The Only Constant for a Systemic Practitioner are the Principles of the Systemic Approach

From time to time it is important for those of us seeking to work systemically to go back to the roots of the tools and techniques that we use everyday. It is important because we can often get caught up in the belief that a particular tool or technique is the answer to all crowdsourcing or perspective participation needs we are dealing with to build probes for complex issues. When a new person is working with me in a few systemic consultations they often get annoyed with me because I am using a tool or technique differently from the last time they saw it, “How can I learn these … [Read more...]

Why College is So Hot: The Complexity of a Post-Secondary Education

It's becoming a hotter topic by the minute, or so it would seem if you're tracking the media in the way that I've been doing lately: to go or not to go to college--and why. We're preparing for our next community workshop series, which aims to look at complex social issues and address them using Critical and Systemic Thinking methods. For this one, we're rethinking college in our times. I've heard--and known--people who've pretty much done it all, indicating that the answer to this question is not so simple. The expectation of going to college is out there; we live in a society where having … [Read more...]