Why organisation and systems theory and practice will solve the enduring problems of government, and politics and more democracy (by itself) will not.
Having spent a working lifetime in and around government in various roles, I became more and more frustrated with its capacity - regardless of the party in power - to produce much beneficial change. I’ve watched able, well-meaning people themselves frustrated by Westminster and Whitehall. With a consultant’s eye it became evident that the problems lay with the system of government - problems common to most democratic countries. Analysing governme... Read more
Barry has a unique understanding of human systems, based on four decades of work with the power lab and the organization workshop, experiential educational programs which have also served as his window into human systems. His presentation will focus on the costs of system blindness and the creative possibilities of system sight. He is the author of seeing systems, leading systems, and in the middle.
Angus has a transdisciplinary biography that includes professor, entrepreneur, consultant, writer, meditant and photographer. • Most businesses have an intentional but inadequate and dysfunctional approach to managing identity. This session will propose that any organism or organization has its own organizational logic, which closes it off from being anything else, and anything else from being it. • A tool will be sketched that ca... Read more
Joanne will discuss key principles of effective workshops, with a focus on creativity, taking a systems perspective and learning from the wisdom of the group. Participants will then Ketso to explore these ideas, and the workshop will end with a discussion of the way that principles have been embodied in the physical toolkit (of Ketso). Joanne is a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Management, School of Environment, Education and Development... Read more
I joined the ICT industry in 1974, teaching COBOL programming. By the early 1990's I had opened the first computer training department at Tesco head office, been a systems programmer, written one of the first database systems to run on the IBM PC, and generally had a lot of fun. But I had also noticed that many of the best paid jobs I had done were on projects that either failed or were barely successful. My experience showed that the issues wer... Read more
NHS reforms have exposed leaders and staff to a scope and speed of change unlike anything they have experienced before. At a time when the NHS is still acclimatising to the most significant change since its establishment, we may pose a question, 'does the current context present a prime opportunity for new ways of thinking and working to emerge?” and “How does it feel to be a NHS manager trying to champion systems thinking in this new world?' P... Read more
Managing the complexity of the internet-based global market. During the last 20 years, the complexity of the Internet-based global market has increased to such extend that many conventional resource-allocation systems have difficulty in coping with the increased demand/supply dynamics. The talk will focus on new methods for managing complexity of the Internet-based global market based on concepts of adaptability and real-time decision making. Co... Read more
In, October Steve set out a framework fro mapping systems concepts, principles and models to real life applications of the sort that interest SCIO members. In this presentation, Steve will describe an example of the explicit use of a systems model (the VSM) to critique, diagnose and design interventions in a specific domain - the management of financial performance. Steve Morlidge is an ex Unilever ‘lifer’ now working as an independent researche... Read more
The public sector is beginning to apply systems thinking to society’s wicked issues. Through the relatively new profession of commissioning, an emerging culture and set of tools is pushing the boundaries of leadership, service development and the role of the state. A revolution is afoot. During the discussion we’ll explore the application of systems thinking to local children’s services – What are we here to deliver? How do we refocus the sys... Read more
Markets are the ecosystems in which enterprises thrive, survive, and periodically die. A successful enterprise understands its value in the context of the wider environment, and can constantly redesign itself as the ecosystem evolves. Understanding context when designing or re‐designing a structure is one of the fundamental capabilities of any architect. Whether their medium is buildings, landscapes, ships or enterprises, the value of an archite... Read more