Here’s this week’s collection of my articles, links, and other updates.
This newsletter is hand-compiled with links that Revue pulls from my tweets (though it doesn’t quite provide the full stream), my blogs — www.chose-path.org, www.syscoi.com, www.govtransformation.org, and also content at www.publicservicetransformation.org — and anything I manually pull in. It seems to be a good system. I’d welcome feedback!
Top five of the week
What are we offering the world? Imagine a chimp in a cage. In this cage is a banana on top of a large shelf, out of reach for the chimp. However, there is also a stick in the cage. Of course, the chimp will manage to get the banana using the stick. Von Foerster said ‘Cybernetics is not the banana’.
Part of the Change Days… family, I guess? with Change Days events happening ‘in’ Toronto and Berlin this year.
Thanks to Matt Turner — and Dinah Turner did this great piece of graphic facilitation. These are five *generous* practices — they work well for novices and sophisticates alike. They are intentionally *practices*, not claims to excellence, ‘values’, or ‘principles’: ways to work on honest, productive conversations which work towards shared meaning and make both …
Wouldn’t it be good if you could improve your chances of successful change? — the once-chosen path — chosen-path.org
Is your pattern of change interventions on track for success — or failure? I really believe that more than 70% of change fails to achieve its goals. In fact, my former business partner ennis Vergne proved it in his research. He studied ten major change programmes for his MSc — in each, over 40 jobs…
https://golab.bsg.ox.ac.uk/community/events/soc21/ and nominations are now open for visiting fellows of practice 2022
A lot of good, and a lot of very bad, explanations in this thread! Fascinating stuff. Also I like that her profile pic looks like she’s at a party, asked the question, and is regretting it.
‘Social’ Mitochondria, Whispering Between Cells, Influence Health — stream.syscoi.com
Originally posted on Complexity Digest: Mitochondria appear to communicate and cooperate with one another, both within and between cells. Biologists are only just beginning to understand how and why. Read the full article at: http://www.quantamagazine.org
A classic. I got very into Heinz von Foerster videos when writing not the banana; he’s unusually passionate, very Germanic, and gave some interviews at a very advanced age (but still highly coherent), so the overall effect is very striking. Someone was very rude about him on Twitter this week, and I found myself very defensive! A lot of energy of fascination with the world.
Another nice one from Harish Jose
Nour Sidawi asked this on Twitter and is building a list — here’s a compilation of my relevant links (in a compilation of links newsletter)
Systems Library — Ray Ison and Ed Straw: The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking (2020) and other books
A great set of reviews by Philippe Vandenbroeck | Ray and Ed’s book is a classic, and I think my mild claim to fame (I may be wrong — must check!) is that they first met when Ed was speaking at SCiO, at my invitation.
For me, it’s Scott O’Dell’s The Island of the Blue Dolphins — the first ‘proper book’ I ever read.
My dad was and is a huge Chris Barber fan. I was sad to learn Barber died in March this year. This is a classic — and check the date and location.
An important character in the Manchester of my youth.
David S. Joachim on Twitter: “🚀 The successful bidder in a $28 million auction to go into space with Jeff Bezos has passed up the opportunity due to “scheduling conflicts”
As someone commented — that is a power move.