We are so delighted you joined us today for this gallery walk! Here you will find submissions from event participants as well as some people who wanted to join us but weren’t able to attend. Use your Gallery Walk Guide to navigate the space as you explore competency frameworks, course descriptions, and more! You’ll find lots of bright spots: interesting ideas and programs which we all might want to magnify and repeat. You might identify gaps or holes in our collective education frameworks which you want to surface. And you might generate new ideas or be reminded of other great work you have seen in the world which you want to share. Use your post-it notes as you go to share ideas, ask questions, give feedback, or celebrate what you see.
Welcome and enjoy the beautiful art of systems change education!
Hsue-Shen Tsien was the founder of systems science. He pioneered the development and application of systems thought, which began when he formulated systems engineering principles that were used in China’s aerospace industry, and continued as his ideas spread throughout Chinese education, industry, and government. A namesake think tank—the focus of this booklet—has emerged, which offers insights into areas as diverse as environmental management, policy-making, and education.
Sharing this because it is one of the most important discussions around, and systems thinking needs to have a lot to say about economics (the intelligent free-market thinkers talk about markets as the bottom-up emergence of order) and organisational co-ordination (the Theory of the Firm demonstrates, I think, that the challenges of both internal and external co-ordination are about different responses to the same fundamental dynamics)
Mega-companies like Amazon and Walmart are already using large-scale central planning. We can wield that tool for good. Socialists need to renew our embrace of democratic planning and fight for a real alternative to capitalism.
How interchangeable parts revolutionised the way things are made
By Tim HarfordPresenter, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy
8 hours ago
One sweltering afternoon in July 1785, officials, dignitaries and a few infuriated gunsmiths gathered at the Château de Vincennes, a splendid castle to the east of Paris.
They were there to see the demonstration of a new type of flintlock musket designed by Honoré Blanc, a gunsmith from Avignon so despised by his fellow makers, that he had been holed away in the dungeons of the château for his own protection.
Down in the cool of the castle cellars, Monsieur Blanc produced 50 locks – the lock being the firing mechanism at the heart of a flintlock weapon.
Briskly he took apart half of them and, with the insouciance for which the French are famous, he tossed their component parts into boxes.
Like a master of ceremonies ostentatiously agitating an urn full of numbered lottery balls, Monsieur Blanc shook these boxes to mix their components together. Then he calmly pulled out the parts at random and began to reassemble them into flintlocks.
What was he thinking?
Everyone present knew that each hand-crafted gun was unique. You couldn’t just jam a part from one gun into another and expect either to work. But they did. Blanc had taken enormous pains to ensure that all the parts were precisely the same.
It was a spectacular demonstration of the power of interchangeable parts.
In this series on the foundations of Holonomics we have been discussing the notion of ‘phenomena’ in relation to the manner in which we experience the world and the relationship between experience, perception and how we think about the world. We will now make the shift from intellectual investigation into an active way of exploring the world, an exercise which will help us experience the notion of a phenomenon directly.
Photo: Simon Robinson
The reason why Goethe’s Theory of Colour plays a prominent role in the Holonomics approach is that by actually carrying out these experiments with both our MBA students and also business executives, Maria and I have found that people are better able to explore the way in which scientific thinking impacts on the way in which they consider the natural world, and the extent in which our intellectual minds dominate over the other ways of knowing:…
‘Banquet Talk at the international meeting of the Systems Dynamics Society Stuttgart, Germany’
Recommended to me by Mel Conway (that Conway! www.twitter.com/conways_law) – in a discussion about political power shift/phase transition modelling https://twitter.com/conways_law/status/1181286310444707844
“Jay Forrester in his early work with GE showed that what we thought of as “seasonal” was really oscillation caused by internal feedback.”
Bottom of p5 – looks like the real-life inspiration for the Beer Game.