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Brian G. Dowling

A Letter, Anguish, and a Rubber Band - The Donella Meadows Project - 0 views

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    ""Just thinking of the world my six-year-old son may inherit brings tears to my eyes," writes Matt Kayhoe of Keene, New Hampshire. "Yet tears are progress." "
Brian G. Dowling

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Never Under-Estimate the Immune System - 0 views

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    But here's the paradox: the immune system that has given large institutions extraordinary resilience in the past may be the very thing that makes these institutions so vulnerable today.
Brian G. Dowling

Sacred Headwaters - 0 views

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    Welcome to Sacred Headwaters, a bi-weekly newsletter that aims to guide a co-learning process about the existential issues and planetary limitations facing humanity and about how we can reorient civilization in a way that will enable us to thrive for centuries to come.
Brian G. Dowling

Bioregionalism (a definition) - 0 views

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    "A bioregion is defined in terms of the unique overall pattern of natural characteristics that are found in a specific place. The main features are generally found throughout a continuous geographic terrain and include a particular climate, local aspects of seasons, landforms, watersheds, soils, and native plants and animals."
Brian G. Dowling

The way to modern direct democracy in Switzerland | Swiss History - 0 views

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    "When it comes to political co-determination by citizens, Switzerland is the undisputed world champion. More than one third of all referendums ever held at national level worldwide have taken place in Switzerland. The historical origins of direct democracy in Switzerland are just as interesting as the continuing topical nature of citizens' rights themselves. We provide below an overview. "
Brian G. Dowling

What is the Adjacent Possible? - Martin Erlic - Medium - 0 views

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    The adjacent possible is a kind of shadow future, hovering on the edges of the present state of things, a map of all the ways in which the present can reinvent itself…
Brian G. Dowling

On Sovereignty - Deep Code - Medium - 0 views

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    Sovereignty is the capacity to take responsibility. It is the ability to be present to the world and to respond to the world - rather than to be overwhelmed or merely reactive. Sovereignty is to be a conscious agent.
Brian G. Dowling

The REAL Story of Wealth Creation - Joe Brewer - Medium - 2 views

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    It is vital that we understand the physical nature of wealth so we can envision and build economic systems that are capable of (1) reducing chronic inequality in the world; (2) recognizing the inherent value of nature as a foundational building block for any economic system; and (3) exploring the 'design space' of all possible economic systems to find those best suited for planetary sustainability.
Brian G. Dowling

A Reading List on Bioregional Design - Joe Brewer - Medium - 0 views

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    "This article is meant to serve as a living document where I will curate reading materials on bioregional design and add new links as I discover new content. It is done in preparation for a workshop on bioregional design that I plan to give later this spring. "
Brian G. Dowling

Seeing Wetiko: On Capitalism, Mind Viruses, and Antidotes for a World in Transition - K... - 1 views

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    Memes are to culture what genes are to biology: the base unit of evolution. The term was originally coined by the evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins in his 1976 book, The Selfish Gene. Dawkins writes, "I think that a new kind of replicator has recently emerged . . . It is still drifting clumsily about in its primeval soup, but already it is achieving evolutionary change at a rate which leaves the old gene panting far behind." He goes on, "Examples of memes are tunes, ideas, catch-phrases, clothes fashions, ways of making pots or of building arches. Just as genes propagate themselves in the gene pool by leaping from body to body via sperms or eggs, so memes propagate themselves in the meme pool by leaping from brain to brain, via a process which, in the broad sense, can be called imitation."3
Brian G. Dowling

Using Design Thinking to Eradicate Poverty Creation - 1 views

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    "We need to ratchet up from targeted innovation and apply design-thinking principles to one of the biggest social issues of our time: global poverty itself. "
Brian G. Dowling

Linear to Complex - Heart of the Art - 0 views

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    Once you have understood the approach and strategies of the Complex paradigm, think of where you can start making changes in your organization or business model. Where do you use the Linear paradigm, and are those actually linear systems?  Some companies like to plan how their users should interact with their products, and typically don't allow them to configure their own solutions. What if you started preparing rather than planning?
Brian G. Dowling

The Dawn of System Leadership - 0 views

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    Systemic change needs more than data and information; it needs real intelligence and wisdom. Jay Forrester, the founder of the system dynamics method that has shaped our approach to systems thinking, pointed out that complex non-linear systems exhibit "counterintuitive behavior." He illustrated this by citing the large number of government interventions that go awry through aiming at short-term improvement in measurable problem symptoms but ultimately worsening the underlying problems-like increased urban policing that leads to short-term reductions in crime rates but does nothing to alter the sources of embedded poverty and worsens long-term incarceration rates.
Brian G. Dowling

The New Practice of Public Problem Solving - 0 views

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    The new practice connects researchers and practitioners in a loop that allows problem solvers to broadcast, receive, refine, and adapt solutions on an ongoing basis.
Brian G. Dowling

Cutting Through the Complexity: A Roadmap for Effective Collaboration - 0 views

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    Collaboration is appealing in concept but challenging in practice. While extensive resources-including ones from the Community Tool Box, The Intersector Project, and NewNetworkLeader.org-exist online to support collaborative efforts, the fact remains that we human beings are simply not very good at making "we" work. And yet, most changemakers today acknowledge that to address the complex social and environmental challenges we face we must learn how to collaborate-across organizations, sectors, networks, and differences. Effective collaboration must become a reality, not just an aspiration.
Brian G. Dowling

Characteristics of Systems Leadership - Heart of the Art - 0 views

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    "The reality is that leadership through large, complex and politically contested issues can be very tough on the people involved. It challenges our perception as to what is for the best, and how best to achieve it. And it challenges how we can find connection with all those who need to be involved."
Brian G. Dowling

Tools for Systems Thinkers: Getting into Systems Dynamics… and Bathtubs - 0 views

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    I love systems thinking - it's one of the best tools we have to develop a more detailed, dynamic and divergent perspective of the way the world works. I hope that these words and insights from my years of working with and teaching systems, sustainability and design can help you develop a systems mindset as well.
Brian G. Dowling

​Beyond Design Thinking: Why Education Entrepreneurs Need to Think in Systems... - 0 views

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    but we sensed the outcome could easily become a 'touchpoint solution' that might address a particular facet of trauma, but wouldn't take into account the deeper reasons why these problems existed," Seth explained.
Brian G. Dowling

7 Paths to Development That Bring Neighborhoods Wealth, Not Gentrification by Marjorie ... - 0 views

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    Can we create an economic system-beginning at the local level-that builds the wealth and prosperity of everyone?
Brian G. Dowling

Sharing our Theory of (Practice Based) Change - Nurture Development - 0 views

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    This blog aims to build upon last week's three part series entitled 13 Staging Posts of Learning and Development. We'd like to lift out four staging posts of particular significance. These four staging posts consolidate our theory of change; the framework within which we guide strategic change, implement practice, create a sustainable legacy and evaluate impact.
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