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Moving from systems theory to systems practice means befriending uncertainty and ambiguity

This webinar hosted by the International Society for Systems Science will start with a thirty minute presentation of my own reflections on nearly 20 years of experience in trying to apply whole…
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Developing Transformative Scenarios – SDG

Developing Transformative Scenarios – SDG | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Transformative Scenario Process is one of Reos Partners’ tried and tested methodologies, wherein diverse actors
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City Experiment Fund: The System Transformation Our Cities Need

How will we drive systems transformation in cities?

With our City Experiment Fund, we want to address the gap that is appearing between emerging challenges and business-as usual by i) de-risking investment in innovation with catalytic funding, and ii) supporting cities with the tools and processes they need to prepare for the future. The fund will support interventions that cut across Zones of Experimentation and four domains where life in cities happens: public space, public administration, resident life and digital infrastructure.

 

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[Call for abstracts] Post-automation? Exploring democratic alternatives to Industry 4.0

[Call for abstracts] Post-automation? Exploring democratic alternatives to Industry 4.0 | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it

Post-automation is a concept in the making. The idea is sparked by the observation that, globally, groups of people are appropriating and hacking digital technologies for design, prototyping, and manufacture that were implicated initially in successive waves of automation: code, sensors, actuators, computer numerically controlled machine tools, design software, microelectronics, internet platforms, 3D scanners/printers, video, etc. Yet, in place of work through typical in automation, such as enhanced appearing simultaneously productivity, managerial control, economic growth, people are subverting these technologies for other purposes – human creativity, dignified work, and sustainable production and consumption – and situating these activities in non-industrial and new-industrial spaces. The Symposium will interrogate these technological turnarounds: from their human-displacing and human-disciplining origins, through to the creative experiments and prototypes today. In short, exploring post-automation possibilities.

Clues and hints about post-automation emerge in diverse places: hackerspaces, makerspaces and fablabs; citizen monitoring platforms and open science projects; open hardware platforms and grassroots innovation initiatives; new crafting practices; repair, repurposing and upcycling workshops; libraries and educational institutes opening technology to popular experimentation; citizen laboratories and DIY urbanism; workplace struggles for human-centred, democratic technology. Many of these places work through networks that cut across conventional categories; appearing simultaneously to constitute a movement and infrastructure for social relations with technology radically different to the depopulated visions of cyber-physical systems in Industry 4.0.

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Rethinking the tools for collectives – Open Collective –

My big take away is that collectives are lacking tools. Most of the tools that we have built are tailor made for companies, i.e. top down hierarchies, not bottom up initiatives. We need to rethink them for collectives, with transparency and inclusiveness built in by design.

I’ve also been surprised to notice that email is still by far the most inclusive technology. Many collectives try to introduce Slack without much success. As long as at least one person is not comfortable with it, using it would mean excluding someone from the group. That’s a no go. That really forces us to rethink the way we build software. We need to make sure that everything has an email interface. No one should be excluded from participating in the collective.

That’s why we need to rethink mailchimp, wordpress, zendesk (support), expensify (expense management), quickbooks (accounting), slack (internal communication) in a way that will embody the values of transparency, inclusiveness and participation (and open source!).
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Mapping tool for self-management | maptio

Mapping tool for self-management | maptio | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Develop self-managing organisations by visualising who's responsible for what; who's helping who; and how the smaller things contribute to the big vision.
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Public Innovation Labs: The NB Experience – Nick Scott –

Adapted from “Finding New Ways to Solve Complex Problems”; A presentation to the Institute for Public Administration Canada’s 69th Annual Conference For this presentation I will share a bit about the…
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Systems change field building convening

Systems change field building convening | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
In June 2018, we co-convened an event on Wasan Island, Canada, bringing together practitioners, academics, funders to explore together how we might work together to build the field of systems change.
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How bees stay cool on hot summer days | Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

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An ant colony has memories that its individual members don’t have | Aeon Ideas

An ant colony has memories that its individual members don’t have | Aeon Ideas | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Why your brain is like an ant colony: they both get wiser and more stable by using collective memory for learning
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Hierarchy to – Designing Flows for Networks of Purposeful People –

Hierarchy to  – Designing Flows for Networks of Purposeful People – | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
The question of “designing flows” is pertinent today because the reality of living and working in a networked world is catching up with us. This new reality is catching up with us because being connected and increasingly dependent upon flows of useful information is having a rapidly growing (and deepening) impact upon the way(s) we Read More →
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Book Review:“Rethinking Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in a Time of Change”

Book Review:“Rethinking Resilience, Adaptation and Transformation in a Time of Change” | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
For centuries, farmers have worked to make their fields more productive, usually by relying on trusted rhythms that only occasionally got out of whack. Global warming changes that, with unpredictable seasons and unforeseeable disruptions that demand an increased emphasis on resilience, or the...
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Ants can tell you a lot about the health of ecosystems

Ants can tell you a lot about the health of ecosystems | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
By sampling these six-legged, colony-dwelling insects, scientists can track the progress of environmental restoration.
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Large teams develop and small teams disrupt science and technology

Large teams develop and small teams disrupt science and technology | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Analyses of the output produced by large versus small teams of researchers and innovators demonstrate that their work differs systematically in the extent to which it disrupts or develops existing science and technology.
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(1) SFI Community Lecture - Danielle Bassett - February 12, 2019 - YouTube Networks Thinking Themselves

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The Operating System Canvas – For decentralized organizations (and networks)

The Operating System Canvas – For decentralized organizations (and networks) | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
What’s different about this organization that has allowed them to transcend bureaucracy?
As we worked our way through the theories, cases, and data, some simple but profound patterns began to emerge. Grouping the principles and practices of this community together, the original canvas morphed into twelve new dimensions that represent the proving ground for the future of work. It is in these areas that the brave and iconoclastic are taking risks. It is in these areas that recent failures will likely find their faults.
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Good Holacracy, Bad Holacracy – Maptio –

Is Holacracy a wonderful operating system for building purposeful, human, dynamic organisations? Or is it rigid, dogmatic and overbearing? The answer is: Both. You have a choice.
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From Designing in Teams to Designing in Networks (and Why it Matters)

From Designing in Teams to Designing in Networks (and Why it Matters) | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
This blog was originally published on the MaRS Solutions Lab website, and cross-posted with permission from the authors. Many have turned to the application of design practices when addressing…
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Basecamp #6 Americas Systems Change Basecamp

Basecamp #6 Americas Systems Change Basecamp | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it

Change leaders from around the world are invited to join us for our next US-based learning program, Basecamp#6, kicking off in July 2019. Have a look at our program brochure for an overview, or read more below about the program, application process, and how to sign up for our next online info session on February 13. About the course About our participants More information Webinar sign-up g 

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The Salt in the Broth, Warm Data and Systems Change

The Salt in the Broth, Warm Data and Systems Change | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Is there space in the keyboard strokes for the pink of life? Assembling letters into words and images that reach into feelings, inviting memories, things once known, regrets, and touching the purple bruises of this moment. Is there a chance now to say what we have known and previously tried not to voice? People willRea
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Looking to History, Patterns & Hidden Structures for Positive Change —

Looking to History, Patterns & Hidden Structures for Positive Change — | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Humanity is in a crisis of consciousness. Society and the way we interact with each other is broken because we too often see the world in separate, static, and linear ways. Our reductive thinking keeps us stuck in the past, with no clear path for how to move forward, for we are in constant conflict
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The Synthesis of Intelligence

The Synthesis of Intelligence | Self-organizing, Systems and Complexity | Scoop.it
Through the coordination and combination of what were formerly disconnected parts, a greater intelligence emerges.
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Complex Adaptive Systems Course Intro

See the full course: https://goo.gl/Fznhqi Follow along with the course eBook: https://goo.gl/PtCWjN Introduction to our complex adaptive systems course. Cli...
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