Change Organizational Systems with the Liberating Structure ‘Panarchy’ – Christiaan Verwijs

I’m not comfortable with the description ‘the Liberating Structure ‘Panarchy” – since if I understand correctly, ‘Liberating Structures’ is a collection of facilitation techniques which significantly post-dates a large volume of work around the concept of panarchy (covered here at , , , and mentioned in – there is some referencing in the article – however it is an interesting article about operationalising a concept, so here for consideration.


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Change Organizational Systems with the Liberating Structure ‘Panarchy’
Christiaan Verwijs— January 21, 2020

How do you change a complex system? This is the quintessential question facing the people eager to change systems — like politicians, Scrum Masters, thought leaders, and other change agents.

In this post, we explore how the Liberating Structure ‘Panarchy’ offers a powerful perspective and allows you to put systems thinking into practice. And even though it is perhaps the most complicated of them all, Panarchy brings together all the promises of Liberating Structures: engage everyone and unleash change on every level.

“Even though it is perhaps the most complicated of them all, Panarchy brings together all the promises of Liberating Structures: engage everyone and unleash change on every level.”

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Ripple Effects Mapping | Project and Program Evaluation | Washington State University

Project and Program Evaluation
Ripple Effects Mapping
Ripple Effects Mapping (REM) is a versatile participatory evaluation tool. The intent of REM is to collect the untold stories and behind-the-scene activities that can ripple out from a specific program or activity.

Designed to work effectively for gathering evaluation data from program participants, community or coalition partners, or other groups.
Effectively identifies what has occurred, as well as what is not occurring
Provides an opportunity to decide what direction the community, coalition, or group should head next.
Overall, the REM process is an effective way to get information from participants and on to paper in a visual way.

Additional Resources:

A Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping

Using graphics, pictures, and real-life examples of how Ripple Effects Mapping has been successfully used in multiple settings, the Field Guide to Ripple Effects Mapping provides a comprehensive overview of REM. Providing an in-depth examination of the origins, elements, and how-to of the REM process, this book is a step-by-step guide to successfully implementing this process with a group, collaboration, or community of choice.

To access the Field Guide, click here (Note: Move down the web page to locate the Field Guide).

Using Ripple Effects Mapping to Determine Your Program Outcomes

Two of the original developers of Ripple Effects Mapping conducted a webinar for eXtension. Join Debra Hansen, Associate Professor at Washington State University Extension and Lorie Higgins, Extension Specialist, University of Idaho, as they demonstrate the Ripple Effects Mapping process. This webinar describes how the mapping process has been used in a number of states and settings. Additionally variations in how it has been implemented is discussed. Finally, instructions are provided for coding to the Community Capitals Framework, as well as digitizing the maps.

To access the webinar, click here.

In-Depth Ripple Effects Mapping: A Participatory Evaluation Tool

During the 2016 National Association of Extension Program and Staff Development Professionals Conference, a workshop was presented focused on the REM process.

During the workshop, participants learned the following:

The foundation of Ripple Effects Mapping, including its field development and testing, therefore understanding how and why it is an effective evaluation tool;
How to develop useful and relevant Appreciative Inquiry questions and how to conduct Appreciative Inquiry interviews;
How to organize and conduct a Ripple Effects Mapping session by actively partaking in a mapping with fellow participants;
And what to do with the qualitative data collected during the mapping session, including how to digitize, code, and analyze the information and report the findings.
To review the materials presented, click here.

Published References:

Ripple Effects Mapping: A “Radiant” Way to Capture Program Impacts

Ripple Effects Mapping: An Effective Tool for Identifying Community Development Program Impacts

Using Ripple Effects Mapping to Evaluate Program Impact: Choosing or Combining the Methods That Work Best for You

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Local systems and the Grand Ageing Challenge goals

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This is a longish blog by Dave Buck and myself. It was done in preparation for the publication of the All Parliamentary Group on Longevity report. An edited version will eventually make it into the report. We try to set out a rationale for a wide ranging approach to longevity and improving healthy life expectancy, why both national and local approaches are important and the core ingredients of success.

As ever, they are OUR views.


The Grand Ageing Challenge will only be met if local areas move to coherent population health systems which maximise the contribution of the four pillars of population health.

National government has a significant role, the activities of each government department are crucial in shaping the environment in which communities can thrive and achieve the best possible health. Central government can (and does) set the rules and background infrastructure by which we make progress.  It…

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More Is Different, P. W. Anderson (1972)

via Joss Colchester @sysinnovation on twitter, core systems thinking and one of the foundational papers of complexity.

More Is Different

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Science  04 Aug 1972:
Vol. 177, Issue 4047, pp. 393-396
DOI: 10.1126/science.177.4047.393


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In Search of the 5th Attractor – Jim Rutt – Medium

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In Search of the 5th Attractor

Complexity science thinking about real change for the better

Jim Rutt

Feb 3, 2017 · 14 min read

[This essay was transcribed from a talk I gave at The Feast in October 2014. Video of talk]

For those who are interested in discussion, elaboration, and action around these ideas, try the Facebook Group: GameB or my podcast series: The Jim Rutt Show.

After a 25-year career building network-based businesses and other tech-intensive stuff, I spent the next 10 years associated with the Santa Fe Institute, the world’s leading research center, studying complex systems. Combining my business and scientific experiences, I’ve developed a strong interest in how complex social systems, especially societies, work and change, and how such knowledge can help us build a better society.

Jerri Chou, founder of The Feast, asked me to talk about “progression.” So I decided to talk about progression from a big picture perspective: how societies and similar large-scale social systems evolve. One important thing to keep in mind is that “progression” doesn’t necessarily mean progress; rather, it just means one thing after another. I forget who it was who said, “History is just one damn thing after another.” (Oh, yeah, it was Arnold Toynbee [one of the advantages of transferring my talk to writing is that I can look up references like that!].)

I’d say “progression” in terms of the evolution of complex systems is the same thing as “history.” It doesn’t necessarily move in a straight line; sometimes developments are kind of surprising. Indeed, one reasonable definition of a complex system is that it should be capable of surprising an observer, at least sometimes. For instance, consider a star that’s been doing its thing quietly for a couple of billion years. After billions of years of being a bright and shiny star, it blows up, because it’s reached a major transition point as a complex system. By going supernova, it’s changed so much as to be unrecognizable. What was once a stable star has now become a rapidly expanding ball of dust and gas that emits more energy over the course of a few months than it did in its entire lifespan as a star — surprising, to say the least.

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Alexander’s objectivity in life or quality – YouTube

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“All of my life I’ve spent trying to learn how to produce living structure in the world. That means towns, streets, buildings, rooms, gardens, places which are themselves living or alive… depending on who you talk to, they’d say, ‘Well, this stuff Alexander’s been discovering is a lot of nonsense. There is no such thing as objectivity about life or quality.’ … They are simply mistaken.” Christopher Alexander This is a quote of Christopher Alexander which he made in San Jose, California, October of 1996, at The 1996 ACM Conference on Object-Oriented Programs, Systems, Languages and Applications (OOPSLA). See… for the full talk. This is also the source of this video. For a full transcript of the talk go to:… For recent developments regarding Alexanders work see:

UKSS international conference 22 June 2020, Lancaster University – Systems Research in the Digital Age

UKSS annual conference

21st UKSS International Conference
Systems Research in the Digital Age

The UKSS is delighted to announce that the 21st UKSS International Conference will be held at Lancaster University on 22nd June 2020

The conference will be of particular interest to Systems practitioners and academics who are engaged in Systems research.

Digital technologies are continuing to revolutionise how organisations operate. The purpose of the conference is to highlight the contributions of current Systems research and the future of Systems thinking in the digital age. The conference should appeal to a wide range of consultancy and research topics, such as:

Culture, leisure and tourism
Environment and sustainability
Managing change
Organisational improvement
Policing and disaster management
Physical activity, health, well-being
Retail and high street decline
Social care, housing and urban living
Socio-technical systems.

The call for abstracts will be emailed to those on the mailing list shortly – sign up at