Current subject: Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #36

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What I most want to draw your attention to is some work we’re doing with the LGA – if you are involved in Commissioning, please see below and get in touch!
Supporting strategic commissioning
Supporting Adult Social Care Commissioners – Strategic Commissioning Options AppraisalWorking on behalf of the LGA, the Public Service Transformation Academy and RedQuadrant are developing materials to provide a useful (free!) tool to support adult social care commissioners in their strategic thinking.We need your help! We are seeking input from relevant experts across the sector. If you have thoughts about adult social care commissioning, please give us your details here or contact david.mason@publicservicetransformation.org, or on 07887 442487, or benjamin.taylor@publicservicetransformation.org or 07931317230.We aim to do two key things:1)     Support commissioner to go through a clear process to obtain relevant information to help them understand the landscape – their current situation and key goals2)     Use this data and understanding to select the right commissioning approach for their situation and goals (place-based, outcome-based etc) taking everything into accountWe want to learn from all the previous work in this space to produce something really valuable for commissioners and all the stakeholders affected by commissioning. This will be freely available for the whole of local government to use (and to anyone else who finds it useful).How to engage:Complete our questionnaire here to provide information and ideas, or put yourself forward for a one-to-one interview, focus group, or a deep dive into a council’s commissioning approachJoin our fortnightly open working sessions, starting on Wednesday 9 February, 2-3:30pm – sign up hereWe welcome input from all commissioning stakeholders – as well as adult social care commissioners and others directly involved, we’re looking for input from suppliers, care users and representatives, partner organisations, local authority finance directors and chief executives, health organisations and others with a perspective.Please direct any questions, queries, or other commentsdavid.mason@publicservicetransformation.org 07887 442487benjamin.taylor@publicservicetransformation.org 07931317230(As we are using various means to get this out there as widely as possible, you might see this message more than once – apologies if so)
top phive of the week
We can ‘level up’ by transforming commissioningIt’s absolutely critical to work with the voluntary, #community, and social enterprise sector if we’re going to achieve anything with ‘#levellingup’. What do you think is most important to enable this and transform our communities and our lives for the better? As well as the brilliant work we do at the Public Service Transformation Academy … Continue reading We can ‘level up’ by transforming commissioning →chosen-path.org
Commissioning, community, and ‘levelling up’ – a critical momentYesterday I was lucky enough to chair Transforming Commissioning: Levelling Up and Community Investment, a Third Sector Commissioning conference from Westminster Insights. It was one of those events where (all credit to the organisers), each of the speakers had a hugely high proportion of powerful, crisp messages in their very short slots, and the audience […]www.govtransformation.org
Benjamin P. Taylor on LinkedIn: Why is LinkedIn so cringe?“LinkedIn is cringe”Hehe! So Trung T. Phan – primo purveyor of buzzfeed-style thread listicles of facts culled from around the web about ‘the #secret…www.linkedin.com
Can you see the courtly rituals still at work in our organisations and management?The annual review: where I come before your throne (well, desk) and you tell me two things: you own me, and I’m insufficient. Human resources, or dealing with the King? Our organisations and workplaces still draw, for better or worse, from the rich heritage of royalty. This has huge implications for innovation and shaping a … Continue reading Can you see the courtly rituals still at work in our organisations and management? →chosen-path.org
Five worlds practices for systems transformation | MeetupWed, Feb 23, 6:30 PM CEST: We’re kicking off 2022 with a great topic, systems transformation, and even more amazing presenter, Benjamin P Taylor.Benjamin will introduce his ‘five worlds’ model forwww.meetup.com
The Viable Systems Model in the ISO standard on governance, and UK government initiative on managing complex projectsIn a reply on LinkedIn, Patrick Hoverstadt says: the new ISO standard on governance is heavily influenced by VSM and the UK government’s initiative on managing complex projects – ‘Project X’ has VSM at the core of its governance model: https://www.apm.org.uk/media/42426/developing-the-practice-of-governance-report_final.pdf You don’t really get more mainstream acceptance than an ISO standard. Post | Feed […]stream.syscoi.com
systems | complexity | cybernetics
seanna davidson on Twitter: “just started a collection of First Nations people sharing their ‘thinking in systems’ and thought others might be interested.just started a collection of First Nations people sharing their ‘thinking in systems’ and thought others might be interested. https://bit.ly/34A9vRG happy to add other examples if you have to share! (1) seanna davidson on Twitter: “just started a collection of First Nations people sharing their ‘thinking in systems’ and thought others might be interested. https://t.co/qHd7mgY10m […]stream.syscoi.com
Esther Hall – introductory/exploration sessionEsther is starting a new practice: What would change if we focussed on explicitly developing positive energy to create projects, as well as the projects creating the energy? Space for exploration and discussion on Thurs 20th Jan 4 – 4.45pm https://zoom.us/j/98794446200 What would change if we focussed on explicitly developing positive energy to create projects, […]stream.syscoi.com
Bateson, Double Description, Todes, and Embodiment: Preparing Activities and Their Relation to Abduction – Shotter (2009)Bateson, Double Description, Todes, and Embodiment: Preparing Activities and Their Relation to Abduction JOHN SHOTTER First published: 29 May 2009 https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-5914.2009.00399.xCitations: 21 John Shotter Bateson, Double Description, Todes, and Embodiment: Preparing Activities and Their Relation to Abduction – SHOTTER – 2009 – Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour – Wiley Online Library and at […]stream.syscoi.com
The Cybernetics of “Here & Now” and “There & Then” – Harish JoseOriginally posted on Harish’s Notebook – My notes… Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science.: In today’s post, I am looking at difference. Difference is a big concept in Cybernetics. As Ross Ashby noted: The most fundamental concept in cybernetics is that of “difference”, either that two things are recognizably different or that one thing…stream.syscoi.com
The basic outline of universology – (1872 edition) | Stephen Pearl Andrews (discovered by Matthew Shapiro)An edition of The basic outline of universology (1872) The basic outline of universology. An introduction to the newly discovered science of the universe; its elementary principles; and the first stages of their development in the special sciences. Together with preliminary notices of alwato (ahl-wah-to), the newly discovered scientific universal language, resulting from the principles […]stream.syscoi.com
Systems diagramming: art or craft? Open University, Tue 22 Feb 2022 at 12:00 UK time – freeFEB 22 Systems diagramming: art or craft? by The Open University, Faculty of STEM Systems diagramming: art or craft? Tickets, Tue 22 Feb 2022 at 12:00 | Eventbritestream.syscoi.com
Michael Garfield 💫 on Twitter: “Here it is! @jim_rutt joins #FutureFossils to explore the pre- & post-history of #GameB in an EPIC conversation that swings so far afield on every axis & froths with so much insight & possibility that I honestly don’t know what to make of it. RT & discuss: https://t.co/EBdiMIqcx2… https://t.co/PDk2zcSLX0”Here it is! @jim_rutt joins #FutureFossils to explore the pre- & post-history of #GameB in an EPIC conversation that swings so far afield on every axis & froths with so much insight & possibility that I honestly don’t know what to make of it. RT & discuss: https://patreon.com/posts/61974389twitter.com
Adaptive Journal Lion Gazelle Wardrobe — Sense and Adapt AcademyYOUR FREE DOWNLOAD Adaptive Business Journal: Article Why Adaptability is More Important than Agility.www.senseandadaptacademy.com
3D Abductive Thinking / Grounding 2D Meta-Fluff on Twitter: “Hey systems community I think we need a conversation about What is the point of this style of post-it-note miro boarding. This represent 150 ish hours of people time and what has it achieved. Has it got anything at all to do with ‘systems’? If not – what is it for?… https://t.co/s4bsQESd5T”Hey systems communityI think we need a conversation aboutWhat is the point of this style of post-it-note miro boarding. This represent 150 ish hours of people time and what has it achieved.Has it got anything at all to do with ‘systems’?If not – what is it for?twitter.com
Six Variations of the VSM – Intelligente-Organisationen – Mark LambertzSix Variations of the VSM Six Variations of the VSM – Intelligente-Organisationenstream.syscoi.com
public | service | transformation
Me on LinkedIn on the “Levelling Up” White PaperWoah yeah, fascinating – Complex Adaptive Systems (with Capitalisation) in a government white paper!Hopefully that’s the civil service Systems Unit (as was) FTW?!I would want to pause however over this part of the analysis: “They find evidence that the greater this complexity and diversity, the larger the value created by these countries. Diversity and complexity are associated with higher economic growth.”www.linkedin.com
Jonathan Portes on Twitter: “Deja vu all over again. Here’s a 10 point plan for “levelling up” (@IPPR, 2004). Any of this sound familiar?… “Deja vu all over again.Here’s a 10 point plan for “levelling up” ( @IPPR , 2004). Any of this sound familiar?twitter.com
Darren Jones MP on Twitter: “This is actually ridiculous. I’ve just quickly checked the Levelling Up missions against the (recently scrapped) Industrial Strategy missions and they’re all the same! (Check it out here: https://t.co/yyQ6ERsUYs)… https://t.co/OaqAxdMJ0A”This is actually ridiculous. I’ve just quickly checked the Levelling Up missions against the (recently scrapped) Industrial Strategy missions and they’re all the same! (Check it out here: https://gov.uk/government/topical-events/the-uks-industrial-strategy…)twitter.com
Developing wellbeing cost effectiveness measures in the charity sectorIn their new report, Pro Bono economics has developed a seven step approach to assess the wellbeing cost-effectiveness of charitable intervention.The post Developing wellbeing cost effectiveness measures in the charity sector appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
The Complexities of food supplyClick here to watch a video by Birmingham Food Council on the UK’s food supply landscape.The post The Complexities of food supply appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
Kathy Evans on Twitter: “What a packed session we had with the Lords #PublicServices Committee…. and I didn’t even get the chance to share our EIGHT PRINCIPLES for radical reform in service commissioning and procurement…. so here they are (thread)… https://t.co/yiJUrHCMaa”What a packed session we had with the Lords #PublicServices Committee…. and I didn’t even get the chance to share our EIGHT PRINCIPLES for radical reform in service commissioning and procurement…. so here they are (thread)twitter.com
Money well spent? Putting wellbeing at the heart of spending decisionsIn this post for Pro Bono Economics, Deborah Hardoon examines how we can put wellbeing at the heart of spending decisions.The post Money well spent? Putting wellbeing at the heart of spending decisions appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
Come and co-create Services Week 2022 – Services in governmentA blog for people who are transforming services across the public sectorservices.blog.gov.uk
A Wellbeing Framework for the North of Tyne Summary ReportNorth of Tyne is the first combined authority in England to formally adopt a wellbeing framework. In May 2021, Carnegie UK and North of Tyne Combined Authority brought together a ‘Roundtable’ to explore the possibilities for a wellbeing approach to pandemic recovery. They used this evidence to create a Wellbeing Framework, consisting of 10 ‘wellbeing […]The post A Wellbeing Framework for the North of Tyne Summary Report appeared first on PSTA.www.publicservicetransformation.org
UN-Common Sense: Understanding Value Engineering with Tom Gilb | Thursday Feb 22, 2022 6:15pm GMTTuesday, February 22, 2022 UN-Common Sense: Understanding Value Engineering with Tom Gilb UN-Common Sense: Understanding Value Engineering with Tom Gilb | Meetupstream.syscoi.com
ethics in public service
The paradox that leads professionals into temptationNews, analysis and comment from the Financial Times, the worldʼs leading global business publicationwww.ft.com
JOHN NICOLSON M.P. on Twitter: “The Disinformation Minister appeared before the @CommonsDCMS Committee today.Shockingly, he refused to distance himself from Boris Johnson’s #JimmySavile lie aimed at Keir Starmer. Have a listen.twitter.com
Martin Stanley on Twitter: “This (from @PrivateEyeNews) reports vile bullying of a civil servant by Paul Dacre.… “This (from @PrivateEyeNews ) reports vile bullying of a civil servant by Paul Dacre.twitter.com
Kathy Evans on Twitter: “The *only* question that should be asked of the PM, and anyone else claiming his apology was real/sincere/meaningful is: “If you’re genuinely sorry, what are you sorry for? What is the wrong you did that you are now sorry for?”… https://t.co/IQ54PDkTrQ”The only question that should be asked of the PM, and anyone else claiming his apology was real/sincere/meaningful is: “If you’re genuinely sorry, what are you sorry for? What is the wrong you did that you are now sorry for?”twitter.com
Insider on Twitter: “Over the past decade, the amount of taxpayer money the royal household took in grew from £30 million to £86.3 million. Yet the public has little insight into who supports the Queen in her official duties, what their roles are, or how much they’re paid. https://t.co/zjQNzPagQ4… https://t.co/RTj91XIPrp”Over the past decade, the amount of taxpayer money the royal household took in grew from £30 million to £86.3 million.Yet the public has little insight into who supports the Queen in her official duties, what their roles are, or how much they’re paid.https://insider.com/chart-shows-queen-elizabeths-household-taxpayer-funding-insider-analysis-2021-12twitter.com
Meet the Hidden Architect Behind America’s Racist EconomicsNobel laureate James Buchanan is the intellectual linchpin of the Koch-funded attack on democratic institutions, argues Duke historian Nancy MacLeanwww.ineteconomics.org
David Higham on Twitter: “Sometimes you really don’t want to brief the inner workings of the Government to the media. I guess there’ll be a lot of gongs for “political services”.… https://t.co/APE3SFs129″Sometimes you really don’t want to brief the inner workings of the Government to the media. I guess there’ll be a lot of gongs for “political services”.twitter.com
The paradox that leads professionals into temptationHigh-minded managers may be more prone to bias because they think they know how to ignore gift-giverswww.ft.com
Slippery with the truth … government communications when major IT-based projects begin to fail | Campaign4ChangeBy Tony Collins Last week Campaign4Change published a list of major IT projects where, when things went seriously wrong, Parliament was not told the whole truth and sometimes nothing like the truth.   The article said that, among the systemic reasons for around £40bn worth of state IT-related failures, may be truth decay, excessive secrecy, no…ukcampaign4change.com
Quarter of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet took Russia-linked cash as Tories head to Conference – Mirror OnlineTory coffers have been swelled by £2 million from donors with Russian links since Boris Johnson became PM – and a quarter of ministers attending cabinet have benefited from cash from just three well-connected sourceswww.mirror.co.uk
environmental and social justice
Understanding Movements – NetworkWeaverUnderstanding Movements FREE This report and presentation deck explores: What are movements? What is their relevance in social change? What are some of their defining features? How do they differ from programs or collective impact? Understanding Movements – NetworkWeaverstream.syscoi.com
Benjamin P. Taylor on Twitter: “#TIL “Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich person to go to heaven so rich christians made up a fictional gate… forever incredible. ” https://t.co/fbRZJJgGOs Wikipedia https://t.co/3zceoCudEv”TIL “Jesus said it’s easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich person to go to heaven so rich christians made up a fictional gate… forever incredible.” https://bit.ly/3g7Urgn Wikipediatwitter.com
Health Nerd on Twitter: “”Most people who died of COVID-19 have underlying health conditions”Most people who die OF ANYTHING have underlying comorbidities MOST ADULTS in many countries have at least 1 underlying health problem!“twitter.com
Ian Dunt on Twitter: “Levelling up debate beyond inane. Johnson was elected with a promise to accomplish it in 2019.Government now publishing a white paper with “a set of clear principles” in 2022, which won’t be implemented before 2030.twitter.com
The Dialogical, The Ecological and Beyond | Goodbun and Sweeting (2021)The Dialogical, The Ecological and Beyond Authors Jon Goodbun Royal College of Art Ben Sweeting University of Brighton The Dialogical, The Ecological and Beyond | FOOTPRINTstream.syscoi.com
Camden Renewal Commission Report launched by Camden Council | UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose – UCL – University College LondonA new report published by Camden Council details four landmark missions that build on the findings provided by the Camden Renewal Commission co-chaired by IIPP’s Founding Director and the Leader of the London Borough of Camden.www.ucl.ac.uk
Systems approaches to strengthening health system resilience: Key concepts and lessons from COVID-19: 10 February 2022, 13:00 CETSystems Approaches to Strengthening Health Care Resilience: Key Concepts & Lessons from COVID-19 Webinar Registration – Zoom 10Webinar – Systems approaches to strengthening health system resilience: Key concepts and lessons from COVID-19Date: February 10, 2022 12:09 PM – 2:00 PM CETOnline event: https://unige.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AdqMGV4aSWuyxATZAK7OMQDropdownAdd to calendar10Days21Hours10Minutes05Seconds Save the date!! On 10 February 2022, 13:00 – 14:00 CET join […]stream.syscoi.com
DRMacIver’s Notebook: Ladders between communitiesToday I had to do something that if you had asked me to do it a few years ago, I would probably have faked my death and run away to a foreign country. Specifically, I had to tell someone that they hadn’t broken any rules, but we were collectively finding their presence extremely unpleasant, and they should leave now. I did chicken out and use the communal we, and I had gathered some basic consensus first, but it was ultimately my decision.notebook.drmaciver.com
Experts: Congress must treat poor nutrition, climate change, and biodiversity loss as interconnected | Successful FarmingAn example of the use of ‘systems thinking’ – and actually, I think, real systems thinking – in the wild. Experts: Congress must treat poor nutrition, climate change, and biodiversity loss as interconnected | Successful Farming EXPERTS: CONGRESS MUST TREAT POOR NUTRITION, CLIMATE CHANGE, AND BIODIVERSITY LOSS AS INTERCONNECTED By Chuck Abbott1/27/2022 Addressing the interlinked crises […]stream.syscoi.com
Community principle: Weaving from the inside out | by Fabian Pfortmüller | Together Institute | Jan, 2022 | MediumCommunity principle: Weaving from the inside out Healthy communities need a center of gravity with dense and trusted relationships. Otherwise they are hollow and unsustainable. Fabian Pfortmülle Community principle: Weaving from the inside out | by Fabian Pfortmüller | Together Institute | Jan, 2022 | Mediumstream.syscoi.com
more brain food
Do Explain with Christofer Lövgren podcast #36 – [The Chapman Series, Pt. 1] Cognitivism, Representationalism, and Rationalismhttps://doexplain.buzzsprout.com/1260167/9954747-36-the-chapman-series-pt-1-cognitivism-representationalism-and-rationalism This is part 1 of a series where Christofer investigates the ideas of David Chapman with his friend Jake Orthwein. The material covered is mainly from Chapman’s two books: ‘Meaningness’ (meaningness.com) and ‘In the Cells of the Eggplant’ (metarationality.com). In the first episode they focus on problematic cognitivist assumptions that undergird much of Deutsch’s […]stream.syscoi.com
John Humphrey Noyes on Twitter: “Mathematically speaking, it is very unlikely that any virus with an R0 greater than 3 becomes endemic. Two years of letting ‘er rip has failed to introduce any sort of regularity beyond period halving of the time before waves. Mathematically, that’s an incredibly bad sign.… https://t.co/LibVwIjmEA”Mathematically speaking, it is very unlikely that any virus with an R0 greater than 3 becomes endemic. Two years of letting ‘er rip has failed to introduce any sort of regularity beyond period halving of the time before waves. Mathematically, that’s an incredibly bad sign.twitter.com
I live with 28 other men — and my wife. The power of connection changed everything for me – ABC NewsLiving through six Melbourne lockdowns alongside 28 people at risk of homelessness has taught us a thing or two about what true community looks like — and why we might be thinking about human connection all wrong, writes Jayden Battey.www.abc.net.au
Emma Mitchell 💙 on TwitterOh and get a few of those in pots/your flower bed/window box along with some forced/little pots of bulbs, a primrose or two, an anemone blanda & there’s potential for year-round posy action in a jam jar next to your bed. Yep. Can’t recommend this enough.twitter.com
In Defense of Adam McKay’s Don’t Look Up: A Metamodern Reading – What Is Metamodern?… For me, the film’s most substantive metamodern dynamic is its braiding between brute-force messaging, humorous satire and depiction of small, intimate moments.whatismetamodern.com
༺ 𐂂 ༻ on Twitter: “vitalik drew this and i cant make heads or tails of it… “vitalik drew this and i cant make heads or tails of ittwitter.com
“When we remove the idea that we’re there to fix someone’s problems, and focus instead on the importance of relationships, we often find we do have something to offer — and that we’ll gain something beautiful in return.”David Ellerman writing for the World Bank in Helping People Help Themselves From the World Bank to an Alternative Philosophy of Development Assistance asks: “How can an outside party (“helper”) assist those attempting to undertake autonomous activities (the “doers”) without overriding or undercutting their autonomy?”www.nurturedevelopment.org
Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer | Aeon Essays – Robert Epstein ed Pam Weintraubsource: Your brain does not process information and it is not a computer | Aeon Essays The empty brain Your brain does not process information, retrieve knowledge or store memories. In short: your brain is not a computer Robert Epstein is a senior research psychologist at the American Institute for Behavioral Research and Technology in […]stream.syscoi.com
Jay Hulme on Twitter: Should the Welsh dragon be pizzled?twitter.com
‘I’m really just high on life and beauty’: the woman who can see 100 million colours | Science | The GuardianAs a kid, Concetta Antico was always ‘a bit out of the box’, but it took decades for her to discover just how differently she was seeing the worldwww.theguardian.com
AI-generated Valentine’s CardsYour description for this link…www.aiweirdness.com
The Frame Problem (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)The Frame Problem First published Mon Feb 23, 2004; substantive revision Mon Feb 8, 2016 To most AI researchers, the frame problem is the challenge of representing the effects of action in logic without having to represent explicitly a large number of intuitively obvious non-effects. But to many philosophers, the AI researchers’ frame problem is […]stream.syscoi.com
1995 Francois Jullien, The Propensity of ThingsOriginally posted on In brief. David Ing.: Jullien views propensity in Chinese philosophy, as a counterpart to causality in Western philosophy.  Some unpacking of his writing in digests may be helpful. Jullien, François. 1995. The Propensity of Things: Toward a History of Efficacy in China. Translated by Janet Lloyd. Zone Books. Introduction How can we conceive of the…stream.syscoi.com
📕 Overdue, Part 1: the birth of public librariesFranklin, the library movement, and the start of free, public librariesnewpublic.substack.com
Yohan John on Twitter: “Reductionist metaphysics resembles the medieval ‘Great Chain of Being’…Reductionist metaphysics resembles the medieval ‘Great Chain of Being’, stepping from leptons and quarks (or perhaps superstrings?) through atoms, molecules, cells, organisms, populations and finally ecologies/economies. (1) Yohan John on Twitter: “Reductionist metaphysics resembles the medieval ‘Great Chain of Being’, stepping from leptons and quarks (or perhaps superstrings?) through atoms, molecules, cells, organisms, populations and […]stream.syscoi.com
Isobel Hunter MBE on Twitter: “Did you know that London has more public libraries than any other major city in the world? Let’s say that again: in the whole wide world!!… https://t.co/Hq2GEV4l6A”Did you know that London has more public libraries than any other major city in the world? Let’s say that again: in the whole wide world!!twitter.com
How Claude Shannon Helped Kick-start Machine LearningOriginally posted on Complexity Digest: Rodney Brooks The “father of information theory” also paved the way for AI Read the full article at: spectrum.ieee.orgstream.syscoi.com
interlude
The Funeral (Nkosi Sikelel’ Iafrika) (September 25, 1987)Cry Freedom SoundtrackQue Dieu bénisse l’Afriquewww.youtube.com
David Byrne, the Artist, Is Totally Connected – The New York TimesDavid Byrne, the Artist, Is Totally Connected There’s a new gallery show and book of his whimsical line drawings — and coming this summer, an immersive art-and-science experience. David Byrne installing one of his tree drawings, called “Human Content,” at Pace Gallery in New York City. Credit…Mark Sommerfeld for The New York Times By Frank Rose […]stream.syscoi.com

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