Market systems resilience – a concept to reframe systemic change and sustainability? | Marcus Jenal

 

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Market systems resilience – a concept to reframe systemic change and sustainability?

Market systems resilience connects systemic change and sustainability

Resilience was one of the central themes at the 2019 Market Systems Symposiumin Cape Town, where I recently had the pleasure to interview Kristin O’Planick, for a Systemic Insight Podcast (subscribe wherever you download podcasts). Kristin spoke about a new framework for assessing market systems resilience being designed by USAID.

The conversation about market system resilience brings together several threads I have worked in my professional career, particularly on measuring systemic change and sustainability. The perspective I offer here contrasts markedly with some recent BEAM Blogs (Why can’t we measure systemic change? and How can we fix the biggest sustainability problem facing development?).

 

Continues in source: Market systems resilience – a concept to reframe systemic change and sustainability? | Marcus Jenal

 

GA 264 | Repeating the Process of Learning with Dr. Jeffrey Liker — Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean Manufacturing | Lean Office | Six Sigma | Toyota Kata | Productivity | Leadership — Overcast

Jeff Liker talks about early implementations of lean and links with socio-technical and other systems work in organisations.

 

Source: GA 264 | Repeating the Process of Learning with Dr. Jeffrey Liker — Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean Manufacturing | Lean Office | Six Sigma | Toyota Kata | Productivity | Leadership — Overcast

 

Gemba Academy Podcast: Lean Manufacturing | Lean Office | Six Sigma | Toyota Kata | Productivity | Leadership

264 | Repeating the Process of Learning with Dr. Jeffrey Liker

April 25, 2019

Health Systems Research and Critical Systems Thinking: The case for partnership | Michael C. Jackson, Luis G. Sambo | 2019/08

On LinkedIn, Dr Mike Jackson OBE posted https://www.linkedin.com/feed/update/urn:li:activity:6567413123115032576/
“I remain fed up with the many people who, following on from Peter Senge, continue to reduce systems thinking (ST) to system dynamics (SD). In my recent book ‘Critical Systems Thinking and the Management of Complexity’ (Wiley, 2019) I detail ten ST approaches of which SD is only one. The paper I have just finished and put on Research Gate (co-authored with Luis Sambo) argues that the error of reducing ST to SD is also dangerous. It has held back the field of health systems research (HSR) and limited its capability to intervene successfully to help with the multi-dimensional wicked problems found in health systems. Critical Systems Thinking, it is suggested, can help liberate HSR from its shackles.”

David has here picked up some ‘choice comments’ from the article at https://www.researchgate.net/publication/335146700_Health_systems_research_and_critical_systems_thinking_the_case_for_partnership?channel=doi&linkId=5d52ce4492851c93b62e4755&showFulltext=true

In brief. David Ing.

If we don’t first know “what is system is”, how do we approach an intervention? #MichaelCJackson OBE and Dr. #LuisGSambo appreciate the difference between “systems thinking” (plural) and “system dynamics” (singular), and suggest expanding theory with Critical #SystemThinking in Health Systems Research.

An ignorance of history is, if anything, even more pronounced among those authors in [Health Systems Research] influenced by complexity theory and the concept of ‘complex adaptive systems’. [….]

Most authors employing complexity theory in HSR seem to believe that it sprung forth fully formed from nothing or has somehow supplanted other bodies of work in systems thinking.

Such a poor appreciation of the history makes it almost inevitable that HSR will draw upon a restricted part of the systems and complexity tradition in developing its theories. In fact, it is the system dynamics and ‘complex adaptive systems’ strands that have come to dominate HSR at the expense…

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The Foundations of Holonomics 3: The Act of Distinction

Transition Consciousness

One of the most significant aspects of the Holonomics approach is the way in which dynamic systems are approached from multi perspectives in order to understand them in as complete a manner as possible. One of these ways of understanding systems is through phenomenology, which we will now explore in detail.

As Henri Bortoft explains in this lecture, phenomenology is not a form of introspection, it is a shift of attention from within experience. We can therefore think of phenomenology as a way in which we can expand and develop new ways of seeing. 

Phenomenology was first developed by Edmund Husserl (1859 – 1938) who developed this philosophy at the turn of the twentieth century. At the time, many people began to understand that what he was doing was revolutionary. The problem is that in our current modern age it can now be difficult to read his original writings, and…

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Carol Sanford – Fourth and Fifth Levels of Systems Thinking / why feedback is irresponsible

This is offered by me under the category of ‘hmmmmm, I dunno….

I heard Sanford on the always-excellent Amiel Handelsman podcast:

No More Feedback With Carol Sanford (Episode 103)

Instinctively, I think there’s a lot to what she’s saying, but I’m not sure about the narrative, which I think might be wrong or confused. The historical timeline she sketches is that ‘feedback’, as in giving and receiving feedback, or 360 degree feedback, is a misunderstanding of the cybernetic governor, applied extrinsically rather than intrinsically. She draws a line through early behavioural analysis ‘in the rat-filled labs of John Watson at Princeton University and B. F. Skinner at Stanford’, to the Macy conferences where allegedly the concept was misinterpreted by the nascent science of psychology.

And then has a schema of closed systems – cybernetic systems – complex adaptive systems (NB Bateson gets swept up into this side of things) – developmental systems – evolutionary systems. She draws a lot on Charles Krone.

So I think there’s a lot of interesting stuff here, but some arguments and a strong developmental/teleological world view which I’m not comfortable with. Would value comments of others!

 

 

 

Providing feedback to peers, subordinates, and even superiors—particularly the 360 Degree view of performance appraisal—became popular as scientists and engineers began to understand how cybernetic systems work in computer applications. The creators of these artificial intelligence systems discovered that feedback loops are critical for correcting and adjusting the performance of control mechanisms, such as thermostats […]

Source: Why Feedback Is Irresponsible and What To Do Instead: Part One of Six – Carol Sanford

Forth and Fifth Levels of Systems Thinking: Different Capabilities Are Required, Different Potential Offered By Carol Sanford Originally published at Wharton School, International Conference on Systems Thinking and Management 2004, As a manager in DuPont who finally came face to face with the Freon nightmare, I can tell you that thinking too small about a […]

Source: Forth and Fifth Levels of Systems Thinking: Different Capabilities Are Required, Different Potential Offered – Regenerative Business Summit2

Architecting for Wicked Messes (OCADU 2018/03/07-09) – Coevolving Innovations

Source: Architecting for Wicked Messes (OCADU 2018/03/07-09) – Coevolving Innovations

Architecting for Wicked Messes (OCADU 2018/03/07-09)

Each year, my lecture in the “Understanding Systems & Systemic Design” course — in the program for the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University — reflects where my research is, at that point in time.  For 2018, the scheduling of my visit was towards the end of a busy winter.  Firstly, I had just finished teaching a Systems Methods course at the UToronto iSchool.  Then, the Open Innovation Learning book was officially launched.  Less than 6 months earlier, I had conducted a workshop at the Purplsoc 2017 meeting, and at the PLoP 2017 meeting.  This shaped an agenda for the prepared slides as:

2016/07/28 11:10 Len Troncale, “Systems Processes Theory (SPT) , and its prospects as a general theoretical core for a science of systems and sustainability”, ISSS 2016 Boulder

In brief. David Ing.

Plenary @ISSSMeeting Len Troncale, Keynote #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Day 4 theme:  Systems Theory, Management, and Practice

Plenary VIII: Prospects for Scientific Systemic Synthesis

  • Description: Recent times have seen the emergence of new theoretical insights that may help to establish the frameworks, theories and methodologies we need to understand, design, build, explain, communicate about, utilize or operate, maintain, and evolve resilient and sustainable socio-ecological systems. In this panel we bring together experts to present on such emerging developments in the areas of engineering, science, research, practice and philosophy, and to reflect on how these different stands can contribute to the formation of a new systemic synthesis that will make the ‘whole systems perspective’ scientific and practical. The panel presentations will be delivered in the last plenary before lunch, and be followed by an…

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