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Instilling the idea of non-separability

How to grasp an obscured yet fundamental truth? Chapter 3 of Churchman’s “The design of inquiring systems” (1971) is entitled “On whole systems: the anatomy of goal seeking.” What this suggests is that the notions of ‘whole systems’ and ‘goal … Continue reading

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Systems, design and inquiry

Two more concept maps, like it or not Yesterday I started rereading Churchman’s 1971 book on “The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization.” The opening chapter introduces a few basic concepts, such as system, design and … Continue reading

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The pertinence of the systems approach

In 10 slides I will explain above concept map which enables an integrated conceptualization of the logical relationships of the core characteristics of wicked problems with the basic requirements and workings of the systems approach. Continue reading

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What is it with the systems approach?

… and explaining what it is about and how it works? Yes, what indeed?       This post presents one more explanation of the systems approach. I am convinced that everybody does it – I mean the systems approach (in a probably … Continue reading

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A periodic table of elements of the systems approach

How to get from a ‘problematic situation’ to a ‘systemic intervention’? While reading ‘15 praktijkverhalen over kennismanagement‘ [Dutch for ’15 practical cases of knowledge management’] I came across one story (about Kennisland, Dutch for ‘knowledgeland’) which triggered my curiosity. It … Continue reading

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The hidden workings of Wicked Solutions

Getting to the bottom of one more wicked problem In a previous post I spoke of the The ‘hidden workings’ of the systems approach of Wicked Solutions. The strange thing is that the steps and stages involved in Wicked Solutions … Continue reading

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The essence of the systems approach

How does ‘Wicked Solutions’ work? In 2016, a new book was published to explain how the systems approach can be used to address wicked problems on your own or in small teams, something which most people found difficult so far, even after having … Continue reading

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Habemus … librum

Wicked Solutions now available as a physical book Since its first publication as a PDF in 2014, Bob Williams and I have worked on a second edition of Wicked Solutions. It can now be ordered as a US Letter-sized paperback from … Continue reading

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Wicked Snippet

The 2016 Hieronymus Bosch exhibition Wicked Snipping is a simple, preliminary way to record and communicate a first impression of the systemic essence of a wicked problem very quickly indeed. It demands very little prior (systems) knowledge of the person making such Wicked Snippets or … Continue reading

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Impact evaluation, innovation and systemic learning

Why can’t evaluation be more systemic? In this blog post, I will: (1) summarize two contributions at a recent IDS workshop on systemic evaluation; (2) interpret a novel 3-dimensional framework that links key systems concepts with learning and value types; … Continue reading

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