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Introduction to Complex Systems: Patterns in Nature

This video provides a basic introduction to the science of complex systems, focusing on patterns in nature. (For more information on agent-based modeling, vi...

Via Lorien Pratt, António F Fonseca, NESS
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I recently conducted a series of workshops on the subject of 'Complex Project Management - Navigating through the unknown'. This clip provides a great introduction to complex systems and for those interested in Complexity Science, this clip is worth 7:52 of your time.

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, January 30, 6:35 PM

This is a great introduction to the idea of emergent behavior from complex systems.  Many people don't realize that if individuals have very simple behaviors, there can be very complex behaviors when those individuals act in a group.  Understanding these emergent patterns is critical for good decision making, because you need to know how the decision you make will set other elements in the system in motion.  More and more, our social, economic, political, climate, and other realities have this characteristic.   This video focuses on agent-base complex systems, such flocks of birds, schools of fish, or even nanobot swarms to cure cancer. 

António F Fonseca's curator insight, February 1, 4:50 AM

Agent based modeling still is the best tool to understand complex systems when mathematical modeling gets very complicated.

Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 10, 7:25 PM

Always looking for good resources to introduce complexity science to others. This looks great. 

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Critical Thinking for Kids

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“ Bloom's Taxonomy critical thinking questions. I am in love with this!!! :)”
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Sometimes the simple things are the most effective.
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How to Tackle Complexity Using Systems Thinking

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Systems thinking: what it is and why it’s important for fed leaders

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I love the analogy in this article between linear problem solving V's systems thinking and more holistic approaches. It's like throwing a rock and a live bird! The linear approach is great for determining where the rock might end up but how does it understand what the bird will do, predict it's final resting place or control it's path along the way? 

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Kel Mohror's comment, September 26, 2013 10:27 PM
The U.S. healthcare "system" is anything but a system, or even a system of systems. Healthcare's "silos" of patient data and disease information have been "carved in stone" for centuries. Does the "stone" have to be shattered to enable the rise of true systems?
samuel prieto's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:12 AM

pensar en sistemas  @cetep1 @unimagdalena

samuel prieto's curator insight, November 11, 2013 9:20 AM

la complejidad y pensamiento de sistemas @cetep1 @unimagdalena

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Systems Thinking Part 2: Methodology - Teen Skepchick

Systems Thinking Part 2: Methodology - Teen Skepchick | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
"Once you understand the philosophy of systems theory then it is time to move on to find a methodology for using that philosophy. There are so many methods in systems theory. It can be used for businesses, engineering, social problems, education… etc etc etc. The applications of systems theory are endless. I will explain a few areas of methodology but will focus main on Soft Systems Methodology because this is my area of study… it is not, however, the most interesting application. I think chaos theory is probably the most interesting but I think my knowledge of it wouldn’t do it justice! I am however stoked about most methods in systems theory…"
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Like me, many managers are fed up with offerings of ineffective and simple solutions to complex problems. Complex problems require more sophisticated answers and if you seek assistance to find methodologies that may assist you, try these: In the book published by Michael C Jackson (no relation to the late MJ), 12 methodologies fall out of systems thinking. All of these stand alone and can be used for different applications. For the ST enthusiast, these are - hard systems (engineering), system dynamics, organizational cybernetics, complexity theory, static assumption surface testing, interactive planning, soft systems methodology, critical systems heuristics, team syntegrity, post modern systems thinking, total systems intervention and critical systems practice. The details can be found in the book 'Systems Thinking: Creative Holism for Managers by Michael C Jackson.
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Systems coaching : An exciting new trend in the coaching world | TrainingZone.co.uk

Systems coaching : An exciting new trend in the coaching world | TrainingZone.co.uk | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it

At it’s most fundamental, systems coaching focuses on working with all of the client’s relationship systems, giving everything a place and a voice.


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The astute leader sees the Whole System and Sees the Parts and Sees their Interaction: Peter Senge put it this way:  ”Systems thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes. It is a framework for seeing interrelationships rather than things, for seeing patterns of change rather than static ‘snapshots.’ …. And systems thinking is a sensibility — for the subtle interconnectedness that gives living systems their unique character.” This is a good article and very pertinent.

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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, August 12, 2013 1:40 AM

Very interesting!

Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, September 21, 2013 5:40 PM

Yes! Contact me to get started!

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How to Scale Your Leadership Style

How to Scale Your Leadership Style | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
I was recently asked how I think about scaling leadership.To answer the question, I first need to share my view of leadership, which is grounded in the belief that it is not a leader’s job to (How To Scale Your Leadership Style
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I like this article as it introduces a nice baseline for leaders to adopt. The three 'Es' are simple but powerful. Enjoy.

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Leadership Quotes at BrainyQuote

Leadership Quotes at BrainyQuote | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Share the best leadership quotes collection with wise and inspirational quotes by famous authors on leadership, being a leader, success, commitment.
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'If you know the enemy and know yourself you need not fear the results of a hundred battles.' Sun Tzu (Pronounced soon-zuh) 544 BC; even in today's complex world his mastery of strategy is applicable to what we do in business. There are some great leadership quotes in this URL.

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Introduction to Complex Systems: Patterns in Nature

This video provides a basic introduction to the science of complex systems, focusing on patterns in nature. (For more information on agent-based modeling, vi...

Via Lorien Pratt, António F Fonseca, NESS
Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPE's insight:

I recently conducted a series of workshops on the subject of 'Complex Project Management - Navigating through the unknown'. This clip provides a great introduction to complex systems and for those interested in Complexity Science, this clip is worth 7:52 of your time.

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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, January 30, 6:35 PM

This is a great introduction to the idea of emergent behavior from complex systems.  Many people don't realize that if individuals have very simple behaviors, there can be very complex behaviors when those individuals act in a group.  Understanding these emergent patterns is critical for good decision making, because you need to know how the decision you make will set other elements in the system in motion.  More and more, our social, economic, political, climate, and other realities have this characteristic.   This video focuses on agent-base complex systems, such flocks of birds, schools of fish, or even nanobot swarms to cure cancer. 

António F Fonseca's curator insight, February 1, 4:50 AM

Agent based modeling still is the best tool to understand complex systems when mathematical modeling gets very complicated.

Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 10, 7:25 PM

Always looking for good resources to introduce complexity science to others. This looks great. 

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Potion International PR | How Good and Bad Leadership Communications Affects Reputation

Potion International PR | How Good and Bad Leadership Communications Affects Reputation | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
Potion PR is a UK PR agency with UK public relations, European PR, international public relations services in Technology PR, Consumer PR and Business PR.
Ian Biggs, MAIPM, CPPE's insight:

So, picture yourself at work. Close your eyes and think about a standard day......... now, open your eyes and have a look at the green and red vertical arrows and try to picture the predominant behavior which surrounds you at work.  If you are happy with what you see then congratulations, you have a good working environment. If you have fallen predominantly into the red, you need to do one of three things – 1. Influence a new environment which encourages good behavior (values, mission, vision purpose statements can assist in qualitatively establishing what is normal and acceptable and what is not.) Or 2. Make other changes which removes you from the environment or 3. Challenge the behavior and work with the individual until a change is noticed. Good luck!

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Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice

Systems Thinking as a Leadership Practice | Systems Thinking | Scoop.it
The practice of system thinking helps us see the underlying inter-relationships and connections which create the events occurring in our organisations.

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My boys are always asking questions. At the end of the answer, they ask 'why?' so, I proceed to explain wha and at the end, I am met with another 'why?' It seems that I am not the only parent that undergoes this type of enquiry but it works - our kids learn. This article is about asking questions and evaluating the answer, then asking another question. A good lesson for us adults and leaders if we as leaders want to learn!

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Five Core Theories – Complexity Theory – Organisation Development

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Five Core Theories – Complexity Theory – Organisation Development. There are five core theories that provide a solid foundation for the work that OD practitioners do. Good grounding in theory is essential for every OD ...

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Stafford Beer's work in the development of the Viable System's Model (VSM) aims to increase the practitioners ability to steer complex adaptive organsations and other social systems. The focus is on ensuring that the parts of the organisation function properly together to serve the needs of the whole. A key ingredient of a VSM is the development of feedback loops. These, used in conjunction with the 5 key points as seen in this article will greatly assist the understanding of how to predict and control emergent phenomena. 

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Sascha Reimann's curator insight, June 20, 2013 5:28 AM

From the text: Complexity theory therefore promotes the idea of organisations aas complex adaptive systems which need to respond to the external and internal environment by remaining on the edge of chaos whilst at the same time self-organising and continuously re-inventing the organisational.

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Change can’t be managed in a complex system Change must be supported Leaders must encourage people to learn how to adapt and flex Open Connection between the different parts of the organisation is essential for self-organisation and embracing diversity of thinking, ideas and approaches Feedback loops and Information flow is essential to prevent the organisation from falling into chaos.
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11 Laws of Systems Thinking and Stakeholder Engagement

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This post expands on how complex systems work and more importantly looks at how stakeholder engagement can reduce the unintended consequences that plague many of our most well intended decisions.

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With the release of PMBOK Edition 5 and ISO 21500 - Stakeholder Management has been escallated in status. This article is well timed and informative.

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Ethical Impact L3C's curator insight, May 26, 2013 2:05 PM

This means that you have to have an engaged culture!!!