CrowdDoing (Bobby Fishkin)



Conversation between Bobby Fishkin of CrowdDoing & Open Innovation Brazil

How Service Learning and Skilled Volunteering can Bridge Skill Gaps & Social Innovation Gaps
to Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
A working paper by Bobby Fishkin & CrowdDoing, July 19 th 2019

Leveraging Micro-Leadership to Make Aspirational Goals Achievable

By Robert Fishkin

YouTube channel

Range of projects/themes

Mapping Role Characteristics to Points of Leverage

Shared Map of CrowdDoing (a joint initiative of M4A Foundation, a US 501c3, and Reframe It, a social enterprose)

CrowdDoing Sub_Sections

List of Questions for the Project Sub-sites/microsites

Is systems thinking your superpower? unschool newsletter


It’s Friday, which means a dose of brain-activating delicious snacks.

Last week we shared how thinking about the full system of chocolate chip cookies gave Leyla the inspiration to start the UnSchool.

This week we are all about the magic of systems thinking.

Systems thinking is the ability to see the whole before the parts, and it’s fundamental to the Disruptive Design Method.

We believe 110% that thinking in systems is the tool to help make a positive impact on the world around you.

The world is full of big messy complex social, political, and environmental problems. which are all part of bigger systems at play. In order to help disrupt the underlying issues, we need to first understood what is going on.

From climate change to the rise in racism, homelessness, child exploitation, global politics and ocean plastic waste, these problems are all part of complex interconnected systems.

By taking a systems approach, it enables you to develop a more dynamic and intimate understanding of the elements and agents at play within the problem area, so you can identify opportunities for intervention.

This is our simple 6-step flow to making change from a systems standpoint

Tools such as systems mapping are critical to overcoming the reductive mindset we were all taught in school — a mindset that teaches us to break the world down into individual and manageable parts, rather than see the complex, interconnected whole.

This is what has led to the exploitative economy. In order to get to a circular economy, we need systems thinking.

”Problems are just unaddressed opportunities waiting for a creative minds to tackle them”. ~ Leyla Acaroglu

By taking a systems approach, we can each undo the linear and rigid mindsets that helped create the problems to begin with.

Thankfully, humans naturally have a curious and intuitive understanding of complex, dynamic, and interconnected systems. So, it’s really not that hard to rewire our thinking systems from linear to expanded, from 1-dimensional to 3-dimensional thinking.

UnSchool Workshop participants engage in a systems mapping exercise during one of their sessions

Our Systems Thinking course is one of our most popular classes for a reason: systems thinking is a superpower that anyone can access to make change.

If you’ve already taken our Systems Thinking course, or have expertise in this area, then take a look at our advanced Systems Interventions course to learn to see critical relationships, understand feedback loops, and conduct consequence analyses. You will also establish causal relationships and gain radical insights into systems dynamics.

Use our free Superpower Activation Toolkit to see if Systems Thinking is your superpower!

See you next week,

Warm wishes from the UnSchool Team

PS: We also applied our change-making skills in collaboration with the UN to make the FREE Anatomy of Action! Find out more about that project here >

Engineering cybernetics – Wikipedia

Engineering cybernetics

Engineering cybernetics – Wikipedia

h/t to Ben Sweeting who on the CYBCOM list said:

I’ve also just come across this ‘Engineering Cybernetics’ book from the 1950s, by Qian Xuesen – available open access here: #7 – Engineering cybernetics. – Full View | HathiTrust Digital Library – and this interesting review of it: Engineering cybernetics: 60 years in the making ( – which says (my emphasis):

More importantly, the book shows, in the true spirit of science, that all assumptions,explicit or otherwise, must be made accountable in engineering. The turning point in the book is where Tsien goes beyond the model-based theory of servomechanisms and argues for the necessity of a new design principle for a general type of system where the properties and characteristics of the controlled system are largely unknown.



the author is this interesting character:

see also

European Union for Systemics – Latest news

Shared by Stuart Umpleby on the CYBCOM mailing list

The European Union for Systemics (EUS) seems to have replaced the European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research in  Vienna, the meetings of the Dutch Systems Group in Amsterdam, and the few Heinz von Foerster Society meetings in Vienna.  A series of meetings in Maribor, Slovenia, just south of Austria,  are continuing.  These conferences all used English.  The EUS meetings use French as much or more than English and welcome other languages, e.g., Spanish and Italian.Stuart
On Wed, Aug 25, 2021 at 10:00 AM Damien Claeys <> wrote:

Hello to all,

Here is the latest news from the European Union for Systemics (EUS):

1. After a decade, Andrée Piecq has completed her mandate as general secretary in May 2021 and has accepted the mandate of honorary secretary-general. We thank her sincerely for her deep commitment in the development of the EUS and in the diffusion of the concepts of the systemic approach. Our learned society owes her a large tribute.

The website of the EUS has been moved to an independent server of the UCLouvain and the domain name extension .eu has been replaced by an extension .org:

2. We invite you to participate in the next tri-annual congress of the EUS under the direction of prof. Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos:

  • theme: “Systemic Design Thinking for Creativity”
  • organization: online congress, Athens, from 6 to 9 October 2021
  • conference website:

3. We invite you to submit your papers to the journal Acta Europeana Systemica (AES) on an OJS platform of the UCLouvain:

Take care of yourself,

Damien Claeys

(General Secretary EUS)


Damien Claeys


Faculté d’architecture, d’ingénierie architecturale, d’urbanisme

Institut de Recherche de Louvain pour le Territoire, l’Architecture, l’Environnement Construit

> Laboratoire Théorie des systèmes en architecture

Rue Wafelaerts, 47/51 bte B3.01.01 B-1060-Bruxelles | | revue lieuxdits | | AES journal

Abeba Birhane on Twitter: “Artificial Intelligence, A Guide for Thinking Humans – Melanie Mitchell

Artificial Intelligence, A Guide for Thinking Humans

(1) Abeba Birhane on Twitter: “Artificial Intelligence, A Guide for Thinking Humans — Melanie #Mitchell #amreading” / Twitter

Abeba Birhane does good and relevant readalong tweet threads, like this one:

#amreading, #mitchell

Systems Convening

💡 Do you enable learning across boundaries?
💡 Can you connect people across silos?
💡 Are you able to bring a broader view to local settings?

Have you heard of systems conveners? Are you one?

Or do you simply want to learn more about this approach?

Please like, share, and comment here:

Register for the launch on 2 September:

Download the book and join the community:

Measuring Narrative Change, v2.0 ORS Impact (2021)

Measuring Narrative Change: Understanding Progress and Navigating Complexity

Measuring Narrative Change, v2.0

OU 50th STiP Seminar: On Being a System within Systems with Tyson Yunkaporta, Tue 7 Sep 2021 at 12:00 UK time

OU 50th STiP Seminar: On Being a System within Systems

OU 50th STiP Seminar: On Being a System within Systems Tickets, Tue 7 Sep 2021 at 12:00 | Eventbrite

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OU 50th STiP Seminar: On Being a System within Systems

by The Open University, Faculty of STEM

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Tyson’s work involves applying an Indigenous complexity lens to the drivers of global systemic crises.

Democratizing Access To The Tools For Transformation | by Otto Scharmer | Field of the Future Blog | Aug, 2021 | Medium

Democratizing Access To The Tools For Transformation

Democratizing Access To The Tools For Transformation | by Otto Scharmer | Field of the Future Blog | Aug, 2021 | Medium

The Ghost in the System:

Harish's Notebook - My notes... Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science.

In today’s post, I am looking at the idea of ‘category mistake’ by the eminent British philosopher Gilbert Ryle. Ryle was an ardent opponent of Rene Descartes’ view of mind-body dualism. Ryle also came up with the phrase ‘the ghost in the machine’ to mock the idea of dualism. Cartesian dualism is the idea that mind and body are two separate entities. Descartes was perhaps influenced by his religious beliefs. Our bodies are physical entities that will wither away when we die. But our minds, Descartes concluded are immaterial and can “live on” after we die. Descartes noted:

There is a great difference between mind and body, inasmuch as body is by nature always divisible, and the mind is entirely indivisible… the mind or soul of man is entirely different from the body.

Ryle called this idea the official doctrine:

The official doctrine, which hails chiefly from…

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A biography of the pixel, the elementary particle of pictures | Aeon Essays – Alvy Ray Smith

Pixel: a biography

A biography of the pixel, the elementary particle of pictures | Aeon Essays

Pixel: a biography

An exact mathematical concept, pixels are the elementary particles of pictures, based on a subtle unpacking of infinityWoody and Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story (1995). Main image courtesy of Pixar Animation Studios; all additional inset diagrams © Alvy Ray Smith, except where notedAlvy Ray Smith

was born before computers, made his first computer graphic in 1964, cofounded Pixar, was the first director of computer graphics at Lucasfilm, and the first graphics fellow at Microsoft. He is the author of A Biography of the Pixel (2021).3,200 words

Edited byNigel Warburton

The Dynamics of Vertical and Horizontal Diversity in Organization and Society – Susan M. Awbrey, 2007

The Dynamics of Vertical and Horizontal Diversity in Organization and Society

The Dynamics of Vertical and Horizontal Diversity in Organization and Society – Susan M. Awbrey, 2007

The Dynamics of Vertical and Horizontal Diversity in Organization and Society

Susan M. AwbreyFirst Published March 1, 2007 Research Article

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Diversity focuses on human characteristics that make people either different from or the same as each other. This article introduces the concepts of vertical and horizontal diversity. Vertical diversity evaluates difference as superior or inferior. Horizontal diversity treats difference as variation. Organizational paradigms of assimilation and separation are based on vertical diversity and treat diversity as a problem to be solved. Assimilation solves it by submergence of difference and separation by isolating difference. Often organizations in the United States take a benevolent assimilation approach to diversity. However, research shows that assimilation does not engage diversity in ways that promote learning, creativity, and organizational effectiveness. This article argues for a relational re-conceptualization of diversity as horizontal. The discussion integrates diversity paradigms with diversity perspectives, levels of self-representation, and uncertainty and certainty orientations to create an explanatory framework for the dynamics of diversity.

Launch of Playbook for Systemic Innovation

h/t Mikael Seppala

Launch of Playbook for Systemic Innovation


Launch of Playbook for Systemic Innovation

Event by HalogenOnlineThu, Sep 16, 2021, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM (your local time)Add to calendar+68Mikael Seppälä and 72 other attendeesInviteShareMoreYour response is visible to event participants and your connections. Learn more



Halogen, Demos Helsinki and Future fit Leadership Academy are proud to present a step-by-step approach to systemic transformation and ecosystem innovation. Together, we have developed a Playbook for Systemic Innovation – Mindsets and Methods for Transformation.

Across private and public sectors, fundamental industries such as food production, energy, transportation, communication and materials, all face a series of serious challenges. The sustainability gap is vast, as a result of what we call transformative failure.

The solution is transformations that are not only economically viable, but also covers ecological and social needs. This calls for systemic change; we must go from one paradigm to another.

We appreciate that business as usual is hard enough as it is, and introducing new business models, new competences and new forms of collaboration can seem almost impossible. But it is possible.

Through an R&D project, funded by Innovation Norway, we have gathered our knowledge and systemised our competence in a new offering, a step-by-step approach to ecosystem innovation. The framework has been developed through real-life projects with fish farming company Aquaressurs and trade organisation Abelia. The process and results will be presented at the launch.

The playbook covers aspects such as regenerative mindsets, systemic mapping, systemic leadership, orchestration of ecosystems, design driven innovation and portfolio management, accompanied by real-life examples and business cases.

Join our digital launch Thursday September 16th @ 9:00 CET to learn more about our Systemic Playbook and how to start transformative change in your organisation

Learning for Systems Change | Collaboration for Impact

Learning for Systems Change

Learning Program | Collaboration for Impact

Why this social change agent wants you to ‘fail better’ | MIT Sloan


Why this social change agent wants you to ‘fail better’ | MIT Sloan

Why this social change agent wants you to ‘fail better’

by Kara Baskin

 Aug 17, 2021

Why It Matters

Kara Penn learns from “smart mistakes” as she works bringing community development, management, and systems thinking to bear on social issues.Share 

“Improved failure” might sound like an oxymoron. Not for Kara Penn, who explains how bold managers can exploit, design, and use failure as an asset in “Fail Better: Design Smart Mistakes and Succeed Sooner,” which she co-wrote with MIT Sloan senior lecturerAnjali Sastry.Work smart with our Thinking Forward newsletterInsights from MIT experts, delivered every Tuesday morning.Email Address 

As founder and principal consultant at Denver-based Mission Spark, Penn harnesses ideas from community development, management, and systems thinking to improve the social sector — a nod to her previous positions as a counselor at a juvenile detention facility, business advisor to low-income Southeast Asian artists, and nonprofit consultant.

We talked with Penn, MBA ’07, about the power of collaboration, the role of reflection in generating ideas, and why we all need to be systems-thinkers.

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Why this social change agent wants you to ‘fail better’ | MIT Sloan