Rebel Wisdon: Embracing Complexity: Newsletter Edition 7

Have you ever heard such bollocks in your life?

Until the 1970s, General Systems Theory wouldn’t have found much substance in Lao’s warnings. If events and processes could be reduced to component parts, they held. Things occurred in linear stages of cause-and-effect. If you turned back the clock, things that happened after would, by necessity, become what happened before. And then complexity came along.

see

https://stream.syscoi.com/2020/04/21/bringing-together-some-reason-and-old-threads-on-systemsthinking-is-complexity-is-cybernetics/

Anyway, here’s the newsletter with some good links https://mailchi.mp/rebelwisdom.co.uk/newsletter_7?e=87234fd586

And here’s the event – ‘the state of sensemaking’, though they seem as ‘confused’ about the origins of sensemaking as about the origins of understanding complexity:

https://rebelwisdom.co.uk/state-of-sensemaking

The State of Sensemaking will begin and end at the same time both days – starting at 3pm London time / 10am New York / 7am Los Angeles and ending at 9pm London / 4pm New York / 1pm Los Angeles. 

Sign up above to receive the full schedule and Zoom links, which will be released two days before the event begins. We encourage you to join from start to finish if you can, as the event hs been designed as a narrative journey.

The Experience 

The pandemic has added a level of life and death importance to our existing problems of discerning reliable information. We are lost in echo chambers, manipulated by narrative warfare and the hacking of our attention by the big tech platforms. The problem of sensemaking is right at the core of many of our issues. How can we begin to solve our problems if we can’t agree what they are, and have no shared sense of reality?

We need to learn how to make sense of this complex landscape so that we can have authentic, useful conversations with one another about the issues we’re facing. But making sense isn’t a skill we pick up and then apply – it’s an ongoing, dynamic process. That’s why we’ve designed this event as an immersive, participatory experience. It’s a place to find the others and have authentic conversations. A space to experiment with cutting-edge practices and cognitive tools that help us navigate the weirdness, danger and complexity of 2021.

Learn techniques drawn from the latest cognitive science with John Vervaeke. Zoom out and get a fresh perspective on post-pandemic culture with bestselling author Jamie Wheal. Learn game theory from former poker champion and scientist Liv Boeree. Hone your steelmanning skills with Sara Ness, develop your cultural intelligence with Greg Thomas. Drop into emergent dialogue with Pamela von Sabljar, practice psychedelic sensemaking with Alexander Beiner and get better at making sense of the media with David Fuller. 

The State of Sensemaking will include multiple breakouts and group discussions so you can meet other people from around the world interested in these skills, and tap into your own agency, creativity and mental flexibility to apply what you’re learning to your life.

Defra, UK – Barriers and enablers to the repair of electrical equipment: Application of the System Effects methodology

Barriers and enablers to the repair of electrical equipment: Application of the System Effects methodology – EV0285

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Barriers and enablers to the repair of electrical equipment: Application of the System Effects methodology – EV0285DescriptionThe report explores barriers and enablers to repair of electrical equipment, specifically vacuum cleaners. It explains the use of system effects methodology (a form of behavioural systems mapping) to explore people’s lived experience of repairing appliances.

Informational factors are the most influential enablers of small electrical equipment repair. The most influential barriers relate to perceptions of resourcing – for instance, item affordability or lack of time available to spend seeking repair.ObjectiveTo design and implement a project applying the System Effects methodology to a test case regarding barriers and enablers to the repair of small electrical equipment. As such, the objectives of the project were twofold:
1. Apply the System Effects methodology to understand the barriers and enablers to the repair of small electrical equipment through a systems lens.
2. Use the project outcomes to discuss possible applications of the System Effects methodology to policymaking.
Project Documents

Reframing Conflict as a Pre-requisite for Systems Change – Paula Rossi | blog by Mikael Seppälä | Systems Change Finland | Sep, 2021 | Medium

Reframing Conflict as a Pre-requisite for Systems Change

Reframing Conflict as a Pre-requisite for Systems Change | by Mikael Seppälä | Systems Change Finland | Sep, 2021 | Medium

Jack Martin Leith: Large Group Intervention Methods – A Brief History (image)

large group interventions – a brief history

Very Bad Wizards podcast 217: Dropping Paradigms (Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”)

Very Bad Wizards

217: Dropping Paradigms (Kuhn’s “The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”)

July 20, 2021

verybadwizards.com/217

Thea Snow on Twitter: “I really believe that many of world’s greatest problems are caused – at least in part – by the fact that we continue to count, measure and value the wrong things in the wrong ways.” – and replies by ‘Fluffbuster’

I really believe that many of world’s greatest problems are caused – at least in part – by the fact that we continue to count, measure and value the wrong things in the wrong ways.

(3) Thea Snow on Twitter: “I really believe that many of world’s greatest problems are caused – at least in part – by the fact that we continue to count, measure and value the wrong things in the wrong ways.” / Twitter

John Evans is consistently a challenging presence on twitter in his role as ‘fluffbuster’, and we often more-or-less disagree. These examples (links to engineering youtube videos) are great examples of why he’s such a valuable protagonist, and always has a point.

Storytelling for Systems Change: Early insights from communities and storytellers | Centre For Public Impact (CPI)

September 2nd, 2021 | Delivery • Justice • Legitimacy Lila Wolff Communications Lead, Hands Up Mallee Rachel Fyfe Communications Manager, Dusseldorp Forum Thea Snow Director, ANZ Storytelling for Systems Change: Early insights from communities and storytellers

Storytelling for Systems Change: Early insights from communities and storytellers | Centre For Public Impact (CPI)

“Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century: The Long Historical View” – Ronald Kline | Norbert Wiener Learning Center

“Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century: The Long Historical View” – Ronald Kline

“Norbert Wiener in the 21st Century: The Long Historical View” – Ronald Kline | Norbert Wiener Learning Center

Navigating Uncertainty – Pioneering Habits of Mind by Sonja Blignaut – Wardley Maps BarCamp 2020 – YouTube

Navigating Uncertainty – Pioneering Habits of Mind by Sonja Blignaut – Wardley Maps BarCamp 2020

Navigating Uncertainty – Pioneering Habits of Mind by Sonja Blignaut – Wardley Maps BarCamp 2020 – YouTube

Using Systems Thinking to Make Critical Key Decisions | KnowledgeWorks

Using Systems Thinking to Make Critical Key Decisions Published: September 1, 2021 Topics: Systems Change Education leaders at the district, state and federal levels have all been grappling with systemic disruptions. How can education leaders navigate disruptions and potential disruptions with systems thinking?

Using Systems Thinking to Make Critical Key Decisions | KnowledgeWorks

I was very much expecting to say ‘ho hum, another systems dynamics thing’ – and the heart of this is systems dynamics, but I rather like this – a very good introduction and sensible, practical stuff.

Guidebook on systems thinking for educators (pdf):

http://knowledgeworks.org/resources/education-changemakers-guidebook-systems-thinking/

Handbook on Cities and Complexity – Ed. Portugali, 2021

Handbook on Cities and Complexity

Handbook on Cities and Complexity

Handbook on Cities and Complexity

Research Handbooks in Urban Studies series

Edited by Juval Portugali, Professor of Human Geography, Department of Geography and the Human Environment, Tel Aviv University, Israel

Publication Date: September 2021 

ISBN: 978 1 78990 011 8 

Extent: 456 pp

Written by some of the founders of complexity theory and complexity theories of cities (CTC), this Handbook expertly guides the reader through over forty years of intertwined developments: the emergence of general theories of complex self-organized systems and the consequent emergence of CTC. 

UK NHS Quality Improvement tweet chat on #SystemsThinking 8pm UK time Wednesday 22 September

The next #QIHour tweet chat is on #SystemsThinking joined by @DrAmarShah @NHS_ELFT All welcome To join, type #QIHour into your twitter search bar at 8pm (GMT+1) on Wednesday & select the latest tab. Also see top tips in @LeighAKendall blog https://nhshorizons.passle.net/post/102fl9e/tips-for-taking-part-in-a-tweet-chat… #QITwitter

EGO TO ECO

the once-chosen path

I’m intrigued and excited by the potential of the ‘ego to eco’ movement.

That’s my card – get yours here:

http://www.bit.ly/EgotoEco

More:

Ego to Eco

https://bit.ly/3zrPnec

Pech kucha:

https://bit.ly/3krGjS4

Story:

https://bit.ly/2Z7Y4O7

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Facilitating for Emergence: A Conversation with Adam Kahane | Si Network, interviewed by Joanne Dong – October 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm BST

Facilitating for Emergence: A Conversation with Adam Kahane

Facilitating for Emergence: A Conversation with Adam Kahane | Si Network

Joanne DongToronto Hub RepresentativeEvent

Facilitating for Emergence: A Conversation with Adam Kahane

Wed, October 6, 4:00pm – 5:00pm BST

How to affect change in a complex system where you are part of a process or a discussion and yet without getting directly involved in the process or discussion yourself? How do you know when to listen and observe or engage and intervene, when to seek consensus or live with disagreements, when to stay on course or experiment and explore new paths, and when to command and control or accompany and serve?

Join us to explore these questions in a conversation with Adam Kahane. Adam is the author of five books. In this conversation, we will dive into his latest book, Facilitating Breakthrough: How to Remove Obstacles, Bridge Differences, and Move Forward Together. The conversation will be facilitated by Joanne Dong from Systems Innovation Toronto Hub.

This conversation is for anyone who helps people work together to transform their situation, be it a professional facilitator, manager, consultant, coach, chairperson, organizer, mediator, stakeholder, or friend.

Adam Kahane is a director of Reos Partners, an international social enterprise that helps people move forward together on their most important and intractable issues. He is a leading organizer, designer, and facilitator of processes through which business, government, and civil society leaders can work together to address challenges.

Adam has worked in more than fifty countries and in every part of the world, with executives, politicians, generals, guerrillas, civil servants, trade unionists, community activists, United Nations officials, clergy, and artists.

Learn more about Adam at Reos Partners and find him on Twitter @adamkahane.

Launch: Halogen’s Playbook for Systemic Innovation – YouTube

Launch: Halogen’s Playbook for Systemic Innovation

Launch: Halogen’s Playbook for Systemic Innovation – YouTube