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2010 07-02-acsi-as-a-self-renewing-system --stahle

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2010 07-02-acsi-as-a-self-renewing-system --stahle

  1. 1. Self-renewal of Systems Pirjo Ståhle, Professor, Innovation Executive ACSI
  2. 2. Two dynamics of self-renewal <ul><li>Self-organization </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ilya Prigogine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Autopoiesis and self-reference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Humberto Maturana and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fransisco Varela </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Niklas Luhmann </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. A person can understand a system only by participating in it. Niklas Luhmann
  4. 4. Luhmann emphasises constant ongoing development; a change where the core identity of the system remains.
  5. 5. Prigogine emphasises quick and radical change; self-organization and spontaneous transformation.
  6. 6. Both Prigogine and Luhmann say that the core of renewal is communication on micro level.
  7. 7. <ul><li>The quality of the communication within the system defines its capability for renewal, radical change, innovation and influence. </li></ul><ul><li>Both point out the importance of the formal and informal power structures of the system; the either promote or prohibit communication within the system. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The antecedants of self-organization <ul><li>Far from equilibrium </li></ul><ul><li>Entropy </li></ul><ul><li>Iteration </li></ul><ul><li>Bifurcation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Chaos or unstability lead to innovation and self-organization only if the antecedants are being met. Otherwise the outcome is only disruption.
  10. 10. Self-referential systems – continuous renewal <ul><li>Communication is the basic unit of self-referential systems. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication refers to action, event and understanding not primarily to the content </li></ul><ul><li>The purpose of communication is to lead on to choices not on to consensus. </li></ul><ul><li>Only communication can create situations that open new possibilities. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Antecedants of autopoietic self-renewal <ul><li>1. Self-referential closure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What we are not -> what we are </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Using others as a (negative) mirror </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The ultimate goal is to define itself as a entity that jumps out from the environment </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. 2. Double contingency <ul><ul><li>The relationship between two people is the basic of renewal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>positive dependency on each others </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>equality and voluntariness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The links between people create the limits for learning and renewal. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relationship forming is always based on risk taking. If the risks are not taken, the whole system is being blocked. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. 3. Processing meaning <ul><li>All systems test and create trust before being able to process meanings. Processing meanings is based on the trusty relationships in the system. </li></ul><ul><li>The system’s capability of processing meanings leads on to quick renewal </li></ul>

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