Nothing is Intractable

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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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Complexity in Human Systems

November 7 – 8
Stephen Hawking famously said that this century would be the century of complexity. From its early days in the Santa Fe Institution, complex adaptive systems theory has increasingly moved from the world of academia to practice. Sometimes known as the science of uncertainty, it provides radically new ways to understand how to create organizations that are resilient and adaptive.

Immigrants and Refugees: Leverage the Human Dynamics of Place

November 7
Imagine—or maybe you have only to remember—the enormity of the shift that’s required when people uproot their lives and move into a totally new and different culture. You may have made such a shift yourself. Or you may have friends, colleagues, or relatives who are struggling to make a place in a new home that is far from what they’ve always known. For people who make the choice to move to a new place, the challenge of leaving what they knew and navigating the challenges before them can be overwhelming. For refugees, who make such a move out of desperation, fear, or coercion, those challenges are multiplied. Every action, every interaction carries potential for increasing tension. HSD can help explain the power of a “sense of place” and the challenge of recreating that in a new home. In this live virtual workshop, Glenda Eoyang talks about how assumptions about who you are in your world emerge from the dynamics of where you live, work, and play. She offers a path for understanding those assumptions, whether you are the immigrant, or you support others who have moved. Find ways to thrive in the uncertainty of living, working, and playing in new places.

Adaptive Action and Emergent Networks

November 19
You often connect with others to complete projects, share interests, or create social change. You connect through a network of formal and informal exchanges that share energy and other resources to accomplish your goals.

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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.