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The Integral Landscape Café
Internal & External Landscapes:  Integral multiple Perspectives on Emergence, Transformation and new Mindsets in Sustainability
Curated by Anne Caspari
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Science for Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems| Metropolis Magazine

Science for Designers: Complex Adaptive Systems| Metropolis Magazine | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

As humans we are remarkably good at conceiving the world as a collection of objects, their geometric attributes, and the ways they can be taken apart and re-assembled to do spectacular things (either perform marvelous tasks for us, or provide an aesthetic spectacle, or both). This way of designing underlies much of our powerful technology—yet as modern science reminds us, it’s an incomplete way. Critical systemic effects have to be integrated into the process of design, without which we are likely to trigger operational failures and even disasters.

Today we are experiencing just these kinds of failures in large-scale systems like ecology. As designers (of any kind) we must learn to manage environments not just as collections of objects, but also as connected fields with essential features of geometric organization, extending dynamically through time as well as space. This is a key lesson from the relatively recent understanding of the dynamics of “complex adaptive systems,” and from applications in fields like biology and ecology.

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‘Superorganisations’ – Learning from Nature’s Networks

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Fritjof Capra, in his book ‘The Hidden Connections’ applies aspects of complexity theory, particularly the analysis of networks, to global capitalism and the state of the world; and eloquently argues the case that social systems such as organisations and networks are not just like living systems – they are living systems. The concept and theory of living systems (technically known as autopoiesis) was introduced in 1972 by Chilean biologists Humberto Maturana and Francisco Varela.

 

This is a complete version of a ‘long-blog’ written by Al Kennedy on behalf of ‘The Nature of Business’ blog and BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation www.businessinspired...


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Lorien Pratt's curator insight, January 4, 11:29 PM

A great resource in the Decision Intelligence for Sustainability space.

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, January 18, 8:57 PM

A look at how to go organic with business models in a tech age...

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 9:01 AM

Learning from Nature’s Networks

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What can Goethe teach people in business? Otto Scharmer interviews Thomas Johnson

What can Goethe teach people in business? Otto Scharmer interviews Thomas Johnson | The Integral Landscape Café | Scoop.it

Otto Scharmer: Tom Johnson’s recent work is organized around the following underlying question: How would we think differently about an organization if we viewed it as a living system rather than as a machine.? Living systems evolve according to the same universal principles that have guided the evolution of the cosmos over the past 15 billion years. The evolution of the cosmos embodies three fundamental principles: self-organization, interdependence, diversity. This change implies a fundamental shift of mind. A shift of mind from a mechanistic, “Newtonian” type of thinking to another perspective that conceives of reality as a living system. Following Bortoft, Goethe, and Bohm, Johnson suggests that the whole is manifested in (and between) the parts. Says Johnson: “I think one of the biggest changes is for managers to start to see the whole mirrored in the parts.”

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franz contemplates complexity

A brief animated video on complex systems theory.
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Anne Caspari's curator insight, February 1, 2013 10:32 AM

this is great food for thought; nicely done! 

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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Humanity 4.0

Humanity 4.0 Michelle Holliday, Cambium Consulting www.cambiumconsulting.com © Copyright 2010 Cambium Consulting...
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Autopoiesis and Cognition

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Maturana and Varela's classic Autopoiesis and Cognition is freely available here (H/T to Paul Loader).

What makes a living system a living system? What kind of biological phenomenon is the phenomenon of cognition? These two questions have been frequently considered, but, in this volume, the authors consider them as concrete biological questions.

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