Thanks for this great seasonal selection David.
I've followed Yuen Yuen Ang's excellent work closely (here
are my notes on her first book) and share your enthusiasm about her work and focus on nurturing adaptive processes (or systems) for problem-solving.
My more recent explorations have led me to appreciate the connections between Yuen Yuen Ang's take on how change happens and what can be done to shift the dynamics of complex systems, and the approaches set out by folks such as Dave Snowden (Cynefin, Estuarine Mapping, and managing for emergence
), and Glenda Eoyang's Human Systems Dynamics (intro
Some fertile ground to explore in those overlaps I think, around listening to the system, getting a sense of how the system's dynamics might change, and then exploring if there are things that can be done (e.g. Black, Red, Grey directives in Yuen's analysis of China) to shape constraints (governing and enabling) and incentives which shape behaviours and the dynamics of the system.
For folks keen to learn more about the ideas that Yuen is exploring/developing/testing, this provides an inspiring summary.
: Embracing complexity, nurturing relationships & catalyzing collaborative learning, for social change