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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Strategy and Adaptive Action: Set Conditions for Innovation and Productivity

May 2
In today’s fast changing, and unpredictable world, you find that traditional strategic plans don’t prepare you for the reality you face. When you can’t plan strategically, you still need a strategy that is robust enough to inform innovative action as challenges and opportunities emerge. HSD offers Adaptive Action in the context of the far-horizon goals to help you to create the best action today. Landscapes of businesses and communities in the 21 st century are quick to change, and they are complex. It’s no longer enough to develop and live by a Strategic Plan designed to conquer today’s image of what the world will look like in three or five years. In today’s landscape, you have to see the changes around you and respond with innovative ideas that are fit for purpose in your world. In this Live Virtual Workshop, Glenda Eoyang describes long-term strategy that uses inquiry and Pattern Logic. Then she shows you how to use iterative cycles of Adaptive Action across your system. It’s a strategy that helps you make your day-to-day, operational work contribute to action strategic against your most intractable challenges.

Simplifying Complex Change

May 16 – 17
Everyone knows we are living in chaotic times. Politics, community, economy, technology, environment—all of our most important systems become more unpredictable every day. Some people know how to recognize and name the special features of complex systems. The problem is that those descriptions are often complicated and confusing. Even when you understand complexity, it isn’t easy to figure out what to do to thrive in the chaos.

See, Understand, Influence: Theory and Practice of Human Systems Dynamics

May 28 – 29
Many people see ambiguity, cognitive overload, and helplessness at the intersection of complexity science and human systems. They worry about unpredictable surprises, and they fear the loss of control that mark VUCA (volatile, unpredictable, complex, and ambiguous) environments. But there is an alternative approach. It is possible to do good work in complex adaptive systems without denying or fighting their inherent uncertainty.

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.