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TQM, Chaos and Complexity - Human Systems Management - Volume 14, Number 4 / 1995 Authors Kevin J. Dooley1, Timothy L. Johnson1, David H. Evaluating Systems Change - Design This post is a response to "How Might We Zoom Out to Evaluating With a Systemic View?" Read more of the conversation here. Much of the work we do in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors is about changing systems to accelerate social progress. Resilience Alliance - Panarchy No system can be understood or managed by focusing on it at a single scale. All systems (and SESs especially) exist and function at multiple scales of space, time and social organization, and the interactions across scales are fundamentally important in determining the dynamics of the system at any particular focal scale. This interacting set of hierarchically structured scales has been termed a "panarchy" (Gunderson and Holling 2003). Panarchy is a framework of nature's rules, hinted at by the name of the Greek god of nature- Pan - whose persona also evokes an image of unpredictable change.

Canadian Obesity Stats 2012 Obesity has been linked with m any chronic diseases, including hypertension, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, osteoarthritis and certain types of cancer.Note 1 To assess the health risks of obesity, the World Health Organization and Health Canada use guidelines based on Body Mass IndexNote 2 (BMI), a measure that examines weight in relation to height. BMI is defined as weight in kilograms divided by the square of the height in meters (Table 1). Complex Adaptive Systems Introduction Why are conflicts sometimes so challenging to understand? Why does the work of designing and deploying interventions seem more like art than science? There are real difficulties that arise from the history of the cultures and individuals involved, along with many other important factors that contribute to intractable conflict. But what is the nature of the whole system to which all these complicating factors contribute? Those of us embedded in European or North American cultures face a significant challenge in understanding and describing complex social systems such as complex intractable conflicts.

Obesity and Overweight for Professionals: Data and Statistics: Adult Obesity - DNPAO - CDC More than one-third (34.9% or 78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. [Read abstract Journal of American Medicine (JAMA)] Obesity-related conditions include heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and certain types of cancer, some of the leading causes of preventable death. [Read guidelines] The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars; the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than those of normal weight.

Complex Adaptive Systems Complex Adaptive Systems Professor Robert Goldstone Systems Concepts and Tools provide training and consultancy support in the use of systems concepts in evaluation. This includes the material below, workshops, evaluation design, and one-on-one mentoring and advice. Contact me for more details about what I can do for you and your work. Why? Because I believe strongly that the systems field can contribute strongly to the development of the evaluation field.

Food Innovation Project – NWO FoodEX NWO FoodEx Crowdsourcing Contest: Designing a food distribution system for Northwestern Ontario. There is a demand for healthy local food. It keeps us healthier. It keeps us happier. It supports our local economy. Northern Ontario is beginning to produce and process a lot of local food, which is great! Podcasts - CCCBE Dr. Marilyn Waring is a Professor of Public Policy at the Institute of Public Policy at the Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. She received her PhD in Political Economy from the University of Waikato, New Zealand. She is an author, feminist scholar, environmentalist, and social justice activist. Elected as an MP in the New Zealand Parliament at the age of twenty three, she served as Chair of the Public Expenditures Committee, Senior Government Member of the Foreign Affairs Committee, and on the Disarmament and Arms Control Committee. She has been a consultant for Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), the Yukon Territorial Government, the Ford Foundation, and the Ontario Provincial Government.

Primer - Social Innovation Generation This primer is a living document. Collaboration is encouraged. To contribute please email Geraldine. For a deeper dive into social innovation and its related elements, visit our Knowledge Hub. The Man Whose Job It Is to Constantly Imagine the Total Collapse of Humanity in Order to Save It Vinay Gupta: disaster consultant and global resilience guru "You know that scene in Jurassic Park where they're being chased by the Tyrannosaur? And Jeff Goldblum is in the back of the Jeep watching the jaws come closer and closer? So I'm Jeff Goldblum. The difference is I'm carrying a gun. I think of my role in the futures game as sitting in the back of the car shooting at the bad scenarios so they don't get any closer...