A social systems map is one way to represent a Complex Adaptive System. Active agents are “nodes.” Lines, technically called edges, show how the nodes connect to each other.

Since its beginning, the HSD community has thought of itself as a network. We recognize Certified Professional Associates as nodes in this network, and we support and track connections among them. Until now, the HSD Network has been an abstraction. We talk about it. We learn from it. We use it to get and stay connected.

A new modeling application, SumApp (http://greaterthanthesum.com/sumapp/), gives a useful way to visualize the HSD Network, so we can see, understand, and influence its patterns and how they affect individuals, groups, and the network as a whole.

So What?

In January 2018, we launched the HSD Social Systems Map. Any HSD Associate who chooses to can complete a short survey and appear on the map with 1) Basic information to share with others; 2) Stories about how they use HSD models and methods in their lives and work; and 3) How they connect to other HSD Associates across the Network.

No one is included in the network without their permission, and no email addresses are made public.

The Map is updated whenever someone new joins, and we will be adding features and analysis options over the coming year. Visit it often to see how it is emerging.

Now What?

We invite you to:

  1. Explore the Map. Anyone can view and interact with the Map. You can see details about individuals, sub-networks that share interests, sectors, or locations.
  2. If you are an HSD Associate, and you have not yet completed a survey, send us a note at info@hsdinstitute.org. We will send you a link and include you in the map.
  3. Find out about active nodes in the HSD Network. If you would like to contact someone, send a note including your contact information to info@hsdinstitute.org. We will forward your contact information, so the person can be in touch with you directly.
  4. Let us know what you think in an email to info@hsdinstitute.org. What patterns do you see? What questions do you have? How might the HSD Network be more useful for you and the community?

Thanks for sharing this learning and action journey with us, as the Adaptive Action continues.

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