Systemic Steering and Governance – Pino Villa

Systemic Steering and Governance

Systemic Steering and Governance – A viable system is any system organized in such a way as to meet the demands of surviving in a changing environment

The games we play: critical complexity improves machine learning

Complexity Digest

Abeba Birhane, David J. T. Sumpter
When mathematical modelling is applied to capture a complex system, multiple models are often created that characterize different aspects of that system. Often, a model at one level will produce a prediction which is contradictory at another level but both models are accepted because they are both useful. Rather than aiming to build a single unified model of a complex system, the modeller acknowledges the infinity of ways of capturing the system of interest, while offering their own specific insight. We refer to this pragmatic applied approach to complex systems — one which acknowledges that they are incompressible, dynamic, nonlinear, historical, contextual, and value-laden — as Open Machine Learning (Open ML). In this paper we define Open ML and contrast it with some of the grand narratives of ML of two forms: 1) Closed ML, ML which emphasizes learning with minimal human input (e.g…

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Systems thinking for civil servants – GOV.UK

link:

Systems thinking for civil servants – GOV.UK

Clearly a lot of work has gone into this. No comment from me, for now.

Guidance

Systems thinking for civil servantsHow to use systems thinking to drive improved outcomes in complex situations.

From:Government Office for Science

Published 24 May 2022

Systems thinking for civil servants – GOV.UK

Safer Complex Systems case study launch – Royal Academy of Engineering – 25 May 2022, 1pm UK time online

Safer Complex Systems case study launch25 May 2022, 1:00pm – 2:30pmONLINE – via ZoomAdd to CalendarPUBLIC EVENTRegister The Safer Complex Systems programme commissioned 18 Awardees to develop case studies that examine complex system successes and failures, in order to address a gap in materials available for engineering education and professional development relevant to achieving safer complex systems. The case studies explore how a specific approach to the design, management or governance of a complex system has resulted in safe or unsafe outcomes.This online event will showcase the work of our Awardees, which ranged from dynamic cycling transport systems in Colombia, to climate change in the Netherlands, to nursing home failures in Australia, to emergent fire risk in South Africa and train derailments in the UK. Following this event, the case studies will be available in full on the Engineering X website.Safer Complex Systems is one of five missions being pursued by Engineering X, an international collaboration co-founded by the Royal Academy of Engineering and Lloyd’s Register Foundation.

Safer Complex Systems case study launch – Royal Academy of Engineering

Assessing assumptions about boundaries with critical systems heuristics – Werner Ulrich

Assessing assumptions about boundaries with critical systems heuristicsMay 24, 2022By Werner Ulrich

Assessing assumptions about boundaries with critical systems heuristics – Integration and Implementation Insights

Change Management – The Columbo Theory – Gene Bellinger

Change ManagementThe Columbo Theory

Change Management – The Columbo Theory

Recordings of events with prof. Gerald Midgley – and invitation to systems thinking stream at OR64, the operational research society conference

Sessions last week with the OR Society:

Wednesday webinar: Systems Thinking into the Future: https://lnu.box.com/s/r58hhd4jys32j748462lwlen6nmw056t.

Thursday seminar: Systemic Intervention: Multi-Agency, Stakeholder-Engaged System Change: https://lnu.box.com/s/syksvznhloqvpp9xy3vmf69gzajmecz2.

And

Operational Research (OR) Society 64th annual conference

We also want to inform you and invite you to submit to the Operational Research (OR) Society annual conference physically at University of Warwick on 13-15th September 2022. The Systems Thinking steam has been the largest stream the last couple of years with 60+ presenters in parallel sessions and 1-3 hour interactive workshops.

There is no requirement to produce a written paper – just an abstract (maximum 300 words) describing your presentation, which will be published in the program. The closing date for abstracts is 30 June 2022. Everything you need to know about the event (venue, travel arrangements, accommodation, price, critical dates, requirements of presenters, etc.) can be found on the conference web site, where you can also sign up and submit abstracts: https://theorsociety.eventsair.com/or64-annual-conference/.

The Systems Thinking Stream:

There will be practitioner and academic stream keynotes, and Dan McGonigle (Head of the Systems Group in Defra) will be a plenary speaker for the whole conference, talking about the use of systems thinking in UK government.

For presentations in the stream, we welcome the widest possible diversity of practitioners and academics, whatever specialism you bring.

We encourage the submission of abstracts discussing:

Applications to (and across) organizational, social and environmental issues;
Theoretical and methodological innovations;
Thoughts on the diversity, impacts and ethics of systemic OR practice; and
Reflections on the past, present and future of systems thinking in OR.
Indeed, any insightful presentation of relevance to systems thinking and OR is very welcome. If you have any questions about the focus of your abstract and presentation, please write to g.r.midgley@hull.ac.uk (there is another email address further down this message if you have more general questions about the conference).

We have also been asked to look out for people who can offer experiential workshops (e.g., giving practical experiences of using a systems approach) in the Impact stream. If you think your work would fit in this category, and can facilitate a workshop lasting between 1-3 hours, please let us know by email before uploading your abstract. You can write to Sadaf Salavati – sadaf.salavati@lnu.se – about interactive workshops.

Contact

For further information about the conference (including anything to do with costs, travel or accommodation), please write to event.enquiry@theorsociety.com.

Kind regards,

Sadaf Salavati

via Linnaeus University Systems Community

systems change, convening, practice, leadership, sustainability, chat… SIX systems events coming up presented or facilitated by Benjamin Taylor

It me!

I haven’t presented or run that many public events recently, and suddenly they all come at once. Here are six in the next couple of months – with info and booking links:

“Later in the bar”
Mon 23 May 2022 18:30–20:00 UK time, SCiO
Informal, open systems practice chat
Book at: https://systemspractice.org/events/later-bar-scio-uk-may-2022 (free)

Workshop: Systems thinking and systems convening for carbon capture change – facilitated workshop
May 28, 2022 – part of the Systems Change Alliance online conference – Carbon Capture Deep Dive: A Systems Change Perspective
I am facilitating an introduction covering systems thinking and aspects of systems convening.
Book at: https://systemschangealliance.org/events-calendar/carbon-capture-deep-dive/?swcfpc=1 (paid, part of conference)

The Viable Systems Model and human systems dynamics through the lens of Barry Oshry’s Organic Systems Model
14th Metaphorum Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 10-12 June 2022 NB I am still trying to confirm travel arrangements so I can attend this amazing conference.
The VSM is undoubtedly about people in organisation, at heart, and I consider it to represent some of the most essential, fundamental aspects of organisation. But not all. Long before I encountered Beer’s work, I was engaged in studying Barry Oshry’s power+systems framework, now called the organic systems model. Developed from extended observation of experiential workshops, this framework identifies sensemaking ‘worlds’ – Top, Middle, Bottom, Customer, Helper, Dominant, Other – ‘real’ conditions which seem to inevitably pertain in different relationships to responsibility, authority, and decision-making – and instinctive human responses to those conditions, which both exacerbate the conditions and create problematic human dynamics within and between the worlds which persistently shift people out of partnership – a shared focus on what we collectively value.
Book at: https://metaphorum.org/14thconference (paid, part of conference)

Workshop: Systems thinking and systems convening for carbon capture – advanced workshop
June 14th 2-6pm UK time – the Systems Change Alliance
This workshop will work dynamically to deepen an understanding of what systems thinking can offer for the changes we are seeking.
Book at: https://systemschangealliance.org/events-calendar/systems-thinking-and-systems-convening-for-carbon-capture/ (paid)

Systems leadership, change, theory, and practice
Mon 11 July 2022 18:30–20:30 UK time, SCiO Virtual Open Meeting – July 2022
Systems Leadership and Systems Change are very popular phrases at the moment – search the web for a sense (and sense Medium.com 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.
Benjamin will draw on two of his articles from last year (but reading them isn’t necessary to attend): https://i2insights.org/2021/06/22/systems-leadership/ and https://stream.syscoi.com/2021/06/21/a-schema-for-better-understanding-systems-leadership-and-systems-change/
Book at: https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-virtual-open-meeting-july-2022 (free, two speaker event)

systems change, convening, practice, leadership, sustainability, chat… SIX systems events coming up presented or facilitated by Benjamin Taylor

It me!

I haven’t presented or run that many public events recently, and suddenly they all come at once. Here are six in the next couple of months – with info and booking links:

“Later in the bar”
Mon 23 May 2022 18:30–20:00 UK time, SCiO
Informal, open systems practice chat
Book at: https://systemspractice.org/events/later-bar-scio-uk-may-2022 (free)

Workshop: Systems thinking and systems convening for carbon capture change – facilitated workshop
May 28, 2022 – part of the Systems Change Alliance online conference – Carbon Capture Deep Dive: A Systems Change Perspective
I am facilitating an introduction covering systems thinking and aspects of systems convening.
Book at: https://systemschangealliance.org/events-calendar/carbon-capture-deep-dive/?swcfpc=1 (paid, part of conference)

The Viable Systems Model and human systems dynamics through the lens of Barry Oshry’s Organic Systems Model
14th Metaphorum Conference, Leuven, Belgium, 10-12 June 2022 NB I am still trying to confirm travel arrangements so I can attend this amazing conference.
The VSM is undoubtedly about people in organisation, at heart, and I consider it to represent some of the most essential, fundamental aspects of organisation. But not all. Long before I encountered Beer’s work, I was engaged in studying Barry Oshry’s power+systems framework, now called the organic systems model. Developed from extended observation of experiential workshops, this framework identifies sensemaking ‘worlds’ – Top, Middle, Bottom, Customer, Helper, Dominant, Other – ‘real’ conditions which seem to inevitably pertain in different relationships to responsibility, authority, and decision-making – and instinctive human responses to those conditions, which both exacerbate the conditions and create problematic human dynamics within and between the worlds which persistently shift people out of partnership – a shared focus on what we collectively value.
Book at: https://metaphorum.org/14thconference (paid, part of conference)

systems convening, systems thinking, and systems practice
A session for the systems convening community – June 13, 2022 12:30-1:30pm UK time
What light do systems thinking and practice shed on systems convening? What can they add?
Book at https://us06web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEudeGprD0vH9JKdOCaj7utfGUoM5AGVu-r (free)

Workshop: Systems thinking and systems convening for carbon capture – advanced workshop
June 14th 2-6pm UK time – the Systems Change Alliance
This workshop will work dynamically to deeped an understanding of what systems thinking can offer for the changes we are seeking.
Book at: https://systemschangealliance.org/events-calendar/systems-thinking-and-systems-convening-for-carbon-capture/ (paid)

Systems leadership, change, theory, and practice
Mon 11 July 2022 18:30–20:30 UK time, SCiO Virtual Open Meeting – July 2022
Systems Leadership and Systems Change are very popular phrases at the moment – search the web for a sense (and search Medium.com 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.
Benjamin will draw on two of his articles from last year (but reading them isn’t necessary to attend): https://i2insights.org/2021/06/22/systems-leadership/ and https://stream.syscoi.com/2021/06/21/a-schema-for-better-understanding-systems-leadership-and-systems-change/
Book at: https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-virtual-open-meeting-july-2022 (free, two speaker event)

Systemic Evaluation Design. A Workbook – Williams (2016)

Systemic Evaluation Design. A Workbook$0+Bob Williams

Systemic Evaluation Design. A Workbook

Utrecht University Centre for Complex Systems Studies – Events Overview (May-Jun): Learn Complexity with Lunches & Ice Creams!

CCSS Events Overview (May-June 2022) At the Centre for Complex Systems Studies (CCSS), we always believe in the added value of bringing different ideas and expertise together through various activities. With the possibility of meeting each other in person again, we would like to welcome you back to our CCSS and have scheduled the following on-site events:

Events Overview (May-Jun): Learn Complexity with Lunches & Ice Creams!

An Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

An Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)NATALIYA SHEVCHENKODECEMBER 21, 2020

An Introduction to Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE)

CCSS Meeting #50: Complexity: Evolution and a Creative Universe, 18 May 12pm (Utrecht time, I think) – Prof. Peter Allen

CCSS Meeting #50:Complexity: Evolution and a Creative Universe On Thursday 19th May (12:00 – 13:00), we will host a hybrid lecture with Prof. Peter Allen (Cranfield University, UK).

CCSS Meeting #50: Complexity: Evolution and a Creative Universe

NEW! Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems (MOOC) – Systemic Design Labs on EdX

Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems

NEW! Designing Resilient Regenerative Systems (MOOC) – Systemic Design Labs
https://systemicdesignlabs.ethz.ch/blog-post-test/

Requisite Variety and Its Implications for the Control of Complex Systems | Ashby (1958)

Requisite Variety and Its Implications for the Control of Complex SystemsW. AshbyPublished 1991MathematicsRecent work on the fundamental processes of regulation in biology (Ashby, 1956) has shown the importance of a certain quantitative relation called the law of requisite variety. After this relation had been found, we appreciated that it was related to a theorem in a world far removed from the biological—that of Shannon on the quantity of noise or error that could be removed through a correction-channel (Shannon and Weaver, 1949; theorem 10). In this paper I propose to show the relationship between the two theorems, and to indicate something of their implications for regulation, in the cybernetic sense, when the system to be regulated is extremely complex.

[PDF] Requisite Variety and Its Implications for the Control of Complex Systems | Semantic Scholar

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