Transduction – leading transformation – Issue #84

This week:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Complexity
  • Frameworks
  • Social Resilience
  • Connectivity 
  • Awards
  • Experiments
  • Transformation 

Link Collection:

Upcoming Events:

Requisite Agility Workshop 2023     21 April 2023 – 22 April 2023      

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. RedQuadrant’s own Benjamin Taylor will be speaking. 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!

Hamburg, Operational Excellence and Process Transformation.       14 June 2023 – 16 June 2023

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!

Summer 2023 National Commissioning Academy by the Public Service Transformation Academy

Expected start: June, running 8 months  

We are delighted to announce the launch of Spring 2023 National Commissioning Academy which is accredited by the PSTA and Cabinet Office.  

Described by the former Civil Service Chief Executive John Manzoni as ‘one of our flagship development programmes for leaders’, the Commissioning Academy is designed to equip commissioners and change makers from across public services with the insight, know-how and tools to transform outcomes for the communities we serve. 


  • A blended, interactive programme over the course of 8 months  
  • Masterclass workshops (interactive, with input of ideas and frameworks)  
  • action learning/coaching   
  • expert speakers/short videos to watch   

Outcome Based Commissioning: a 10 step introduction Cohort 6, by the Public Service Transformation Academy. 

Expected start: 17 May until 12 June  

Everyone is working hard to maximise the impact of their limited commissioning budgets. The need to make a real difference to citizens and outcomes has never been greater. 

 This development programme has been designed to assist all those charged with deploying commissioning budgets to improve overall effectiveness, efficiency and agility. It is an intense, introductory programme designed to give you an overview and develop the way you work. It complements the PSTA’s Commissioning Academy learning programme (designed in collaboration with the Cabinet Office).   

The cost is £850 per person – discounts are available for those who book the Commissioning Academy as well, and for early and group bookings.   

For more information, please follow this link or call 

Please contact Sarah Johnston or 077010 49836.  

My weekly blog post: 

Requisite Agility’s vision is to improve the human condition and create business value by being alert and flexible. The Implementing Requisite Agility Workshop provides a practical approach to develop requisite agility through seven steps to dynamic capability. Check the link to read in more detail.

Other Links:

Biofilia – WebMeeting con Stella Saladino e Nicola Zengiaro – Complexity Institute – online, 13 April 2023 at 21:00 UK time

Neuroscientist Luiz Pessoa presents a new vision of the brain as a highly networked and interconnected system that cannot be neatly decomposed into independent parts responsible for specific mental faculties. The Entangled Brain explains how brain functions result from cross-cutting brain processing, in which parts of the brain work in a coordinated fashion across large-scale distributed networks. Pessoa’s book draws on neuroscience, computation, systems theory, and evolution to provide an intuitive explanation of the brain as a complex system. Check the link to read in more detail. The Entangled Brain: How Perception, Cognition, and Emotion Are Woven Together | Pessoa (2022) – open access book

The airplane/treadmill problem is like a simple lawn-sprinkler physics problem that Feynman used to tell. The problem has an ambiguity that people resolve in different ways, leading to each group thinking the other is making a simple physics mistake. This is why it’s a banned topic on some forums. Check the link to read in more detail. The Goddamn Airplane on the Goddamn Treadmill – xkcd

Research on individual neurons challenges the traditional view of the brain as a network of “dumb” neurons that merely sum up inputs. New evidence shows that individual dendritic compartments can perform complicated mathematical computations, previously thought to be unsolvable by single-neuron systems. This has implications for understanding the brain’s information-processing capabilities and could prompt a reevaluation of artificial neural networks. The discovery marks a growing need for studies of the nervous system to consider the implications of individual neurons as extensive information processors. Check the link to read in more detail.  Jessica Flack on Twitter: “Complexity all the way down: It’s becoming clear that the view complexity increases as we move up life’s organizational hierarchy is wrong (thread)…2

The Enrico Fermi Research Centre, UNU-MERIT, and the Young Scholar Initiative are inviting submissions to the first Economic Fitness and Complexity spring school in Rome, Italy, from June 5-9, 2023. The school provides an extensive introduction to the economic complexity framework, including theoretical and practical lessons on topics such as economic complexity measurement, network theory, machine learning, and relatedness measurement. The final two days feature presentations by renowned scholars on research linking economic complexity with development, geography, labor, sustainability, science, and innovation policy. Check the link to read in more detail.  Economic Fitness and Complexity Spring School. June 5-9, 2023, Rome.

Carlos Gershenson, a professor of computer science at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, discusses complex systems concepts and their intersections with philosophical traditions in this episode of a podcast. Check the link to read in more detail.  Carlos Gershenson on Balance, Criticality, Antifragility, and The Philosophy of Complex Systems

Researchers have determined the optimal tradeoff between the costs and benefits of energy harvesting in nonequilibrium steady states. They found a universal bound on this tradeoff, resulting in closed-form expressions for optimal power output and optimal steady-state distributions in three regimes. The study used a model of a unicyclic network inspired by biomolecular cycles. Check the link to read in more detail.  Universal bounds and thermodynamic tradeoffs in nonequilibrium energy harvesting

A framework has been developed to quantify the resilience of highly volatile social organizations such as collectives or collaborating teams. The framework involves four steps, namely delimitation, conceptualization, formal representation, and operationalization. It allows monitoring resilience instantaneously using longitudinal data instead of ex-post evaluation and quantifies two dimensions of resilience – robustness and adaptivity – which are combined in a novel resilience measure. Check the link to read in more detail.  MODELING SOCIAL RESILIENCE: QUESTIONS, ANSWERS, OPEN PROBLEMS

Researchers have developed a procedure to estimate the real-time growth rate of pathogen prevalence using time series data from wastewater sampling. The method was applied to data reporting the number of copies of the N1 gene of SARS-CoV-2 collected at water treatment works across Scotland between February 2021 and February 2023. The results suggest that changes in the growth rate are detected an average of 2 days earlier in wastewater than in hospital admissions data, providing highly responsive situational awareness to inform public health. Check the link to read in more detail.  The impact of signal variability on epidemic growth rate estimation from wastewater surveillance data

Researchers develop a universal framework to predict the percolation transition in complex directed networks, which is crucial to understanding spreading and synchronization processes. This framework helps explain why many real-world networks are not strongly connected. Check the link to read in more detail.  Strong connectivity in real directed networks

This paper reviews theoretical models that aim to explain the emergence of urban scaling and identify similarities and connections between them. The models are based on different premises, such as gravity ideas, densification, cities’ geometry, hierarchical organization, and social network properties. The paper proposes a general framework that includes all analyzed models as particular cases and discusses future research directions. Check the link to read in more detail. Mathematical models to explain the origin of urban scaling laws

CSS announces awards for promising and outstanding researchers in Complex Systems. Deadline: May 31st, 2023. Check the link to read in more detail.  Calls for the 2023 CSS Emerging Researcher, Junior, and Senior Scientific Awards

CCS2023, the annual meeting of the international complex systems community, will take place in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil. Check the link to read in more detail.  Conference on Complex Systems 2023 – 16-20 October 2023, Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

Deming’s Red Bead Experiment Simulator: Training through Simulation: Symphony Technologies:

Deming’s Funnel Experiment Simulator: Training through Simulation: Symphony Technologies:

How cars drive us apart:

Maltese Pigeon: Breed Guide | Pigeonpedia:

The Folly Of Progress:

Disabled people can’t use over 40% of train stations:

Should we work to grand theories of management, or build specific capabilities?

Here’s what’s wrong with Labour’s attack ads on crime:

The Good Friday agreement showed how decent British politics can be – but Sunak and Starmer have other plans | Rafael Behr:

Big Consultancy and The Rise of The Non-Expert ‘Experts’:

Capita cyber attack hits councils:

Diversity beyond density: Experienced social mixing of urban streets:

A “Miyawaki forest” takes two decades to mature at the heart of a city. In Lisbon, it’s burgeoning in two years — THE ALTERNATIVE:

Firm demands answers over missing cash as giant ducks fail to appear:

Rutland village to return Somme crucifix after 107 years:

Water Harvesting — The Permaculture Podcast:

Are you accountable? Not if you’re a public servant:

Street Grooming: Remembering Keighley:

Science, the Constructionists, and Reality:

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