A new type of thinking is essential if mankind is to survive and move toward higher levels. ~ Albert Einstein (http://www.turnthetide.info/id54.htm)
The grand challenges of our time are complex (http://www.ted.com/talks/eric_berlow_how_complexity_leads_to_simplicity.html), and no universal solution exists to address these so called 'wicked problems' (https://www.wickedproblems.com/1_wicked_problems.php). Poverty, homelessness and infectious disease; failing economic, education and health systems; the impacts of climate change, natural disasters, and rapidly declining biodiversity, these are all complex issues and cannot be shot down with a silver bullet or solved by any one organisation, institution or individual alone.
Real impact demands interdisciplinary collaboration, with an understanding of complexity (http://www.sigmascan.org/Live/Issue/ViewIssue/300/4/understanding-complexity-how-to-answer-the-big-questions/) and a whole system view (http://www.wholesystems.co.uk/book.htm). We need to bridge the gaps between government, industry, academia, the not-for-profit sector and communities. By combining their unique strengths, and working in open collaborative and networked ways (http://www.ssireview.org/articles/entry/working_wikily) we can develop innovative solutions together, and transform these systems and build the foundations for better futures.
Join our three panelists this month Dr. Eva Alisic, Tim Winton and Ian Jones to explore how a collaborative, whole systems approach (http://noetic.org/noetic/issue-ten-may/whole-systems-transformation/) can help us successfully address our most pressing social and environmental issues.
Dr. Eva Alisic is a psychologist and research fellow at Monash Injury Research Institute. She helps professionals and parents to support children after traumatic events.
With a rich background including fire fighting, ski teaching, (sports) massage and human resources, she has a keen interest in bringing together people from seemingly contrasting disciplines to develop new solutions.
Eva was selected into the Dutch National Think Tank (http://www.nationale-denktank.nl/home/over-ons/) 2010 and led a team that worked on trust in the police. It resulted in one of the most successful campaigns to ameliorate the relationship between emergency workers and citizens.
Connect with Eva on Twitter as @EvaAlisic (https://twitter.com/evaalisic) and on the Trauma Recovery blog (http://trauma-recovery.net/).
Tim Winton has worked in sustainability in various capacities for over 20 years: as a hands-on contractor within the reforestation industry, organic farmer, not-for-profit founder, company director, educator, designer and consultant. He holds a Diploma of Permaculture (http://permaculture.org.au/what-is-permaculture/) Design.
Tim developed Pattern Dynamics (http://www.patterndynamics.com.au/) as a method of understanding natural systems and for leveraging those understandings in managing complexity. Pattern Dynamics is a language of visual Patterns (http://www.patterndynamics.com.au/patterns/source/pattern/)–a ‘Sustainability Pattern Language’–that helps understand, communicate and design solutions at the systems level.
Tim is an independent Integral scholar-practitioner who has published articles in the Journal of Integral Theory and Practice (http://aqaljournal.integralinstitute.org/public/Issues.aspx) and Integral Theory in Action. He speaks and writes regularly on sustainability topics, and posts on sustainability, systems thinking and organisational complexity at his blog thepatternguy.com (http://thepatternguy.com/).
Connect with Tim on Twitter at @patterndynamics (http://twitter.com/patterndynamics)
**Tim is offering a special two day applied version of his introductory Pattern Dynamics workshop for Collaboratory Melbourne members for only $250 on Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 November. Find out more and register here. (http://patterndynamicsforcollab-eorg.eventbrite.com/)**
Ian Jones is one of Australia's leading social entrepreneurs and a significant contributor to the ecosystem for the development of other social entrepreneurs in Australia. Ian is the Project Coordinator for RMIT's SEEDS Program (http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse/Our%20Organisation/Business/Schools%20and%20Groups/Social%20Enterprise/Seeds/) for social and environmental enterprises, and he is Co-Founder for Stop.Traffick (http://stoptraffick.org.au/), a not-for-profit organisation that empowers individuals, organisations and survivors to combat the cause and effects of human trafficking.
Ian is also Executive Director of Agile Development Group, developing community based enterprising solutions based on locally identified social and economic needs with a focus on human rights, women and children.
Connect with Ian on Twitter at @thisisjones (https://twitter.com/thisisjones)
*Registration includes beer, wine and light snacks. Event starts at 6pm, with panel starting from 6:30pm sharp and finishing at 8pm.