Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #6

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Here’s this week’s collection of my articles, links, and other updates.

This newsletter is hand-compiled with links that Revue pulls from my tweets (though it doesn’t quite provide the full stream), my blogs – http://www.chose-path.org, http://www.syscoi.com, http://www.govtransformation.org, and also content at http://www.publicservicetransformation.org – and anything I manually pull in. It seems to be a good system. I’d welcome feedback!


Top five of the week
Cybernetics is not the banana. Wat?What are we offering the world? Imagine a chimp in a cage. In this cage is a banana on top of a large shelf, out of reach for the chimp. However, there is also a stick in the cage. Of course, the chimp will manage to get the banana using the stick. Von Foerster said ‘Cybernetics is not the banana’.chosen-path.org
I’m speaking at Australasian Change Days – ‘Honest, Guvnor’ – how to use manipulation, compliance, and lies to drive change’Part of the Change Days… family, I guess? with Change Days events happening ‘in’ Toronto and Berlin this year.www.australasianchangedays.com
This week I spoke at #leanagileUK on ‘five core practices’ for effective organisationsThanks to Matt Turner – and Dinah Turner did this great piece of graphic facilitation. These are five *generous* practices – they work well for novices and sophisticates alike. They are intentionally *practices*, not claims to excellence, ‘values’, or ‘principles’: ways to work on honest, productive conversations which work towards shared meaning and make both …chosen-path.org
Wouldn’t it be good if you could improve your chances of successful change? – the once-chosen pathIs your pattern of change interventions on track for success – or failure? I really believe that more than 70% of change fails to achieve its goals. In fact, my former business partner ennis Vergne proved it in his research. He studied ten major change programmes for his MSc – in each, over 40 jobs…chosen-path.org
Agenda now finalised for Government Outcomes Lab Social Outcomes Conference 2021https://golab.bsg.ox.ac.uk/community/events/soc21/ and nominations are now open for visiting fellows of practice 2022www.publicservicetransformation.org
systems|complexity|cybernetics
sg on Twitter: “explain cybernetics to me in one tweet”A lot of good, and a lot of very bad, explanations in this thread! Fascinating stuff. Also I like that her profile pic looks like she’s at a party, asked the question, and is regretting it.twitter.com
‘Social’ Mitochondria, Whispering Between Cells, Influence HealthOriginally posted on Complexity Digest: Mitochondria appear to communicate and cooperate with one another, both within and between cells. Biologists are only just beginning to understand how and why. Read the full article at: http://www.quantamagazine.orgstream.syscoi.com
Observing Systems | Heinz von Foerster (1984)A classic. I got very into Heinz von Foerster videos when writing not the banana; he’s unusually passionate, very Germanic, and gave some interviews at a very advanced age (but still highly coherent), so the overall effect is very striking. Someone was very rude about him on Twitter this week, and I found myself very defensive! A lot of energy of fascination with the world.stream.syscoi.com
The Cybernetics of Magic and the Magic of Cybernetics:Another nice one from Harish Josestream.syscoi.com
public|service|transformation
what could the role of government and public services look like in the 21st Century and beyond?Nour Sidawi asked this on Twitter and is building a list – here’s a compilation of my relevant links (in a compilation of links newsletter)chosen-path.org
Systems Library – Ray Ison and Ed Straw: The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking (2020) and other booksA great set of reviews by Philippe Vandenbroeck | Ray and Ed’s book is a classic, and I think my mild claim to fame (I may be wrong – must check!) is that they first met when Ed was speaking at SCiO, at my invitation.stream.syscoi.com
Interlude
We Asked, You Answered: The Kids’ Books You Wish More People Remembered – Atlas ObscuraFor me, it’s Scott O’Dell’s The Island of the Blue Dolphins – the first ‘proper book’ I ever read.www.atlasobscura.com
Chris Barber’s JB 1959 Climax Rag (live)My dad was and is a huge Chris Barber fan. I was sad to learn Barber died in March this year. This is a classic – and check the date and location.www.youtube.com
Tony Wilson > Q Magazine February 1992: Who The Hell Does Anthony H Wilson Think He Is?An important character in the Manchester of my youth.factoryrecords.org
David S. Joachim on Twitter: “🚀 The successful bidder in a $28 million auction to go into space with Jeff Bezos has passed up the opportunity due to “scheduling conflicts”As someone commented – that is a power move.twitter.com

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