Check out this remarkable 4 minute video featuring some of my favorite things (kinda like the Sound of Music, but not exactly) - Systems View of Life/Change, Empirical/Emergent Processes, and Pattern Languages . ... kudos,
... and, if these things pique your interest, be sure to check out:
I. Fritjof Capra's latest book - The Systems View of Life: A Unifying Vision (to be released in April 2014)... http://www.fritjofcapra.net/blog.html
II. And/or the work of Linda Booth Sweeney - Systems Literacy for 'kids' and 'adult kids' ... learners of all ages http://www.lindaboothsweeney.net/
Thought you might be interested in this... a bit of 'local flavor' - Boston's Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Written by Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy in Life on the Greenway, Maintenance and Horticulture, What's In Bloom
This article begins with: 'We all wonder where good ideas come from - do they spring out of nowhere or is there a process that leads to them?'
My perspective: This past week a friend recommended Steven Johnson's book Where Good Ideas Come From: a Natural History of Innovation.... however, I'm most intrigued/curious with the concept of 'the adjacent possible' and look forward to exploring and learning more about that (as a pattern/process)
Empirical Method: One hundred years before Galileo and Bacon, Leonardo single-handedly developed a new empirical approach, involving the systematic observation of nature, reasoning, and mathematics — in other words, the main characteristics of what is known today as the scientific method
Systems Thinker: Understanding a phenomenon, for him, meant connecting it with other phenomena through a similarity of patterns.
Leonardo's Legacy: Instead of trying to dominate nature, Leonardo's intent was to learn from her as much as possible.
creativity, complexity, hierarchy, innovation, leadership, learning, models, networks, organizations, work, the workplace
Thanks to my networks :)
Creativity is not a thing.
What endures is process - dynamic, adaptive and creative!
- Margaret Wheatley
Great Leaders create the conditions that promote team effectiveness ... any way they can.
- J. Richard Hackman
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
- Margaret Mead
Agile/lean process framework advocate (SCRUM) ...and its staggering potential to transform a human organization when implemented in an organic/systemic way, leveraging: the power of purpose, collective vision, pattern languages, validated learning, systems thinking, self-organizing teams, and truly great leadership.
... oh, and did I mention this is VERY difficult to 'achieve'
People seem to like Steve Jobs... ; ). Here's his take on this:
FOCUS AND SIMPLICITY. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it is worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.
OR... how about this one from Peter Senge:
THE DANCE OF CHANGE: All movement occurs while it is being inhibited; nothing grows in the absence of limits and constraints.