Nothing is Intractable

Find your next wise action.
What is HSD? Field of study that explores how humans live, work, and pay together in families, organizations, and communities.
Practice of HSD Exploration of patterns of human inquiry, decision making, and action as they deal with their most intractable challenges and issues.
Opportunities Use HSD to explain your challenges in ways that lead you to informed, productive action so that nothing is intractable.

Nothing is intractable because . . .

Human systems dynamics (HSD) creates opportunities out of chaos. Our methods give you power to see patterns in complexity. You will understand your most wicked problems in new and useful ways. Most important, you will take innovative action to move past biggest challenges and toward future success.

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About Adaptive Action Labs

In Adaptive Action Labs, you will find new ways to cope with your most wicked problems. You provide the challenge, and we supply models to guide you toward your next wise actions. Adaptive Action Labs can:

  • Last one hour or many months
  • Be face-to-face or virtual
  • Engage one person, a team, or a diverse group
  • Work on a single challenge or many different ones at the same time

We have used Adaptive Action Labs on complex challenges in five sectors: Education, business and Industry, philanthropy, government, and health care. 

We can focus on your unique issues, whatever they are. We also offer Labs on issues of common concern. Lead in Complexity. Manage Complex Change. Plan in Uncertainty. Build Adaptive Capacity. Collaborate to Create Community. In every engagement, we help you find simple options for action in your volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world.

Join our community to see what it means when…

Nothing is intractable.

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Upcoming Events

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ESME II: Essential Skills in Action

April 2
Do you work in the health professions? Are you stuck? Get unstuck. The International Association of Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) joins with the HSD Institute to support educational and institutional leaders of future and current health professionals.

Make it Happen: Activism, Inquiry, and Adaptive Action

April 11
The rules of social action have changed in the chaos of current events. Opportunities for activism toward social change are more prevalent than ever. You can step into a role that influences the patterns of social norms and expectations. When you stand in inquiry, you see clearly how to connect with powerful others and take courageous action. In today’s complex and quickly changing world, there is need and an opportunity for a new generation of activism. Global change is fanned by digital media, broad-ranging connections, and vast diversity. In such a world, activism depends on the ability to see, understand, and influence patterns of interaction and decision making. Individuals and groups that engage in iterative cycles of learning and action are best equipped to bring about changes they seek. In this month’s Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about how HSD’s Adaptive Action, Pattern Logic, and inquiry can support you as you change your world.

Featured Resources

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This extract from Eoyang's dissertation gives the foundation for the CDE Model of Conditions for Self-Organizing in Human Systems.
The CDE Model explains the three system conditions that influence the speed, path, and direction of self-organizing systems. The conditions shape the patterns that make up the reality of your world.