Worth a Look: SystemWiki.org & Co-Mapping

UPDATE of 22 Aug 2010 to add Viral Video (John Pourdehnad)  that started the dialog. Ackoff Virtual Inqiry Center (AVIC) There is a discussion underway at Systems Community of Inquiry focused on developing the concepts for a network of Ackoff Virtual Inqiry Centers (AVIC) located around the world. Early on, the original vision for AVIC, …

Review (Preliminary): Reflexive Practice–Professional Thinking for a Turbulent World

6 Star Plus, a Foundation Work 11 August 2010 Dr. Kent C. Myers et al In combination with the other books that I am reading this week, the first by David Perkins, Making Learning Whole, the second by Curtis Bonk, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, this book I have read …

Review: Green Gone Wrong–How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution

Combines Holistic Thinking with Drill-Down Detail August 1, 2010 Heather Rogers This is a solid five in my view because the author goes beyond weaving a story about green gone wrong in three main areas (food, shelter, transportation), providing what almost all other books miss: the systems of systems “its all connected” and “what’s good …

Reference: US DHS–“Securing Cyberspace”

Phi Beta Iota:  Tip of the hat to Berto Jongman for this referral.  The report is a classic exemplar of good people doing what they know and what they have been told to do, rather than what they need to do–Dr. Robert Ackoff called this “doing the wrong thing righter.”  It is not possible to …

Reference: Strategic Asymmetry–with Comment

Full Source Online Dr. Steve Metz was published on this topic by the Military Review in July-August 2001.  A great deal of original thinking came out of the U.S. Army Strategic Studies Institute (SSI) in the aftermath of the 1998 Army Strategy Conference, and sadly, none of it has gained any traction with any Secretary …

Journal: US War Policy Enters the Rubber Room

Afghan War Topples Dutch Govt (AntiWar.com) More important than the toppling of the Dutch government, and the prospect of new elections, is NATO’s actions which led up to it. Generally speaking, NATO has not made a habit of pressuring for action against the will of that nation’s ruling coalition, and many saw Rasmussen’s request as …

Review: Wiki Government–How Technology Can Make Government Better, Democracy Stronger, and Citizens More Powerful

Almost a Five–Making Wrong Things Righter February 21, 2010 Beth Simone Noveck I sat down intending to make this a five, but the two fluff reviews have to be off-set. Robert Ackoff would say this is a spectacular book about making the wrong things righter instead of the right things righter–too many lawyers and focused …

Review: A New World Order

For a Serving Elite, Genius–Out of Touch with Non-Elites February 20, 2010 Anne-Marie Slaughter Now that my own book INTELLIGENCE for EARTH: Clarity, Diversity, Integrity, & Sustainability is at the printer am back into reading and really looking forward to catching up with the 25 books on my “to do” shelf. This one jumped to …

Review: World-Systems Analysis–An Introduction

Buy PAPERBACK Version–Rewarding but Disappointing December 10, 2009 Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein Do NOT buy the hard-copy. Amazon obscures the fact that the paperback is available, this is a very thin book, buy the paperbackWorld-Systems Analysis: An Introduction (A John Hope Franklin Center Book). I would have been furious had I bought the hard copy at …

Search: Civitas Maxima

Intriguing and illuminating.  Thank you. Harold Laski: Problems of Democracy, the Sovereign State, and International Society Laski’s concerns turn out to have much in common with those of present-day social democratic commentators – in particular the capacity of a state to effect social justice in conditions of global interdependence. Peter Lamb’s study of this overly …

Journal: Design Thinking for Government

What a great search phrase!  Thank you. KEY POINT: Design is not just about physical structures, but about relationships as well as ideas.  Will Durant has a great deal to say about this in Philosophy and the Social Problem. KEY POINT: Information is the means by which we harmonize understanding of the threats, sustainable consensus …

Review: The Design of Business–Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage

In Its Niche Beyond a Six–In Larger Context a Four October 11, 2009 Roger Martin First off, what got me to buy this book does not appear in the book at all–the author on record as saying that Wall Street was not designed to make money for its investors, only for its mandarins–the same is …