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Practitioners always need to be alive to the tension between “paralysis through analysis” and JFDI.  This talk is a personal retrospective on Niki’s experience of supporting a government policy lead take the first steps in establishing a national operational capability and seeking to get that balance right.  She will describe the approach she took, weaving a variety of systems thinking methods together to help her stakeholders tackle t... Read more
RRP: £54.95  Paperback: ‎ 252 pp  Publisher: ‎ Wiley-Blackwell;   ISBN 978-1119690825  Designing Intelligent Construction Projects Explore the potential impact of management cybernetics, lean methodologies, and digitalization on the construction sector As a heavily asset-driven industry, construction is at the crossroads of a transformation. Digitalization has already begun and is acting as a beacon. Intelligently designed ... Read more
When Unfreeze-Move-Refreeze Isn’t Working: Doing, Thinking and Making Via Systems Changes Learning Practitioners coming to the systems sciences and/or systems thinking have an interest in “systems change(s)”.  Many come from premise that that change occurs as “unfreeze-move-refreeze”, misattributed to Kurt Lewin.  A more reflective view of systems changes not only sees distinctions between the intended and emergent recognized by Henry ... Read more
Systems Leadership and Systems Change are very popular phrases at the moment - search the web for a sense (and if you really want to boggle your mind). Some of it is really good, some of it is risible, and much has little to do with systems thinking or systems practice.  This session will explore some of the existing territory and dimensions and sketch out Benjamin's approach, drawing on two of his articl... Read more
Abstract: I have yet to find the word ‘cybernetics’ in mainstream writing on government and yet the comparison to steering a ship appears in the writing of Plato 2,500 years ago on government, and the word itself in the writing of Ampere 300 years ago. Beer’s cybernetic approach to systems thinking upon which he based his VSM gives a foundation from which I explore the purpose and structure of democracy.
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Antoni Oliva Quesada nos habla de cómo usar modelos de simulación para comprender cuáles son los factores que hacen que un problema complejo se comporte como lo hace. Para mí, el propio concepto de que los sistemas son dinámicos ya es profundo y retador en sí mismo, porque sugiere que éstos cambian y evoluciona con el tiempo. Esto implica que hay factores que pueden hacerlos cambiar más rápido o mas lento y que, por extensión, puede que tengamos ... Read more
RRP: £15.99  Hardback: ‎ 352 pp  Publisher: ‎ Allen Lane;   ISBN 978-0241447642 Farming is the world's greatest cause of environmental destruction - and the one we are least prepared to talk about. We criticise urban sprawl, but farming sprawls across thirty times as much land. We have ploughed, fenced and grazed great tracts of the planet, felling forests, killing wildlife, and poisoning rivers and oceans to feed ourselves. Yet m... Read more
Nobody really understands their business....but how well does the business understand itself? In this talk will use a case study to demonstrate how a zombie organisation can transform itself into conscious collective and become the compute function for its own operation.
This presentation charts the journey of Public Health's engagement with systems thinking, initially via Theory U and later through Community Operational Research methods. The practical application, pitfalls, considerations of using these methods in community settings brings this, sometimes conceptual focus, into the "real" world.  The emergence of Adult Development as a seam of research that helps to bring a sense of movement to seemingly i... Read more