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Chapter Six Mapping and Exploration of the Systems

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Tools for Systems Thinkers: 7 Steps to Move from Insights to Interventions. In the previous four chapters of this series, I discussed the different concepts, approaches, and tools for activating systems thinking.

Tools for Systems Thinkers: 7 Steps to Move from Insights to Interventions

Now it’s time to start pulling those parts together. In this chapter, I outline seven steps you can take to move from systems exploration to a practice of systems interventions*. The Man Who Saw the Future. AltFuturesManoa2009. 1. Dator’s Four Futures – The Foresight Guide. 1.

1. Dator’s Four Futures – The Foresight Guide

Dator’s Four Futures In 1979, Jim Dator, director of the newly-established U. Hawaii foresight Ph.D. program, published a brilliant model of social change stories in an obscure journal, Perspectives on Cross-Cultural Psychology. Jfs Schultz et al Scenarios Heros Journey. Using Scenario Planning to Reshape Strategy.

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The Thing From The Future – Situation Lab

*link fixed The object of the game is to come up with the most entertaining and thought-provoking descriptions of hypothetical objects from different near-, medium-, and long-term futures. Each round, players collectively generate a creative prompt by playing a card game. 2015 SE Compass MethodsAnthology. Understanding Complexity – Erwin van der Koogh – Medium. One of the most important things to understand in modern business (and quite possibly life in general) is the concept of complexity.

Understanding Complexity – Erwin van der Koogh – Medium

While we use the words complicated and complex almost interchangeable in everyday language, they mean very different things. The Global Age of Complexity by Andrew Sheng. The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions. In a rapidly changing business landscape, executives need the ability to quickly spot both new opportunities and hidden risks.

The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions

Asking the right questions can help you broaden your perspective — and make smarter decisions. Good strategic thinking and decision making often require a shift in perspective — particularly in environments characterized by significant uncertainty and change. What worked in the past simply may not apply in the future. Asking “what if” questions about the future may create discomfort, since answers are often not obvious.

But asking such questions also forces you to step back and challenge current assumptions that prevent you from seeing breakthrough solutions. Build an Organization That’s Less Busy and More Strategic. Working with the top executives at a company I’ll call Titan (which designs and makes transit concrete mixers), I noticed that they were flat-out busy doing everything except thinking about strategy.

Build an Organization That’s Less Busy and More Strategic

They were keeping a close watch on factory operations, tracking production targets, handling problems with staffing and equipment, and even getting involved in administrative tasks like supplying quotes and checking that all the invoicing had been done. And that set the pace for everyone else in the organization. Employees took few breaks.

Many of them worked 12-hour days. World's Largest Professional Network. Robert Reich: Trade deals ravage the middle class (and everyone else) Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product.

Robert Reich: Trade deals ravage the middle class (and everyone else)

But almost all that growth would go to the richest 1percent. The rest of us could buy some products cheaper than before. But those gains would be offset by losses of jobs and wages. This is pretty much what “free trade” has brought us over the last two decades. I used to believe in trade agreements. Recent trade agreements have been wins for big corporations and Wall Street, along with their executives and major shareholders.

Robert Reich: The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards. How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably programmed in advance, and almost all profits go to the robots’ owners?

Robert Reich: The sharing economy is hurtling us backwards

Meanwhile, human beings do the work that’s unpredictable – odd jobs, on-call projects, fetching and fixing, driving and delivering, tiny tasks needed at any and all hours – and patch together barely enough to live on. Brace yourself. This is the economy we’re now barreling toward. They’re Uber drivers, Instacart shoppers, and Airbnb hosts. Wet maatschappelijke ondersteuning. Google Translate. Van staat naar stad - Wetenschappelijk Instituut. Door Rob Jonkman.

Van staat naar stad - Wetenschappelijk Instituut

Inside Valve’s plan to revolutionize the world of video games - The Washington Post. Disgruntled Defense of the Ancients 2 players even made an incarnation of their frustration with the lack of Diretide up for download to the game. (Photo by Steam) Just before Halloween, a commentator covering Valve's most popular game, Defense of the Ancients 2 (Dota 2), tweeted it would not have the seasonal event "Diretide. " The time-limited game mode with Halloween elements such as virtual candy collection was a big hit on its first run in 2012. Gabe Newell on Valve’s intimate relationship with its customers.

Valve CEO and co-founder Gabe Newell (Valve) Valve is one of the most successful video game companies in the world. The firm's online game distribution and multi-player platform Steam has 65 million users. Exclusive: Valve's Gabe Newell on Steam Box, biometric controllers, and the future of gaming. By T.C. Sottek and Tom Warren We just sat down for a rare and wide-ranging interview with Valve CEO Gabe Newell, who opened up to The Verge with details about the company's upcoming "Steam Box" gaming hardware, the future of the Steam digital distribution platform, and even gaming itself. For starters, Valve isn't just attacking the living room; the Steam Box will be designed to work across multiple screens in the home using networking standards like Miracast, ideally allowing users to effortlessly transition between rooms and monitors to enjoy gaming and other content.

But Valve's goal isn't just to put a box into everyone's living room, it's to help build an ecosystem of content developers — including the gamers themselves. Gabe Newell on what makes Valve tick - The Washington Post. Valve co-founder and CEO Gabe Newell (Andrea Peterson/Washington Post) Valve is one of the most successful video game companies in the world. The firm's online game distribution and multi-player platform Steam has 65 million users. At next week's CES conference, the company will announce hardware partners for one of its most ambitious undertakings so far: a line of gaming console alternatives running on the company's linux-based Steam OS. What makes Valve so successful? Valve Software: free marketeer's dream, or nightmare? Valve Software's chief economist, Yanis Varoufakis, has a post up detailing the strange corporate structure of the company, famous for its string of hits from the Half Life and Portal series to Counterstrike and Team Fortress, as well as its mammoth digital distribution network Steam.

Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? Why Valve? Or, what do we need corporations for and how does Valve’s management structure fit into today’s corporate world? You have read Valve’s survival manual for new employees. You have read Michael Abrash’s wonderful account of working at Valve. Now read my political economy analysis of Valve’s management model; one in which there are no bosses, no delegation, no commands, no attempt by anyone to tell someone what to do. Why There Are No Bosses at Valve - Businessweek. Earlier this week, Valve Software—the company behind the Half-Life, Counter-Strike, and Portal video game series—released its employee handbook to the public because, according to Valve co-founder Gabe Newell, somebody asked.

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