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The$Effec(ve$Groups$Reading$List
The$Effec(ve$Groups$Reading$List
 

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Introduc(on$to$the$Effec(ve$Groups$Reading$List

Why$this$reading$list?

People$o;en$ask$me$for$recommended$books$for$the$Effec(ve$Groups$course$and$associated$resources,$and$I$really$struggle$because$there$are$so$

many$books,$for$so$many$different$purposes.$So$I$have$put$this$list$together$to$cover$the$different$areas.$Personally$I$find$reading$lists$deathly$boring,$

so$I've$put$it$together$in$this$way$to$try$and$make$it$more$visual$and$engaging$and$to$give$a$sense$of$each$book.$

One$of$the$key$messages$of$the$Effec(ve$Groups$course$is$that$there$are$no$quick$fixes$or$single$answers$that$will$make$a$group$or$organisa(on$work$

effec(vely$or$be$really$successful.$This$reading$list$aJempts$to$reinforce$this$message$by$providing$a$range$of$books$that$will$do$a$variety$of$things,$in$a$

range$of$different$situa(ons.$

It$depends$what$type$of$situa(on$you$are$in,$what$kind$of$culture$you$have$in$your$group,$what$the$dominant$values$are$and$par(cular$tensions$are$in$

your$group,$as$to$what$approach$will$best$work.$It$also$depends$on$your$own$personal$preferences,$values,$learning$styles$etc.$as$to$which$type$of$book$

or$approach$to$working$in$groups$will$work$for$you.

How$is$it$arranged?

This$list$lays$out$a$range$of$books$organised$by$different$approaches.$Some$may$be$very$interes(ng$to$you,$some$may$want$to$make$you$throw$up$or$

lose$the$will$to$live,$but$all$are$probably$useful$in$some$ways,$but$not$all$necessarily$to$you.$Some$of$the$books$are$specifically$for$collabora(ve$groups,$

others$more$for$organisa(ons$more$generally$and$others$for$businesses$more$specifically.$This$is$an$area$full$of$overlaps$since$organisa(ons$and$

businesses$are$full$of$groups,$and$innova(ve$prac(ces$in$businesses$could$make$social$change$groups$much$more$effec(ve.$So$some$transla(on$

between$contexts$may$be$required,$and$very$useful$if$you$are$willing$to$make$the$effort.$

Part$15$Skills$for$working$in$groups

The$first$pages$4L12$are$specifically$about$the$skills,$perspec(ves$and$approaches$which$can$help$people$work$more$effec(vely$in$groups,$teams$and$

organisa(ons.$Where$relevant,$I$have$linked$parts$of$this$reading$list$to$specific$tools$or$areas$on$the$Effec(ve$Groups$Canvas.$

Part$25$The$larger$context5$complexity,$resilience,$sustainability,$enterprise,$economic$ecosystems$and$the$cosmos

Then$I$couldn't$resist$puQng$books$in$about$the$larger$context$within$which$our$groups$and$organisa(ons$exist,$since$they$are$all$so$shaped$by$the$

context.$So$pages$12L15$are$about$larger$contexts$of$complexity,$resilience,$sustainability,$enterprise,$economic$ecosystems$and$the$largest$context$of$

allL$the$evolu(on$of$the$cosmos.$

v1$Nick$Osborne,$nick@responseLability.org.uk,$30/01/2013
v1$Nick$Osborne,$nick@responseLability.org.uk,$30/01/2013

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the empowerment manual: a guide for collaborative groups

creating a life together: practical tools to grow ecovillages and intentional communities approaches for collaborative
creating a life together: practical tools to grow
ecovillages and intentional communities
approaches for collaborative groups
page 4
we the people: consenting to a deeper democracy. A
guide to sociocratic principles and methods
the integral vision
a theory of everything
the bigger picture
page 15
people & permculture: caring and designing for
ourselves, each other and the planet
spiral dynamics
the IAF handbook of group facilitation
start-up communities: building an entrepreneurial
ecosystem in your city
integral consciousness
the complete facilitators handbook
facilitator's guide to participatory facilitation
the resilient enterprise
expanding the context: enterprises,
coops and economic ecosystems
page 14
collaborative & participatory facilitation
page 5
the skilled facilitator fieldbook
new internationalist: teamwork
playing with fire
architecting resilient systems
201 icebreakers
resilience thinking
visual meetings
building personal and organisational resilience
resilience, complexity and sustainability
page 13
unfolding the back of the napkin
business dynamics
communication & facilitation tools
page 6
think on your feet
complexity theory for a suetainable future
complexity and management
Contents
gamestorming: a playbook for innovators, rule-
breakers and changemakers
complex responsive processes in organisations
joining together: group theory and group skills
the emergence of leadership
dialogue: and the art of thinking together
changing conversations in organisations
applying insights from the complexity
sciences to groups and organisations
page 12
the change handbook: the definitive resource on
today's best methods for engaging whole systems
the paradox of control in organisations
collections of tools and methods
page 7
open space technology
complexity and the experience of leading
organisations
appreciative inquiry
practical quality assurance system for small
organisations
a conventional approach
page 11
polarity management
the wisdom of the enneagram
Holacracy
working with differences
page 8
diagnosing and changing organisational culture
the starfish and the spider: the unstoppable power of
leaderless organisations
competing values leadership
agile organisations
the fractal organisation: creating sustainable
organisations with the Viable Systems Model
page 10
leadership theory and practice
tribal leadership
the lean start-up: how constant innovation creates
radically successful businesses
resilient leadership for turbulent times
leadership
page 9
handbook of leadership development
the practice of adaptive leadership
synchronicity: the path of inner leadership
page$4 Approaches$for$Collabora(ve$Groups$ Drawn$from$Starhawk's$ considerable$experience$of$
page$4
Approaches$for$Collabora(ve$Groups$
Drawn$from$Starhawk's$
considerable$experience$of$
working$with$collabora(ve$groups,$
this$book$is$a$very$helpful$guide$for$
people$wan(ng$to$work$more$
collabora(velyL$with$values$such$as$
coLopera(on,$par(cipa(on,$social$
jus(ce,$equality,$inclusion,$building$
shared$understanding,$consensus$
A$guide$which$covers$all$aspects$
of$working$collabora(vely$to$
create$an$ecovillage$or$inten(onal$
community$project.$Its$included$
here$as$most$of$it$can$be$applied$
to$building$collabora(ve$social$
change$groups.$Again,$expressing$
similar$values$to$the$
Empowerment$Manual.$Its$drawn$
powerLwith$rather$than$powerL
from$the$experience$of$the$10%$of$
over$structures.$Includes$lots$of$
insights,$(ps$and$prac(cal$
ecovillage/community$projects$
which$have$been$successful$in$
ac(vi(es,$within$a$framework$
seQng$up,$in$contrast$to$the$90%$
rooted$in$her$characteris(c$blend$
who$didn't$make$it.$
of$spirituality$and$ac(vism,$as$well$
as$an$entertaining$story$woven$
through$the$book
The$first$text$devoted$completely$
The$defini(ve$text$on$Sociocracy.$
to$the$applica(on$of$
This$is$a$new$system$for$organising$
permaculture$principles$to$how$
ourselves$in$groups,$communi(es$
we$live/work/coexist$together.$
or$organisa(ons$around$the$people$
Founded$on$the$collabora(ve$
and$our$needs/wants/preferences.$
principles$and$values$similar$to$
It$provides$a$complete$and$
the$other$books,$but$baked$into$
integrated$system,$as$opposed$to$$
a$systems$approach.$This$
the$above$two$books$which$are$
approach$is$less$engineering$and$
more$of$a$collec(on$of$tools.$Its$
more$models$how$natural$
based$on$people$working$together$
systems$work.$Quite$deep$and$
with$the$principle$of$'consent'.$
far$ranging,$with$lots$of$ac(vi(es$
Created$by$an$engineer$and$some$
to$deepen$a$group$and$make$it$
people$find$the$system$a$bit$
more$effec(ve.$
technical$and$$difficult$to$
understand.$$
page$5 All$of$these$books$are$about$the$skills$of$facilita(ng$$$$ Collabora(ve$&$Par(cipatory$Facilita(on$
page$5
All$of$these$books$are$about$the$skills$of$facilita(ng$$$$
Collabora(ve$&$Par(cipatory$Facilita(on$
collabora(ve$and$par(cipatory$processes$with$people$
A$large$collec(on$of$
A$collec(on$of$lots$of$
ar(cles$about$all$aspects$
icebreakers$and$
of$facilita(on$from$the$
warmups$to$make$
Interna(onal$Associa(on$
mee(ngs$more$fun.$Its$
of$Facilitators.$Its$a$big$
not$great,$but$an$
book,$quite$theore(cal,$
example$that$there$are$
heavy$and$expensive.$
lots$of$them$out$there!
Only$to$go$near$if$you$are$
deadly$serious$about$
Rather$theore(cal,$this$
learning$facilita(on$skills
dives$into$what$needs$
to$happen$inside$me,$
and$what$I$need$to$be$
aware$of$if$I$am$to$
become$'complete'$as$a$
facilitator.$An$
interes(ng$framework,$
some$find$hard$to$
digest.$
A$fun$collec(on$of$
A$handbook$for$a$
par(cipatory$tools.$Lots$
course$which$is$about$
prac(cal$of$(ps,$
crea(ng$conflict$
pictures,$ac(vi(es$for$
resolu(on$with$young$
groups$which$are$easy$
people.$Lots$of$good$
to$pick$up$and$try.
ice$breakers,$games,$
packed$with$ac(vi(es$
to$deal$with$conflict$in$
crea(ve$ways.$
The$book$from$which$the$'Controlling'$&$'Collabora(ve'$Communica(on$models$used$in$the$Effec(ve$Groups$course$are$drawn.$It$takes$a$systemic$
approach$to$groups$and$teams$and$suggests$ways$of$working$with$them$based$on$this$understanding.$Used$more$in$a$corporate$context,$but$s(ll$
useful$and$applicable$for$groups$working$in$social$enterprise$and$change.$
page$6 A$fun$book$if$you$want$to$ Communica(on$&$Facilita(on$Tools develop$your$graphic$
page$6
A$fun$book$if$you$want$to$
Communica(on$&$Facilita(on$Tools
develop$your$graphic$
facilita(on$skills.$How$to$
facilitate$mee(ngs$in$a$
visual$way$to$aid$shared$
thinking,$understanding,$
problem$solving$and$
This$is$more$specifically$about$
developing$the$skill$to$break$
complex$problems$into$
manageable$chunks$with$
pictures.$The$book$is$basically$a$
make$the$way$you$meet$
4Lday$handsLon$course$in$
and$work$more$fun$and$
effec(ve
developing$the$skills$to$do$this.$If$
you$do$this$course$and$use$the$
skills$from$it,$it$will$easily$save$
much$more$than$4$days$of$your$
life$in$painful$mee(ngs!
The$workbook$taken$from$
a$course$called$'Think$on$
Your$Feet'.$Its$a$way$of$
communica(ng$in$ways$
that$people$can$
understand$easily.$By$
breaking$things$down$
A$beau(ful$collec(on$of$lots$
of$ways$to$design$group$
processes$as$games$which$
follow$a$basic$paJern$of$
opening$with$divergent$
into$chunks$of$mostly$3,$
thinking,$exploring$with$
arranging$them$in$familiar$
emergent$thinking$and$
paJerns$and$then$
closing$with$convergent$
presen(ng$them$in$ways$
thinking.$Its$quite$a$small$
that$will$be$easy$for$
book,$funky$and$very$
people$to$understand$and$
powerful!
remember.$Handy$if$you$
do$presenta(ons$or$
public$speaking.$
page$7 Collec(ons$of$Tools$&$Methods A$standard,$solid$textbook$on$ A$mindLboggling$
page$7
Collec(ons$of$Tools$&$Methods
A$standard,$solid$textbook$on$
A$mindLboggling$
group$theory$and$group$skills.$
collec(on$of$over$60$
Leaning$towards$
tools,$methods,$
collabora(ve$and$
processes,$ac(vi(es$to$
par(cipatory$groups,$it$
do$with$groups$to$
provides$theory$and$$
facilitate$collec(ve$
ac(vi(es$to$do$with$groups.$
change.$Methods$
Designed$for$people$on$a$
grouped$into$
course$to$learn$about$group$
categories:$Adaptable$
skills$with$proper$learning$
Methods,$Planning$
objec(ves!$If$you$are$new$to$
Methods,$Structuring$
this$territory$and$want$a$
Methods,$
good$introduc(on$and$are$
Improving$Methods
prepared$to$read$a$textbook,$
Suppor(ve$Methods.$
this$is$a$good$first$step,$which$
Includes$World$Cafe,$
will$then$probably$help$you$
Open$Space,$Consensus$
find$out$where$you$want$to$
and$many$more.$The$
go$next.$.$
challenge$of$this$book$is$
knowing$which$tool$to$
A$dive$into$the$theory$and$
use$when,$and$it$does$
prac(ce$of$'Dialogue'.$An$
give$some$guidance$
approach$to$communica(on$
about$that.
The$source$text$for$
which$develops$skills$for$
the$Open$Space$
A$short$book$giving$an$
people$to$be$more$conscious$
method$of$facilita(on$
introduc(on$to$Apprecia(ve$
and$construc(ve.$For$example:$
which$has$been$
Inquiry.$This$is$a$method$which$
helping$us$iden(fy$
picked$up$by$so$many$
helps$people$iden(fy$what$is$
assump(ons$that$we$and$other$
people$and$not$used$
already$working,$and$then$build$
people$are$making:$suspending$
that$well,$in$my$
on$that$to$develop$and$find$
our$judgements$so$we$can$fully$
opinion,$thus$dilu(ng$
solu(ons.$Its$a$very$posi(ve$
understand$what$someone$
the$poten(al$power$
approach!$Not$enough$on$its$
else$is$saying$before$
of$this$method.$
own,$but$can$be$useful$in$the$
responding.$$
right$place$at$the$right$(me.$
page$8 Working$with$Differences
page$8
Working$with$Differences
When$we$think$of$differences,$we$o;en$think$of$cultural$diversity.$This$sec(on$doesn't$address$cultural$diversity$specifically,$but$the$books$in$both$this$
sec(on$and$the$bigger$picture$will$help$deal$with$the$differences$generally.$$This$includes$the$differences$between$cultures$as$well$as$the$differences$
between$individuals$in$the$same$culture,$as$well$as$tensions$we$experience$inside$ourselves$as$individuals.$
Astonishingly$simple,$and$just$as$
Its$not$very$popular$or$even$'poli(cally$
powerful,$this$book$explains$how$a$lot$of$
correct'$with$many$people$to$use$
tensions$and$conflicts$in$groups$are$
typologies$or$psychometrics$such$as$the$
because$of$differences$in$values.$Rather$
Myers$Briggs$Type$Indicator.$'We$can't$put$
than$being$an$unsolvable$problems,$
all$people$in$boxes'$is$a$simple$complaint$
these$differences$are$polari(es$which$
about$this$approach.
can$be$managed.$And$that$many$of$these$
polari(es$result$from$personal$
preferences,$which$once$named$can$be$
talked$about.
For$example,$some$people$want$to$just$
get$on$with$it$and$take$ac(on,$while$
However,$an$understanding$of$how$
differences$between$people$in$groups$is$
due$to$their$personal$preferences,$and$that$
there$are$paJerns$in$these$which$can$be$
easier$to$talk$about$and$work$with,$if$they$
are$named$and$understood$as$such.$This$
others$want$to$plan$things$well$in$
(es$in$with$the$other$3$books$on$this$page.$
advance$before$jumping$in.$Naming$this$
tension$as$this$polarity$makes$it$much$
There$are$many$of$these$typologies;$the$
easier$to$work$with$than$arguing$about$
Enneagram$is$one$such$typology,$popular$in$
whether$to$have$a$planning$mee(ng$or$
the$integral$community.$I$like$it$because$it$
not!
has$a$growth$dimension$included,$and$this$
book$is$a$good$introduc(on$to$it.$
This$book$builds$on$the$Compe(ng$Values$
Framework$presented$in$the$book$next$to$
This$book$introduces$the$Compe(ng$Values$
it,$to$iden(fy$the$leadership$behaviours$
Framework,$based$on$decades$of$research$
which$fit$best$in$the$four$different$types$
about$what$actually$happens$in$organisa(ons.$
of$organisa(onal$culture$of$this$
Four$basic$paJerns$of$values$have$been$
framework.
iden(fied:$controlling,$compe(ng,$
collabora(ng$and$crea(ng.$The$framework$is$
Its$prac(cal,$simple,$clear$and$very$
about$how$to$work$with$the$tensions$created$
powerful!
by$the$differences$in$these$valueLsystems.$
O;en$a$controversial$topic$in$groups$or$organisa(ons$which$don't$want$to$work$in$a$hierarchy,$whether$we$like$it$or$not$leadership$exists$in$any$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
page$9
Leadership
collec(on$of$human$beings.$The$Effec(ve$Groups$course$suggests$that$its$beJer$to$face$this$reality$and$be$explicit$about$leadership$issues$rather$than$denying$
them.$These$books$help$give$a$grounding$and$ways$to$speak$about$power$and$leadership$issues$when$they$surface$as,$they$surely$will!
A$fairly$standard,$
conven(onal$textbook$on$
various$leadership$theories.$
This$book$aJempts$to$answer$'how$
can$leaders$move$ahead$in$the$face$
of$adversity'.$They$have$developed$
a$Leader$Resilience$Profile$which$
Its$kind$of$useful$and$
measures$a$leader's$resilience$in$12$
interes(ng$if$you$want$a$
categories.$Like$the$Harvard$
solid$founda(on$in$thinking$
Business$Review$book,$its$founded$
about$different$types$of$
on$a$fairly$conven(onal$view$of$
leadership.$
leadership
Based$on$years$of$
empirical$research,$this$
book$iden(fies$5$
paJerns$in$organisa(ons$
which$it$called$Tribes,$
A$book$about$
and$suggests$that$
leading$in$(mes$of$
different$styles$and$
change$and$how$to$
approaches$to$
develop$leadership$
leadership$work$with$the$
capaci(es$through$
different$tribes.$Includes$
prac(ce.$
PreLConven(onal,$
Conven(onal$and$PostL
Conven(onal$
approaches.$In$my$view,$
the$most$powerful$book$
on$this$page.$
A$useful$collec(on$of$
tools$and$prac(ces$for$
leadership$development,$
albeit$from$a$
A$personal$story$about$
the$internal$shi;s$that$
happened$on$his$journey$
to$become$a$postL
conven(onal$leader.$
conven(onal$paradigm.$
WriJen$in$1996.
page$10 Agile$Organisa(ons Holacracy$calls$itself$a$new$opera(ng$system$ This$book$is$about$the$Viable$
page$10
Agile$Organisa(ons
Holacracy$calls$itself$a$new$opera(ng$system$
This$book$is$about$the$Viable$
for$organisa(ons.$There$isn't$a$book$about$it$
Systems$Model$created$by$
yet,$this$is$the$folder$from$the$Cer(fica(on$
Stafford$Beer.$It$iden(fies$the$
Training$that$I$went$on$for$it.
essen(al$func(ons$which$
need$to$happen$at$each$level$
Holacracy$integrates$learning$from$many$
of$an$organisa(on$as:$
other$methodologies$to$create$a$way$of$
opera(ons,$coordina(on,$
organising$which$enables$an$organisa(onal$
management,$development$
purpose$to$be$achieved$effec(vely$in$a$
and$strategy.$Then$shows$how$
changing,$complex$and$unpredictable$
an$organisa(on$can$be$
environment.$Where$there$is$clarity$about$
structured$so$that$these$are$
where$authority$lies$for$which$decisions,$so$
replicated$at$every$level,$in$a$
that$decisions$can$be$made$quickly,$while$s(ll$
fractal$paJern.$This$means$
integra(ng$perspec(ves$where$necessary,$so$
that$the$organisa(on,$more$
maintaining$many$of$the$benefits$of$the$more$
like$a$starfish,$can$selfL
collabora(ve,$more$processLbased$groups.$
organise$and$replicate,$adapt$
This$book$uses$the$differences$between$a$
to$change.$Some$people$find$
starfish$and$a$spider$as$a$metaphor$to$talk$
this$system$quite$technical$
about$'leaderless$organisa(ons'.
and$hard$to$understand$and$
communicate.$
When$a$spider's$head$gets$cut$off,$it$dies.$When$
any$part$of$a$starfish$gets$cut$off,$it$can$get$
'Lean'$is$a$methodology$for$running$
regenerated$and$grow$back.$
organisa(ons$pioneered$by$Toyota,$in$
which$unnecessary$bits$are$sought$out,$
Hierarchical$organisa(ons$and$groups$are$
dependent$on$their$leaders$in$the$same$way$
that$a$spider$is$dependent$on$its$head.$While$
organisa(ons$which$can$selfLorganise,$are$not$
reliant$on$a$leader$are$beJer$able$to$adapt$to$a$
changing$environment$are$more$likely$to$be$
effec(ve$in$the$fastLchanging,$unpredictable$
leaving$the$minimum$structure$to$allow$
maximum$flexibility,$adaptability$and$
agility.$This$book$applies$these$principles$
to$startLup$enterprises.$
21st$century.$
page$11 A$Conven(onal$Approach
page$11
A$Conven(onal$Approach
This$is$a$system$that$can$be$used$with$small$social$enterprise$and$third$sector$organisa(ons$to$help$ensure$that$key$areas$are$dealt$with$and$are$all$
working$to$high$standards.$There$are$ques(ons$with$indicators$of$what$counts$as$three$differing$levels$of$quality.$Its$in$depth$and$(meLconsuming,$but$
will$make$anyone$who$uses$it$more$effec(ve$and$create$work$of$higher$quality.$$Here's$the$contents$page$to$show$the$different$areas$that$are$covered$$
page$12 Applying$insights$from$the$complexity$sciences$to$groups$and$organisa(ons
page$12
Applying$insights$from$the$complexity$sciences$to$groups$and$organisa(ons
This$series$of$books$is$academic,$complex,$theore(cal,$heavy$
going$and$really$not$for$the$faintLhearted.$If$you$aren't$
interested$in$things$like$this,$then$skip$this$page
The$premise$of$the$series$is$that$there$are$many$'pop'$books$
wriJen$by$people$like$Peter$Senge$(The$Fi;h$Discipline),$
Fritjoff$Capra$(The$Web$of$Life)$and$Margaret$Wheatley$
('Leadership$and$the$New$Science'$,$'A$Simpler$Way')$who$
make$obvious$and$superficial$comparisons$between$the$
elegance$of$how$natural$systems$work,$and$apply$those$as$
insights$of$systems$thinking$to$how$people$work$in$groups$and$
organisa(ons.$These$books$say$this$is$a$mistake.$
Instead$they$delve$deep$into$the$complexity$sciences,$and$
consider$how$the$models,$insights$and$learnings$from$this$
domain$need$to$be$mediated$through$a$lens$of$psychological$
and$social$understanding$before$applying$them$to$people,$
groups$and$organisa(ons,$which,$they$argue,$those$other$
books$do$not$adequately$do.$
Using$insights$from$the$complexity$sciences$in$this$way,$they$
suggest$that$what$happens$in$the$invisible$spaces$between$
people$in$groups$and$organisa(ons$are$'complex$responsive$
processes',$where$my$behaviour$will$invite$a$certain$type$of$
response$from$you,$so$although$you$have$choice$in$how$you$
respond$to$me,$its$a$choice$shaped$by$what$I$have$invited$you$
to$do$in$the$first$place.$Understanding$what$happens$in$terms$
of$these$webs$of$complex$responsive$processes,$provides$a$
way$of$being$in$organisa(ons$which$allows$us$to$be$effec(ve$
par(cipants$in$a$flow$of$selfLorganising$processes.$It$feels$like$
an$academic,$intellectual$way$of$libera(ng$us$from$the$illusion$
that$its$worth$trying$to$control$what$happens.$
page$13 Resilience,$complexity$and$sustainability
page$13
Resilience,$complexity$and$sustainability
The$connec(on$between$this$set$of$books$and$Effec(ve$Groups$is$less$obvious.$It$requires$a$crea(ve$leap$to$apply$insights$from$Systems$Thinking,$
Complexity$Sciences$and$work$on$resilience$in$natural$systems,$to$what$happens$between$people$and$in$groups$and$that$may$be$something$you$aren't$
interested$in$doing?$If$you$are,$this$collec(on$of$books$gives$it$a$go,$but$you$will$also$have$to$do$some$of$it$yourself.$
This$book$is$more$about$how$resilience$can$be$
achieved$in$natural$systems,$and$occasionally$
points$to$how$to$apply$this$to$social$systems.$
A$collec(on$of$ar(cles$from$the$Harvard$
Business$Review.$Mostly$wriJen,$in$contrast$
It$leaves$a$lot$of$it$up$to$you$to$work$out$how$to$
apply$principles$like$modularity,$(ght$feedback$
loops,$crossing$thresholds,$panarchy,$complex$
adap(ve$cycles $
to$the$other$books$on$this$page,$from$quite$
a$conven(onal$viewpoint.$
This$book$takes$one$aspect$of$systems$
thinking$L$causal$loop$diagrams$and$
This$applies$the$thinking$of$complexity$
applying$it$to$groups,$organisa(ons$and$
sciences$specifically$to$$sustainability.$Its$
human$systems.$Its$complex,$and$
very$academic$and$theore(cal,$with$lots$
probably$be$useful$in$helping$you$deal$
of$mathema(cal$formulae$and$
with$complex$system$dynamics$if$you$
references.$$
take$the$(me$to$delve$into$it.
page$14 Expanding$the$Context:$Enterprises,$CoLops$&$Economic$Ecosystems About$how$to$create$an$entrepreneurial$
page$14
Expanding$the$Context:$Enterprises,$CoLops$&$Economic$Ecosystems
About$how$to$create$an$entrepreneurial$
If$you$want$to$make$profitLmaking$
ecosystem$which$supports$the$development$
companies$more$resilient$in$(mes$of$
of$new$businesses$in$a$locality.$
change$and$uncertainty,$you$might$find$
this$book$interes(ng.$
How$local$entrepreneurs$can$work$together$
with$service$providers,$universi(es,$
Coming$from$a$fairly$conven(onal$
government$and$other$stakeholders$to$
perspec(ve$its$a$lot$about$dealing$with$
create$a$sense$of$community$which$values$
and$mi(ga(ng$risks,$seeing$
and$encourages$the$startLup$of$new$
vulnerability$as$something$that$needs$
businesses$in$a$local$area.$
to$be$'overcome'.$Lots$of$examples$of$
how$its$happened$in$global/US$
Based$from$experience$in$Boulder$and$
corpora(ons.
compares$with$Silicon$Valley$and$other$hiL
tech$startLup$communi(es$in$US$ci(es,$this$
needs$some$transla(on$for$UK$nonLtech$
loca(ons,$but$s(ll$useful.$
About$how$to$prevent,$avoid$and$
recover$from$disasters$and$disrup(ons,$
this$book$comes$from$a$kind$of$'risk$
management'$mindset.$
An$issue$of$the$New$Interna(onalist$
magazine$dedicated$to$CoLopera(ves,$how$
It$starts$from$the$founda(on$of$
they$work$and$their$role$in$the$economy.$
resilience$as$the$ability$to$bounce$back$
to$normal$a;er$a$disrup(on,$and$is$a$
With$their$characteris(c$global$social$jus(ce$
systems$approach$to$doing$this.$Again,$
perspec(ve,$interes(ng$facts$and$figures$
from$the$US.$
about$the$impacts$and$role$of$coLops.
page$15 The$Bigger$Picture For$the$first$(me$in$history,$humans$have$ A$key$part$of$this$bigger$picture$
page$15
The$Bigger$Picture
For$the$first$(me$in$history,$humans$have$
A$key$part$of$this$bigger$picture$
a$perspec(ve$which$sees$(nearly?)$all$
perspec(ve,$is$an$understanding$of$
other$models$of$reality$conceived$of$by$
how$to$create$effec(ve$groups,$by$
humans,$as$well$as$our$own.$
understanding$the$tensions$created$
about$differences$in$values.$It$is$
Ken$Wilber$used$this$perspec(ve$to$
rooted$in$an$understanding$of$
create$a$'metaLmodel':of$all$the$different$
human$psychological$and$cultural$
models$of$understanding$reality,$our$
development.
world,$how$we$func(on.$It$aJempts$to$
integrate$them$all$together,$and$is,$
It$explains$the$three$paJerns$of$
therefore,$called$the$Integral$Model.$It$
group$forma(on$on$which$the$
includes$a$dizzying$collec(on$of$tools,$
Effec(ve$Groups$course$is$founded$
categorised$into$five$sec(ons.$$
on:$Hierarchical$Structures,$
Collabora(ve$Groups$and$Agile$
This$model$puts$everything$into$the$
Organisa(ons.$
biggest$picture$possible:$the$evolu(on$of$
the$cosmos$and$our$place$within$it.$A$
This$book$is$known$for$being$dense$
global$community$of$interest$and$
and$a$difficult$read.$Its$worth$first$
prac(ce$has$developed$around$this$
checking$out$webLresources$before$
model.$
aJemp(ng$to$read$it,$since$in$my$
view$this$book$is$more$for$people$
Both$of$these$books$are$introduc(ons$to$
who$are$seriously$interested$in$this$
the$Integral$Model.$The$Integral$Vision$is$
perspec(ve
a$short$book$with$lots$of$pictures$and$is$
a$bit$more$'pop'$and$the$more$accessible$
This$book$is$an$explora(on$of$what$
of$the$two.$The$Theory$of$Everything$$is$
our$world$looks$like$when$
a$general$introduc(on$and$more$wordy.$
experienced$through$the$lens$of$the$
integral$worldview$and$its$role$in$
For$me,$trying$to$make$groups$more$
transforma(ons$we$are$experiencing$
effec(ve$without$the$richness$provided$
in$our$world.$Needs$effort$to$apply$it$
by$this$perspec(ve$would$be$a$bit$like$
to$making$groups$more$effec(ve,$
tying$my$shoelaces$$together.$
but$worth$it!
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