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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Patterns of Facilitation: Leading Groups through Complex Decision MakingOnline Course

February 15 – 17
The face and function of facilitation have changed in today’s complex landscape. In uncertain and ambiguous challenges, groups are asked to take creative action, even when they cannot predict or control what will happen. Their issues and challenges are unpredictable (at worst) and ambiguous (at best). Your job, as a facilitator, is to support people as they engage in exploration and decision making in these chaotic times.

Thriving in Uncertainty: An Introduction to HSDOnline Course

March 15 – November 15
Are you curious about human systems dynamics? Do you want to see how this new approach to complexity will help you thrive in a world that grows more challenging every day? Come with us and explore what it takes to navigate change that emerges at the speed of thought. Find a path through turbulence and toward your vision or the future.

Planning in Uncertainty: A Framework for Strategic ActionOnline Course

April 26 – 28
When the future is clear, planning is easy. Traditional planning assumed stable markets and slow-changing technology. Few stakeholders and long-term investment made it possible to plan a linear path toward predictable ends. For most people today, the future is not clear, and planning is as risky as it is hard. You don’t know what you don’t know. The rules keep changing. The clock is running. Expectations are challenged by multiple social, economic, cultural, and environmental forces. In spite of these challenges, you have to prepare for a future you don’t predict nor control.

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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.