The big thing I shared this week was the new #systemscovening book from Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner. I’m proud to have been involved in a sort of sounding board for the development of the book.
Register for the launch webinar on 2 September: https://bit.ly/SCBookLaunch
Download the book and join the community: https://bit.ly/SystemsConvening
It is fascinating that a real proportion of the responses to this launch have been on the cynical side (something I’m prone to myself!) — and, as I predicted, from all quadrants of the ‘thinking threats’ grid.
I look forward to further discussions on this…
(And for more on my thinking on systems change and systems leadership, see here)
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Do you know systems conveners? Are you one?
The new book from Bev and Etienne Wenger-Trayner starts: “You may not have heard about them; what they do is rarely in their job description. You may not even be aware of what they do; they tend to act as enablers rather than taking credit or seeking …
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It’s often *after* the stress that the problems kick in. How do we exit from stress gracefully? If you’ve ever been to a busy restaurant at 11pm on a Saturday and marvelled at the fluid teamwork (with occasional flare-ups that are instantly resolved), the speed, the accuracy, the effectiveness of the very low-paid staff… then …
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The @CPI_foundation has partnered w/ @LankellyChase @theRSAorg @WengerTrayner to develop a new book ‘Systems Convening: A crucial form of leadership for the […]
systems | complexity | cybernetics
Harish Jose: In today’s post, I am looking at observation. This will be a general overview and I will follow up with more posts in the future. I am inspired by the ideas of George Spencer-Brown (GSB), Niklas Luhman, Dirk Baecker and…
A really important and interesting article, I think — required reading for all facilitators!
A lovely accessible introduction
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Do you have the right balance of dynamics to engage with the world with love and power, to be fully yourselves and fully the whole? A robust system is able to meet something new, different, surprising, odd — something ‘a bit off’ — and study, welcome, value and utilise it. The alternative, …
Riding the Waves of Change: Developing Managerial Competencies for a Turbulent World — Gareth Morgan (1988)
Full book pdf — and an excellent book
Ethics in public service
Cop26 president Alok Sharma flew to 30 countries in 7 months | Cop26: Glasgow climate change conference 2021 | The Guardian
Minister responsible for climate conference travelled mainly during winter and spring and did not isolate
Environmental and social justice
New Report: Bridging the fields of feminist and systems practice | Tatiana Fraser and Juniper Glass (2020)
The Systems Movement: Engaging Communities with Traditions and Diversity, Gary S. Metcalf (ST-ON 2021–01–11) — Coevolving Innovations
From genetic engineering to geoengineering, we treat nature as though it’s a machine. This view of nature is deeply embedded in Western thought, but it’s a…
More brain food
Australian mathematician discovers applied geometry engraved on 3,700-year-old tablet | Archaeology | The Guardian
Old Babylonian tablet likely used for surveying uses Pythagorean triples at least 1,000 years before Pythagoras
source: Part I: What is a Boundary Object?
The Astonishing Age of a Neanderthal Cave Construction Site — The Atlantic — www.theatlantic.com
A rock structure, built deep underground, is one of the earliest hominin constructions ever found.
Nevermind the nectar: Hummingbird beaks evolving for fighting, rather than feeding | Science & Tech News | Sky News
Some male hummingbirds are developing weaponised bills, making them less efficient feeders but more ferocious fighters.
“Voices of the Manhattan Project” is a joint project by the Atomic Heritage Foundation and the Los Alamos Historical Society to create a public archive of our oral history collections of Manhattan Project veterans and their families.
In a landmark new documentary produced for YouTube, Adam Curtis has not examined his career and laid bare his style in the light of some confused academic pa…