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The Cold Dark Path

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Two Competing Loops


This week at the first meeting of the League of Social Intrapreneurs in Melbourne I was introduced to the Berkana Institute two loops theory of change. The model of change in complex systems resonated immediately.


When a system nears its peak, change agents identify the need for alternatives and drop out.  They connect and begin to explore alternatives nourishing a new system through experimentation. Eventually the stories of their success illuminates the change to those who remain in the old declining system.


A four step model with four simple verbs seems clear and straightforward. Why is it that the path of change is such a cold dark path?


Nobody Warns You about the Dip


Stepping out of a warm and comfortable ongoing system with its present day rewards is a daunting uncertain choice however bleak the future of that system may look. Those with most to gain will oppose the agents of change who name the issues and start to work on alternatives. Opposition will not always be fair or balanced.




Sign you made it as a change agent: someone misapplies a political label, impugns your integrity or questions your sanity. #caww


— Simon Terry (@simongterry)

July 3, 2014






Most difficult of all is that dip in the diagram above. The uncertainty and the need to build a new complex future means the alternative system starts along way back and with a great deal more risk. Selling another path even to yourself can be a challenge in this scenario.


All the discussions about collaboration, requests for advice and stories shared among change agents at the League of Social Entrepreneurs, in Responsive Organisation, in Change Agents Worldwide or in other conversations that I have with unreasonable people belong at the bottom of the loop where people struggle nourishing new alternatives.


We must embrace the fact that the road to change is a road with dips and uncertainties. Proceeding any other way does not prepare people for the work ahead.


Nourishing Change Takes Hard Work


Most change fails after the connect stage.  Declaring a need for change is initially easy and exhilarating. Manifestos are thrilling. Connecting with other like minded people has a wonderful effect for the spirits and is a great way to reinforce the need for change.


Then nothing happens for a really long time. It grows cold and dark on the path of change.


Lots of drudgery dogs those walking the cold dark path of change. Meetings need to be organised and venues found. Compromises need to be negotiated between people who are 99% aligned. Factions and fragmentation occurs and saps the energy of everyone. More change agents need to be recruited, especially for the work. Experiments need to be agreed, funded and run. Failed experiments need to be cleaned up. New experiments agreed, funded and implemented. Success needs to be found. Someone needs to find money or work out the details of the new model. Communication materials don’t write themselves. Just when success seems inevitable the dying system finds a way to set you back.


Change falls apart when the connected agents of change won’t work the experiments long or hard enough to nourish the success of the new system. If they won’t invest the time to build new connections, share successes, to solve the daily issues and to innovate a path forward then the nourish stage will never offer an opportunity to others to join in the change.


If the organisers of the first meet up about a change end up with all the actions, then a change initiative has work to do to find others to nourish the change. Engaging others in the work matters more than engaging them in the idea of the change.


Join in the Work


Lots of people want to join change at the exhilarating beginning and again at the celebratory end. Traditional management focus only on the beginnings and the endings but leadership is found in realising the collective potential of the journey.


The question is who is willing to walk the cold dark road. Those change agents who do the leadership work of nourishing new experiments shape the future. That path is hard but the work is the most purposeful and rewarding. 

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Anne Landreat's curator insight, July 8, 2014 7:11 PM

Ardu, le chemin de la transformation réelle, incarnée, du passage grandeur nature d'un système à un autre, l'est certainement.

Décourageant, déstabilisant, submergeant parfois aussi. Mais froid et sombre ? Non, pas si la transformation est effectivement accompagnée et nourrie, avec bienveillance et savoir-faire. Et que l'effet boule de neige, engagement d'un nombre toujours croissant de participants actifs dans le projet de changement est recherché et facilité sans relâche.

Alors, tout est possible.

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Building Capacity Through Networks (SSIR)

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Operational resilience: concepts, design and analysis

Building resilience into today’s complex infrastructures is critical to the daily functioning of society and its ability to withstand and recover from natural disasters, epidemics, and cyber-threats. This study proposes quantitative measures that capture and implement the definition of engineering resilience advanced by the National Academy of Sciences. The approach is applicable across physical, information, and social domains. It evaluates the critical functionality, defined as a performance function of time set by the stakeholders. Critical functionality is a source of valuable information, such as the integrated system resilience over a time interval, and its robustness. The paper demonstrates the formulation on two classes of models: 1) multi-level directed acyclic graphs, and 2) interdependent coupled networks. For both models synthetic case studies are used to explore trends. For the first class, the approach is also applied to the Linux operating system. Results indicate that desired resilience and robustness levels are achievable by trading off different design parameters, such as redundancy, node recovery time, and backup supply available. The nonlinear relationship between network parameters and resilience levels confirms the utility of the proposed approach, which is of benefit to analysts and designers of complex systems and networks.


Operational resilience: concepts, design and analysis
Alexander A. Ganin, Emanuele Massaro, Alexander Gutfraind, Nicolas Steen, Jeffrey M. Keisler, Alexander Kott, Rami Mangoubi & Igor Linkov
Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 19540 (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/srep19540


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Vanderbilt University researchers took a significant step toward answering longstanding questions about the origins of consciousness with a recent discovery of global changes in how brain areas communicate with one another during awareness.

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Allied Media Projects and Detroit People’s Platform are excited to present “12 Recommendations for Detroit Funders,” a set of guidelines for how local foundations can best support transformative community organizing in Detroit. These recommendations are a working draft, which we expect will evolve through ongoing feedback.
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Starting with the present, identify where a nudge is now possible is far more sensible, cost effective and resilient.
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"Starting with the present, identify where a nudge is now possible is far more sensible, cost effective and resilient."


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Dynamical criticality: overview and open questions

In this paper we provide a survey of the most relevant work on dynamical criticality, with particular emphasis on the criticality hypothesis, which states that systems in a dynamical regime between order and chaos have evolutionary advantages with respect to ordered and disordered (chaotic) systems. We review the main contributions concerning dynamics and information processing at the edge of chaos, and we illustrate the main achievements in the detection of critical dynamics in biological systems. Finally, we discuss open questions and outlook future work.


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Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation

Consensus dynamics in decentralised multiagent systems are subject to intense studies, and several different models have been proposed and analysed. Among these, the naming game stands out for its simplicity and applicability to a wide range of phenomena and applications, from semiotics to engineering. Despite the wide range of studies available, the implementation of theoretical models in real distributed systems is not always straightforward, as the physical platform imposes several constraints that may have a bearing on the consensus dynamics. In this paper, we investigate the effects of an implementation of the naming game for the kilobot robotic platform, in which we consider concurrent execution of games and physical interferences. Consensus dynamics are analysed in the light of the continuously evolving communication network created by the robots, highlighting how the different regimes crucially depend on the robot density and on their ability to spread widely in the experimental arena. We find that physical interferences reduce the benefits resulting from robot mobility in terms of consensus time, but also result in lower cognitive load for individual agents.


Emergence of Consensus in a Multi-Robot Network: from Abstract Models to Empirical Validation
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What will workplaces look like when the most material endowed, technologically literate, formally educated, and globally connected generations reach employment age? Claire gives us an insight into what the future of work could look like with Gen Z and Gen Alpha at the wheel.

Claire Madden is a social researcher who effectively bridges the gap between the emerging generations and the business leaders and educators of today. She is a next-gen expert, fluent in the social media, youth culture, and engagement styles of these global generations, and a professional in interpreting what this means for educators, managers and marketers. With academic qualifications in communications and postgraduate studies in leadership, Claire brings robust, research-based content to her engaging presentations and consulting.

Claire has delivered professional development sessions for school and tertiary teachers, given keynote addresses at conferences as well as board room strategy sessions. From conducting training days for corporate and not for profit clients, to addressing students, training rising leaders and facilitating youth panels, Claire is in a unique position to understand the emerging generations and communicate key engagement strategies.

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From flocking birds to swarming molecules, physicists are seeking to understand 'active matter' — and looking for a fundamental theory of the living world.

 

http://www.nature.com/news/the-physics-of-life-1.19105


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Organization emerges naturally. One more manifestation of the constructal law.

 

By the way, soon to appear:

The Physics of Life: The Evolution of Everything 
by Adrian Bejan 
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Living world is the real laboratory.

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The theory of evolution links random variation and selection to incremental adaptation. In a different intellectual domain, learning theory links incremental adaptation (e.g., from positive and/or negative reinforcement) to intelligent behaviour. Specifically, learning theory explains how incremental adaptation can acquire knowledge from past experience and use it to direct future behaviours toward favourable outcomes. Until recently such cognitive learning seemed irrelevant to the ‘uninformed’ process of evolution. In our opinion, however, new results formally linking evolutionary processes to the principles of learning might provide solutions to several evolutionary puzzles – the evolution of evolvability, the evolution of ecological organisation, and evolutionary transitions in individuality. If so, the ability for evolution to learn might explain how it produces such apparently intelligent designs.


How Can Evolution Learn?
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Trends in Ecology & Evolution

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.tree.2015.11.009


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