Identity Management in an Institution of Higher Education: A Case Study Using Structural Coupling and Fractal Enterprise ModelIdentity Management in an Institution of Higher Education: A Case Study Using Structural Coupling and Fractal Enterprise Model | Bider | Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly
Boundary critique and its implications for conflict prevention
- G. Midgley, Luis A. Pinzón
- Published 2011
- Economics, Computer Science
- Journal of the Operational Research Society
This paper reviews developments in the theory of boundary critique, which has been used in a number of OR projects to support conflict resolution. The authors argue that this theory (and associated models) is also useful for conflict prevention. It indicates the need to support people in discussing their differences before conflict arises. Potential conflicts can be reframed through dialogue focusing on values, and participative governance can institutionalise fair processes for making decisions in the absence of consensus. Some of the boundary critique models also support people in recognising and countering the systemic conditions that enable stereotyping, stigmatisation and the victimisation of minorities. The paper ends by presenting a new model that was originally developed to inform mediation practice, but also has implications for conflict prevention. This helps explain how different interpretations of a common concern arise, and suggests ways to improve mutual understanding between people and/or reframe the common concern in order to defuse a potential conflict.
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Expertise in research integration and implementation for tackling complex problems: when is it needed, where can it be found and how can it be strengthened?
- Gabriele Bammer,
- Michael O’Rourke,
- Deborah O’Connell,
- Linda Neuhauser,
- Gerald Midgley,
- Julie Thompson Klein,
- Nicola J. Grigg,
- Howard Gadlin,
- Ian R. Elsum,
- Marcel Bursztyn,
- Elizabeth A. Fulton,
- Christian Pohl,
- Michael Smithson,
- Ulli Vilsmaier,
- Matthias Bergmann,
- Jill Jaeger,
- Femke Merkx,
- Bianca Vienni Baptista,
- Mark A. Burgman,
- Daniel H. Walker,
- John Young,
- Hilary Bradbury,
- Lynn Crawford,
- Budi Haryanto,
- Cha-aim Pachanee,
- Merritt Polk &
- George P. Richardson
Expertise in research integration and implementation is an essential but often overlooked component of tackling complex societal and environmental problems. We focus on expertise relevant to any complex problem, especially contributory expertise, divided into ‘knowing-that’ and ‘knowing-how.’ We also deal with interactional expertise and the fact that much expertise is tacit. We explore three questions. First, in examining ‘when is expertise in research integration and implementation required?,’ we review tasks essential (a) to developing more comprehensive understandings of complex problems, plus possible ways to address them, and (b) for supporting implementation of those understandings into government policy, community practice, business and social innovation, or other initiatives. Second, in considering ‘where can expertise in research integration and implementation currently be found?,’ we describe three realms: (a) specific approaches, including interdisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity, systems thinking and sustainability science; (b) case-based experience that is independent of these specific approaches; and (c) research examining elements of integration and implementation, specifically considering unknowns and fostering innovation. We highlight examples of expertise in each realm and demonstrate how fragmentation currently precludes clear identification of research integration and implementation expertise. Third, in exploring ‘what is required to strengthen expertise in research integration and implementation?,’ we propose building a knowledge bank. We delve into three key challenges: compiling existing expertise, indexing and organising the expertise to make it widely accessible, and understanding and overcoming the core reasons for the existing fragmentation. A growing knowledge bank of expertise in research integration and implementation on the one hand, and accumulating success in addressing complex societal and environmental problems on the other, will form a virtuous cycle so that each strengthens the other. Building a coalition of researchers and institutions will ensure this expertise and its application are valued and sustained.
I assume that the course content is much deeper than the outline might seem to suggest.
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The systems change course consists of 8 modules to craft your own systems change strategy based on proven frameworks for scaling social impact in any sector. Each module contains videos explaining the main frameworks and how to apply them to the exercises of the workbook which build on each other to produce a complete system change strategy in the end.
Join this course to analyse your system and identify a range of practical interventions to scale your impact on the system – without necessarily growing your organization. This is an opportunity to meet some of the most innovative social entrepreneurs and deep dive into systems change strategies together.
We are convinced: To make a longer-lasting difference and maximise the impact of available resources, social change must ultimately address the root causes and systemic drivers that are producing a social problem. By taking an indirect impact approach such as changing policies, industry norms, power structures, incentives, mindsets and more, social entrepreneurs can shift a system to produce better outcomes itself and as a result achieve a significantly greater and longer lasting change.
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8/09 Module 1: Introduction: What Systems Change is and Why it Matters
22/09 Module 2: The Power of Root Cause Analysis
6/10 Module 3: Systems Analysis: Find your Targeted System Change
20/10 Module 4: Map Your Systems Change Story
3/11 Module 5: Ways to Achieve your Goal: Deep dive into your Systems Change
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17/11 Module 7: Develop New Leadership Skills for Systems Change
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What is needed to institutionalise transdisciplinarity?
August 3, 2021
By Gabriele Bammer
What are the indicators that transdisciplinarity has been institutionalised? How close is it? What still needs to be done to achieve institutionalisation?
Transdisciplinary teaching and research are becoming more common in universities and a range of research organisations. So how will we know that transdisciplinarity is an integral and accepted part of the research and higher education scene, nationally and internationally?
I suggest that there are two primary criteria:
- The expertise required to undertake transdisciplinary research is recognized and codified
- Acknowledged transdisciplinary experts are given an equal voice with established disciplines when research and higher education policy are made and when funding is allocated.
On these criteria, it is fair to say that transdisciplinarity is not even close to being institutionalised. As colleagues and I have suggested in How can expertise in research integration and implementation help tackle complex problems? we are only beginning to define the expertise that transdisciplinarians have. In addition, when transdisciplinarity is discussed at the research policy and higher education tables, it is rare for those involved to be acknowledged transdisciplinary experts. Similarly, acknowledged transdisciplinary experts are not yet routinely involved either in setting the policies of funding organisations or in reviewing relevant grants.
Nevertheless, there is growing acknowledgement of the importance of transdisciplinarity, along with funding for projects that tackle complex problems. Those interested in leveraging these advances to achieve institutionalization must:
Why are these actions necessary and how can they best be achieved?
First published as “Nature Is a Jazz Band, Not a Machine” by Institute of Art and Ideas | News on July 30, 2021.
From genetic engineering to geoengineering, we treat nature as though it’s a machine. This view of nature is deeply embedded in Western thought, but it’s a fundamental misconception with potentially disastrous consequences.
Climate change, avers Rex Tillerson, ex-CEO of ExxonMobil and erstwhile US Secretary of State, “is an engineering problem, and it has engineering solutions.” This brief statement encapsulates how the metaphor of the machine underlies the way our mainstream culture views the natural world. It also hints at the grievous dangers involved in perceiving nature in this way.
This mechanistic worldview has deep roots in Western thought. The great pioneers of the Scientific Revolution, such as Galileo, Kepler, and…
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Soft Systems Methodology: Puzzles and Organisations by Neil Richardson Published: 26 June 2021Soft Systems Methodology: Puzzles and Organisations
Cybernetics Society AGM Keynote 2021: Delia Pembry MacNamaraCybernetics Society AGM Keynote 2021: Delia Pembry MacNamara – YouTube
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Minimal physicalism as a scale-free substrate for cognition and consciousnessMinimal physicalism as a scale-free substrate for cognition and consciousness | Neuroscience of Consciousness | Oxford Academic
Minimal physicalism as a scale-free substrate for cognition and consciousness
Neuroscience of Consciousness, Volume 2021, Issue 2, 2021, niab013, https://doi.org/10.1093/nc/niab013
Published: 02 August 2021 Article history
Theories of consciousness and cognition that assume a neural substrate automatically regard phylogenetically basal, nonneural systems as nonconscious and noncognitive. Here, we advance a scale-free characterization of consciousness and cognition that regards basal systems, including synthetic constructs, as not only informative about the structure and function of experience in more complex systems but also as offering distinct advantages for experimental manipulation. Our “minimal physicalist” approach makes no assumptions beyond those of quantum information theory, and hence is applicable from the molecular scale upwards. We show that standard concepts including integrated information, state broadcasting via small-world networks, and hierarchical Bayesian inference emerge naturally in this setting, and that common phenomena including stigmergic memory, perceptual coarse-graining, and attention switching follow directly from the thermodynamic requirements of classical computation. We show that the self-representation that lies at the heart of human autonoetic awareness can be traced as far back as, and serves the same basic functions as, the stress response in bacteria and other basal systems.
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Tracy is joining us from the US so we have had to adjust our regular timing to a lunch session for those in Australia.
Over the past few decades, the Waters Center for Systems Thinking has been a go-to organisation for systems thinking in primary and secondary education throughout the United States and beyond.
Their practical, creative and customised approach has generated an expanded network throughout diverse sectors including government agencies, medical and health system science educators, social justice advocates, and business and community organisations.
This session will provide a glimpse into Waters Center methodologies and will actively engage participants along the way.
As President of the Waters Center for Systems Thinking (nonprofit), Tracy Benson Ed.D leads a team of experienced systems thinking educators who provide ST capacity building, coaching and facilitation to a wide range of education, government, for-profit, and community-based organizations.
Her previous 25+ years career in education included teaching and administrative positions at all levels spanning early childhood through higher education.
As a researcher, consultant and author of several books, Tracy’s passion and commitment echo the Waters Center’s mission:
To make the benefits of systems thinking accessible to everyone.
Riding the Waves of ChangeRiding the Waves of Change
Riding the Waves of Change
Show full item recordIn developing managerial competencies it s not enough to “look in the rear view mirror”, project past trends, and just do what’s worked in the past. It’s crucial to look ahead, and position for the future. In today’s world competence rests in our attitudes, values and mindsets, not just in technical skills. Riding the Waves of Change, first published in 1988, still resonates today. New preface 2009.
Understanding and investigating relationality in the capability approach John Owens,Vikki A. Entwistle,Luke K. Craven,Ina ConradieUnderstanding and investigating relationality in the capability approach – Owens – – Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour – Wiley Online Library
Alan Watts – Being in the Way – Ep. 2 – Dropping Out From KarmaAlan Watts – Being in the Way – Ep. 2 – Dropping Out From Karma – Be Here Now Network 2021
We need a bit of Watts or Ram Dass here every now and again, I’m contractually obliged or you’ll think I’ve gone straight 😉
This struck me (especially the Daoist part) as particularly systems-y.
Please note I have spare you the very exciteable conversation between Jordan Peterson and John Vervaeke – not becuase I didn’t get a lot of good notes out of it (the robust organisations model as a metaphor for good team capabilities and an explanation for the evolution of personality types?), but becuase if I am shouting ‘just shut up and let him talk!’ multiple times at JBP, I can only imagine the reaction it would get in the groups…
book at:Power & Systems Change: A Conversation between Anna Birney & Adam Kahane | Forum for the Future
Power & Systems Change: A Conversation between Anna Birney & Adam Kahane
Date: 9 September 2021
Time: 16:00 – 17:00 BST | 17:00 – 18:00 CEST | 08:00 – 9:00 PT | 11:00 – 12:00 ET
Power is an increasingly prominent question for systems change practitioners and yet it is often difficult to engage with or to fully understand.
As consciously powerful actors in the field, Anna Birney (School of System Change) and Adam Kahane (Reos Partners) speak to the importance of acknowledging and being aware of your own power as a facilitator, and the dynamics of relationships, participation and how that contributes to transformation.
This webinar will be a conversation between the two based on their experience and reflections, inviting others into the inquiry on power and its role in systems change.