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Jeremy Heimans compares what he calls “new power” with “old power”. New power examples such as Airbnb, Kickstarter, LinkedIn and the Obama (USA) Presidency campaign, involve the deployment of mass participation and peer coordination, value transparency and networked governance and work like an electric current.
Project management, as a field of practice and aspiring discipline has enjoyed strong professional formation, driven by active associations of practitioners. In promoting project management as a discipline in its own right, these practitioners and their associations have worked to delimit it from other disciplines and define it through practice standards. As a result project […]
Purpose: To provide an overview of problems with judging risk and how these can be overcome by groups using integrated elicitation processes. Description: A brief overview is provided about distortions in risk perception stemming from factors such as overconfidence, degree of personal experience and dreadfulness of the outcome. These lead to a range of ‘pathologies’ […]
This 75 minute video describes the problems with relying on common sense to deal with complex problems, as well as how to improve responses by optimising prediction using scenarios, and improved measurement and reaction. It also shows how social scientists are capitalising on the power of the internet for improving understanding of prediction. Video (1 […]
Purpose: To identify the key actors (stakeholders) who may be able to affect a policy outcome, especially whether or not they agree with the change proposed (alignment) and whether or not they are likely to take action (interest). To determine how a coalition seeking to achieve change might best interact with each of the identified […]
Overview of several high profile system dynamics model-based applications, selected to show what such models look like, how they emerged (often in multidisciplinary interventions), and how they were used successfully to influence strategy, policy, and decision making. Examples include project management, commodity cycles, urban dynamics, and infectious disease policy. Video (30 minutes): Models that Matter: […]
This video of an hour-long workshop introduces the core concepts and patterns of thought of the system dynamics approach to complex problems: thinking dynamically, thinking causally, thinking about accumulations, and the key to it all, thinking endogenously. The session builds skills in the mechanics of defining problems dynamically, mapping systems structure, and teasing out qualitative […]
Purpose: To demonstrate how a qualitative system dynamics map is constructed, along with its value in identifying leverage points, as well as to develop principles for qualitative mapping. Description: This 28 minute video by George Richardson describes his perspective on how a systems thinker and modeler approaches the problem of extensive evil. He builds a […]
Purpose: To provide an understanding of key systems principles. Description: This five-minute video uses ‘love’ as a universal example to illustrate what it means to think in systems (rather than parts) to better understand complexity. An example is provided of each of the following: Stocks Inflows Outflows Reinforcing feedback loops Balancing feedback loops Nonlinearity Delays […]
These two videos describe the difference between analysis (study of the parts) and synthesis (understanding of the whole). Analysis provides knowledge; synthesis provides understanding. Describes that all systems are parts of larger systems. Also describes that an essential property of a system is that it cannot be divided into independent parts; that its properties derive […]

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