Warm Data and Iced Lemonade

source: https://thesideview.co/articles/warm-data-and-iced-lemonade/

Warm Data and Iced Lemonade

A deeply human response to complexity is possible.
Nora Bateson & Explorers of Liminality
Photo by Rodion Kutsaev 
Author: Nora Bateson & Explorers of Liminality
Affiliation: The International Bateson Institute
Twitter: @NoraBateson
Date: May 20, 2020

What is Warm Data?

Warm Data is that other kind of information: the emulsifier at the unspoken levels of why anyone does what they do. To make sense of our world we need all of our senses in relation to each other. Warm Data is the messy stuff, the multi-contexted, non-measureable relations between those senses. It is the movement within a complex living system. Warm Data is information that is alive. Warm Data itches when it is confined. Warm Data is the kind of information that let’s you know when to tell someone you love them. Warm Data gives credence to the notion that a deeply human response to complexity is possible. We all have it. Warm Data is why setting up multiple committees to solve the world’s problems of ecological and economic disaster will never work. The issues can never be separated. Warm Data is not located in one spot, or definable from one context—it changes, it is paradoxical, it matters who is observing.

Warm Data is the relational information; it’s not about the family members, but the relationship between them; it’s not about the organisms in a forest, but the relations between them; it’s not about the institutions of a society, but the relations between them.

There are different ways of generating Warm Data. One is research on complex issues. This form of research generates inquiry that does not get caught in either time-frozen or decontextualized research projects. Another form of participation is the Warm Data Lab. But, since the Warm Data Lab is an in-person process, it is currently on hold for the time it takes before travel and group gatherings are allowed again. In the meantime, a community-based project, called People Need People (PNP) has begun. It was originally designated for helping communities begin to perceive and articulate the possible projects that would form responses to the complexity of the issues they are facing, as opposed to silo-ed solutions. In a hurry, this process had to go online. I was against it. I fought hard. I was worried that the tech would flatten the richness of the in-person labs. What would happen to the shared experience of the room, to the subtle cues of a group laughing loudly, to the nuance of body language? But I eventually found a design for the process, and with a few different teams around the world, we prototyped it in a rush. That process is now known as PNP Online, and it’s running in about 40 different places around the world now, aided by around 100 certified PNP hosts.

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SCiO (Systems and Complexity in Organisation) Virtual Networking Event – 20 July 2020 18:30–20:15

source: https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-virtual-networking-event-july-2020

SCiO Virtual Networking Event – July 2020

20 July 2020 18:30–20:15

Organiser(s): SCiO UK

Event access:All welcome

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SCiO Virtual Networking Event – July 2020

Open events and development days, in addition to the core content, provide valuable opportunities for systems practitioners to network and mingle. Since our events are now going online, this will be hard – or certainly different.

Therefore we’re running the first virtual networking event. Hosted by SCiO director Benjamin Taylor, with deep experience of online facilitation from five to over a hundred people, this will combine some initial small group work, Open Space-style discussions, and completely open opportunities to mingle as individuals.

Please note that you will need to attend using a desktop computer (not a tablet or phone) to get the best experience.

source: https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-virtual-networking-event-july-2020

A Conversation with Eric Trist – YouTube

Eric Trist discusses his discovery of social/technical systems in coal mines in post war England.

Sandra Janoff, Marv Weisbord, and roots into the history of human relations

Dr. Sandra Janoff from the USA and Co-Founder of the Future Search Methodology, talks to Prof. Dr. Hüseyin Özdemir (oezpa Institute) about the Future Search, Tavistock, Eric Trist, Future Search Network and Marvin Weisbord.

An interview with Marvin Weisbord and Sandra Janoff, founders of Future Search Network, whose members practice one of the first and most successful participative methods for whole system interactive planning and organizational development. Learn about a unique philosophy and method that enables communities and organizations to transform their capability for action.

Integrating Chaos: Building Resilient Organizations with Chaos Theory

source: https://think-boundless.com/chaos-theory/

Integrating Chaos: Building Resilient Organizations with Chaos Theory

Chaos Theory in Modern Organizations

Our imagination about what happens in the business world has become disconnected with reality and it all starts with an accepted narrative about the unstoppable power of Fredrick Taylor’s ideas

The narrative goes like this: Fredrick Taylor introduced managers to analytical methods and tools that helped them to dramatically improve productivity; however these efforts also kick-started a non-stop line of efforts that led to the inevitable over-optimization of human labor.

This over-simplification of Taylor is part of a narrative that has become entrenched and feeds a broad movement that says organizations are broken. The story says that organizations might be efficient, but at enormous cost – they destroy autonomy, stifle creativity and at worst, are systems that enable widespread verbal and physical abuse. All starting with Taylor of course.

Yet, as I’ll show you, this story is wrong, misses the context of Taylor’s time and ignores that a hyper-optimized mindset towards work did not take hold until the emergence of the “career path” in the 1960s. This coincided with the risk of “knowledge work” and this shift turned work into a performance, distracting many from the real mission of any organization: survival.

Instead of seeing organizations as broken, a more accurate starting point is to think of them as complex systems and instead of broken, as fragile. As the scale of business gets bigger, the hidden fragility of many organizations puts employees, customers and society at risk.

To address this fragility, I want to look at organizations as “complex adaptive systems”, an idea that emerged from a field called Chaos Theory in the 1970s and 1980s. I want to push for a broader adoption of these principles and encourage a new generation of “chaos managers” to become interested in the survival and success of our institutions.  

I first learned about chaos theory 13 years ago and have been thinking about it ever since.  During the ten years I spent in the corporate world and as a management consultant, I couldn’t escape the feeling that something was missing.  This is my first attempt to fill that gap and to give many other frustrated managers and leaders an additional lens to help them think about helping their organizations thrive.  

This essay will explore the following:

  • What we got wrong about Taylor
  • How the idea of the “career path” turned workers into performers
  • How organizations subsequently became complicated, not complex
  • Why chaos theory does not lead to anarchy
  • The implications of chaos theory on leadership
  • An actionable five-part guide for the modern “chaos manager”

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SCiO Virtual Open Meeting – Mon 13 July 2020 | 18:30-20:30 BST

source: https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-virtual-open-meeting-july-2020

  • SCiO Virtual Open Meeting – July 2020

SCiO Virtual Open Meeting – July 2020

13 July 2020 18:30–20:30Event type:
Open MeetingOrganiser(s):
SCiO UKEvent access:All welcomeBook now

SCiO Virtual Open Meeting – July 2020

SCiO organises Open Meetings to provide opportunities for practitioners to learn and develop new practice, to build relationships, network, hear about skills, tools, practice and experiences. In the current period of social distancing we are pleased to provide a virtual version of these popular events. Inevitabley this will be shorter but will also be more frequent. Although these events will be free, it is important that you do book – through eventbrite (click book now). You will be emailed a Zoom link close to the meeting. The programme for 13th July is as follows:

18:30 – Welcome, SCiO notices, virtual housekeeping etc
18:40 – Virtual community exercise
18:50 – Session 1 (presentation followed by Q & A ) – Marie Davidova
19:40 – Session 2 (presentation followed by Q & A) – Malcolm Cawood
20:25 – Summary and close

Event Resources

Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance: The Hyperobjective Media and Agency in Co-creative Design Processes

The session by Marie Davidova will focus on Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP) design field and hyperobjectivity of its prototypes. The field discusses the question of cities’ adaptation to climate change and biodiversity loss. Current environmental ecology research shows that spe… Read moreAuthorsMarie Davidova

Shakespeare & Systems Thinking – the high and low co-operate in the general system of unavoidable concatenation

People I talk to often seem a little wary of the term “systems thinking” – a bit abstract, perhaps, and far too intellectual. On other hand, anyone who can appreciate complex drama, from Shakespeare to modern TV shows like The Wire, is arguably already doing it, that is thinking, to some degree, sys… Read moreAuthorsMalcolm Cawood

source: https://systemspractice.org/events/scio-virtual-open-meeting-july-2020

Rewilding Theory Is Making Me a Better Leader



Apply these lessons from the rewilding theory of conservation to revolutionize your approach to leadership.

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Ben Lamm

Expert Contributor

Serial technology entrepreneur making the impossible possible. Currently, Founder/CEO of Hypergiant. Previously, Founder/CEO of Conversable, acquired by LivePerson; Chaotic Moon Studios, acquired by Accenture; and Team Chaos, acquired by Zynga.

May 12, 2020 Updated: May 20, 2020

I don’t know how many days I have spent inside my house. For a while, I counted them, but I gave up somewhere around day 20. I began to acknowledge that things were going to blur together, and that I was going to become intimately familiar with my home office. While trapped inside, I began studying new theories and ideas for how to move our world forward. In particular, I’ve been drawn to the theory of rewilding.

Continues in source: https://builtin.com/founders-entrepreneurship/rewilding-theory-better-leader