The development of theis in its infancy. There is still doubt about the formal name (e.g. it seems too much like the name for its 2nd level). Is the hierarchy about "identity" or "existence" or "situational state" or "system-environment interaction".
A hierarchy related to change was identified initially through discovery of a. However, it seems that the natural ordering there was misleading. Formulations of the levels (indicated but not explained below) are being actively developed during this project, and so this page has had more changes than usual.
As a result, the oscillation here is uncertain. It seems to be about interaction with the environment or possibly continuity. Does the element enable or stimulate evolutionary development? Or does it preserve and protect what exists during such change? Does it address and lead to the new or value and protect the old?
This polarization is captured here as:
evolutionary (ODD) v preservative (EVEN).
evolutionary because small adjustments and minor deviations, none of which are necessarily viewed as permanent or significant, all add up over time. Minor differences in one part of a system can lead via obscure and unexpected interactions to changes elsewhere, ultimately affecting the whole.is naturally
However: preserve the status quo when they are applied spontaneously as a response to minor buffeting. Spontaneous adjustments in dynamic situations maintain equilibrium and ensure you stay on course.
When you drive somewhere, you make a myriad of adjustments to your speed and direction semi-automatically in order to handle traffic, avoid potholes and so on. These variations have no specific effect on your journey except to ensure you get where you want to go safely.
Conversion: preservative express and operate in the realm of .that are
preservative because specific changes of this sort always occur within a given stable situation and ensure adherence to current values. The conservative and protective quality at this level permits such changes to happen without excessive opposition.is naturally
However: Formation may be deliberately used in a subtle strategic way to enable evolutionary development in a situation that is experienced as natural. Considerable imagination is required to produce such an outcome
Systemicist decision-making is about making small changes that nevertheless trigger a balanced development of the organization. Few managers can work this way: it requires an imaginative appreciation of both socio-technical and personal factors, and how they are likely to interact.
Conversion: Using evolve positively is an expression of , which lies in the realm of .to
evolutionary because it is directly about operating on the in the current situation. It focuses on a coherent part of the given stable state so as to make it better.(or as it was formally named) is naturally
However: When deeply important values are at stake, preserve the existing system against dynamic forces, both internal and external.may be activated to sustain and
When faced with intractable social issues like the West's current debt crisis, governments commonly institute reforms based on values like integrity, stability, social peace, unity, fairness. The improvements are superficial, meaningless or just "kick the can down the road" and avoid the temporary turmoil of genuine change, turmoil which would lead to the certain eviction of the incumbent politicians.
Conversion: preservative is presented as an expression of which are found within the realm of .that is actively
preservative because it is the basis for continuity and identity, and the reference point for all changes, large and small. It becomes a crucial featureis naturally
However: A persistent major disruption, like a social force in society, cannot be resisted. It is soon recognized that "to remain as we are, many things will have to change." Such stabilization entails an evolutionary movement to a new state without the usual reference. This demands a willingness to trust that this will work out somehow and that the essence of the initial identity will not be lost.
During personal maturation, it is never clear how things will work out, given the inner and outer forces in play. Preserving stability is possible by refusing to grow and implementing rigid controls. However, the goal for a more meaningful stability involves changing while being true to who you are. This manifests as a willingness to trust the process as you grow and learn.
Conversion: evolution is an expression of in the realm of .that generates
evolutionary in that every psychosocial system is itself dynamic and sustains itself within a dynamic environment. Because nothing stands still, new internal requirements and environmental challenges continually emerge and require managing. Management produces new solutions to meet new needs and so the whole system evolves.is naturally
However: preserve the status quo and resist necessary change, but that is puzzling. It leads us to wonder about what is actually going on and provokes investigation.may be used to
Socio-political and technology shifts mean that governments periodically confront new situations that require positive management. They promise to take matters in hand. However, despite committees, reports, legislation and reorganizations, years pass and nothing much changes except on the margin. People wonder what is going on: is it cultural? is it corruption? is it incompetence? is it vested interests? is it a failure to grasp the issues? There is often a call for yet another public inquiry.
Conversion: preservative leads to which is within the realm of .that is
preservative because it is about providing an account of both actual and potential states. The act of representation allows distance from current and future events and sustains order.is naturally
However: If theare themselves part of the process of change and antagonistic to the current order, then they entail a re-thinking or re-modelling that is transformative.
History is rewritten every generation to reflect the tenor of the present and is therefore socially preservative. However, a history may be written to promote a change agenda, e.g. by showing injustice or predicting an unpleasant transformed future. Books like this find it hard to get published, even if by highly respectable authors like Lord William Rees Mogg. His books, written with James Dale Davidson, focused on the shift of power in societies. Written during an era of heady enthusiasm, they predicted financial turmoil and social catastrophe, much of which came to pass in the early 21st century.
Conversion: evolutionary remain in the realm of , but they are expressions of .that are intrinsically
evolutionary because it builds on the best of what exists in order to create something that is utterly new.is naturally
However: Something can going seriously wrong within a system, and transformative change is then needed to preserve the system. (This is the opposite of handling stabilization given overwhelming impersonal forces.) In such a case, openness is required to enable discussion that touches on highly sensitive issues and respects entrenched views.
The Roman Catholic church has been racked in recent decades by sexual crimes and financial corruption. It cannot go on as it is: it must transform itself. But to do so requires openness rather than denial and obfuscation. That alone makes it possible to explore how the Church can be renewed and reaffirmed. Changes, that were previously unthinkable, are likely to occur.
Conversion: preservative is an expression of in the realm of .that is
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Last Amended: 11-October-2013; 15-Apr-2015.