Trojanmice Complexity Club Newsletter No 18
Season's greetings to you all. I suppose that when you think about it Christmas is an excellent example of a complex evolving system. I am a bit of a sucker for sentimental Christmas movies and I was watching a re-run of "Miracle on
I am not a religious person but I do believe in Peace and Goodwill, so may your life be full of that peace and goodwill.
We are free in childhood to be experimentally insane, the same way that a nutty professor is on campus. We can have imaginary friends; we can turn a cardboard box into a space shuttle. We use our imagination to try things out.
Play is a significant activity for enriching our lives at all ages. We play musical instruments. We play a game of sport. We even play a hand of cards. If we fall in love, we feel like playing again like children to bond with our partner. When we have children around, we play with them to encourage their exploration and learning. As our understanding expands through a lifetime, play that creates metaphors is a way of learning about how systems work and their properties.
Executive teams in corporations around the world now play regularly in self-directed, metaphorical environments to discuss and understand their:
o Corporate Identity
Peter Senge in The Fifth Discipline (1992) recommends that adults engage with computer simulations called Microworlds to rediscover the power of learning through play. Microworlds accelerates learning by compressing time and space; and also provides unmistakable feedback on the consequences of decisions to act (something that is often missing from decisions in real life and consequently we don't learn from them).
At the level of systems thinking, the map of consciousness has features about emotions, language and play to inform our strategy for lifelong learning when we come to construct it in context.
Again thanks to Dave Gurteen http://www.gurteen.com/gurteen/gurteen.nsf/
"Life is not the way it's supposed to be. It's the way you cope with it is what makes the difference."
"Nobody gets anything remotely interesting right first time, except by accident"
Every so often I put "trojanmice" in a search engine to see what comes up. Recently Brian Lamb's Blog came up and it is full of fascinating information. A blog is a sort of web log but why not visit http://www.reusability.org/blogs/brian/ and see for yourself.
This is a fascinating site with lots of interesting articles and resources about complexity.
Another interesting site about creativity that also has useful tools and resources.
Washington Center for Complexity and Public Policy:
I am impressed by how important complexity theory is for public policy in the
By Kevin Dooley http://www.eas.asu.edu/~kdooley/papers/qualityparadigm.PDF
The quality of goods and services has always been a societal concern. In this paper I describe the evolution of the discipline of quality via an evolutionary model of paradigm development. Using a narrative approach, I propose three epochs within the evolution of the discipline: a pre-industrial paradigm of caveat emptor, an industrial paradigm of quality control, and a post-industrial paradigm of total quality management. My model suggests that each paradigm was the result of the discipline's adaptation to environmental contingencies. I also propose that the essential nature of the paradigm was foreshadowed in the previous epoch as a local variation that was later selected globally when environmental changes occurred. I extend the model to predict what might constitute the challenges of the next quality paradigm.
I always learn most when I am helping others learn and so it was the other day when I was with a client. They where very concerned that there was no "they" in their organisation, only "us". At the end of the day one of the people there said "the most important thing I have learned today is that there might be no 'they' but that there is an 'it'". That is the organisation is an entity with its own needs, an entity that is greater than the sum of its parts.