It’s a deeply cybernetic concept – and it’s incredibly useful to realise this.
>> ‘effort, to a purpose, using judgement and discretion, within boundaries, over time’. <<
(This is based on two definitions by Elliott Jacques, given with citations below).
This formal definition turns out to be deeply cybernetic, and very helpful in thinking about this engagement. It relates to the ideas of ‘purpose’, ‘the situation’, and ‘sensemaking’.
Critical elements here are:
A fundamental and powerful idea. The intent to achieve something.
Purpose depends on context, framing, understanding, level of thinking and much more. The purpose and the context must…
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