Certain statements about problems are likely to be rendered false or meaningless if it can be shown that the problem is actually wicked,
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Myron Roger’s Systems Leadership Workshop
A Simpler Way–a brief meditation on organizations as living systems. The book was born from our years long deepening exploration into the implications of living systems theory for social systems. If our organisations are not machines, but alive and subject to the same dynamics as all life, what would be possible? How would we understand what we are seeing and experiencing in institutional life? What would we do if we were working with the dynamics of life, rather than against them?
Here, we see that despite or inspite of man’s arrogance, creativity, interference, nature will at the end of the day be present, hidden or explicit in everything we do or do not do.
We could learn a lot from the Bee. Here they show us their amazing cognitive ability and their ability to communicate the essence of change.
When we think of our world all too often we think of it, ourselves, and our systems as an ordered thing. We make these maps, in our minds and in the minds of our organisations as places made up of ordered linear, perhaps even hierarchical constructs of straight lines and hard edges. An image we try to understand, but that in no real way reflects the nature of reality.
For reality is far different, it’s dynamic, it shifts, and it’s not straight at all. Much is invisible, and what we see is simply a glimpse of a surface of what may be true. Nature is astounding both in its complexity and in its simplicity. It is one.
Those boundaries we draw or even perhaps feel are in fact just constructs of our mechanical minds in a world craving order from chaos. But what if, Watts asks, those boundaries don’t even exist at all?
‘Reality is a marvellous system of wiggles’. And trying to straighten them out to fit into our need for order simply creates a false map that is no reality at all. (Introduced by Emma Loftus)
Exploring using’ clever’ algorithms as a way of interacting with and even as mechanisms for distilling change from within. It’s curious perhaps that here we see algorithms used as disruptive technology, with the potential, albeit unintentionally to wreak havoc in the social and moral compasses of our social spaces, because isn’t that exactly what we as change makers seek to do? Isn’t that all that change is?
Interested in Communities of Practice? Myron Rogers has been working with the South London Health Innovation Network developing pan-London Patient Safety Communities of Practice. This just released brochure, co-authored by Myron, describes the work, and includes a comprehensive conceptual and practical guide for cultivating Communities of Practice.
Why are the results of science considered more reliable than those from other forms of human inquiry, like poetry or philosophy?
How do you create an innovation ecology? Well that is something Xerox did with great success. This slide deck shows a little of their thought, some tongue in cheek comment and some wonderful insight. Why not take a look through and see what you make of it?
New research finds that an unexpected event appears to clear out what you were thinking. This function of the brain served an important role when humans could be confronted with danger and needed a fight or flight response, but today it has negative consequences. Fastcompany give 6 tips to help keep your focus.
The way that we have set about delivering this quality has led to an environment where improvements to processes and systems are typically gradual and linear — focusing on reducing waste and variability. Our ability to learn and adapt fast is seriously hampered by this approach. We have not paid enough attention to leveraging the differences we have as human beings — and how we when building on our differences can create much better solutions to our daily work and objectives.
Here are some sound pieces of advice: the more you know about a system, the better you are at predicting its behavior. If you want a large outcome, then put a large amount of effort into the process. For the best execution, plan ahead. These are all powerful strategies – but only if you are dealing with a linear system. For a complex system, this approach spells disaster
The Ecological Systems theory states that human development is influenced by the different types of environmental systems. Formulated by famous psychologist Urie Bronfenbrenner, this theory helps us understand why we may behave differently when we compare our behavior in the presence of our family and our behavior when we are in school or at work.