As a new systems practitioner, designing and running a systemic intervention requires not just new knowledge, but also a broad skill set. Using a worked example, this talk will explore how the intervention was designed and implemented, what felt really important in that work, and what impact this all has on the viability of the organisation.
RRP: £38.59 Hardback: 352 pp Publisher: Wiley; ISBN 978-1394191055 A straightforward explanation of root cause analysis and systems thinking, illustrating, with real-world examples and first-hand accounts, why things can ‘slip through our fingers’ and what to do to reduce the chances of things going off track. Beyond the Five Whys summarises, for the first time, many of the tried and tested ways of understanding problems using insights ... Read more
Discovering Organisational systems - helping leaders learn to see submerged patterns of co-creation and interdependence
The session explores the discovery of organisational systems, how we can see submerged patterns of co-creation and interdependence, as well as models and paradigms for change, and how those can be challenged. It touches on the difficulties leaders have in solving problems; those they think they have, rather than those they actually have, and how leaders miss systemic patterns within their organisations, including those they are involved in creati... Read more
Being able to understanding how to 'change' a system, be it organisational, institutional or social, is vital for anyone involved in a systemic inquiry or intervention. The session will outline how this can be achieved, from a practical perspective.
In this light-hearted talk Ed van der Winden will share some of his experiences in trying to help IT departments move to a better place. A lot of systems models have played a role in this: the talk will focus on examples of their practical use. Some of the more well-known models that will be discussed in this talk will be: The Viable System Model, causal loop diagrams and Fernando Flores’ conversations-for-action model. But also lesser known mode... Read more
There is a split within Systems in both thinking and practice around purpose. Is it about ‘intention’ or is it about effects – the POSIWID position. This split is not limited to the field of systems, as an example it also splits the field of ethics, but for us in our discipline it has had enormous consequences. This talk will explore this from several angles – why the split exists, how different approaches are grouped either side of the split, ho... Read more
In this talk, Simon will share some of his experiences in working with government-linked bodies in Asia and the Middle East seeking to harness new opportunities: to do new things or to do things differently. And yes: systems thinking can provide a solid basis for shaping and harnessing positive change, not just serve its traditional purpose of addressing the negative effects of ‘problematic situations’. As Donella Meadows wrote in the late 1990s,... Read more
Socially, we see a trend in organizations toward being more conscious and sustainable. The number of companies seeking to reduce their carbon footprint to zero is growing. To achieve this, new business and operational models are emerging, often focused on ecosystemic collaboration. Often a broad common ground is lacking, and one must cooperate in diversity. The leadership required for this requires significantly better assessing the parties' pos... Read more
Methods such as Critical Systems Heuristics and Boundary Critique use the idea of evaluation and assessment in specific ways, within those approaches. However, what does critique mean, why do we use it, and how is critical thinking useful or important for Systems Thinking practitioners?