Transduction — leading transformation — Issue #50

Benjamin P. Taylor
21 min readMay 13, 2022


Meta-rationality, anti-war, systems thinking deep dive on Carbon Capture for the Systems Change Alliance, hosting the Public Sector Show, a system approach to identifying vulnerability, ‘levelling up’ — or not (and arguments against), a reality check on social care reform, a car for the Crown and no cooking and budgeting, an unmuffled scooter, the address with the most lawbreaking, and more and more…

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What is meta-rationality?
To work from facts and use theories, methods, and logic, we need to deal with the undefinability of the world. So if we want to get something done, we need to think about meta-rationality. Roughly following David Chapman’s scheme (see, we can think about the world as infinite nebulosity and limitless pattern. To ‘make … Continue reading What is meta-rationality? →

Are you anti-war, or pro-peace?
I’ve been wanting for some time to write and post something about the distinction Jonathan Horwitz — who I’ve been lucky enough to learn from — makes between his time in the anti-War movement, and his time in the Peace movement. A couple of weeks ago, he did it better than I ever could, because it’s his story. I … Continue reading Are you anti-war, or pro-peace? →

I’m running a systems thinking deep dive at this conference — join if you can!

Carbon Capture Deep Dive: A Systems Change Perspective May 28, 2022 ONLINE CONFERENCE — Systems Change Alliance | Systems Community of Inquiry
I’m excited to be facilitating a systems thinking session at this event Carbon Capture Deep Dive:A Systems Change PerspectiveMay 28, 2022ONLINE CONFERENCECarbon Capture Deep Dive — Systems Change Alliance Join Brian Von Herzen (Climate Foundation), Paul Streifeneder (Pleistocene and Permafrost Foundation), Kim Bye Bruun (Northern Lights), Benjamin Taylor and Laura Griffiths (Red Quadrant) and others…

Systems Change Alliance on
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I’m hosting this — please come along! (It’s free)

Public Sector Show 2022 — Conference Agenda — 23rd
Get your copy of the agenda for the Public Sector Show 2022 here

Not sure why this popped again in my Revue feed, but perhaps there’s a reason…

How do you deal with unreasonable demands at work — when there’s no way out?
I had a conversation with a client yesterday that I think will stick with me. He said (roughly) ‘in organisations I’ve worked in before, we used to go for those kinds of things like ‘top 100 organisations to work for’, and so we did ‘#culture audits’ where there was a lot of pressure to agree … Continue reading How do you deal with unreasonable demands at work — when there’s no way out? →

public | service | transformation

SAVVI — a system approach to identifying vulnerability — Andrew Humphreys introduction
SAVVI — a system approach to identifying vulnerability Government Transformation | From The Public Service Transformation Academy and RedQuadrant

On Productivity
Analysis and ideas on addressing the gaps in economic performance across the UK

If Boris Johnson really cared about ‘levelling up’ he’d give more power and money to local
A former mayor himself, the PM could help areas ‘take back control’ with real devolution

A reality check on proposed social care reform

Clenton Farquharson MBE — Blogs & Articles — Think Local Act PersonalYour description for this link…

Secretary of state set to gain new intervention powers over councils | Local Government Chronicle (LGC)
The secretary of state will be equipped with new powers to intervene in individual councils by capping their borrowing and forcing them to sell their

Jack Shaw on
There’s a good deal of scepticism about how Street Votes would be delivered in practice, much of it I share, but I personally think we should experiment. What’s not helpful is local government hasn’t been consulted on the issue, according to

tom jordan🔶️ on
The Media is massively underreporting the achievements of the party today. ‘have performed well’ does not capture the amazing, unfathomable success. I know not everyone has followed all of the last 24 hours’ action, so let’s quickly recap the LD’s/Alliances success.

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter
My Living Will is that, should I become incapacitated or unable to advocate for myself, you can do anything you like with me or to me but do not, under any circumstances, allow me or my ‘needs’ to be Assessed.

Social model of disability | Disability charity Scope
The social model of disability is a way of viewing the world which says that people are disabled by barriers in society, not by their impairment or difference.

Andrew Carter on Twitter: “Ok. What is the best argument(s) against devolution in the levelling up agenda? And saying it hasn’t been proven to work doesn’t count”
Ok. What is the best argument(s) against devolution in the levelling up agenda? And saying it hasn’t been proven to work doesn’t count

Andy Burnham on Twitter
The Speaker is right: Parliament requires radical reform. We need: PR for the Commons Abolition of the unelected Lords replaced by a Senate of the Nations and Regions Major devolution of power to the English regions

Martin Rosenbaum on
What’s the personal characteristic of a candidate — one that is entirely irrelevant to their abilities — which could cut their chance of being elected to a Scottish council by over 30%? Answer: alphabetical order of surnames.

Brent Toderian on
“A single unmuffled scooter crossing Paris at night can wake as many as 10,000 people.” We seriously underestimate the impact of vehicle noise on urban livability and health. Cities aren’t noisy, motors are. How #Paris Is Waging a War on Noise Pollution.

Beyond Therapy — Festival of Activism Against Child Sexual Abuse Tickets, Thu 19 May 2022 at 09:30 | Eventbrite
Eventbrite — Beyond Therapy presents Beyond Therapy — Festival of Activism Against Child Sexual Abuse — Thursday, 19 May 2022 at Watershed, Bristol, Avon. Find event and ticket information.

✨ Prof Donna Hall ✨ on Twitter
To truly “level up” we need to end the historic disparity between people who work for a living & those with inherited property & wealth. Why is national insurance payable on the lowest of wages yet personal income from all sources isn’t? Imagine how public services could benefit

Liam Thorp on
Lee Anderson MP, who today said poor people forced to use foodbanks ‘cannot cook or budget properly’ claimed £222,000 in expenses in 2020/21 — including £4,100 on travel and ‘subsistence’

Ruth🕷🇺🇦 on Twitter

Wow. FORGING DOCUMENTS. Are they still winning government contracts? Quote Tweet Guardian news @guardiannews · 22h

KPMG to be fined £14m for forging documents over Carillion audit

Monica Harding on Twitter
Downing street — one of the biggest, if not the biggest, law breaking venues in UK during the pandemic #Partygate Quote Tweet Paul Brand @PaulBrandITV · May 12 BREAKING: Met Police announce they have now made over 100 referrals for fixed penalty notices over partygate. That makes Downing Street one of the biggest — if not THE biggest — rule breaking venue in Britain.

Nick Macpherson on Twitter
A short thread on the history of direct taxes over the last century. The 1906 Liberal government introduced the principle that “unearned income” should be taxed at a higher rate than “earned income”. This was bad news for rentiers and capitalists. Better news for workers 1/

Ivo Velitchkov on

Update, 1 year later. (and that’s yet another good thing with #SPARQL: to get an update, all you need is to click on the same link)

Quote Tweet Ivo Velitchkov @kvistgaard · May 9, 2021

And now some good news: I just found out that in 2021 a lot of the largest cities on the planet are run by women. Run on @wikidata to get the 30 largest cities with female mayor. @Abebab @bysylvia_a @yanska @cuteater @AlbenaShkodrova @Cybersal @gueg1

Cost of Living Crisis, House Prices, Universal Credit: Most of UK Is Not ’Levelling Up’
Is Boris Johnson ‘Levelling Up’ Britain? Exclusive Bloomberg News analysis reveals which UK regions are making progress, and which lag behind.

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter

HMRC’s £40m deal with ‘tech delivery partner’ requires £2 in every £5 to be fulfilled by SMEs

This is good — I think CGI will do it, too.

Ed Hammond on
“so there’s two hats, and each hat has its own car” “who wears the hats?” “don’t be absurd, no-one actually *wears* the hats, that would be ridiculous”

Derek Thompson on Twitter
The optics here are exquisite. No notes. Quote Tweet Bloomberg UK @BloombergUK · May 10 Prince Charles announces the government’s top priority is to “help ease the cost-of-living for families,” with a promise to “level up opportunity in all parts of the country”

Greenpeace UK on Twitter: “This. 👇… “

Dr Usman Khan on
Sign at a Camden polling station this morning.

Why can’t we talk the same language, when it’s so important?
Originally posted on chosen path: For change, management, innovation — for all our futures. You should listen to this 70-minute work-through of a US council meeting — in Springfield Massachusetts — with a commentary from Charles Marohn of Strong Towns. Why on earth would you spend over an hour of your life listening to…

systems | cybernetics | complexity

Electromagnetism — Maxwell’s Laws —
On Twitter, @fluffbuster says: Hey Sys Thinkers & Change If you want practise thinking about just 3 simultaneous interacting causes — here is a great video. Also — see how clear simple semantic-triplet statements about Things/Properties/Relations can communicate anything, even .

HvF’s Ethical
Originally posted on Harish’s Notebook — My notes… Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science.: “The world will ask you who you are, and if you don’t know, the world will tell you” — Carl Jung In today’s post, I am looking at Heinz von Foerster’s ethical imperative. He explained this as follows — ‘I…

Visualising the Field of Systems Practitioners — openmappr | network visualization | Systems Community of Inquiry
From Saskia Rysenbry, School of Systems Change Curator at Forum for the Future in the new LinkedIn group for existing… nodes on the map: Welcome new members of this group!Last year, the Illuminate Network set out to help visualise the field of systems change practitioners by using affinity mapping to create relationships through systems…

june holley on
Peace Building Governance Systems by Pedro Portela

Toby Lowe on Twitter

An important thing to remember whenever you hear people talking about “the system”.

Quote Tweet Mahoo @SystemsNinja @SystemsNinja · May 9

“Systems are an expression of an observer’s viewpoint and do not have independent, verifiable existence.” (Checkland 1999) #systemsthinking

Symbiosis: Beyond Sustainability Expo — Event by Global Regeneration CoLab May 14, 2022, May 14, 2022, 3:00 AM — 5:00 PM (UTC-07:00)
Symbiosis: Beyond Sustainability Expo (1) LinkedIn Symbiosis: Beyond Sustainability Expo Event by Global Regeneration CoLab May 14, 2022, 11:00 AM — May 15, 2022, 1:00 AM Online Event link About Symbiosis: Beyond Sustainability Expo : A showcase of the abundance and diversity of impact stories and projects in regeneration. Join to expand horizons on what regeneration […]

The Kihbernetics Institute on
#HH_Pattee’s biological explanation of the apparent paradox of how imposing constraints from higher hierarchical levels increases the freedom, exploration, and creativity of system components on lower hierarchical levels. In: “Physical theories of biological co-ordination” (‘71)

On knowing and understanding • Gaining Systemic Insight — Marcus Jenal
MAY 9, 2022, 7:38 A.M.On knowing and understanding Gaining Systemic Insight I have read a very interesting article recently on a concept called Tamkeen that is practised in Marokko. The article is called Beyond the magic — growing our understanding of societal metamorphosis and was written by Karima Kadaoui (Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development) […] Limits and Beyond: 50 years on from The Limits to Growth, what did we learn and what’s next? eBook : Bardi, Ugo, Alvarez Pereira, Carlos: Limits and Beyond: 50 years on from The Limits to Growth, what did we learn and what’s next? eBook : Bardi, Ugo, Alvarez Pereira, Carlos: Books

old man shakes fist at cloud — ‘Nolan principles!’

Become an FT subscriber to read: Dropping of UK audit bill from Queen’s Speech comes under fire
News, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publication

Rory Stewart on Twitter
We have the most profound and bizarre psychological block against providing assistance to people in need in cash. We insist against all evidence that they will mostly waste it. In fact cash is the single most practical, efficient and effective intervention for improving lives. Quote Tweet Neal Owen @TheDainCurse · May 11 Replying to @JimMFelton From National Food Strategy for England 9:18 AM · May 12, 2022·Twitter for iPhone

Rob Powell on Twitter
Jacob Rees-Mogg has four officials/advisers with him for his morning interviews about axing a fifth of the civil service. He says that is because he covers a “wide area of public policy” and adds two are special advisers & two are from the Cabinet Office.

Jay Rayner on
Perhaps you thought the Conservative party took partygate seriously. Last night a champagne bottle signed by @BorisJohnson was donated to a charity event in Hertfordshire by local MP and Tory party chairman @OliverDowden . Read the description.

chris beiser on Twitter
im a monarchy denialist. i simply do not believe the so-called “queen of england” is actually a queen. in fact, i believe she’s just a normal person dressed as a queen. we don’t have to go along with it. we can end this charade now.

Immigration officials created network that can spy on majority of Americans, report
A new report shows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are spying on the majority of Americans, in many cases circumventing privacy laws including those in California.

Levelling up will fail amid Johnson’s chaos | Local Government Chronicle (LGC)
Policies are devised for Tory political gain rather than to help facilitate the government’s supposed ‘defining mission’, writes LGC editor Nick Golding

Jonathan Jones on Twitter
My personal “highlights” from the Queen’s Speech. A Bill of Rights that goes much further than the government’s own independent review, will make it more difficult to enforce individual rights in the UK, and probably send more cases to the ECtHR in Strasbourg /1 2:00 PM · May 10, 2022·Twitter for iPhone 88 Retweets 5 Quote Tweets 214 Likes Tweet your reply Reply Jonathan Jones @SirJJQC · May 10 Replying to @SirJJQC A Brexit Freedoms Bill making it easier for Ministers to amend wide areas of “retained EU law” with limited involvement of Parliament; and making broad changes to the way such law is interpreted, with the risk of unintended consequences & legal uncertainty /2 3 26 89 Jonathan Jones @SirJJQC · May 10 Not specifically mentioned in the Speech, but the prospect of legislation to override the Northern Ireland Protocol, reviving concerns over the UK breaching its international treaty obligations & undermining relations with the EU

Boris Johnson fails to comply with order to release Evgeny Lebedev peerage warning — The
Back in 2019, an Intelligence and Security Committee’s (ISC) report concluded that there had been significant interference in UK politics by Russia, possibly including in the EU referendum. WHOAH!! So much for no smoking gun. The #RussiaReport is utterly damning about the failure of the intelligence services to protect our democratic processes. ‘In response for […]

Peter Stefanovic on Twitter
We’ve now got “a border down the Irish Sea and rules for that part of this country set somewhere else” Lord Frost tells @GBNEWS Imagine his shock when he remembers he’s the one who negotiated it & Boris Johnson sold it to the public & Parliament as a negotiating triumph

‘Devastating’ social care shortages leave more than 500,000 adults waiting for help | The
DHSC announced that it increased funding for nursing in care homes by 11.5 per cent from 2022 to 2023

🇺🇦 Lord Sir Jon of R on
The “UK position” has NEVER been worthy of being “taken seriously”. It’s built on a fantasy of mutually exclusive desires.

Dr. Jack Brown on Twitter
BREAKING: In a brief re abortion, Supreme court Justices Amy Coney Barrett/Alito’s Draft, said US needs a “domestic supply of infants” to meet needs of parents seeking to adopt — that those who would otherwise abort must be made to carry to term — giving children up for adoption.

KEENLondon on
Proud to have signed this public letter on the #SENDGreenPaper with @DCPcampaign & 50 other organisations The gov must not restrict support for disabled children and families further. We need a more just system of support @willquince @nadhimzahawi

55 Tufton Official Spokesperson on Twitter
The UK has NO comprehensive policy to integrate: -electricity generation -upgrades to the grid -location and payment system for EV charging points -feeding in 000s of micro generation sites -and using EVs as energy sinks/sources

Ancient IT reportedly stopped Sunak raising benefits to keep pace with inflation |
Reports claim that chancellor was advised that payments of legacy benefits could only be increased once a year

Read Becoming Abolitionists by Derecka Purnell on
Recent record temps in Pakistan reaching 117° Fahrenheit are making glaciers melt so fast it’s causing massive floods. One glacial flood, captured below, was so bad it wiped out the Hassanabad Bridge connecting Pakistan and China.

‘Enforced childbirth is slavery’: Margaret Atwood on the right to abortion | Roe v Wade | The Guardian
The US supreme court draft ruling on abortion is an assault on fundamental individual freedoms. The Handmaid’s Tale author reflects on the issues at stake

Benjamin P. Taylor on
The year is 2022, and the Attendance Allowance claim form is a pdf you have to print off and post? (Though you can ‘fill in an accessible format request’ if you want)

DfT hires Capita to screen job applicants’ social-media accounts |
Candidates for roles at transport department will be subject to checks of their online posts

Jack Shaw on
BBC Reality Check is reporting that the £2.6 billion allocated to the Shared Prosperity Fund over the next 3 years is “matching the funding that previously came from the European Social Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.” This is incorrect.

Clara Jeffery on Twitter
1/ Today we’re launching a special issue — 15 stories in total — on how Private Equity how has completely warped the US economy. 1 in 14 American workers now work for companies controlled by PE firm.

War & Peace II: Gus Hales’ Journey from Soldier to Buddhist Prison Chaplain | The Fourth
War & Peace II: Gus Hales’ Journey from Soldier to Buddhist Prison Chaplain

UAE loots Awam temple’s antiquities in Yemen’s
UAE loots Awam temple’s antiquities in Yemen’s Marib The United Arab Emirates continued to loot and smuggle Yemeni antiquities of Awam temple in city of Marib, east of Yemen.

Sam Freedman on
*Bangs head against wall forever* One of the complaints here is that *only* 48 Etonians got into Oxbridge last year. Which is roughly the total number of students on free school meals who get in every year.

Layla Moran 🔶 on Twitter
Shireen was loved across the entire Arab world, regardless of which community. They should be allowed to mourn. The Israeli army storming the funeral like this completely unacceptable and I expect a full condemnation by @trussliz . But I know I won’t get it. Quote Tweet Al Jazeera English @AJEnglish · 3h “The Israeli army is asking people if they are Christian or Muslim. If you’re Muslim you weren’t allowed in.” — @ajimran Israeli occupation forces are attacking Palestinians during the funeral of killed Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh.

Muska Dastageer on
General Shah Mahmood Niazi, a retired officer from the Afghan Army, graduated from the Royal Military Academy in the UK in 1958. He lost three sons in the wars of the 90s and the 00s. Now 88, in Kandahar, he still works hard to provide for his family. This is Afghanistan.

Sarah Abdallah on Twitter
Israeli forces shot Palestinian American Al Jazeera journalist Shereen Abu Akleh in the head today. She was wearing a blue press vest. This is a war crime. Where is the global outrage? Where are the calls for sanctions?

Derek Thompson on
“What if humans invented a technology to save the planet, and then just refused to use it?” This isn’t a riddle. It’s reality. From COVID vaccines to nuclear power, Americans keep failing to implement or deploy world-saving inventions. I wrote about why:

Kathy Evans on Twitter
First they wanted councils [and community orgs and charities] to be run and thought about as if they were private companies Then they wanted to control those private businesses like Russian oligarchs

California Investigating Oil Companies For Alleged Plastic Recycling Deception : NPR
California’s attorney general is investigating oil and gas companies for allegedly deceiving the public that most plastic can be recycled, citing NPR and PBS Frontline’s investigation of the industry.

the funnies

Every Bay Area House Party — by Scott

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter
Ah, so Outlook online allows you to attach files as proper attachments from OneDrive, but not from SharePoint. Yup, right, totally logical, OK, thanks. 1:30 PM · May 13, 2022·Buffer View Tweet analytics 3 Likes Tweet your reply Reply Adrian Reed @UKAdrianReed · 1h Replying to @antlerboy

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter: “THIS is how scientific progress happens! Hurrah!!… “

THIS is how scientific progress happens! Hurrah!!

Quote Tweet Rob Worth complexity & systems @Rob_Worth · May 11

Last human to use two spaces after a full stop dies

mind expansion

The Wyrd of the Early Earth

Cellular Pre-sense in the Primordial Soup @ The NightshirtYour description for this link…

How Migrating Birds Use Quantum Effects to Navigate — Scientific
Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

The Mysterious Disappearance of a Revolutionary Mathematician | The New
Alexander Grothendieck was revered for revealing connections between seemingly unrelated realms. Then he dropped out of society.

Teacher Tom: If Compliance Is The Goal, Carry
Reflections on teaching and learning from preschoolers

Sorting Things Out, pre-school style: Teacher Tom: Understanding
Reflections on teaching and learning from preschoolers

About those kill-switched Ukrainian tractors | by Cory Doctorow | May, 2022 |
Here’s a delicious story: CNN reports that Russian looters, collaborating with the Russian military, stole 27 pieces of John Deere farm equipment from a dealership in Melitopol, Ukraine, collectively…

The Abs-Tract Organization on Twitter
Was so proud to host @NordicSecret ‘s Tomas Bjorkman, a colleague in the metamodern space, and @andresintheory a representative of the leftist #MMT movement in an introductory convo. I mediate only slightly, and hint at the prospects and pitfalls of collab

Gus Hales Recites his poem at the Remembrance Day Service at Stanley in 2007

Jack Shaw on Twitter
How many historians does Whitehall employ? Fewer than 40, according to the departments that responded to my Freedom of Information request. [Thread on policy-making and the expertise that’s valued in Westminster]

Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter: “Interesting story. Good for them!… “
Interesting story. Good for them! Quote Tweet The Sunday Times @thesundaytimes · May 8 Forty years after the war, the bleak outcrop has transformed into one of the most affluent places to live on the planet. @joshglancy pays the Falkland Islands a visit

How Queer Was Ludwig Wittgenstein? | The New
His work transformed the nature of philosophy and pushed followers toward the edge of comprehension. But his own nature, too, has long challenged comprehension.

The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned — Atlas
Instead of disappearing, the pesky rodents proliferated.

Metacognition as a Consequence of Competing Evolutionary Time Scales | Kuchling et al (2022) | Systems Community of Inquiry
Metacognition as a Consequence of Competing Evolutionary Time ScalesEntropy | Free Full-Text | Metacognition as a Consequence of Competing Evolutionary Time Scales | HTML Abstract Evolution is full of coevolving systems characterized by complex spatio-temporal interactions that lead to intertwined processes of adaptation. Yet, how adaptation across multiple levels of temporal scales and biological complexity…

How Art Creates Parallel Universes —
Every artist paints a window to another world

Jeff Tang (Lisbon) 🏛🍊 on Twitter
There is no GTD, PARA, or Zettlkasten for collaboration yet Collaborative creativity and productivity is far less discovered than personal

How Bend It Like Beckham went from benchwarmer to
To mark the 20th anniversary of this British classic, we tracked down the cast and crew to tell us how it all came together.

Experiments with LIVING SLIME have jaw dropping results! —
Subscribe and 🔔 to the BBC 👉 the BBC first on iPlayer 👉 Deep in our forests, living slime is…

The midlife crisis isn’t real, so middle-aged men should relax if they want a sports
Having busted the myths about middle-aged women and their sex lives, Dr Kate Lister finds out what history has to say about men of a certain age and what they get up to in — and out of — bed