Systems changes resources from the Global Knowledge Initiative 

 

 

Organisation site: http://globalknowledgeinitiative.org/

GKI is a purpose-driven organization that empowers people to lead transformational change within themselves, their organizations and the systems around them to build a future we all want to live in.

pdf – leadership styles for systems change http://globalknowledgeinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/17.12.19_USAID_Leadership-Styles-for-Systems-Change_Infographic_GKI.pdf

pdf – slideshow – introduction to Systems Leadership http://globalknowledgeinitiative.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/18.01.31-GKI-Systems-Leadership-Brief_USAID-FINAL.pdf

 

Dedicated content site http://systemschangeeducation.com

Source: What is your definition of systems change? – Systems-LedSystems-Led

 

Source: What is your definition of systems change? – Systems-Led

The Hsue-Shen Tsien Think Tank: Adopting a Systems Science Approach to Address Complex Problems | Science | AAAS

A truly fascinating piece of sponsored material in Science magazine

Source: The Hsue-Shen Tsien Think Tank: Adopting a Systems Science Approach to Address Complex Problems | Science | AAAS

The Hsue-Shen Tsien Think Tank: Adopting a Systems Science Approach to Address Complex Problems

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.

Yes, a Planned Economy Can Actually WorkNo, Walmart Is Not Evidence That Centrally-Planned Economies Work

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.

Source: Yes, a Planned Economy Can Actually Work

 

It’s difficult to see how evidence of market failures or corporate success stories translates into the conclusion that a completely planned, socialist, non-profit economy is optimal.

Source: No, Walmart Is Not Evidence That Centrally-Planned Economies Work | Cato Institute

 

 

How interchangeable parts revolutionised the way things are made – BBC News

 

Source: How interchangeable parts revolutionised the way things are made – BBC News

How interchangeable parts revolutionised the way things are made

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Illustration entitled "How To Charge A Musket" from A French Instruction Book Of 1776Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES

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.

There was a box for the mainsprings, a box for the hammers, a box for the faceplates and a box for the gunpowder pans.

A flintlock mechanismImage copyrightALAMY

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.

Continues in source: How interchangeable parts revolutionised the way things are made – BBC News

The Foundations of Holonomics 9: Goethe’s Theory of Colours

Transition Consciousness

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:…

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Changemaking – systems change website from Ashoka

 

Source: Changemaking – Changemaking

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

What are Systems and how can we change them, making a deeper impact on the world around us, tackling problems that desperately need solutions.

HOW LONG WILL THIS TAKE

It’s fast and flexible! Three shorts films – not even 3 minutes each – pave the way to 6 easy-to-understand worksheets to complete on your own time.

Lots more in source: Changemaking – Changemaking

Jay Forrester – the beginning of systems dynamics – 1989

Source (pdf):Jay Forrester – the beginning of systems dynamics D-4165-1.pdf –

‘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.

https://web.mit.edu/sysdyn/sd-intro/D-4165-1.pdf