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Introduction

Welcome to the first of my trojanmice newsletters and thanks to Dave Gurteen - a specialist in knowledge management who inspired the idea. Dave has an excellent web site - www.gurteen.com and produces an excellent newsletter which you can subscribe to - contact david_gurteen@gurteen.com

Developing local leadership in a partnership context

Danny Chesterman - danny.chesterman@dial.pipex.com from Demos has contacted me about the following interesting piece of research about leadership in the public arena.

In 2000 the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the Improvement and Development Agency and the SOLACE Foundation joined together to sponsor some research into how they might develop the capacity for local leadership in a partnership context. The report on this work is due to be published in autumn 2001. Their aim is to produce something which is:

Inquiring (i.e. opens up new ways of thinking and challenges existing assumptions and practices)
Invigorating (i.e. is energetic, appealing and encourages people to act on the aspects that touch on their particular passion)
Invitational (i.e. explicitly encourages ongoing engagement, action and dialogue, as opposed to 'agreement' or consensus).

If you feel you have something to contribute why not join the conversation about the research taking place on www.inter-logics.net

London School of Economics - Complexity Project - ICoSS

The Integrated Complex Social Systems Project will be launched on the 5th of June by Professor Anthony Giddens, the head of LSE.

It is a 3-year collaborative research project working with Shell, Rolls-Royce and BT, looking at the conditions which facilitate the emergence of new organisational forms after:

(a) a merger or acquisition
(b) restructuring
(c) the spinning off of a new business.

They will be working with Rolls-Royce on their new merger with a Scandinavian company, which created Rolls-Royce Marine; with BT's Brightstar (BT's incubator of new businesses) on the spinning off of new businesses; and with Shell on restructuring. They are using the new theories of complexity and will be working closely with our industrial partners over the next three years to help them co-create new organisational forms.

The research project will investigate the integration of national, business, cultural, and technical systems, as well as the integration of diverse functional processes, to create new organisational forms. It will also explore the supporting processes, which facilitate the exchange of knowledge and the supporting information and computer technologies (ICT), which facilitate or inhibit collaboration and organisational integration.

www.lse.ac.uk/lse/complex

MHA Institute

I have been corresponding with Marilyn Herasymowych From the MHA Institute Inc. in Calgary, Canada - marilynh@mhainstitute.ca . Marilyn and her colleagues have produced a Systems Thinking Fieldbook which aims to make the concepts widely available to all those in work situations.

They also have an excellent web site and I strongly recommend the Newsletters on " The New Sciences and the Learning Organisation "
www.mhainstitute.com

Open University

The Centre for Complexity and Change at the Open University are running a one day conference on the 6th June aimed at businesses entitled :-
"Using New Science for Business Success : Ideas and Practice from Natures Toolbox" further details can be found on http://technology.open.ac.uk/ccc/news.htm

I shall be running a workshop at the conference with Frances Storr - a colleague from my TEC days - and we will be sharing practical examples of the properties of complexity in a work situation.

Out and About

I have now completed the set up phase of trojanmice and have begun an exciting new journey. My web site is now fully operational and those of you who haven't been there for a while might be interested in the Random Jargon Generator and the picture of Trojan which can both be found on the What's New page.

I have just finished reading a book called " The Red Queen " by Matt Ridley published by Penguin. It is about evolution, genes and human behaviour and the Red Queen refers to Alice In Wonderland who finds no matter how fast she runs she still ends up in the same place. It struck me that this analogy also applies to the co-evolution of systems with their environment.

Talking of books I have a book in me bursting to get out and over the next couple of weeks I am going to make time to write up the synopsis - honest!

I hope you found this first letter interesting and informative and any ideas, suggestions etc. will be most welcome.

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