Introduction to Human Systems Dynamics (Learning Unit #1)

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Welcome

You are stepping into a learning journey that challenges more traditional approaches to understanding and navigating change. This unit of learning is designed to help you build the foundation of that journey. Engage with this work by standing in inquiry to look for opportunities to use HSD-based perspectives, models, and methods to move into deeper understanding and better informed action that changes the patterns of your life. We invite you to suspend your current ways of seeing the world, and step with us into a new view of how humans live, work, and play together.

We invite you to step into the learning by reviewing the following resources. They provide a window onto that new view and invite you to step into inquiry with us in this exploration of the dynamics of human systems. In each unit throughout this course, there will be a number of resources for your consideration and reflection. Each unit is presented in a page like this, with the links in the text and documents attached below. For each segment below, respond to the questions by posting on the <span
Explore an alternative science and join an alternative practice to find breakthrough solutions to the most sticky issues. 19th Century theory and 20th Century practice keep us stuck in our 21st Century problems. Until we think about reality differently, we will not act differently. Until we act differently, we will not solve our most difficult problems. Step through the HSD looking glass to see in surprising ways, imagine innovations, and take Adaptive Action.

What question comes up for you as you watch this live virtual workshop? How might you see that question play out in your work? Family? Community?


Competencies for Organizational Practice (insert link to the articles)

In this article, Glenda explores the patterns of work and interaction that are shaped by the HSD Simple Rules. As you read the article, reflect on your own practice and what you have experienced in working with others.

How is this the same or different from other approaches or competency lists you have seen and worked with in your career?



References and Resources (insert link to the list)

HSD is built on a solid foundation of sciences that explore complex systems from a number of perspectives: math, biology, chemistry, thermodynamics, physics, are just a few of the sources for the basics of HSD. This list of References and Resources outlines some of the seminal work that informed Glenda’s earliest explorations and continue to inform her work today.

What do you see in the patterns of authors, topics, fields, and perspectives as you review this list?



HSD Glossary (insert link to the glossary)

HSD requires some degree of rigor in the language we use. Ideas and concepts are defined here. Use this reference to help you clarify and step into the language of HSD.

What surprises did you see in this glossary? What contradictions?



HSD Paradigm Shift (insert link to the glossary)

While human systems dynamics offers a number of new tools, models, and methods for working with human systems, it is actually the foundation of a paradigm that can help us see and understand the world differently. This paper, written by the founder of the field, Glenda Eoyang, offers a powerful explanation of this world view. She generously invites us into her rigorous inquiry into the nature of the conditions that shape our worlds.

_How does this paper align with/or go against your world view? What questions does it raise for you?



HSD Certification Learning Plan

You can access this Word doc on the REAL site. It’s intended to provide you with questions for your consideration as you contemplate your learning in the coming months. Don’t think you have to answer the questions, just use them as a guide to help you find the focus of your learning and make the most of the time you have in this course. And here’s the thing: This plan is only a plan. As you work through the learning and engage in the ongoing conversation with others in the cohort, you may want to shift your learning plan. Work with your Praxis Partner to continue to refine the path that’s right for you. Thanks for joining us on this journey and let us know how we can help!