Systems and Complexity : nothing changed, nothing new

Gareth Evans
16 November 2020

Systems have formed a significant part of science over many-a-year... scholars such as; Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Peter Checkland, Ross Ashby, Russell Ackoff, Stafford Beer and many more have discussed, debated and placed front and centre the importance of ‘Systems Thinking’ in helping us to deal with, make sense of the complexities that we witness first-hand every day.

With many black swan events in recent times, all of which seem to have a natural habit of turning us upside down and inside out, surely things need to change. If nothing other than how we have responded globally, nationally and locally to these events has taught us that our traditional, oversimplified, framework-based approaches have not worked, are dated and in the main ineffective, we must do things differently.

Many have revealed and evidenced the positive that impact of Systems Thinking can have on our society and businesses when applied in the right way and with the right blend.

What I'm curious to explore is: In Systems Thinking, if nothing has changed, and nothing is new, what do we need to do differently to counter the huge and unparalleled challenges that we face now and in the foreseeable future.


About Gareth Evans

Gareth is a known ‘Business Leader’ and ‘Systemic Practitioner’, with a strong backstory in Organisation Design & Development (OD&D). His main focus is to help organisations to become ‘a better version of themselves’ through being professionally creative, curious and courageous.

As pragmatic theorist, Gareth has a passion for better understanding complexity, what it actually is, what it actually means to our businesses and the real impact it is current having on: People, Planet, Profit. Driven to help with the on-going education of businesses and their leadership in the emergence of better professional practice, an key enabler in making a real and notable strategic and operational impact and difference.

Gareth graduated in July 2017 at the University of Bedfordshire where he studied a ‘Master of Sciences in Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development’. Since graduating Gareth has maintained his ambition to be a ‘leading light’ in the world of OD&D through his disruptive and alternative thinking driving positive industry change. Gareth as a ‘Critical Friend’ and ‘Trusted Advisor’ firmly believes much more can done in the creation of ‘smarter organisations, smarter people and smarter performance.’ Through being more 'self-organised’

Gareth has a passion for Cybernetics, Systems Thinking and helping others to be successful.