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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Authoritarianism: Patterns of Politics

February 7
Today, all over the world, you see rising patterns of partisanship and nationalism. Even if they don’t affect you today, these trends may transform your future. HSD helps you see and respond to patterns of politics in novel and useful ways. Our models and methods generate patterns of engagement and abundance to help you connect and thrive in spite of forces that seek to divide and conquer. Historically, humans have experienced periods when authoritarian power was on the rise, marginalizing or even eliminating opposing or dissident voices. One way these leaders influenced others was to create a sense of tension. Autocrats use stories and innuendo to make their followers believe there are “others” plotting to take away their assets, their power, or their privilege. These leaders build walls—literally and figuratively—that divide, so they can conquer. They use propaganda to spread a narrative of impending doom and fear. In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about using Adaptive Action to help you step into your next wise action in the face of the propaganda of authoritarianism in your neighborhood, around your community, and across your nation.

Lead from Anywhere: Adaptive Action and Leadership

February 19
Traditional ideas of leadership have carried connotations of power, position, and privilege. In your complex world today, real leadership is about building adaptive capacity.

New Paradigms: Break the Beliefs that Hold You Hostage

March 7
You need new beliefs and expectations to thrive—even to survive—in today’s complex world. When you step beyond what “used to work,” you find breakthrough ways to solve the new problems you face. When you embrace a new perspective, you step into a new paradigm. HSD gives simple, step-by-step guides for living into a new, complex, future-oriented paradigm. As new paradigms emerge, they help us to understand old challenges in different ways. We find new approaches and solutions to the challenges that seemed intractable in the old paradigm. Standing in the new paradigm, many of the old beliefs and expectations no longer hold, and new perspectives emerge. We see this phenomenon in the 21 st century as human systems are forced to remain productive in a world of complex patterns of interaction, decision making, and change. In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang outlines a bold new paradigm to help you thrive in the reality of your emerging future.

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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.