MPs Interests is now protected by a captcha. This makes it even harder for researchers and journalists to report on this data in a meaningful way. @ParliDigital any chance of changing this?
environmental and social justice
This is young poor boys dying for old rich men. As always. I’m as sad for the Russian dead as I am for the Ukrainian.
*scared young boy calls devastated mum. Notsuch thing as “a” soldier.
The ‘rules-based international order’ doesn’t constrain Russia — or the United States — The Washington Post — www.washingtonpost.com
American pundits say Putin is undermining the international order. But the ability of great powers to ignore the rules is a lamentable part of the system.
Russian Pensioner Who Survived Siege of Leningrad Arrested By Police At Peaceful Protest in St Petersburg — www.ladbible.com
Kremlin forces have arrested Yelena Osipova, 76, who survived the Siege of Leningrad at a peaceful protest in Russia against the invasion of Ukraine.
more brain food
At a certain point, the practice clicks. The yidam embodies you. You’re effortlessly there. At that point it’s a bit like you are played by the yidam — somewhat akin to how Rowan Atkinson describes being played by the part in this passage from @michael_nielsen ‘s notes.
Largest bacterium ever discovered has an unexpectedly complex cell — www.science.org
Giant microbe from a mangrove could be a missing link between single-celled organisms and the cells that make up humans
From dark knight to bat-nipples: the evolution of the Batman costume — Alasdair Macintyre — www.smh.com.au
From a pantomime aesthetic to menacing black rubber and bulging sinews, the batsuit sees a new iteration with the release of the latest movie, The Batman.