Complexity and Community School Psych – Workshop Notes

 

COMPLEXITY NOTES FOR WORKSHOP WITH DOCTORAL COMMUNITY SCHOOL PSYCH STUDENTS

…WHAT KINDS OF PROCESSES DO WE WANT TO IMPROVE?
…HOW DO WE IMPROVE PROCESSES AND RESULTS?
…WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST CHALLENGE IN CHANGE OR IMPROVEMENT?

—BRIEF STORY IF CHANGE AT USDOL

—TRADITIONAL ORGANIZATION MODELS
…HIERARCHY…   MILITARY, RELIGIOUS
…ORIGINS AND ASSUMPTIONS
…..KNOWLEDGE AND POWER AT TOP
…..ONLY THE FEW HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE AND POWER
IMPLICATIONS FOR STRATEGY AND INTERVENTION DESIGN

—REAL ORIGINS
…NEWTON
…LAWS OF PHYSICS AND MOTION
…THERMODYNAMICS AND ENTROPY

BUT…
…ORDER FOR FREE… BRIAN ARTHUR
…SOCIAL AND HUMAN SYSTEMS OVER TIME
..INNOVATE
..CREATE
..ADAPT

TWENTY CENTS AND SOME PICTURES

BLACK HOLES AND ELECTRONS
…NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE
…THOUGHT AS ENERGY QUANTA

NEW VIEWS
..MEAD AND ELIAS
..SENGE AND STACEY
..GESTURE AND RESPONSE
..TURN TAKING
..SENSE MAKING
..ITERATIVE
..RESPONSIVE PROCESS OF HUMAN RELATING

…OUR HUMAN PREFERENCE IS FOR STABLE, PREDICTABLE, CONTROLLABLE
BUT OOPS!!!!!
…MAKING A CAR
…DOING THE HOKEY-POKEY?



COMPLEXUS >> TOTALITY

TOTALITY OF DYNAMICS IN A SYSTEM

COGNITIVE COMPLEXITY>>> THE DIFFERENCE ENGINE

CHALLENGE FOR COMPLEX INTELLIGENT SYSTEM>>> SIMULTANEOUSLY ADAPT TO AND INFLUENCE THE COMPETITIVE ENVIRONMENT

DARWIN>>> SURVIVAL OF THE MOST ADAPTIVE
DEMING>>LEARNING IS OPTIONAL.  SURVIVAL IS OPTIONAL

…ANALYSIS OF THE PARTS WILL NOT EXPLAIN BEHAVIOR OF THE WHOLE
…CAUSALITY ONLY KNOWABLE IN RETROSPECT
…NOT PREDICTABLE OR CONTROLLABLE

THE ONLY THING THAT CAN MODEL THE BEHAVIOR OF A COMPLEX SYSTEM IS THE SYSTEM ITSELF – SNOWDEN

AUTONOMOUS AGENTS
SIMPLE RULES
FAR FROM EQUILIBRIUM
SELF-ORGANIZING
EMERGENT
CRITICALITY
PATTERN RECOGNITION 
ATTRACTORS
BOUNDARIES
SENSITIVITY TO INITIAL CONDITIONS
RESONANT COUPLING
FRACTAL STRUCTURES
BIFURCATION
FEEDBACK LOOPS AND ITERATION
ADAPTIVE
LANDSCAPE FITNESS AS MEASURE OF SUCCESS

“IT IS IN THE EMERGENCE OF MEANING THAT WE FIND THE WILL TO ACT” – DICK KNOWLES

“ARTICULATE EMERGING THEMES, HAVE AN ENHANCED CAPACITY TO TAKE THE ATTITUDES OF OTHERS, DISPLAY GREATER SPONTANEITY, IN OTHER WORDS, AN ENHANCED CAPACITY TO THINK, FEEL, REFLECT, AND IMAGINE.” – PATRICIA SHAW

“THE TRADITIONAL APPROACH DOES HAVE ITS PLACE…WHEN THE SOLUTION IS KNOWN IN ADVANCE AND AN ESTABLISHED REPERTOIRE EXISTS TO IMPLEMENT IT

QUESTIONS FROM MEG WHEATLEY:
..DO PEOPLE KNOW HOW TO LISTEN AND SPEAK TO EACH OTHER?
..DO PEOPLE WORK WELL WITH DIVERSE MEMBERS?
..DO PEOPLE HAVE FREE ACCESS TO ONE ANOTHR THROUGHOUT THE ORGANIZATION?
..ARE PEOPLE TRUSTED WITH FREE ACCESS TO INFORMATION?
..DO THE ORGANIZATION’S VALUES BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER OR PUSH THEM APART?
..IS COLLABORATION TRULY HONORED?
..CAN PEOPLE SPEAK TRUTHFULLY TO ONE ANOTHER?

TOOLS AND METHODS

..RESPECTFUL DIALOGUE.  KEN HOMER, WORLD CAFE, ETC.
..PROCESS ENNEAGRAM.. DICK KNOWLES, TIM DALMAU MIDDLE WAY
..STACEY MATRIX… AGREEMENT X CERTAINTY
..SIMPLE RULE SETS
..POSITIVE DEVIANCE
..EOYANG TOOL SET CDE
..CYNEFIN FRAMEWORK…COGNITIVE EDGE METHODS
…..WALTUCK FRAMEWORK
..GOLDSTEIN ET AL… GENERATIVE LEADERSHIP
..SMART NETWORKS… JUNE HOLLEY AND VALDIS KREBS
…ADAPTIVE LEADERSHIP, RON HEIFETZ ET AL


….WHAT DOES PSYCHOLOGY SEEK TO ANSWER AND ACHIEVE?
…SHORTEST FRAMEWORK FOR CHANGE OMGWTF!?
…WHAT, SO WHAT, NOW WHAT
…EVER RAISE A CHILD?  EVER BEEN A CHILD?

REVISITING THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL AND THE PROBLEM OF CHANGE, BY SEYMOUR SARASON

..WHAT DO WE MEAN B THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL?
..CITING KENNETH WILSON… SYSTEMS MUST CREATE THE MECHANISMS FOR IMPROVING THEMSELVES (pg x)
..CITES EINSTEIN.. THE CONSCIOUSNESS THAT CREATED A PROBLEM, CAN NOT SOLVE IT
..THE CULTURE OF THE SCHOOL IS “DIFFERENTIATED AND COMPLEX” (pg xiii)
..NO BETTER WAYS TO COMPREHEND CULTU THAN…SEE HOW IT RESPONDS (pg xiv)
..ANY ATTEMPT AT CHANGE INVOLVES FROM EXISTING REGULARITY (pg 3)
..BOUNDARY ISSUES AS NOTED IN “ENCAPSULATED SYSTEMS” (pg 13)
..RELATIONAL ROLE OF OBSERVERS (pg 14)
..AS IN SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED COMPLEX ADAPTIVE SYSTEMS, SARASON NOTES EFFECTIVE STRATEGIES “PROMOTED MUTUAL ADAPTATION” (pg 76)
..NOTES THE ROLE OF POWER IN INFLUENCING RELATIONAL DYNAMICS (pg 89)
..BIG IDEA #1: MUST BE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS THAT “SUSTAINS A PROCESS OF WILLING INQUIRY” (pg 366)
..BIG IDEA #2: TEACHERS AS A GROUP, MUST BE AFFORDED GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPERIENCES AND OPPORTUNITIES (pg 369)

SARASON IS ALL ABOUT…
THE COMPLEX, INTER-RELATED ITERATIVE COMMUNICATION THAT EXCHANGES INFORMATION, DEVELOPS DIVERSE AND INNOVATIVE IDEAS, AND FOSTERS  MUTUAL ADAPTATION AND COLLECTIVE GROWTH

SO WHAT SHOULD WE DO?

ARTICULATE THE VISION
SHARE THE VISION
INTERCONNECT EVERYONE
EXPERIMENT AND EXPLORE POSSIBILITY SPACE
SAFE TO FAIL IN THE COMPLEX DOMAIN
INNOVATE
COOPERATE MORE THAN COMPETE
LET GO OF WHAT DOES NOT WORK
LEARN TOGETHER
THINK TOGETHER 
INFLUENCE THE DIRECTION AND SPEED OF CHANGE

RESOURCES… JUST A FEW AUTHORS AND BOOKS HERE…
MARGARET WHEATLEY
GLENDA EOYANG
JEFF GOLDSTEIN ET AL
RALPH STACEY
LAURIE FITZGERALD
PATRICIA SHAW
DOUG GRIFFIN
MICHAEL MCMASTER
SHARON DALOZ PARKS
RON HEIFETZ, ET AL
DAVE SNOWDEN
JUANITA BROWN
DAVID BOHM
RICHARD KNOWLES
TIM DALMAU
JERRY AND MONIQUE STERNIN
KEN HOMER
PETER BLOCK
JOHN MCKNIGHT
JUNE HOLLEY
VALDIS KREBS
THE PLEXUS INSTITUTE
THE SOCIETY FOR CHAOS THEORY IN PSYCHOLOGY AND THE LIFE SCIENCES
COGNITIVE EDGE



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