Identity as an active organising factor in relation to feedback loops

Angus Jenkinson
20 April 2015

Angus has a transdisciplinary biography that includes professor, entrepreneur, consultant, writer, meditant and photographer.

•        Most businesses have an intentional but inadequate and dysfunctional approach to managing identity. This session will propose that any organism or organization has its own organizational logic, which closes it off from being anything else, and anything else from being it.

•        A tool will be sketched that can help to describe empirically the distinct self-organizing pattern of patterns of an organization. The session will also describe the cybernetics – the go – of how identity operates functionally in what is distinctively done to create distinctive value in sufficient diversity to meet the evolving needs of customer community(s).

•        This approach may help to resolve many competing theories of strategy and performant management, and assist practices such as lean. In conjunction with ‘VSM 2.0’ and ternary cybernetics, it helps guide and co-ordinate end goals, organizing ideas (e.g. values, protocols, stories, i.e. process-value goals) and signals (e.g. dashboards, stigmergic behaviours, messages…). Brief reference to intentional control theory will be made.

•        It is hoped that further community research and experience will enhance not only narrow business results but also work itself, through healthy governance, increasing self-ordering autonomy, i.e. creative action that is also coherent, flexible, and where appropriate questioning, across the value ecosystem.