Working with Complexity/ Working Systemically

CognitiveEdge class: SenseMaker® Environment

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A self-paced introduction to SenseMaker® and how Cognitive Edge approaches narrative as applied to team, organizational, marketplace or environment issues and opportunities. While it is not facilitator-led, you can also learn from and collaborate online with other participants. The course materials go through the process of working with SenseMaker®, introduces the important terms and key concepts, and illustrates typical results.

Shifting the way we co-create. How we can turn the challenges of sustainability into opportunities.

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Authors: Kuenkel, P. & Schaefer, K (for The Collective Leadership Institute)
Publication date: 2013

In May 2012, the Collective Leadership Institute started a research project to explore the factors and patterns that help engender a collective way of leading for sustainability. The insights gained from this study show that isolated action needs to be replaced by collective leadership – a paradigm shift in how individuals find their leadership roles in the spirit of co-creation and contribution to the common good.

SAS2: A Guide to Collaborative Inquiry and Social Engagement

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Author: Chevalier, J.M. & Buckles, D.J.
Publication date: 2008

This guide represents a significant international effort to support the creation and mobilization of practical, authentic knowledge for social change. The guiding principle behind SAS2 (Social Analysis Systems) is that group dialogue and social inquiry are crucial for local and global development.

Social issues must be addressed socially and in a multistakeholder mode, not by private interests and experts alone, and the insights that emerge fully integrated into processes of knowledge production, planning, and decision-making.

Successful Organizational Learning in the Management of Agricultural Research and Innovation: The Mexican Produce Foundations

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Authors: Ekboir, J.M. et alii. (IFPRI research report 162)
Publication date: 2009

Using a theoretical framework that draws on the literature on innovation systems, complexity theories, and organizational cultures and governance, this study analyzes the factors that allowed the Mexican Produce Foundations to develop strong innovative capabilities and how these capabilities were affected by changes in the interactions among regulatory frameworks, the federal and state governments and organizational structures, creative individuals, and the history of the processes.

How to organise a Children's Party

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The Children's Party Story introduces the nature of systems and complexity through the use of a simple metaphor that resonates widely. This is one of the key learning stories from Cognitive Edge.

Sustainability through partnerships. Capitalizing on Collaboration

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Authors: Dr. Gray, B. & Ms. Stites, J.P. (for the Network for Business Sustainability)
Publication date: 2013

Collaboration is one of the keys for unlocking sustainability, with leaders from all sectors of society agreeing that that solving environmental and social challenges requires unparalleled cooperation.

Facilitating multi-stakeholder processes: balancing internal dynamics and institutional politics

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Authors: Buchanan, K., Brouwer, H., Klerkx, L., Schaap, M. & Brouwers, J.  with Le Borgne, E.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal, 9 (3): 3-10

Changing our ways: making sense of complex multi-stakeholder systems change by using the four quadrant model

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Author: Walters, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 153-166

Analysing stakeholder power dynamics in multi-stakeholder processes: insights of practice from Africa and Asia

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Authors: Brouwer, H., Hiemstra, W., Vugt, S.v. & Walters, H.
Publication date: 2013, In: Knowledge Management for Development Journal 9(3): 11-31

Complexity, Modeling, and Natural Resource Management

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Authors: Cilliers, P. et alii. (for the Resilience Alliance)
Publication date: 2013, In: Ecology and Society 18 (3): 1

This paper contends that natural resource management (NRM) issues are, by their very nature, complex and that both scientists and managers in this broad field will benefit from a theoretical understanding of complex systems. It starts off by presenting the core features of a view of complexity that not only deals with the limits to our understanding, but also points toward a responsible and motivating position.