power, responsibility, euphemisms, the amazing Workona, unsafe ‘check in’?, wordcel advice sought, Independent Commission on Culture and Local Government, The Consequence Of All Learning: We Can No Longer See The Chicken, Transaction-Cost Utopias Reconsidered, The Curse of the Chatbot, wheels vs doors, Rejection Therapy, Castaneda, Everything You See Is From 15 Seconds in the Past, the impact of the invasion of the Ukraine on Eton,
“The world is like a body that develops and grows out of both self and non-self…an adaptive extension of the organism evolved to overcome the limitations of the body and generate a super-physical system.”
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Where is the blue dot in your organisation? This lovely little exercise from Barry Oshry reveals and opens up a lot about how organisational systems work — and how management fails, and innovation and creativity are blocked. We start a session with a group by telling them that, under three of their chairs, there’s … Continue reading The blue dot and the terrible dance of power →
I got interested in this today because I saw a tweet quoting an old blog from Matt Webb: “Our ancient ancestors were so worried about bears, they didn’t even want to name them because they feared [the bears] might overhear and come after them. So they came up with this word … Continue reading What’s your favourite management euphemism? →
Tab management that changed my life! — twitter.com
Excuse referral link — https://bit.ly/3CpHvgp has actually changed my (working) life. It’s a personal work tool that along with Roam Research, I am *really* excited about. It allows you to save, edit, restore, and go back to entire groups of browser tabs — cross-device.
We usually ‘check in’ on meetings and updates, e.g. ‘how are you feeling right now? red/amber/green and say anything you need to say to fully arrive…’ It’s served us well… even through Covid. Now I feel it breaks folks’ compartmentalisation… wonderingif I should vary it?
What’s a better word than ‘balance’ when you want to talk about zestfully combining elements that appear as opposite ends of a spectrum? e.g centralised-decentralised, hierarch-network etc
public | service | transformation
Arts and culture have huge role to play as we #BuildBackLocal from pandemic https://bit.ly/3HOokxF Our new Independent Commission on Culture and Local Government — chaired by @LolaHornsey — will set out evidence for value of essential cultural services
Inspiring presentation from @WCENLondon about how they are addressing inequalities by shifting the focus from the patient to the citizen and from institutions to community empowerment. ‘Community is a strength and should be celebrated’. #MHSIP
Commission on Culture and Local Government | Local Government Association — www.local.gov.uk
To investigate the role that publicly funded culture can play in our national recovery, we have created a new independent Commission on Culture and Local Government.
Today a woman with developmental disabilities came into the library, and said she was lost. She didn’t know her address, but her phone number was in her pocket on a piece of paper with Elmo on it. She kept saying, “The library is a safe place.”
We had to begin our presentation by condemning an earlier Police talk, where they introduced- in a meeting full of black people- the highly controversial ideas on ‘excited delirium’, misrepresented the Death of Sean Rigg, and gaslit the meeting by praising Cressida Dick!
Resources — Radical Childcare Systems Lab — stream.syscoi.com
Open Resources Resources — Radical Childcare Systems Lab Openness has always been a key principle of our ecosystem, from 00 ventures through to Impact Hub Birmingham and #RadicalChildcare because it is vital for work to become stronger and spread, shorten the feedback cycle. It enables many to test implementations and creates opportunities beyond what we could even imagine. We try to be […]
Local authorities need more support to help them find suitable placements for children in foster care and children’s homes, a new report says. A market study into children’s social care by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has found there is a shortage of appropriate places in children’s homes and with foster carers, which means some children are not getting the right care from their placement.
I’ve had the same misery. But a typo *somewhere* in my NHS records (!) prevents me from accessing the NHS app. Same reason I get an automated fine with every prescription prepayment certificate, I think.
At @StrongTowns we say “if people are driving too fast, change the street design to make them uncomfortable enough at unsafe speeds that they slow down. In cities where people are around the streets on foot or on cycle, the safe speed is about 15 MPH. @clmarohn #SeasidePrize2022
A long-term study of a statewide preschool program tracked students through the sixth grade and found those who attended prekindergarten falling behind.
“Brexit” didn’t just cost us money: it deprived us of solidarity in a crisis | William Keegan | The Guardian
The war in Ukraine has united the EU, and exposed the geopolitical folly of leaving as well as the economic loss
systems | complexity | cybernetics
Defining the Ecosystem Domain: Ecosystems, Arenas and Jobs-to-be-done — Boundaryless — boundaryless.io
How to map an Ecosystem? Let’s explore how to create a manageable breakdown
“The world is like a body that develops and grows out of both self and non-self…an adaptive extension of the organism evolved to overcome the limitations of the body and generate a super-physical system.” ARGH this is so good! Read for a better idea of how I think & why.
DAVID KRAKAUER7 Mar 2022 The Mind Made Matter Analog tools are collaborators in cognition, not mere mechanical servants. The Mind Made Matter | David Krakauer
The Consequence Of All Learning: We Can No Longer See The Chicken Teacher Tom: The Consequence Of All Learning: We Can No Longer See The Chicken
Act to live! Viability in times of uncertainty — 14th Metaphorum Conference 2022, Leuven, Belgium, 10–12 June — stream.syscoi.com
Act to live! Viability in times of uncertainty 14th Metaphorum Conference 2022, Leuven, Belgium, 10–12 June Act to live! Viability in times of uncertainty — metaphorum
Advances in Systems Science: 66th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, July 7–11, 2022 — stream.syscoi.com
Advances in Systems Science: 66th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences July 7, 2022 — July 11, 2022 July 7: Pre-conference session and Tech Troubleshooting July 8, 9 & 10: Main Conference Sessions July 11: Concluding remarks and ISSS Administration Meetings Main conference program- July 8, 2021-July 10, 2022 Summary — Advances in […]
Scavenging. We need to understand the central… | by Aidan Ward | GentlySerious | Feb, 2022 | Medium — stream.syscoi.com
Aidan WardFeb 28·8 min read·ListenScavenging Scavenging. We need to understand the central… | by Aidan Ward | GentlySerious | Feb, 2022 | Medium
source: Systems Innovation Discussion Paper | Nesta Don’t know how I missed this — dug up by Joss Colchester from 2013 Systems Innovation Discussion Paper 23 January 2013 Ruth Puttick Systems Innovation Discussion Paper Systems Innovation Discussion Paper | Nesta
Originally posted on Complexity Digest: Michael M. Danziger & Albert-László Barabási Nature Communications volume 13, Article number: 955 (2022) The increased complexity of infrastructure systems has resulted in critical interdependencies between multiple networks — communication systems require electricity, while the normal functioning of the power grid relies on communication systems. These interdependencies have inspired an extensive literature…
Higher-Order Systems — stream.syscoi.com
Originally posted on Complexity Digest: Edited by?Federico Battiston, Giovanni Petri This book discusses its potential to model real-world systems and how considering their higher-order organization can lead to the emergence of novel dynamical behavior. Over the last decades, networks have emerged as the paradigmatic framework to model complex systems. Yet, as simple collections of nodes and…
International Conference on Systems Thinking & Women’s Empowerment | AMMACHI Labs & CWEGE — stream.syscoi.com
INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SYSTEMS THINKING & WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT International Conference on Systems Thinking & Women’s Empowerment | AMMACHI Labs & CWEGE The conference has finished but the content link etc is above. Videos are available:
Book Launch: An Introduction to Systems Psychodynamics — The Tavistock Institute — stream.syscoi.com
Book Launch: An Introduction to Systems PsychodynamicsFeb 2022Join us on Wednesday, 23 March at 13:00 GMT, for a Lunchtime Talk special: a book launch of An Introduction to Systems Psychodynamics Book Launch: An Introduction to Systems Psychodynamics — The Tavistock Institute
Systems Thinking for Health Systems StrengtheningAuthors:Savigny, Donald de, Adam, Taghreed, Alliance for Health Policy and Systems Research, World Health Organization WHO | Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening Publication details Editors: World Health OrganizationPublication date: 2009Languages: English, French, Spanish Downloads Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengtheningpdf 1.54Mb Systems Thinking for Health Systems Strengthening (French)pdf, 1.71Mb Systems Thinking for […]
Dennis Meadows on the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Limits to Growth — Resilience — stream.syscoi.com
Dennis Meadows on the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Limits to GrowthBy Richard Heinberg, Dennis Meadows, originally published by Resilience.orgFebruary 22, 2022 Dennis Meadows on the 50th anniversary of the publication of The Limits to Growth — Resilience
An Active Inference Ontology for Decentralized Science: from Situated Sensemaking to the Epistemic Commons | Daniel et al (2022) — stream.syscoi.com
March 1, 2022 Journal article Open Access An Active Inference Ontology for Decentralized Science: from Situated Sensemaking to the Epistemic Commons Friedman, Daniel; Applegate-Swanson, Shaun; Choudhury, Arhan; Cordes, RJ; El Damaty, Shady; Guénin — Carlut, Avel; Knight, V. Bleu; Metelkin, Ivan; Shrivastava, Siddhant; Singh, Amit Kumar; Smékal, Jakub; Tuttle. Caleb; Vyatkin, Alexander In this work, we examine […]
THE EVOLUTION OF OPEN SYSTEMS THEORY — Merrelyn Emery, 2022 — stream.syscoi.com
The Evolution of Open Systems Theory is a revised and updated version of the paper that was published in 2000. As well as accurately documenting the main advances in OST, including that component of it which has traditionally gone by the name of sociotechnical systems, deriving in part from Lewin’s work on systemic structures, it […]
SOCIAL SCIENCE THAT ACTUALLY WORKS SCIENCE AND OTHER THEORIES Perspectives on Science and Other Theories Contains: INTRODUCTION TO PERSPECTIVES ON SCIENCE AND OTHER THEORIES Merrelyn Emery, 2018 Open Systems Theory (OST) is just a branch or area of science like any other and those who work with OST see themselves as scientists much like any other. As […]
Representations of Reality in Constructivism: — stream.syscoi.com
Originally posted on Harish’s Notebook — My notes… Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science.: In today’s post, I am looking at the fascinating world of second order cybernetics. If first order cybernetics is the study of observed systems, then second order cybernetics (SOC) is the study of observing systems. If first order cybernetics is…
Why We Try To Solve Problems By Adding Complexity — Paul Taylor — stream.syscoi.com
Why We Try To Solve Problems By Adding Complexity Why We Try To Solve Problems By Adding Complexity — Paul Taylor
The Flourishing of All Living Things • Flourishing of All Living Things / Master • Kumu — stream.syscoi.com
This map will be a snapshot attempting to make sense of the myriad of ways humanity is attempting to save itself. Naryan has compiled this map based on publicly available information, and hopes others may choose to join the network. To include or remove anything, please reach out to Naryan on twitter: @hinaryan The Flourishing […]
The impact of individual perceptual and cognitive factors on collective states in a data-driven fish school model — Wang et al (2022) — stream.syscoi.com
The impact of individual perceptual and cognitive factors on collective states in a data-driven fish school modelWeijia Wang,Ramón Escobedo,Stéphane Sanchez,Clément Sire,Zhangang Han,Guy Theraulaz Published: March 2, 2022 The impact of individual perceptual and cognitive factors on collective states in a data-driven fish school model
source: Transaction-Cost Utopias Reconsidered — by Venkatesh Rao
Completing Capitalism Transforming the Economic System by Creating a Mutuality of Benefits Among All Stakeholders Economics of Mutuality Also Economics of Mutuality Lab at Said Business School, Oxford University https://www.sbs.ox.ac.uk/research/centres-and-initiatives/responsible-business/economics-mutuality-lab
EFFECTIVENESS OF SYSTEMIC COACHING AND CONSULTING IN THE CONTEXT OF WORK AND ORGANIZATIONS | Thomas Bachmann | Research Project — stream.syscoi.com
Effectiveness of systemic coaching and consulting in the context of work and organizationsThomas BachmannJohannes LoermannGoal: In the course of the legal recognition of systemic therapy in Germany in 2019, the question of the effectiveness of systemic interventions in the context of work and organizations also arises. Systemic coaching and consulting already looks back on a […]
source Systems Thinking Ontario — 2022–03–14 2022–03–14 March 14 (the second Monday of the month, besides being Commonwealth Day in Canada that isn’t a statutory holiday!) is the 98th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is at https://entropy-systems-thinking.eventbrite.ca . Entropy: How does the Second Law of Thermodynamics change our thinking? Entropy, the second law […]
Nau mai | Welcome — MDes, Sam Rye — stream.syscoi.com
Nau mai | WelcomeThis is the write up from Sam Rye’s Masters of Design (2016–2018) which bridges the worlds of environmental conservation, systems thinking and strategic design. Welcome, it’s free and open to explore. Nau mai | Welcome — MDes, Sam Rye
The Seeing Systems Blog: Challenge the Oppressor, Integrate with the “Other.” — Barry Oshry — stream.syscoi.com
Written on the occasion of his 90th birthday. Happy birthday, Barry! Challenge the Oppressor, Integrate with the “Other.” The Seeing Systems Blog: Challenge the Oppressor, Integrate with the “Other.”
Beyond the Bounds of your Organization: Systems Influencing & Why it Matters Mar 18, 2022 3pm in Amsterdam — stream.syscoi.com
TopicBeyond the Bounds of your Organization: Systems Influencing & Why it MattersDescriptionJoin Jeroo Billimoria (Catalyst2030), Vera Cordeiro (Instituto Dara) and Daniela Papi Thornton (Systems Led Leadership) for a robust conversation on leveraging systems change within your organization and beyond.TimeMar 18, 2022 03:00 PM in Amsterdam Meeting Registration — Zoom Meeting Registration Beyond the Bounds of […]
Originally posted on Complexity Digest: Theo Gibbs, Simon A. Levin, Jonathan M. Levine A central assumption in most ecological models is that the interactions in a community operate only between pairs of species. However, the interaction between two species may be fundamentally changed by the presence of others. Although interactions among three or more species,…
Thea Snow on Twitter: “Has anyone ever seen/created a tool or canvas using Donella Meadows leverage points, which is designed to help people think about different places to intervene in a system?”
Has anyone ever seen/created a tool or canvas using Donella Meadows leverage points, which is designed to help people think about different places to intervene in a system? (1) Thea Snow on Twitter: “Has anyone ever seen/created a tool or canvas using Donella Meadows leverage points, which is designed to help people think about different […]
organisational development / transformation
Is there a worse chatbot than @HSBC_UK ‘s ‘Moba’? Which, when you get desperate, directs you to iMessage. Which is… Moba :-(
ethics and competence in public service
Oh lovely. On top of Microsoft’s move to less flexible pricing, news today from my IT provider — with two weeks’ notice — that I need to spend another £10k to meet revised Cyber Essentials criteria for the next year. Folks, lock-in is real :-(
Well this is fascinating resurfaced video. Putin was insistent that May completed on Brexit. He seems to really care about it. He, of all people, citing the “democracy” imperative to remove public power to reevaluate it, is bemusing.
Sky News team’s harrowing account of their violent ambush in Ukraine this week | World News | Sky News
On Monday, near Kyiv, chief correspondent Stuart Ramsay and his team were attacked. Camera operator Richie Mockler took two rounds to his body armour, Stuart was wounded. Their experience illustrates the scale of the mayhem and violence as Russia’s invasion enters a new and deadlier phase.
The Post Office and Fujitsu failed to alert subpostmasters to a software error that caused them to be wrongly blamed for accounting shortfalls.
Looking at Amazon’s quarterly financials, it would be easy to mistake the company’s $31b ad division as a serious shift in the online advertising industry, but that would be a huge mistake. You see, Amazon’s not really selling *ads*.
Mike Staresinic on Ukraine and Atonement | 10,000 Swamp Leaders — www.10000swampleaders.com
10,000 Swamp Leaders is a podcast that wades into muddy lowlands in search of people who have built social impact movements.The world needs 10,000 more people in the next five years who are willing to lead on issues like climate change, income inequality, peace building, and gender equality.
Right, going to have a bash at explaining a complicated and important story about bent police officers being sacked in secret …
So in summary the Prime Minister ignored advice from MI5 and MI6 not to give a peerage to the son of a former KGB officer, before intervening to hand him government contracts.
Adam Bienkov on Twitter — twitter.com
Boris Johnson welcomes the finding against John Bercow, which his spokesman says shows there is “no place for bullying or harassment” in public life. Here’s a reminder of how the Prime Minister responded when a similar finding was made against Priti Patel.
We are talking about the appointment of a LEGISLATOR in a western democracy. Not a bauble or a “gong” but the power to make laws. And we wonder why Putin could conceivably have honed his contempt for western liberalism into a belief in our weakness.
Matthew Thompson on Twitter — twitter.com
We’re outside the UK visa application centre in Rzezsow, Poland. It’s -3 degrees. People have been waiting in this queue for 3 hours. There are children here. An 84 year old woman. And plenty of room inside, but they won’t open the door.
One person I spoke to had been to the Embassy in Warsaw. They told him to come to this centre instead, a six and a half hour drive away. When he arrived here, officials suggested he might need to go back to Warsaw. You can imagine his exasperation.
@BorisJohnson says “no one has been turned away” at Calais, which is demonstrably untrue. He then raises spectre of Russian agents posing as Ukrainian women/children. Says won’t “expose this country to unnecessary security risk” after “Kremlin has singled out this country”
Liz Truss will tomorrow give a speech saying the UK needs to reduce the UK’s “strategic economic reliance on authoritarian regimes.” Asked whether this will include Saudi Arabia, Boris Johnson’s spokesman says that they will “remain a partner” with the UK.
Leaders of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates declined requests to speak to President Biden during the Ukraine crisis, officials say. They both took calls from Putin.
The Home Secretary has misled the House of Commons. In response to my question yesterday she said “I have made it clear, in terms of the visa application centre that has now been set up en-route to Calais that we have staff in Calais.”
So @Deloitteuk should be barred from all UK government and public sector work until they quit Russia
Unsurprisingly @KPMG_US see the war as a business opportunity! So @kpmguk should also be banned from UK government and pubic sector business
environmental and social justice
Kittie Knox Rode Her Bike Up and Over the 19th Century Color Barrier — www.adventure-journal.com
Kittie refused to take no for an answer when bicycle clubs tried to enforce their whites only rules.
#ICYMI: Prince William said it’s rather normal to see war and bloodshed in Africa and Asia but not Europe, during a visit to the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in London today. “It’s very alien to see this in Europe. We are all behind you,” he told the volunteers there.
Cameras Couldn’t Possibly Be Racist, Right? — getpocket.com
All tech can inadvertently contain the biases of their creators. And when it comes to cameras, dark-skinned photo subjects bear the brunt of this — often in surprising and disturbing ways. Mozilla Foundation’s Xavier Harding provides a primer on understanding and fighting filmic bias.
Wrath Of Gnon — twitter.com
The reason we can’t build cheap rail anymore is because we always want to start with the perfect, latest, cleverest and shiniest technology. Far more complex and far more expensive than what any town on Earth can afford today. The solution is to build only the most basic system.
A Year in the Metabolist Future of 1972 — Failed Architecture — failedarchitecture.com
After living in Tokyo’s iconic Nakagin Capsule Tower for almost a year, two architects reflect on the anachronistic remnant of a past future.
I think people forget how recent Section 28 — the UK law banning teachers, librarians, and other government employees from “promoting homosexuality” (and, in effect, banning all mention of LGBT people whatsoever) — was. I’m only 25 and part of my schooling was conducted under it.
The Telegraph on Twitter — twitter.com
Angry Russian mothers have accused Vladimir Putin of deploying their sons as “cannon fodder” in his invasion of Ukraine Read more here https://telegraph.co.uk/world-news/2022/03/06/russian-police-beat-protestors-batons-country-wide-rallies-against/
Yes. And… look… can we *also* have the same for Yemen? And, well, everywhere else? https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/countries-currently-at-war… This up close and personal?
Bass tip @michaelgarfield John Martyn with Danny Thompson — Solid Air https://bit.ly/3tD5PY9 Incredible Victor Wooten https://bit.ly/3pPYGT1 Jack Bruce, 52nd Street, live on Laterhttps://bit.ly/3Kqb1W3 Faith No More — Falling to Pieces
The Artistry of Danny Thompson, part 1: The 1960s — musicaficionado.blog
Chronicling the magnificent career of bassist Danny Thompson, this article focuses on his work in the 1960s, including Pentangle, Nick Drake, The Incredible String Band and others.
more brain food
Daniel Kahneman, towering figure of social psychology, declares behavioral priming — which he himself was instrumental in making popular — “effectively dead”.
History tells us that ideological ‘purity spirals’ rarely end well — theconversation.com
The polarisation of today’s political discourse has echoes of the intolerance that characterised the Puritan era and the French Revolution.
How can adults undo the harm of being parentified as children? | Aeon Essays — aeon.co
When parents cast a child into the role of mediator, friend and carer, the wounds are profound. But recovery is possible
Rob Lee on Twitter — twitter.com
I bet you didn’t have this on your bingo card for assessing how well Ukraine could resist an invasion. Ukrainian steel vendors who normally sell medieval armor are now making steel obstacles to block Russian vehicles. https://facebook.com/aos.rv.ua/posts/4985641094834160
Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter: “What Can Be Learned From Rwanda About Battling Depression (and bad music). https://t.co/AeK1LngEAa"
Archaeology Magazine — twitter.com
A boulder inscribed with Chinese characters, which was found on the Indonesian island of Serutu, records Kublai Khan’s failed invasion of the Singhasari Kingdom on Java in A.D. 1293. http://archaeology.org/issues/459-2203/digs/10342-digs-indonesia-invasion-inscription
It was toy cars that tipped me in the direction of wheels… they seldom have ‘doors’ per se, though who is to say what is, and isn’t, a door? Also: is a ball-bearing conceivably a species of wheel?
Eric Topol on Twitter — twitter.com
The epidemic of Covid complacency https://erictopol.substack.com/p/the-epidemic-of-covid-complacency?s=w… Isn’t it great? The pandemic is over. We don’t need masks. The virus is contained. Forget about vaccines since they don’t work. The vulnerable are protected. Future variants will be benign. *But none of this is true*
Lin Manuel Rwanda on Twitter — twitter.com
This is one of the few known photos of Carlos Castaneda. These days, his name is likely only to be bought up by a handful of remaining followers, and as a cautionary tale among academics. But between 1968 and 1973, he was one of the most influential figures in Western culture.
A great example of why I’ve always recommended http://rejectiontherapy.com (For me: canvassing council estates, doing council satisfaction surveys in shopping centres, trance dance, embodying spirit animals, advocating for systems | complexity | cybernetics)
heal in the wilderless on Twitter: “I’m looking for word-shamans; Reply with someone who did something with words that seems superhuman, ethereal, unthinkable until it was done.” — twitter.com
I’m looking for word-shamans; Reply with someone who did something with words that seems superhuman, ethereal, unthinkable until it was done.
Very quick thread on using evidence to back up arguments, how it can go badly wrong, and how to spot it — prompted by the latest Morning newsletter from NYT.
People are often surprised to discover Blackburn has a cathedral and then go on to query if Blackburn is a city. Isn’t the definition of a city that it is somewhere with a cathedral?
And that’s probably the reason why our vision doesn’t constantly make us throw up.