On now to recognize the somewhat universal responses to system and relationship overload, as strains resulting in loss of resilience and a risk of sudden disruption; replying to Helene on Systems Thinking World on her “UN Call for Revolutionary Thinking” thread. The most general pattern is resilient relationships becoming rigid, like the surface of a balloon … Continue reading Principles for detecting and responding to system overload
Preface: The 1964 SEC rules change seems clearly connected, but what really happened to so dramatically change the whole economy at the end of the 60s?? Figure 1 below shows that something DID abruptly change the whole future of the US economy, in about 1970, causing a permanent great acceleration in societal inequality. Figure 2 … Continue reading Was Shareholder Value What Did It??
It helps to look at the long term trends to recognize the long term pattern. In a world of ever increasing inequities we clearly can’t sustain a real “rights agenda”. Even the strongest of moral commitments is no match for a world economy which in a lasting physical way, is systematically splitting apart. Sometimes local inequities can seem … Continue reading What is a “rights” agenda, with ever increasing inequity?
It’s making business choices by computer that caused the rapid shift of earnings away from wages, toward profits, in three big ways, explaining the massive shift seen in the data. ———— • ———— See also: Robert Reich Feb 4 2015 article in Salon: How even the “sharing economy” profits computers and sends labor backwards and my long comment It’s computers programmed to … Continue reading Computers taking over our jobs and our pay?
To open a LinkedIn community discussion in “Systems Thinking World”, on the “whole systems approach” and scientific method I use, for discovering and understanding natural systems, I offered the following lead-in Related theory pages: 1 Natural Pattern Languages, 2 ‘Big Data’ and the right to human understanding, 3 Global accounting of responsibilities for economic impacts, 4 Missing Principles of Ecological Thinking – in plans for the … Continue reading Natural Whole Systems Thinking – philosophy & method on STW
With more and more information, and noticing that much of it travels in circles, there’s both “information overload” and “separate information worlds”, causing the communication of ideas to lose resilience. They’re barriers to communication, and can easily turn into “worlds of miss-information” leading everyone in them astray. there’s both “information overload” and “separate information worlds” CLAY … Continue reading Coping with every culture having a different reality! (& what’s multiplying them)
I’ve been discussing since the 70’d how and why growth creates growing complexity and so growing difficulty of problem solving, as a natural physical limit of growth for systems with physical working parts of any kind. A a discussion of the signs to look) It’s both a real concern as a threat to the health … Continue reading Complexity too great to follow what’s happening… ??
Eric & all, Kitty offered a great question about a historical scholar friend who argues that life is so much better now we shouldn’t complain. From my view there are lots of things you could point out to him. He probably understands that there’s a limit to any one thing. You can also have too … Continue reading What do we do now?
Stan, Approximation sweeps away ‘fuzziness’, and one thing your and my conceptions are completely consistent on is “any system during its development moves from being more vague to becoming more definitely embodied”. There are issues in differentiating descriptive, explanatory, and organizational/behavioral ‘fuzziness’, but it’s those “fuzzy bits” that are the main thing approximation sweeps away. … Continue reading RE: internalism…&things missing from approximation
Anyone in charge of almost any kind of organization, throwing a party, running a business, etc., will want it to build up to a point where it’s exciting, but not to where you loose control. You usually want things to approach the edge of stability, but not go over it to lose resilience. It’s fun, … Continue reading Risky Play