This video introduces the Worldview, Institutions, and Technologies (WIT) framework. WIT analysis highlights different dimensions of social complexity and will help you to understand sources of persistence and change in social systems. Worldviews, institutions, and technologies tend to reinforce one another, so that effective leadership requires action on all three fronts.
This video answers the questions: what are networks, how do they work, and how do they grow? You will learn to read and draw network maps using basic diagramming conventions and use those maps to understand the structure and dynamics of networked organizations. While many assert that networks are “flat” and empowering, networks often grow in very uneven (and inequitable) ways, host distinctive power dynamics, and produce suboptimal outcomes.
This video explains how causal feedback loops often comprise the underlying structure of complex systems. Feedbacks generate recurring patterns of system behaviour that often resist our best efforts to change them. By creating stock and flow diagrams and causal loop diagrams, we can identify positive (self-reinforcing) and negative (self-balancing) feedbacks.
This video describes the behavioural properties of complex systems, including emergence, self-organization, non-linear behaviour, path dependence, and threshold transitions. These are essential features of contemporary global challenges that have crucial implications for effective leadership and management.
Angela V. Carter and Truzaar Dordi
April 15, 2021 • This paper shows how growing oil and gas production is impeding Canada from meeting its climate commitments, outlines how the federal government is now supporting oil and gas production growth, and recommends specific policies the federal government could adopt in the near-term to begin a phase out of oil and gas production.