Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
JANUARY 16, 2016
Quoted at length from Self-organization of complex, intelligent systems: an action ontology for transdisciplinary integration , Francis Heylighen , Integral Review : A mobilization system would combat this confused and unproductive way of acting by redirecting effort in the most efficient way at the most important issues.
implementing a triple operating system
AUGUST 11, 2016
A triple operating system aligns work and learning and has a network perspective. Awareness of New Knowledge (social networks).
Grand Unified Theory of Service Design, Systems Design, and Organization Design
MARCH 9, 2016
Jeff Sussna is an internationally-recognized systems thinker and IT expert, combining engineering expertise with an ability to bridge business, creative, and technical perspectives. Being able to mix in not only connecting with design, but connecting with design management and thinking about design organizations is such a bonus for me.
a triple operating system
NOVEMBER 21, 2015
This trinity is not three separate operating systems. Essentially, networked organizations need to operate differently. Awareness.
The post-hierarchical organization
OCTOBER 23, 2014
With an external environment that is highly connected, organizations have to get connected inside. Hierarchies are good for command and control.
APRIL 17, 2014
The industrial capitalist system was designed to use Labour as a commodity. Talent is original. Labour is viewing humans as resources.
The Rise of the T-Shaped Organization
DECEMBER 15, 2015
The growing demand for T-shaped skills points to the rise of the T-shaped organization. Brown offers a very good answer to these questions.
Creating emergent, adaptive systems in organizations
MAY 29, 2012
Since the collective intelligence of many – or even most – human organizations is significantly less than the intelligence of many of its participants, there are no doubt lessons we can learn. In my book Living Networks I included a small section on Creating adaptive systems in Chapter 6 on Network Presence.
Reinventing Organizations – Review
MAY 19, 2014
What is a “Teal Organization”? Evolutionary purpose: let the organization adapt and grow, not be driven. That’s it.
Building the network era organization
OCTOBER 15, 2014
Part of the shift that organizations will have to make in the network era will be not only to add new dimensions, but to retrieve some old ones.
Why it matters that networks in organizations and social systems are shifting to power-law distributions
NOVEMBER 3, 2014
’ * There are many factors, such as positive feedback loops and self-organisation , that are shifting systems towards power-law distributions.
Organize for Complexity
MAY 1, 2014
” Well I think Niels has answered much of that question himself, in his recent book Organize for Complexity.
self-organization and self-reflection
DECEMBER 4, 2015
The System vs the Medical Doctor , by @fewererrors. That is when it dawned on us that here was the self-organizing plural sector in action.
Creating More Intelligent Organizations
DECEMBER 26, 2012
organize these collaborations and enhance them with innovative IT-based. collaborating via the Internet, in order to understand how to best.
First structure the work system
MARCH 6, 2013
think humans, with their complex brains, can develop processes that work, if they are in organizations that allow them to be natural. Practices.
Big Data: Running out of Metric System…
OCTOBER 31, 2012
The first is the great thirst mainstream organizations have for analytic talent. How fast are they exploding?
Cognitive Systems and Big-Data-driven Applications
OCTOBER 23, 2013
In the first week of October I participated in a Cognitive Systems Colloquium hosted by IBM at its Thomas J. Watson Research Center.
The Human-Centered Organization
MAY 18, 2016
While I want L&D to lead the way (as those are the folks I know), it’s really about leading the way to an organization that’s aligned with us , with people. The point being, as we reorganize work to tap into the best of us, we’re creating organizations that are humane in a very specific, and hopefully deep, sense.
Design Principles for Complex, Unpredictable, People Oriented Systems
APRIL 13, 2012
Then you pull together the needed resources - human, financial, technical, tools, equipment, etc - and organize a project to achieve the objectives. What do we mean by applying design principles to complex, unpredictable, people oriented systems and problems? But, socio-technical systems are oriented toward people and services.
A guide to complexity and organizations
JULY 29, 2012
The definition of complex systems is quite useful: Complex systems have presence or participation of living creatures.
Leadership, Connectivity, Execution, Organization
JULY 21, 2011
Metaphors that provide the common mental frameworks for our organizations are also powerful tools. Focus is on Doing, not Goals.
JUNE 1, 2012
“A System is a set of variables sufficiently isolated to stay constant long enough for us to discuss it. ~ W. things do.”
Organizations, work, and learning
DECEMBER 23, 2014
They cover the main themes of organizations, work, and learning, that I have been discussing on this blog since 2004. Management in networks.
How Can We Ensure that Our Complex AI Systems Do What We Want Them to Do?
APRIL 7, 2015
Software-intensive systems are generally quite flexible, - able to evolve and adapt to changing product and market requirements. Cyberattacks.
The Intersection of Systems and Network Leadership
FEBRUARY 6, 2015
Found when researching systems thinking. Find the keys to a system. Looks for ways to help system work better, doesn’t blame.
Networks and Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 9, 2014
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.
The learning organization: an often-described, but seldom-observed phenomenon
MAY 31, 2012
The role of managers should be to manage the system, not the individual functions. ” W. Even team-based knowledge comes and goes.
Why People Leave Organizations
MAY 19, 2011
Like so many others things, it is the systemic effect of several factors that leads to a final decision. This paper presents research from a wide range of organizations, people and cultures and disputes many of the reason people commonly give for leaving. Rewards based, in part, on how well the organization performs.
Reflections on the Nature of Human Organizations
OCTOBER 31, 2012
For most of history, the vast majority of people lived in farms and villages, and worked in relatively small organizations. . Furthermore, larger organizations are typically accompanied by an increase in human interactions which improve their overall creativity and potential for innovation. billion, passing from 7.0 billion to 9.3
5 Use Cases for a Corporate YouTube in Organizations
JANUARY 9, 2013
Previously I’ve discussed the benefits and uses of micro-blogging , badging and virtual worlds inside an organization. Well well well.
The Science of Complex Systems
JULY 9, 2011
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
DECEMBER 9, 2011
Brian Arthur , - The Second Economy. Dr. Arthur is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute and visiting researcher at PARC’s Intelligent Systems Lab. This second, digital economy is essentially acting as the neural system for the overall economy. Now it is developing a neural system. What does this mean?
Complex Sociotechnical Systems: the Case for a New Field of Study
MAY 16, 2012
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. .
People, Organization, Technology?
MARCH 5, 2013
For complex systems, for innovation efforts, for creativity – process engineering is not only the wrong approach, it is a mistake.
Systems Thinking, Safety and Risk Management
MAY 2, 2012
Several participants cited the sharp rise in volume and speed of high-frequency trading over the past decade as an example of a current practice that is potentially increasing volatility and systemic risk in financial markets. Financial systems are an example of such complex engineering systems. it's not true.
How organizations can thrive in the network era
SEPTEMBER 10, 2012
I recently covered the BetaCodex Guide to Organizing for Complexity. A new special edition paper has just been released, Turn Your Company Outside-In.
Networks, Information, and Complex Adaptive Systems
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
MAY 11, 2014
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." The next statement is that ''it'' (the universe) is self-organizing. Under the heading "A believable theory?
Social Business – Rethinking Innovation, Organization and Leadership
MARCH 1, 2011
for the 21st century. But, I am sure you may be wondering, what would it look like, right? know, lots of questions, right? It’s already there!
An Operating System for the Mind
Stephen Downes: Half an Hour
SEPTEMBER 19, 2009
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.
I’m Not Scared of Email; I Developed a System called DADDIO
JANUARY 23, 2013
You may use Outlook or Lotus or whatever messaging system or application is provided to you to send and answer these types of emails. Action.