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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.

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?

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.

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.

Leadership in a Changing World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What are the critical competencies needed to lead in our fast-changing business environment? Sustaining or disruptive? Ripple Intelligence.

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.

Scale and Complex Systemic Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But managing the kind of disruptive innovations that change the rules of the game requires a different management style based on identifying a brand new idea, moving quickly to establish an early market presence, and continuous market experimentation to refine the offerings and establish the company’s strategy.  markets.”

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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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.

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.

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.

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

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. 

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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.

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. 

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. 

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? 

Changing Schools, Changing Knowledge: The Agenda

George Siemens

I’ve had the privilege of being on Steve Paikin’s The Agenda several times over the last few years. The interview is below

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.  .

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

Game-Changing Basic Research: Benefits and Challenges

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

But, technology and market environments have drastically changed in the intervening years.  None of these, however, were U.S.-led

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.

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

Can cyber-crime result in global financial systemic risk?

Ross Dawson

Financial systems evolve, and even while banks continually improve their protection, there will be ways to attack banks.

Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The first part is designed to be very broad, as a "view of the universe as a self-organizing information system that can, in some sense, be seen to have knowledge and to change through co-adaptation of its parts." We need to be clear about what we mean by an information system. Under the heading "A believable theory?

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

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.

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

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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An Operating System for the Mind

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Interestingly, that's how many people used to think of electronic information systems - as mechanisms into which you input facts to facilitate easy discovery and retrieval. The computer, or online systems (such as Minitel) were visualized as giant electronic libraries, with the sum total of the world's knowledge at our disposal. Third.

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. 

Some fundamental changes

Harold Jarche

The initial thesis of The Cluetrain Manifesto is that markets are conversations, but I think that theses 10 through 12 describe the big potential change in relationships brought on by the Internet. #10. Participation in a networked market changes people fundamentally. #11. That change has to start with people. ” in Quora.