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Complex Adaptive Systems: a definition

As we launch our new sponsored research project, Exploring Emergence in Complex Social Change Initiatives, we realize that the field of work on which it is based might be new to many of our colleagues. While much has been written … Continue reading

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Emergent Strategy, iPhones and Social Impact

I am just back from the 2015 Center for Effective Philanthropy (CEP) Conference, where Phil Buchanan invited Patti Patrizi and me to bring together — for the first time — our many collective years of thinking and doing work in … Continue reading

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A 4QP talk at Systems Thinking in Action

2013 was a stand-out year for us at 4QP. Our first annual Emergent Learning Community of Practitioners completes their year-long Certification Program later this month. As we predicted, their experiences and perspective have expanded our own understanding and practice of … Continue reading

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Reaching for an Inflection Point

Human beings are incredibly smart and resourceful. Every single day, we use language to construct sentences we’ve never uttered before. Many of us drive heavy machinery at 60 miles per hour for years in rivers of other human beings in … Continue reading

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