Book - complex systems & human evolution
New systems book 'Gonna Lay Down My Sword and Shield: A Complexity Perspective on Human Evolution from a Violent Past to a Compassionate Future' by Victor R. D. MacGill. Comment by Alexander Lazlo, President ISSS 'MacGill provides an accessible entrée for the thinking and caring person wishing to make sense of an increasingly complex and apparently chaotic world.'
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Growing Wings on the Way: Systems Thinking for Messy Situations
New systems book by Rosalind Armson 'Growing Wings on the Way: Systems Thinking for Messy Situations'. With some problems it’s hard to know where to start – we can’t define them, we get in a muddle thinking about them, we may try to ignore some aspect/s of them and – when we finally do something – they usually get worse. Rosalind Armson is one of the world’s foremost teachers and practitioners of Systems Thinking, and her remarkable book explains how these messes happen and what to do about them.
This book is about dealing with messes. Sometimes known as 'wicked problems', messes (or messy situations) are fairly easy to spot:
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Free eBook 'Disciplining Interdisciplinarity'
New book Disciplining Interdisciplinarity: Integration and Implementation Sciences for Researching Complex Real-World Problems by Prof Gabrielle Bammer and published by ANU E-Press and is now available free online at http://epress.anu.edu.au/titles/disciplining-interdisciplinarity.
Masters: Systems Thinking at Open University
New Masters Program in "Systems Thinking in Practice" now underway at the Open University (UK)
Ackoff's 'The Cake'
New book: Ackoff's F/laws: The Cake by Russell L. Ackoff (with Herbert J. Addison). Russ Ackoff’s witty and subversive 122 F/laws of Management are widely respected and cover areas like hierarchy, teams, innovation, motivation and management. This book brings them together in a single source.
Work of John Bowlby
The International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) was commissioned to produce a report on the work of John Bowlby of Stanford and the Tavistock Institute. The report is available here.