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SCiO Open Day - Winter 2019/20, London (All Welcome)

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Open Meeting (open to all), a series of presentations of general interest to Systems & Complexity in Organisation's members and others.

SCiO organises Open Meetings to provide opportunities for practitioners to learn and develop new practice, to build relationships, networks hear about skills, tools, practice and experiences. The programme for 14th October is as follows:

9:30 - 10:00 Introduction to Viable System Model

10:00 - 10:30 SCiO notices and community exercise

10:30 - 11:30 Thinking in Systems - Friend or Foe (Gareth Evans)

11:30 - 11:45 Break

11:45 - 12:45 Are Viable Companies Alive? Does it Matter? (Angus Jenkinson)

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch Break

13:45 - 16:30 Systems-Centered - Working with Differences Differently (Rowena Davis)

(including Break)

16:30 - 17:15 Systems & Strategy War Rooms (Patrick Hoverstadt)


09:30 - an introduction to the viable system model. Main presentations start at 10:00.


Session 1 (Gareth Evans) - Thinking in Systems - Friend or Foe

Systems have formed a significant part of science over many-a-year... scholars such as; Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Peter Checkland, Ross Ashby, Russell Ackoff, Stafford Beer and many more have discussed, debated and placed front and centre the importance of not just thinking 'systemically' but also being, acting and doing 'systemically'.

Many have revealed and evidenced the magic and impact of 'Thinking Systemically' across industry, albeit some have also found it less than accessible for the wider community. What I'm curious to explore: Is 'Systems Thinking' too bound in academic theory to the extent that it is either too widely misunderstood, misinterpreted or just purely too impractical to adopt across a wider field of professional practice due to the levels of understanding and practical wisdom that currently exists. Therefore, Is 'Systems Thinking', a friend or foe?

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About Gareth Evans

Gareth is a known ‘Business Leader’ and ‘Systemic Practitioner’, with a strong backstory in Organisation Design & Development (OD&D). His main focus is to help organisations to become ‘a better version of themselves’ through being professionally creative, curious and courageous. As pragmatic theorist, Gareth has a passion for simplifying complexity by helping businesses, leaders and people to better understand best, new and emergent practice in making a real and notable strategic and operational impact and difference.

Gareth graduated in July 2017 at the University of Bedfordshire where he studied a ‘Master of Sciences in Systemic Leadership and Organisational Development’. Since graduating Gareth has maintained his ambition to be a ‘leading light’ in the world of OD&D through his disruptive and alternative thinking driving positive industry change. Gareth as a ‘Critical Friend’ and ‘Trusted Advisor’ firmly believes much more can done in the creation of ‘smarter organisations, smarter people and smarter performance.’ through 'self-organisation'

Gareth has a passion for Cybernetics, Systems Thinking and helping others to be successful.

https://www.wicked-hr.com/

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Session 2 (Angus Jenkinson) - Are Viable Companies Alive? Does it Matter?

The Viable System Model is one of the key capabilities that SCiO has focused on. It’s an implementation of cybernetics. “Viable system” suggests living system — and vibrant systems feel alive. Are they? Can organisations be organisms? And what difference would that make? This questions our questions and stimulates provocations. At a time when science is regenerating, does management need to as the same? If we start thinking organically, how many of our mechanistic systems assumptions do we have to challenge? What happens to the design of change or strategy or control` if an organisation is organic? What does it mean for identity, policy, and policies?

Angus Jenkinson has spent decades researching these questions through transdisciplinary theory and transcultural practice. He is writing a book and will share provisional findings and fundamental principles.

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About Angus Jenkinson

Angus Jenkinson is director of identity consultancy Thinking and of The Centre for Thinking Futures, a trustee/council member of The Cybernetics Society, and a NED/Chair. He has core expertise in the strategic and functional identity processes of organizations and is developing a new theory of organizations called propriopoiesis.

Tools deriving from this have been useful in scores of companies from the very large to small and have been the content of training and accreditation for many consultants and managers as well as Masters programmes. A former tech systems designer/CEO, professor in integrated marketing and organization theory, and sometime artist, writer and speaker, his career and capabilities are diverse. He is a fellow of three professional institutions and a member of others.

http://thinking.partners/

http://www.thinking.institute/Centre-for-Thinking-Futures/index.html

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Session 3 (Rowena Davis) - Systems-Centered® - Working with Differences Differently

In common with all living human systems, organisations need differences to develop and transform. And yet, in organisations, as in all living human systems, we often dismiss, attack or try to convert differences. Indeed, we are primed neurologically to do this – our Flight, Fight, Freeze responses. Agazarian’s systems-centered method of functional subgrouping offers a way to lower our reactivity to differences, and to increase our capacity to stay open and curious in the face of the unknown and problem-solve.

In this interactive session, Rowena Davis will give an overview of Agazarian’s Theory of Living Human Systems (TLHS), including how boundaries open to similarity and close to difference and how the context we are part of impacts on our ability to work functionally in our roles. We will practise the core Systems-centered method of functional subgrouping and review the systems-centered map of phases of team development to make sense of organisational dynamics. We will reflect and review our experiences in the workshop. This is a hands-on session where we will use the methods in the here-and-now, hopefully having fun and creating an open learning system.

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About Rowena Davis

Rowena is an organizational consultant working with public, private and not-for-profit organizations in the UK and internationally. Her work combines coaching individuals and teams; strategic marketing and planning; mapping systems; and running SCT and SAVI® (System for Analyzing Verbal Interaction) trainings in the US and Europe.

She is a licensed Systems-Centered practitioner, a certified SAVI trainer and a member of the Boards of SCT UK and the Systems-Centered Training and Research Institute. She holds an MSc in Change Agent Skills & Strategies (Distinction) from the University of Surrey, a Dott. in Sociologia from the University of Trento, Italy, and a BSc (Econ) from the London School of Economics. She speaks fluent Italian and reasonable French.

https://www.rdaconsulting.net/

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Session 4 (Patrick Hoverstadt) - Systems and Strategy War Rooms

The talk will look at the underlying concepts, design and practice of War Rooms as decision environments for dealing with complex and fast moving situations. Starting with Blackett’s invention of the War Room, through Beer’s Cybersyn to the work we are currently engaged on and its use with client in tackling complex strategic issues. We’ll talk through the difference current technology offers and the different ways our modern War Rooms can be used.

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About Patrick Hoverstadt

Patrick has worked as a consultant since 1995 with organisations in both the private and public sector, mainly on strategy, organisational design and change. He specialises in using systems approaches for analysing and designing organisations and in working with very large complex organisations including whole sectors. He has worked on many restructuring projects, analysing structural weaknesses, designing appropriate solutions and practical change plans.

Patrick ran an engineering business for 13 years before becoming a consultant and founding Fractal. He has written numerous research papers, is a regular keynote speaker at conferences, has contributed to several books on systems, organisation and management, is the author of “Fractal Organisation” a book on organisation published by Wiley in 2008 and used on seven masters programmes around the world, and is co-author of “Patterns of Strategy” a book on a systemic approach to strategy published by Gower in 2017. He chairs SCiO a group of systems practitioners and is a Visiting Research Fellow at Cranfield School of Management.

https://www.fractal-consulting.com/

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About SCiO

SCiO is a community of systems practitioners who believe that traditional approaches to running organisations are responsible for many of the problems we see today. We believe that systemic approaches to designing and running organisations offer radically new and better alternatives.

SCiO has three main objectives:

  1. Developing practice in applying systems ideas to a range of organisational issues
  2. Disseminating the use of systems approaches in dealing with organisational issues
  3. Supporting practitioners in their professional practice.

Many systems practitioners can feel isolated in their organisations. SCiO provides a way to talk to and get support from a wide range of like minded people and see how they are addressing similar challenges.

SCiO is a charity and social enterprise - SCiO started in the UK, but there are now groups throughout Europe. Please visit our website for further details and sign-up to become a member: http://www.systemspractice.org/

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