Principles for detecting and responding to system overload

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

Was it the 1964 SEC Rules that wrecked the US Economy??

Preface:   Blaming the 1964 SEC rules change for the radical acceleration of economic inequality in the US in 1970 is more for posing a Socratic question.   It seems clearly connected, but what really happened?   There’s strong evidence in figure 1 below that something abruptly changed how US business is managed, and shortly after that general reworking of the … Continue reading Was it the 1964 SEC Rules that wrecked the US Economy??

What is a “rights” agenda, with ever increasing inequity?

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?

Computers taking over our jobs and our pay?

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?

Natural Whole Systems Thinking – philosophy & method on STW

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

Coping with every culture having a different reality! (& what’s multiplying them)

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)

Complexity too great to follow what’s happening… ??

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… ??

RE: internalism…&things missing from approximation

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