Simple Systems Scoping

Systems thinking done broadly allows us to take into consideration the various factors — structures, activities, relationships, interconnections — that can influence our organization, market, and domain of inquiry. One of the fundamental qualities of systems is that they have boundaries. For example, when we consider an organization as a system we need to place …

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Acting in Complex Times

The complexities and complications of circumstances tied to the COVID-19 pandemic represent a hyper-exaggerated version of situations organizations find themselves in moments of disruption due to economic, social, and technological shifts. It is a moment of innovation. What makes the current situation distinct is that the issues are global. Usually we have safe refuge in …

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The Amazing Spidergram

Illustrating action points within a complex system challenges evaluation users. Time to call on your friendly neighbourhood spidergram for help. Visualizing complex systems is a challenge within strategy, foresight, and evaluation because each component of the system is interconnected with others. Influence on one of these is likely to influence others. From an action standpoint, …

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