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Systems Thinking and Complexity 101

How to Save the World

By studying and diagramming complex systems, to be able to anticipate how they might respond to interventions. we can’t define them.

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Reflections from 2011 – A World Without Email – The Documentary


A World Without Email – The Progress Report. Towards A Social Messaging and Notification System. Are you ready? Let’s go!

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The Many Sources of Transformation and Large Systems Change Knowledge

Networking Action

This is a webinar recording drawing from work with a World Bank project to create a framework for describing large systems change knowledge.

Barriers to Knowledge Sharing: The Biggest One Isn't Systems

Michael Sampson - Currents

It really was a case of, if you build it, they will come — but they weren't coming," Zweig said. My Comments.

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The Power of Networks in a Complex (Business) World


To them, social networking is just a complete waste of time. A passing fad. A wonderful opportunity to goof off at work and get away with it. Bacteria?

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A Complex Predicament: How Our Energy, Economic and Ecological Systems are Connected (repost)

How to Save the World

In a broader sense, the Jevons Paradox is a way of explaining a puzzling behaviour of many complex systems. It’s called the Jevons Paradox.

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A World Without Email – Year 3, Weeks 29 to 51 (The Email Starvation Continues…)


Long live “ A World Without Email “! So far I am down to 17 emails received per week ! And that’s an even better news!

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How “Membranes” Build Great Organizations

Alchemy of Change

Membranes are the cell’s organizational boundaries; what separates it’s innards from the outside world. The “Cellular Business”. Still with me?

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Systems Thinking Is Awesome and a Trap Series: Quote #2Remember Your Failure In The Cave

Evolving Web

If we are good systems thinkers, we open ourselves to all possibilities and expect to be surprised. This wigs Luke out.

Diversity is hard

Jenny Connected

These are related to viewing the world in which we live as a complex adaptive system. Understanding complex systems. 2016). 1998).

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Living “A World Without Email” … in Google Plus


I still think it’s a bit too early to be announcing the painful death of each of those social networking environments. And here is why. Or not.

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Beyond Institutions – Personal Learning in a Networked World

Jenny Connected

In this presentation I look at the needs and demands of people seeking learning with the models and designs offered by traditional institutions, and in the spirit of reclaiming learning describe a new network-based system of education with the learner managing his or her education. This is how he introduced it on his blog Stephen’s Web .

All you ever wanted to know about Agricultural Innovation Systems

Net-Map Toolbox

Agricultural Innovation by connecting farmers to the world. Agricultural Innovation Systems, an Investment Sourcebook, Part 1 and Part 2.

2012 21

Access to a world of practice

Learning Alliances

How communities of practice give us access to observing, orienting, deciding, and acting in a world of practice. OODA is an acronym for: O.

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Book Review: "Networked: The New Social Operating System" – Lee Rainie and Barry Wellman

Governance in a Networked World

One of the claims made that did catch my attention is that the authors believe that the networked world has matured to the extent that groups and communities are no longer a prime focus. Even if it was not perhaps new to me it will interest those wanting to understand how networking is changing the world of work.

Illuminating the Invisible: Mapping Austin’s Adolescent Health System Using Value Network Analysis

Partnering Resources

Mapping Austin’s Adolescent Health System Using Value Network Analysis. The Context: Adolescent Health in Austin. Adapt. Achieve.

2012 36

Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap Quote Series: Quote 4-Well, Clarise, have the lambs stopped screaming?

Evolving Web

Systems thinkers can easily get caught on the wrong side of the plausible / probable divide. Every system we devise is an hypothesis.

2011 34

Intervening in a complex system: 5 Ps

Chris Corrigan

The larger your organization, the more like the real world you have to be. and my friend Pawa Haiyupis and I added two Ps to my concentric circles of intervention in a complex system. When you are working in a complex system, dialogue ensures that you are getting dissent, contrary views and outlying ideas into the process.

How People Define Smart Organizations: The Biology of Great Organizations Part II

Alchemy of Change

In my last post, I wrote about how the membrane of the cell provides a new perspective on the way organizations connect with the world around them.

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A World With No One In Control

How to Save the World

Like Charles Barsotti’s cartoon above says, in complex systems nobody knows anything. How the World Really Works We have no idea.

2013 14

Trust and Networks

Alchemy of Change

Democracy & Social Change Engagement, Relationships & Connection Networks & SystemsTrust makes networks work. In Trust We Trust.

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Why We Cannot Save the World

How to Save the World

That is not how the world, or human civilizations, work, or ever have worked. a system chart, map, or periodic table. They cannot. Types.

2012 26

Life Without eMail – 5th Year Progress Report – The Community, The Movement


The (corporate) world is not going to do it. A World Without eMail – Year 5 – Progress Report. What happened? People do.

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HR Magazine - Exclusive: Google research heralds arrival of the human systems director

John Tropea - Delicious Collaboration

Exclusive: Google research heralds arrival of the human systems director. But research unveiled yesterday by Google heralds a new player in HR: the human systems director. Raising VAT to 20% could cost 20,000 jobs and the benefits system 1.3 Features. HR TV. Blogs. About. Contact. HR Most Influential. HR Excellence Awards.

2011 18

System of Systems


Welcome to *the* System of Systems ! With the emergence of the internet in the mid-90’s, the world became one global commons.

Listing of Mary Abraham’s KM World 2012 Notes

Portals and KM

She attended the 2012 KM World conference and produced a very impressive and useful series of session notes.  Flow Systems and KM #KMWorld. My friend, Mary Abraham, writes the great blog, Above and Beyond KM.   I am listing them below for my reference and to share with you. Enjoy. Are Intranets Social? KMWorld #KMW12.

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Why Systems Thinking is Awesome and a Trap: Quote 5-Nancy: They wouldnt send us any money! They said wed spend it on DRUGS! Sid: We would!

Evolving Web

That was a simple system. A system that allowed the provision of a best practice. So we have a very complex system now.

2011 21

“Save the World” Reading List: 2013 Update

How to Save the World

I suddenly knew it was not my job (despite the name of my blog) to save the world. The World is Dying , by Richard Bruce Anderson.

In Connection We Trust

Alchemy of Change

Fellowship Innovation & Technology Networks & SystemsA Growing Interest inTrust. That’s why the U.S. by Joe Andrieu. Tweet.

The Problem With Systems

How to Save the World

illustrative system diagram from my post on Systems Theory. Over time, however, complicated systems always decay and fall apart.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business is Sharing

Alchemy of Change

For now though, think of the mesh as the infrastructure for the intelligent membrane the firm uses to connect with the world around it. Tweet.

Dealing with your slaves and seeing the world

Chris Corrigan

In a complex and interconnected world it is hard to be an activist against things. ” Will we ever have a world where slavery is abolished? And it would be nice to know that any intervention we choose will have the system changing effect that we want, but we can’t have that certainty. So what to do?

2014 17

The Buddy System: How Medical Data Revealed Secret to Health and Happiness

John Tropea - Delicious Social Network

Med-Tech : Health The Buddy System: How Medical Data Revealed Secret to Health and Happiness By Jonah Lehrer 09.12.09 What changed?

Has Social Media Killed Off Privacy?

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

I’ve finally figured out how to use my iPhone as a GPS Navigation system. I’ve thrown out the old system, and not before time. Oh goody!

You don't need to be a system dynamicist.

Making Sense With Facilitated Systems

I liked computer simulation more than he did, but I saw simulation as a way to get additional insights, not as a replacement for working in the real world, so we might not have disagreed too much on that point. If you're familiar with feedback theory, recognize that feedback applies to human and organizational systems, too, as Bob did.

Making Social CRM “Friend Discovery” Real

Alchemy of Change

You’ll want to read that one and possibly the “ 3 Principles of Friend Discovery Social CRM “ before reading this. The CRM. Tweet.

Facebook Credit: Zuckerberg next Treasurer of the Internet App2User

Laurel Papworth- Social Network Strategy

Zynga and Facebook games like Farmville will HAVE to use the Credit/Coin system, and pay Facebook 30% of Credit sales. Hero World 2,100,000.

Exploring future possibilities by mapping “dispositionalities”

Chris Corrigan

Today he’s discussing “ dispositionality ” which simply means that making change in a system is much easier when you have a sense of what the system is pre-disposed to do (and what it is NOT pre-disposed to do…). Map the current state of the system, including its dominant flows, eddy points and whirlpools.

F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change « emergent by design

John Tropea - Delicious Faciliatation

F-Suites for C-Suites: 4 Futures Thinking Toolkits To Help C-Suite Leaders Thrive in a World of Change. The world is changing. support.

What If Everything Ran Like the Internet?

How to Save the World

The Internet represents a different way of ‘organizing’ (though that word doesn’t quite fit) a huge system. And: 2.

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