Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #80

Look out for lots of events coming up for me, as things like that seem to be ramping up again!

And in this edition, a fantastic offer – see below.

Meanwhile, here’s our weekly selection of systems|cybernetics|complexity, public|service|transformation and plenty more of interest…

Unlock your organisation’s full potential with the operational excellence and process transformation summit! Join industry leaders, experts, and peers for two days of insights, learning, and networking on the latest trends and strategies in process optimisation and business transformation. Learn how to streamline operations, enhance efficiency, and drive growth in today’s rapidly changing landscape. Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to gain a competitive edge and stay ahead of the curve! Register now for an early bird ticket and enjoy an additional discount of 299 euros by using this code OPEX _ specialoffer before 31st march. Hurry, limited availability.

Attention Change Agents! Are you ready to join the Requisite Agility movement? The University of Brighton’s 20 years of research has revealed that agility needs to be customized and tailored to individual organizations rather than following a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach. The Implementing Requisite Agility Workshop on 21-22 April 2023 is the perfect opportunity to become a founding member of this movement. Limited places are available, so act fast to secure your spot! During this two-day workshop, you will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to facilitate fit-for-purpose agility and co-create essential conversations to accelerate benefits to profit, people, and planet. Use code “rawork30” for a 30% discount. Don’t miss out on this transformative opportunity!

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My weekly blog posts:

As an experienced facilitator, I believe in creating a safe and supportive environment for participants to express themselves without fear of judgment or consequences. When intense emotions arise, it’s important to allow individuals the time and space to process their feelings, while also acknowledging the validity and usefulness of those emotions. The goal is to build stronger teams and foster a culture where emotions are seen as safe and constructive, rather than something to be repressed or ashamed of. Check the link to read in more detail.

The focus on operational excellence and improving management practices has been a constant theme throughout the 20th century. The Operational Excellence and Process Transformation Summit in Hamburg, Germany in June 2023 will explore cutting-edge approaches, including digital practices and the potential for a circular economy. The summit will feature world-leading brands and practical case studies to help attendees stay competitive. Check the link to read in more detail.

Organizational Constellations

The tongue has various functions, including affecting muscle strength and posture, and producing substances that interact with the whole body. This study reviews the tongue’s anatomical associations with the body system and suggests that these connections should be considered during clinical evaluations to optimize rehabilitation programs and therapeutic outcomes. This is reportedly the first scientific article to focus on the tongue in a systemic context. Check the link to read in more detail.  The Anatomical Relationships of the Tongue with the Body System – Bordoni et al (2018)

The article examines the concept of “viability” in different contexts beyond the descriptions provided by Beer’s Viable System Model, Maturana’s autopoietic theory, and Luhmann’s communication theory. It analyzes how “decisions” shape organizations in an information environment and proposes an approach that can lead to an accommodation between Beer’s practical orientation and Luhmann’s sociological critique. Check the link to read in more detail.  Beer’s Viable System Model and Luhmann’s Communication Theory: ‘Organizations’ from the Perspective of Metagames – Johnson and Leydesdorff (2013)

American Society for Cybernetics: Engaging Conflict and other forms of Asynchronicity with Jude Lombardi and Tom Scholte – online, Sun, Mar 19, 2023 at 12:00noon EDT

Systems Changes Learning: Recasting and reifying rhythmic shifts for doing, alongside thinking and making | JSCI – Coevolving Innovations

Two Major Misconceptions of Systems Thinking exposed – By BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Quality SG , Mon 3 Apr 2023 at 19:30 UK time | Dr Joseph Kasser and Bruce Lerner

The Systems Thinking Summit – A place for systems thinkers to meet, 15-17 Mary 2023 online 7-10pm New York time

Hayek and systems|cybernetics|complexity – a set of Hayek links on this website

Stafford Beer, a systems theorist and operations researcher, discovered that Daphnia (water fleas) have an aversion to tiny magnets in 1962. This discovery was made during a project that aimed to create a fully automated “lights-out factory” and required a suitable brain to run the company under the evolutionary criterion for survival. Beer believed that engineering a suitable brain would require harnessing the factory to a homeostatic colony of animal life. Check the link to read in more detail.  The Best of Bees: Friedrich Hayek and Stafford Beer at the 1960 Symposium on the Principles of Self-Organization – Hancock

The blog discusses the importance of considering the wider scope of a problematic situation before identifying a single problem to focus on. A case study is used to illustrate how changing the focus from production to demand helped a company stabilize production, labor, and profit margins. The article emphasizes the role of systems thinking in exploring inter-relationships and perspectives to arrive at a systemic solution. Check the link to read in more detail.  Blog 3: Systems Thinking in Research: Considering Interrelationships in Research Through Rich Pictures – Ideas in ALL – Williams and O’Donnell

call for papers: Complex System Approaches to 21st Century Challenges: Inequality, Climate Change, and New Technologies | Santa Fe Institute July 31- August 2, 2023

The article discusses the concept of Inclusive Systemic Thinking, which is an approach influenced by systems thinking, social and behavioral sciences, feminism, and global development. It emphasizes the importance of engaging with local voices and creating a mutual learning environment to achieve transformative change that is grounded in participant perspectives. The article also highlights the significance of decolonizing practices and mutual capacity development in this approach. Check the link to read in more detail.  Inclusive Systemic Thinking for transformative change – Lewis and Stephens

2023 Conference – Metaphorum (20 years after Stafford’s passing): Viability through emancipation – or the hidden agenda of viability. Manchester, UK, 8-10 June 2023

SCiO monthly events newsletter – March & April 2023

UK faces biggest fall in spending power for 70 years – BBC News:

Why big programmes suck – and what you can do about it – SensibleTech:

Webinar recording and resources: Arts and health across the lifespan – SBRG:

Do facilitated workshops bring about the opposite of what they intend?

The Magic of Knowing When to Use Concrete vs. Abstract Language – By Jonah Berger – Behavioral Scientist:

Illegal Migration Bill highlights how expectations of legislative scrutiny have plummeted | Institute for Government

UK Asylum and Policy:

How I got arrested for being a pedestrian – HarryTheTallCyclist:

How Chinese Companies Are Reinventing Management:

The Kekulé Problem – Nautilus:

Dave Chaplin: The Government must act quickly to fix – or ditch – the IR35 reforms | Conservative Home:

Representation and Uncertainty:

A Desk Is a Dangerous Place From Which to Watch the World:

Stochastic parrots will keep us trapped in our own mediocrity:

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world®:

The plot against Boris | Robert Hutton | The Critic Magazine:

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