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New Free Mini-Course: Vital Skills for Thriving in a Wild, Complex World

New Free Mini-Course: Vital Skills for Thriving in a Wild, Complex World | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it
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This free 4 session minicourse is highly reccommended. It is held by friends and colleagues of mine, who I recognize as the best in their field. Look into it. 

 

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ENCAPSULATED UNIVERSES | Edge.org

ENCAPSULATED UNIVERSES | Edge.org | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

.....meaning exists in the way that we use words; the patterns of word use create the system of meaning. There's no getting away from language in getting to complex meanings.

 

Think about it this way. We have 7,000 languages. Each of these languages encompasses a world-view, encompasses the ideas and predispositions and cognitive tools developed by thousands of years of people in that culture. Each one of those languages offers a whole encapsulated universe. So we have 7,000 parallel universes, some of them are quite similar to one another, and others are a lot more different. The fact that there's this great diversity is a real testament to the flexibility and the ingenuity of the human mind. The fact that we're able to take so many different perspectives and create such an incredibly diverse set of ways of looking at the world, that is something first to be celebrated, but also something to learn from: flexibility and diversity are at the very heart of what makes us human and what makes us so smart. I think the more we understand how people are able to take all these different perspectives, and able to change the way they think, the better we'll understand the nature of being human. 

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This is an excellent article on language and complexity with regard to the construction of meaning, time, direction, gender and reality. I like it very much. Worth while reading the whole thing.

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Bruce Kunkel's comment, March 7, 2013 8:41 PM
Great article!
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Lester Brown - World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse | EPI

Lester Brown - World on the Edge: How to Prevent Environmental and Economic Collapse | EPI | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

We are facing issues of near-overwhelming complexity and unprecedented urgency. Our challenge is to think globally and develop policies to counteract environmental decline and economic collapse. The question is: Can we change direction before we go over the edge?

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Nature’s Knack | TEDtalk | The Next Edge

Nature’s Knack | TEDtalk | The Next Edge | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Take 18 minutes of your day to watch this TEDtalk.

 

This TED talk is from Oxford in 2009, in which Janine gives examples of nature’s uncanny ability to perform complex tasks seamlessly and effortlessly. My favorite example, among many, is the Namibian Desert beetle’s evolutionary ability to collect water molecules from fog and turn it into drinking water for sustenance."

 

by Zack Hirschfeld


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Eric Berlow: How complexity leads to simplicity | Video on TED.com

TED Talks Ecologist Eric Berlow doesn't feel overwhelmed when faced with complex systems. He knows that more information can lead to a better, simpler solution.
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CoCreatr: science of complex systems

CoCreatr: science of complex systems | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

The science of complex systems is transforming science and its role in society. Building on the traditional focus on the parts of systems, the new approach integrates the networks of relationships within and between systems. These relationships are responsible for the collective "emergent" behaviors we see in all physical, biological, socio-economic and technological systems.

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MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking.

MindTimeMaps.com - Mapping the world of thinking. | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it
In only minutes MindTime maps reveal vital information about how thinking shapes our world - as individuals and organizations.
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Integral Reflection on Occupy Wall Street Protests — Integral Thinkers

Integral Reflection on Occupy Wall Street Protests — Integral Thinkers | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it
Integral thinker Barrett Brown reflects on Occupy Wall Street protests. Offers an integral perspective our crumbling economic and political systems.

 

I have seen the awesomely powerful socio-technical forces, regimes, and technological and institutional and economic lock-in that keep the status quo alive. It is the sheer scale of it that most overwhelms my conceptual mind and individual heart.....A vision for where to go and who we want to become must arise that resonates across all those levels and systems. Those are some of the key conditions required. That sort of alignment is possible although it will likely take years and be messy....

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The Complexity of Scaling Up

The Complexity of Scaling Up | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Despite increased prominence and funding of global health initiatives, attempts to scale up health services in developing countries are failing, with serious implications for achieving the Millennium Goals. A new paper argues that a key first step is to get a more realistic understanding of health systems, using the lens of complex adaptive systems...

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Evolutionary Leadership: The Embodiment of Systems Being - Rethinking Complexity

Evolutionary Leadership: The Embodiment of Systems Being - Rethinking Complexity | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

 

Peter Senge shares the view that "ultimately, leadership is about creating new realities." He once said, "Because of our obsession with how leaders behave and with the interactions of leaders and followers, we forget that in its essence, leadership is about learning how to shape the future....  

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Self-Organization in Open Online Courses: Coherence is the thing…

Presented in Umeå, Sweden...

Complexity: “disturbing traits of mess, of the inextricable, or disorder, of ambiguity, or uncertainty” .... interesting quotes and takes on autopoiesis.

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Two tips for using complexity thinking to lead sustainability initiatives + upcoming courses

Two tips for using complexity thinking to lead sustainability initiatives + upcoming courses | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Tip #1

Remember that you don’t need to see the future and chart a linear path to get there.

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Nassim Taleb's 'Antifragile' Celebrates Randomness In People, Markets

Nassim Taleb's 'Antifragile' Celebrates Randomness In People, Markets | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

'Antifragile' is a celebration of risk and randomness and a call to arms to recognize and embrace antifragility.

Many readers misunderstand Taleb’s core message.  They assume that because Taleb writes about unseen and improperly calculated risks, his objective must be to reduce or eliminate risk.  Nothing could be further from the truth. 

 

Antifragile is a celebration of risk and randomness and a call to arms to recognize and embrace antifragility. 

 

Rather than reduce risk, organize your life, your business or your society in such a way that it benefits from randomness and the occasional Black Swan event.

 

Taleb’s own life is a case in point.  He had the free time to write Fooled, The Black Swan and Antifragile because—in his own words—he made “F___ you money” during the greatest Black Swan event of our lifetimes, the 1987 stock market crash.  

 

...Taleb’s trading style is antifragile, had the 1987 crash never happened, Taleb would not have been materially hurt.  His trading style puts little at risk but allows for outsized returns.

 


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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, April 17, 2013 2:57 PM
Anne, your layering encourages critical nuanced views beyond the book's "shiny new term" idea. Sometimes the first thing to do is "not do," as in, don't just do something, stand there. Doe we need an "intervention?" What are the other perspectives available, thinking systemically? Re: Iatrogenics: From the "Black Swan Report: "...the argument of Chapters 21 and 22 on the convexity of iatrogenics (only treat the VERY ill): Mortality is convex to blood pressure."
Anne Caspari's comment, April 22, 2013 9:42 AM
Hi Deb, thanks :-). I also reckon there are MANY fresh perspectives on how to handle different systems (or leave them alone), may they be health, financial, socio-political, ecological.... I love it and keep smiling to myself when I see the aha - moments on applied convexity/anti/fragility pop up in daily life, business and otherwise... compliments also on your scoops...
Deb Nystrom, REVELN's comment, April 22, 2013 10:16 PM
Thanks Anne. Systems and org. groupies a bit, maybe. ;-)
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franz contemplates complexity

A brief animated video on complex systems theory.
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this is great food for thought; nicely done! 

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Spaceweaver's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:06 AM

Excellent introduction and some reference books at the end

Luciano Lampi's curator insight, March 25, 2013 9:48 AM

a cool start...

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Conscious Evolution - Rethinking Complexity

Conscious Evolution - Rethinking Complexity | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

We are at the portal of what systems scientist Béla Bánáthy called the "fourth generation" humans. Makes for an interesting trajectory... 

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Mapmakers, Toolmakers and Complex Developmental Systems | Max Marmer

Mapmakers, Toolmakers and Complex Developmental Systems | Max Marmer | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it
My belief in the power of complex developmental systems as one of the most accurate lens to view reality continues to intensify.

 

I think it’s generally pretty futile to try to convince more people to think like you and care about the things you do. At least it’s a very slow process that is usually not the best option to achieve the desired objective. It’s better to try to find and gather all the people who already have a similar value system to you. Rather than trying to convince people to start thinking holistically in systems, Turquoise mapmakers need to take the world’s fate into their own hands, build a team with a number of toolmakers and start creating the future they are spending all their time thinking about.

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Integral Should Be More Like Apple — Integral Thinkers

Integral Should Be More Like Apple — Integral Thinkers | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it
As Integral enthusiasts, like the early mp3 manufacturers, we often speak of the technical capabilities of this new technology. And we sometimes naively believe that consumers care about these things.
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Book Alert: The Living Organization

Book Alert: The Living Organization | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

The pressure on CEOs and other organization leaders to create results, while balancing an increasing diversity of opposing demands, is reaching oppressive levels. The time-tested economic system is no longer adequate to meet the challenges of a world of evolving complexity. The Living Organization delivers a new model that transforms the best of what worked before and expands it to deliver new life and growth for organizations.

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Riel Miller's keynote at CDKN Action Lab

Futurist Riel Miller presents one of the keynotes with the title: "Climate Change, Embracing Complexity, and Change in the Conditions of Change." Oxford April 2011. 

 

# I have worked with him on global change projects. He has very interesting view points about the presence from the view point of the future, moving from anticipatory models beyond extrapolation towards the capacity to reframe assumptions  underyling our concepts of society, economy, or change:  Futures literacy. AC 

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We might be able to save the worlds biggest problems...but it takes complexity thinking.

We might be able to save the worlds biggest problems...but it takes complexity thinking. | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Rebecca Costa suggests there are five common supermemes that we should understand because of their limiting effects upon our capacity to reason. These include: irrational opposition, counterfeit correlation, personalization of blame, silo thinking, and extreme economics. Time magazine recently suggested that people like Rebecca Costa might be able to solve the world’s biggest problems .  

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How Shift Happens http://www.connerpartners.com/frameworks-and-processes/how-to-make-shift-happen

How Shift Happens http://www.connerpartners.com/frameworks-and-processes/how-to-make-shift-happen | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

“Paradigm shift.” How many times have you heard that term thrown around?

 

We use “paradigm shift” to refer to initiatives that are big disruptions but that don’t meet the criteria Kuhn stated. The vast majority of organizational change announcements that claim or imply a paradigm shift are actually dressed-up extensions of what is already taking place. Significant modifications to the status quo are important, but they aren’t paradigm shifts. 

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Idioticon - Complexity-Worthiness

Idioticon - Complexity-Worthiness | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

The world is a complex place. The situations we find ourselves in are increasingly complex, for a variety of reasons. It means that to engage with or to affect something, abilities must match or exceed the nature of things being affected/engaged with.


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Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows - developer.*, Developer Dot Star

Places to Intervene in a System by Donella H. Meadows - developer.*, Developer Dot Star | Futurable Planet: Answers from a Shifted Paradigm. | Scoop.it

Folks who do systems analysis have a great belief in "leverage points." These are places within a complex system (a corporation, an economy, a living body, a city, an ecosystem) where a small shift in one thing can produce big changes in everything.

The systems community has a lot of lore about leverage points. Those of us who were trained by the great Jay Forrester at MIT have absorbed one of his favorite stories. "People know intuitively where leverage points are. Time after time I've done an analysis of a company, and I've figured out a leverage point. Then I've gone to the company and discovered that everyone is pushing it in the wrong direction!" 

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Anne Caspari's comment, March 24, 2013 6:36 AM
still so valid.
Marc Rabaey's curator insight, January 6, 2014 4:59 AM

The magic of leverage points

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Collapse of Complex Societies by Dr. Joseph Tainter (1 of 7)

http://localfuture.org The collapse of complex societies of the past can inform the present on the risks of collapse. Dr. Joseph Tainter, author of the book ...
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