An exciting new book, and the start of a series edited by Gerald Midgely.
Even more excitingly, this is the message Gerald has put on various facebook groups (e.g. https://www.facebook.com/groups/774241602654986/permalink/2599871040092024/):
“The book by Anthony Hodgson advertised below brings together systems thinking and futures thinking in a new synergy. It is the first in my Systems Thinking book series with Routledge, set up to reach beyond academia to the world of practitioners. The great breakthrough here is that the books are being priced under £30 to reach a mass market. If you want to write a book in this series, please send me a proposal. All I need is a title, one paragraph on what the book is about, plus chapter headings with a single sentence of explanation for each. I get to make the decision, in partnership with my editor at Routledge, on which books are contracted. Then, when you have finished your manuscript, it gets peer reviewed, and you make amendments before it is (hopefully) published. Send book proposals please to g.r.midgley at hull.ac.uk – but do make sure your proposal has a practitioner focus. The main reason for rejections so far has been that some of the proposals I have received have been aimed at academics, and the most likely outcome in this situation is either rejection or being offered a contract for a hardback library book priced at over £100. Let’s make this series fly, and bring systems thinking to new practitioners world wide!”
Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World
A Search for New Perspectives, 1st Edition
142 pages | 39 B/W Illus.
Purchasing Options:£ = GBP
Systems Thinking for a Turbulent World will help practitioners in any field of change engage more effectively in transformative innovation. Such innovation addresses the paradigm shift needed to meet the diverse unfolding global challenges facing us today, often summed up as the Anthropocene.
Fragmentation of local and global societies is escalating, and this is aggravating vicious cycles. To heal the rifts, we need to reintroduce the human element into our understandings – whether the context is civic or scientific – and strengthen truth-seeking in decision-making. Aided by appropriate concepts and methods, this healing will enable a switch from reaction to anticipation, even in the face of discontinuous change and high uncertainty. The outcome is to privilege the positive human skills for collaborative navigation through uncertainty over the disjointed rationality of mechanism and artificial intelligence, which increasingly alienates us.
The reader in search of new ways of thinking will be introduced to concepts new to systems thinking that integrate systems thinking and futures thinking. The concept of anticipatory present moment (APM) serves as a basis for learning the cognitive skills that better enable navigation through turbulent times. A key personal and team practice is participative repatterning, which is the basis for transformative innovation. This practice is aided by new methods of visual facilitation.
The reader is guided through the unfolding of the ideas and practices with a narrative based on the metaphor of search portrayed in the tradition of ox herding, found in traditional Far Eastern consciousness practice.