Context cues and the limits of possibility

Someone I know asked directions in Dublin. Receiving them, he followed up ‘can I walk there?’ ‘To be sure I suppose you could walk anywhere’ The way we understand the context of our actions shapes our possibilities. Once you know about context cues, you will start seeing them everywhere. And there are big implications. A … Continue reading Context cues and the limits of possibility

What gives you the foundations that enable change?

Here’s my philosophy, a summary of my recent talk at Conscious Organisation. A gorilla dies of old age at a zoo right before the zoo opens. It is the only gorilla at the zoo since they are not very profitable.However, the gorilla is their most popular attraction by far, and they can't afford to go … Continue reading What gives you the foundations that enable change?

The traffic lights will kill us all one day – unless the watermelons get us first

The account of a former US Marine, Lucas Kunce, who served twice in Afghanistan and in Iraq, as narrated to The Kansas City Star: “I led a team of Marines training Iraqi security forces to defend their country. When I arrived I received a “stoplight” chart on their supposed capabilities in dozens of missions and … Continue reading The traffic lights will kill us all one day – unless the watermelons get us first

How do you show respect and collect learning when involved in organisational change?

This is a small workshop exercise I call 'the timeline of respect'.(It can be done online as well). We ask everyone to line up in order of the number of years of relevant experience - making the point that the old hands have seen a lot and have a lot of expertise, and the newer … Continue reading How do you show respect and collect learning when involved in organisational change?

A whodunnit involving football pitches, desire lines, and a broken arm

Here's a puzzle for you. In a district council we worked with, there was a new housing estate nicely situated near to the commuter train station. There were a few council-maintained football pitches in the way (part of a leafy park which was a big attraction for home-owners), but the council had the developers build … Continue reading A whodunnit involving football pitches, desire lines, and a broken arm

Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #18

Sign up at https://www.getrevue.co/profile/antlerboy Another long one this week - there’s so much interesting and important stuff around!Do people value this roundup? Top phive of the week Exploring practical systems change: why are we not learning all the lessons we could about fire safety? Join us for a free, open session to explore!“Institutions established to … Continue reading Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #18

Transduction – a powerful and important concept that few have heard of

Have you heard of transduction? A critical systems concept from cellular biology, adopted by Stafford Beer, who described a transducer at the boundary of an organisation, coding and decoding messages between the language outside and the language inside. Complex? The way I explain it is that information never crosses a system boundary unscathed – in … Continue reading Transduction – a powerful and important concept that few have heard of

Can you find the unlocking insight?

A friend of mine was charged with analysing empty homes across London – apparently a good measure critical in thinking about the housing market, economy, and homelessness. He found *very* odd signals in the data. not actual data Why do you think they occurred? Find out about the mystery and hazard a guess here: https://bit.ly/3uDDXTC