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How Large Systems Change

George Siemens

Proclamations of systemic change, particularly in higher education, are more hype than reality. In spite of growing enrolments and expansion of higher education systems worldwide, a small number of folks, generally untethered from reality, are proclaiming higher education as a system in demise. Slides are below.

a triple operating system

Harold Jarche

This trinity is not three separate operating systems. Our thinking needs to continuously change as well. This is the practice of PKM.

Online Systems for Behavior Change

Tony Karrer

I've always believe that to truly have impact on performance, we need to be experts at Behavior Change. Need to Change Behavior?

Two separate systems?

Clark Quinn

On the other hand, there is quite a bit of expression for more flexible systems, a more podular approach. Start small, scale out, etc.

Changing thinking, changing systems

Harold Jarche

“The challenge of the coming century is to change the value system of society. Tweet Here are some of the insights and observations that were shared on Twitter this past week. Vaclav Havel” via @BillMcKibben. “Intellectual property is an oxymoron. Ideas can’t be owned. ” ~ @JohnRobb. Friday's Finds

Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design

Adaptive Path

Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. This is where organizational design and system design really become inseparable. And our systems get better and better as we go. couple things.

Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Many shared the view that incremental changes are no longer sufficient in a world that is operating in fundamentally different ways.”  . For a simple reason: one of design’s most fundamental tasks is to help people deal with change.”. But the mechanisms to increase robustness will in turn make the system considerably more complex. 

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The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership

Beth Kanter

Found when researching systems thinking. Check results and changes actions if needed, getting better and better. Networks

technology, change, and us

Harold Jarche

NPR: The most common jobs in every US state [why self-driving vehicles will change the economy]. call these Friday’s Finds. Image: NPR.

Big Data, Complex Systems and Quantum Mechanics

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are some of these limitations?  In thinking about this question  over the last few years, I started to notice that a number of subtle, non-intuitive concepts that I learned many years ago as a physics student seem to apply to the world of big data and information-based predictions in highly complex systems.  Let me explain.  .

Our education system stumbles into the future

Harold Jarche

According to a local professor, the New Brunswick education system is too centralized , but it’s not just education. Decentralize.

Networks and Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

It''s interesting that he makes the point about ''systems'' twice. To use his own words, he sees at least some networks as systems. And systems are very different from networks. system''s structure and behavior may be decomposed via subsystems and sub-processes to elementary parts and process steps. watch is a system.

Traditional training structures are changing

Harold Jarche

The rapid pace of change is unlikely to abate in the near future. Here is the introduction, and you can read the rest at the link.

Nothing Has Changed. Everything Has Changed.

Charles Jennings

But we need wider fundamental changes if we’re to do so at speed and scale. So, what are these fundamental changes? Used with permission.

Jay Changes Direction

Jay Cross

Sold instructional systems that taught a million bankers how to make decisions and sell bank services. My book Aha! Sixties and into Seventies.

Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center. 

How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. 

Behavior Change as Value Proposition

Adaptive Path

There's a lot of academic research around the areas of persuasive technology and design for behavior change. But where does persuasion live?

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The Science of Complex Systems

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

When I look back over my long, relatively eclectic career, complex systems have been a common theme in all the activities I’ve been involved in.  It started in the 1960s, when I was an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in physics, - the study of complex natural systems.  Let me explain. Amazing. 

“We made up these rules, and we can change them”

Harold Jarche

Simultaneously, our educational systems need to phase out teachers and curriculum and focus on everyone becoming a better learner.

Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The roundtable gathered together a group, - consisting primarily of financial experts, with a sprinkle of technologists like me, - to explore how to best regulate financial markets in our fast changing, highly interconnected, complex, digital world. . Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems

A Neural, Digital System for the Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Most everyone will agree that the world’s economy is undergoing historical structural changes , mostly caused by the digital technology revolution taking place all around us.  In particular, ever since the explosive growth of the Internet in the mid 1990s, we are seeing the emergence of a global, digital economy.  What does this mean? 

OMG, its culture change time

Dave Snowden

It's a form of aversion therapy really, change now or we'll put you through a re-education programme. Constraints are key, manage them.

Creating an architecture for change

Dave Snowden

Those systems were a product of local interaction over time, not the imposition of a pre-determined model. Those will be local. Reflections

Measuring the Forces of Long Term Change

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Intel co-founder Gordon Moore described what became known as Moore’s Law in a 1965 paper where he observed that the number of components in integrated circuits had doubled every year since their invention in 1958, and predicted that the trend would continue for at least ten years, a prediction he subsequently changed to a doubling every two years. 

Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Digital technologies are enabling us to develop systems with huge numbers of interconnected components and sophisticated software that infuses them with seemingly unlimited capabilities.  And, they are profoundly changing the way all organizations operate, as well as our working and personal lives.  . Let me discuss a few.  .

Embracing Disruptive Change - Why Is it So Difficult?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Transformative change comes naturally to young companies, as it generally does to young people.  Circling the Wagons. Management Challenges.

Changing the mechanistic mindset

Harold Jarche

Work is changing as we get more connected. Visualization is a powerful change agent. think this may be a long response, Mike. OrgDevTal

Six thoughts on the Klout scoring changes

Ross Dawson

Today influence ratings service Klout significantly changed its rankings. Last week Klout CEO Joe Fernandez announced there would be changes , saying “a majority of users will see their scores stay the same or go up but some users will see a drop”. Here are a few quick thoughts on the changes: 1.

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7 principles of intervention in complex systems

Dave Snowden

I may buy this T-Shirt as its a great slogan. As it happens I was working on intervention strategy in Washington a week ago. Reflections

Cloud and “Game Changing” Business Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

According to the report “cloud empowers six potentially game changing business enablers”: . market adaptability - rapid prototyping and innovation to quickly respond to rapidly changing market conditions; . books is another widely used, game changing cloud application that is already transforming the book publishing industry. 

Using network perspectives to visualize changing culture and meaning

Ross Dawson

earlier shared one of his presentations in a post on how the culture of luxury is changing. Culture Networks (SXSW 2012).

Change or die

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

This is a total phase change. Job descriptions, competency management systems, and all that legacy stuff are needless baggage. Period.

The Web is 25 years old today – so how has it changed the way we learn?

Jane Hart

25 years ago today, on 12 March 1989, the British scientist Tim Berners-Lee wrote a proposal to develop a distributed information system for CERN, and in doing so lay down the foundation for what was to become the World Wide Web. In the ensuing 25 years there can be few people whose lives haven’t been [.]. Social learning

Continuing Education and Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

The value usually stays the same, but the approval code changes. One of our colleagues came to me with a particular challenge, and I'm not sure I have a good answer, nor do I know specifically how to go about finding an answer. Use Case: Becky Bonds is an RN with the responsibility for coding the plan of care in her office. Solutions?

If you want to foster change, stay out of training

Harold Jarche

Nothing had changed. If you want to change the world, or just your organization, stay out of the training department. CH146 Griffon.

Real Profitability Part II: classical System Integrators

Martijn Linssen

For now, I think youll just feel bad for the poor system integrators - or at least their employees? Note the different currencies. dollar.

I’m Not Scared of Email; I Developed a System called DADDIO

Dan Pontefract

We must change our habits. Now, about my system of managing all types of electronic messages; I call it DADDIO. And who would blame him?

Learning Content Management Systems (LCMS) for Managing Course Assets

Tony Karrer

We need to make the changes. In fact, because content management is now so ubiquitous in almost all social networking systems (including Microsoft SharePoint), many companies are finding ways to leverage these tools to help aid content development. They have Articulate courses, classroom courses, SharePoint sites, etc. Sound familiar?

Learning is Behaviour Change: why is it often so hard to help it happen?

Charles Jennings

Could you change when change really mattered? Now with nicotine there’s a very clear reason why behaviour is difficult to change.

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