The IFSR Conversations on Systems Science that took place in April 2018, in the Austrian city of Linz, were the first I participated in. They have proven to be an almost priceless opportunity to converse and work for a week with fellow-systems practitioners and to discuss, define and elaborate solutions for challenges in our societies. We worked on Systems Practice: how can we equip system practitioners with the collective system science skills to observe, understand, and steer complex systems?
Agile: transformation design approach or organisation blueprint? We see many organisations adopting Agile Business Transformation solutions. While Agile business transformation focus on fast and flexible business digital transformation, the Agile approach also installs a […]
How can dialogue contribute to sustainable business development in business? This was the key question of the key-note presentation delivered to the annual global conference of the International Society for Systems Studies (ISSS), on July 11th in Vienna.
How can we use narratives to make our business and our societies’ systems function better and be more viable-sustainable? There is a story, or narrative, for every woman and man, for every politician and for everything. Narratives provide arguments to accept or reject human activity as the major source of climate change, they create heroes or fire up political scandals, they visualise the positive or negative social or environmental impacts of businesses. This article discusses how narratives are important to accomplish collective tasks and challenges, regardless of whether they share fictitious stories or stories about real events.
The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations, FAO, has recently published its vision document Future of Food and Agriculture. Trends and Challenges.
The article shows a sharp eye for the flaws of Holacracy, or rather of the way Holacracy as a model for designing and running businesses has been implemented. The way Holacracy is known to generate problems when applied with a wider scope than the mere team scope. Implementing management and organisational principles like holacratic principles and having to abandon those within a couple of months of years after deep conflicts were created and the effectiveness of the business was put in jeopardy is treating your staff, your stakeholders and funders as guinea pigs.
Systems thinking is a versatile tool for the analysis and design of businesses operating in environments where the outcomes of actions and the results of strategic choice are highly unpredictable. This article shows how system thinking as a tool was used to address a practical question: “What do we have to do, with our stakeholders or all together, to achieve 100% responsible soy products for food, feed and other applications into and inside Europe by 2020?”. This was the leading question of a 4-day expert event realised in 2016, which convened over 30 experts from business, the public sector and civil society to find answers to the leading question.