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TB872: The main systemic influences now operating in my situation of concern (S2)

Note: this is a post reflecting on one of the modules of my MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice. You can see all of the related posts in this category

Influence map showing various actors within the DCC ecosystem

The above is an attempt at an ‘influence diagram’ for my Systemic Inquiry 2 (S2). I’m not particularly happy with it, as I don’t think I’ve done a good enough job of explaining what’s going on. I also feel like I’ve missed something obvious.

However, the approaches I used in previous posts didn’t quite cut it. For example, this one not only took a long time to make but included ‘things’ (e.g. the DCC website) and not just people:

DCC ecosystem map made using

The one below is my favourite as I think it’s the clearest. However, it’s talking about DCC’s audiences from a communications perspective, rather than the influence that different actors have within the ecosystem:

A diagram showing primary and secondary audiences of the DCC (unfinished work)

Given that diagrams are supposed to be snapshots based on a particular observers view of the system, I feel like these three combine to give me a better understanding of what’s going on. Perhaps because I’ve been so involved in this world for the last 13 years, I know that there’s so much more going on. I just don’t want to boil the ocean when, like Daniel Bedingfield, I gotta get thru this.

Wednesday Wisdom #28: Influence

Wednesday Wisdom #28: Influence

I’m not sure when this video was created, but it’s certainly a younger Steve Jobs. It includes the above quotation, which I think is so powerful – especially if you come across it as a young person.

I’d love to get a poster of it for my kids’ bedrooms. Perhaps I’ll create one.

The whole set of Wednesday Wisdom images can be found in my Creative Commons-licensed Flickr set.

My 5 favourite non-fiction books

  1. The Art of Worldly Wisdom (Baltasar Gracian)
  2. The Complete Essays (Michel De Montaigne)
  3. The Passion of the Western Mind (Richard Tarnas)
  4. Pragmatism (William James)
  5. Moving Mountains: the art of letting others see things your way (Henry M. Boettinger)

These are all, either explicitly or implicitly, philosophical. This, of course, reflects my background, my first degree and my approach to life. But you don’t have to be a philosopher to enjoy these works: they’re extremely readable and the ideas and wisdom they contain is of use to everybody!

Owning a Kindle means I can carry around many of my favourite books with me wherever I am. The search functionality means I can quickly find the section I’m looking for. It’s regrettable that not every work is available digitally but I’m sure Google are working on it… 😉

What are your favourite works of non-fiction?