The Home of wideThinking
The umbrella term that includes all Triarchy Press publications - print or digital, free or paid - is WideThinking.
If there's one flaw that almost all of our authors have identified and written about over the years it's the failure to think widely enough.
Russ Ackoff and Nora Bateson, for example, consistently set out the problems caused by narrow, compartmentalised thinking. This is a problem that has bedevilled public and commercial organisations (the silo mentality) and academia (departmental thinking). Interdisciplinary thinking helps, but, as Nora Bateson says in Small Arcs, what we need is transdisciplinary thinking.
Person-centred (not customer-focused) thinking
The film 'I, Daniel Blake' identifies the catastrophic problems caused by conventional thinking about delivering public services. It shows that, among other things, targets, standards, outsourcing, call centres and back offices don't work. Not only that, they fundamentally betray the very people who the public services are designed to serve. And this is a problem around the world as neoliberal thinking catches hold in government at all levels. John Seddon and Vanguard Consulting have been naming this problem, shaming the culprits and proposing and implementing a better way for years. Their approach embodies wideThink.
Thinking about the future - and specifically about education, policing, health, economics and finance - has always been hampered by short-term, conventional, narrow thinking. Many say that, in these fields, the important thing, at all costs, is to keep the plane in the air. The International Futures Forum has been at the forefront of pioneering efforts for over a decade to redesign the plane whilst it's in the air. These efforts have had remarkable results internationally and their books are packed with evidence. Triarchy authors like Bernard Lietaer, John Rogers, Maria Pereira, Simon Guilfoyle and Margaret Hannah have brought wideThink solutions to public attention in all these areas.
The best kind of wideThink seeks to remind us all of our place and our role 'among', rather than 'at the centre of' things. This ecological is at the heart of Daniel's Wahl's masterpiece Designing Regenerative Cultures, Jean Russell's Thrivability and all of Sandra Reeve's work, which offers ways in which we can rediscover a broader, more engaged, more contextualised view of the world through an awareness of ecological movement and the ecological body.
'Systems Thinking' has fallen out of favour in some quarters, but it's never been more necessary, as Rosalind Armson shows us in daily life and books like Systems Thinking for Curious Managers show us in business. For us, it's an integral part of wideThink.
How does wideThinking help?
Here are some examples. Click through to more details of any that interest you:
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