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This is the place where to find some unstructured ideas and reflections on current issues as seen through a kihbernetic point of view.

  • On Leadership and Management
    Last Updated on October 24, 2021 One of Gene Bellinger’s systems thinking archetypes on his Mental Model Musings website is about the difference between Leadership and Management. He provides both a structural view and a dynamical (system) view of the problem. I was so intrigued by this idea that I had to investigate it further. […]
  • The Wisdom of the Commons
    Last Updated on November 23, 2021 This is a “Living” Post where I plan to discuss the “Commons” and present examples of this “flat” organizational model, a bottom-up, emergent centuries-old method of organizing communities in the most “natural” way. There is nothing more fulfilling than seeing people convening to resolve an issue that affects them. […]
  • Organizational Change in Time of Crisis?
    Last Updated on October 24, 2021 In an interesting document, Managing complexity (and chaos) in times of crisis. A field guide for decision makers inspired by the Cynefin framework created by Dave Snowden and Alessandro Rancati for the Joint Research Centre (JRC), the EU Science Hub, the authors present a “field guide” to “navigate crises […]
  • The Power of “NO”
    Last Updated on October 31, 2021 Warren Buffett says “This 1 Simple Habit Separates Successful People From Everyone Else”: “The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.” It seems more important to know what you DON’T want, than what you DO. And it makes […]
  • Complexity & Points of View
    Last Updated on October 9, 2021 Complexity theorists often quote the non-linearity of dynamical complex systems as a reason why we should not bother even try to predict their future states and just “go with the flow”. I find all such suggestions ill-advised. Change Coordinate System Before we give up all attempts to simplify an […]
  • Ashby and Self-Organization
    Last Updated on October 13, 2021 Ashby had a very peculiar relationship with self organizing systems. In his seminal paper “Principles of the self-organizing system” (pgs. 115-117) he writes this: The reason for such a statement is given in another paragraph: So, according to Ashby, a system (machine) can “self” organize (change state or function) […]
  • Managing Complexity with Systems Engineering
    Last Updated on October 8, 2021 Most contemporary writings about Complexity will, at some point or another let you know how “hard” systems engineering methods are not good enough for dealing with complex systems and how rigid “command and control” hierarchical structures are “inhumane” and inappropriate when dealing with social systems. This post, is my […]
  • Untangling Complexity Theory
    Last Updated on October 9, 2021 An excellent introductory article for anyone interested in Complexity Theory (CT) is An Introduction to Complexity Theory by Jun Park. Among other things, it provides an insight about its origins which are, I think, as diverse and complex as the theory itself (highlights are mine): Complexity Theory and its […]
  • Useful Talks
    Last Updated on October 8, 2021 I recently discovered the “Transcript” feature on Youtube and spent a couple of hours here and there editing the words Google’s AI automatically extracts from the original video. About 90% of the words is correctly identified which is pretty decent. There is no punctuation so you have to go […]
  • Memetics Replication & Interaction
    Last Updated on October 24, 2021 In this post, I propose an operational framework for Memetics by bringing the focus back on genetics where it all started. This will introduce a new paradigm in Memetics, that of the meme cell, which is defined as the vehicle (system) supporting both the replication of memes as well […]
  • Kihbernetic Tweetbits on Life & Evolution
    Life Evolution
  • Kihbernetic Tweetbits on Systems & Control
    Systems Control *Control is of the controlled*
  • Agile Scrum as a Dynamical System
    Another tidbit from my old notes about the DSM. I think this one may be self-evident:
  • Useful Quotations
    All highlights are mine and were not part of the original text On Systems and Observers Louis Hirsch Kauffman – 2014 – Mathematics and the Real Search for the right conceptual match between mathematics and phenomena, physical and computational. Understand that mathematics is distinct from its instances. And yet our understanding of the abstractions is utterly […]
  • The OODA loop and the Dynamical System Model
    Last Updated on October 16, 2021 While rummaging through my old notes, I’ve found a document where I make an attempt to understand the OODA loop in the light of my Dynamical Systems Model (DSM). Here it is in case you are interested in this kind of stuff: I started with identifying the problems I […]