Category Archives: Complexity theory

Is the description ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbledegook? The British Psychological Society says “Yes”.

Is the attribution ‘reflecting, theorising and modelling practitioner’ gobbleydegook? The British Psychological Society (BPS) believes it is. Since these attributes, used separately, describe how the BPS itself operates the question arises as to why it should regard the concatenation to … Continue reading

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The hidden hand / arm of history

I recently discovered that two key historical figures, Kaiser Wilhelm II, who played a key role in starting WWI, and Stalin, who played a key role in WWII, had malfunctioning left arms/hands.  Wilhelm II’s was attributed to damage inflicted by … Continue reading

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Pepper’s Riddle as a Policy Tool

How to manage change has long been a matter of political and educational debate.  The debate switches focus around leadership qualities, resistance to change, or how to modernise institutions and their thinking. And yet much of the debate about the … Continue reading

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Anti-innovation mind sets

I’m not a lone voice in condemning the ‘keep it simple -stupid’ and ‘anti-innovation’ mind-set found in so many UK institutions; from education, through industry to research. Today’s Financial Times (February 5 / 6) has three relevant letters: two on … Continue reading

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