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Bellinger: What is Systems Thinking?

An amusing and informative video on systems thinking from Gene Bellinger!

Meaning and Murmuration

In our normal lives these rules may be quite evident or quite deeply hidden, even unconscious. What are the rules that allow us to weave our way along a crowded rush-hour pavement without repeated collisions and accidents? What is our response to people who don’t follow these rules?

Varela: Ethical Know-how-Action, Wisdom and Cognition

A short pamphlet on ethics based on Varela’s lecture series in Italy, here Varela brings together a mix of Western scientific thought with Eastern spirituality. One of the best readers on this topic you’ll find.

Gladwell: The Tipping Point

Amazon say: In this brilliant and original book, Malcolm Gladwell explains and analyses the ‘tipping point’, that magic moment when ideas, trends and social behaviour cross a threshold, tip and spread like wildfire. Taking a look behind the surface of… Continue Reading →

The Art of Change Making

People have always studied and reflected on how social activity works, how anything gets to happen. Our current management model that found its epitome in ‘New Public Management’ is only one way to get things done. Its widespread integration into public services simply keeps them running as they are, perhaps necessary but certainly not sufficient to deal with a changing world. In The Art of Change Making we have brought together over 70 of these so people can see them, explore them and use them.

Video: The First Follower (Dancing Guy)

The classic Social Movements and leadership video. Showing the psychology of following and the power in social movement.

Pico Iyer: The Art of Stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness.

Rules That Limit Us (Emergence)

In our normal lives these rules may be quite evident or quite deeply hidden, even unconscious. What are the rules that allow us to weave our way along a crowded rush-hour pavement without repeated collisions and accidents? What is our response to people who don’t follow these rules?

Video: Maturana on Structural Determinism

Video of Maturana explaining his theory of Structural Determinism.

Transcendence in Systems Thinking

Exploring what transcendence means in the modern world. It is the indefinable ways in which society is bound together. The uniting energy between us. To make meaningful change systems need to understand those invisible connections and move into a way of ‘being’ where considering transcendence matters.

Positive Psychology: Smile or Die

Journalist and political activist Barbara Ehrenreich arguing against positive psychology. She highlights the sadistic side of positive thinking, instead advocating for realism.

Bion’s Basic Assumption Groups

Bion suggested that all groups have a subconscious emotional drive that affects their every thought and action. It is determined by the group’s beliefs about ‘who or what will save us from this mess’. He termed these beliefs basic assumption groups. Understanding which assumption group is influencing behaviour is key to understanding the dynamics in a system and their responses to change.

Video-Viktor Frankl: People Want Meaning and Purpose

Viktor Frankl speaks about how to help people, including ourselves, reach the potential of our lives.
That’s not about material wealth, or career success, it is in fact about the need for purpose and meaning.

Maturana and Varela: Autopoiesis (Living Systems)

Autopoiesis is actually a remarkably simple concept used by Maturana and Varela. At its most basic it is defined as a system that is self-supporting and self-producing. In other words a system that both creates and looks after itself.

The work of Keith Grint OR critical tame and wicked… and so much more

In the art of formulating the question together we begin our process of change. There are few things as potent as a damn good question.

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