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Leadership and Systemic Innovation


Alexander Laszlo
alaszlo@itba.edu.ar
2
Key Components of Systemic Innovation
✓ Systems Thinking
✓ Collective Intelligence
✓ Disruptive Innovation
✓ Design Thinking
✓ Biomimicry
✓ Experimental Prototyping
Systems Thinking
Toward a Relational Intelligence
4
Places to
Intervene in a
System -
systemic leverage
points
• Donella	Meadows:

“Paradigms	are	the	sources	of	systems.”		
(D.	Meadows.	“Leverage	Points:	Places	to	Intervene	in	a	
System.”	Hartland,	VT:	The	Sustainability	InsHtute,	1999,	
p.	18)
Connective Intelligence
Win-win … win ….. win
Me —
Personal
Balance
Society —
Community
Balance
Legacy —
Ancestors and
Future Generations
Balance
Earth —
Environment
Balance
1. At the 1st thrivability domain - increased intra-personal coherence;
thrivability within oneself
2. At the 2nd thrivability domain - increased inter-personal coherence;
thrivability with one’s communities and social systems
3. At the 3rd thrivability domain - increased trans-species coherence;
thrivability with the more than human world
4. At the 4th thrivability domain - increased trans-generational
coherence; thrivability with past and future generations
The Four Thrivability Domains
for Systemic Innovation
Guiding Questions for a Practice Systems Being
! At the first level (personal thrivability): To what do I feel called
to contribute? What brings meaning to my life? What brings me
truly alive?
! At the second level (socio-cultural thrivability): What is our
shared vision? What do we need to learn? What affirms our
shared values, identity and culture?
! At the third level (ecological thrivability): What relationships
and connections with nature need to be restored? How to can we
contribute to the regeneration of our ecosystems? What would a
thriving relationship with nature look like?
! At the fourth level (evolutionary thrivability): What would our
ancestors think of our work and life? What would our children’s
children think of our choices? How do we honor our past and
create our future intentionally?
Disruptive Innovation
uber.com
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Design Thinking
image credit:
Shimon Shmueli
3 Stages
Creating	a	Protopia	Path
Present
«Realistically-optimistic	scenario»,	
based	on	creating	a	realistic	image	
of	the	future	and	solutions	that	
change	the	current	situation	and	
which		can	be	realized	now	or	in	
the	nearest	future
Protopia
Utopia
Dystopia

(anti-utopia)
Idealistic	(and	at	times	overly	optimistic)	
future	scenario:	solutions	that	knowingly	
cannot	be	implemented.	Even	though	this	
scenario	can	inspire,	the	inability	to	
realize	it	brings	frustration
«Prolonged	present»:	scenario	that	is	
devoid	of	imagination	and	based	on	
preserving	and	insignificant	improvements	
of	existing	ways	of	life	and	action
Myopia
Reactive	(and	often	fatal)	scenario	of	
future	based	on	the	description	of	
possible	hazardous	and	undesirable	
events	that	should	be	avoided	or	
bypassed.	This	scenario	doesn't	
include	concepts	on	which	elements	
of	the	future	are	plausible
socially desirable
	 culturally acceptable
	 psychologically nurturing
	 economically sustainable
	 technologically feasible
	 operationally viable
	 environmentally robust
	 generationally sensitive
	 capable of continuous learning
Systemic Innovation Criteria
Integraldimensionsofcoherence
Social
Financial
Environmental
Thrivability
Cultural
12
Collective Intelligence
• The	ability	of	a	collecHve	of	informaHon	processing	systems	(senHent	or	
extra-somaHc)	to	leverage	dynamic	informaHon	sources	(including	itself)	
to	aQain	higher	levels	of	synergy	among	its	socio-technical	components	
than	could	be	easily	aQained	by	any	of	its	component	parts	
independently.	
Two	forms:	Weak	CI	and	Strong	CI	
» The	ability	to	harness	the	neural	power	of	the	human	intellect	in	order	to	
augment	human	problem-solving	capability	through	auto-catalyHc	and	
cross-catalyHc	informaHon	loops	that	are	measurable,	modelable	and	
replicable	=	Weak	CI	
» The	manifestaHon	of	an	emergent	level	of	consciousness	that	expresses	
qualiHes	of	senHence	arising	at	the	level	of	the	collecHve	in	ways	that	are	
irreducible	to	the	senHent	behavior	or	expressions	of	its	members	=	
Strong	CI
Collective Intelligence
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ISSS2017 Vienna - Laszlo - Leadership and Systemic Innovation