Towards Integral Citizenship

This paper explores and applies Ken Wilber's Integral Theory to the roles of citizens.  It was presented at a global inter-disciplinary conference in Sydney, Australia during February 2013, and will appear as a chapter in The Citizen in the 21st Century.  Download.

On System Transformation in Education

No living Canadian has actually experienced an education system transformation.  However, those interested in such system change can learn a lot from the Ryerson Transformation 150 years ago.  Download.

What kind of world do we live in?  Tribute to Michael Crichton.

Michael Crichton passed away in November 2008 at the age of 66.  He was one of my favorite authors and commentator on science and complexity.  The Introduction in his last book Micro provides an excellent essay on complex adaptive systems.  Download.  You may also enjoy the video of his Smithsonian speech on Fear and Complexity and Environmental Management in the 21st Century.

Complexity in Project Management

All projects are about implementing change, and organizations increasingly use projects as the primary vehicle for change.  This paper provides a formal definition of project complexity, and suggests two strategies for managing it better.  Download.

System of Systems

Public sector leaders operate many systems designed to achieve outcomes and deliver services.  Increasingly, such efforts are combinations of many independent systems that must work together as a "system of systems".  This paper provides a formal model for understanding the principal characteristics or a system of systems, and its key management activities.  Download.