Understanding government as a complex system through network mapping

Esko Reinikainen
Sep 28 · 2 min read
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The government is a complex system. The majority of methods and processes used to make decisions and facilitate change processes in use today come from the pre-complexity aware sources of the industrial era, scientific management and Taylorism thinking. With the Advances in graph theory and network science we now have tools and methods that allow us to see the government system as a complex system. During this Finnish government Changemaker event TÖRMÄÄMÖ on 25.9.2020 Esko Reinikainen from Systems Change Finland introduced what networks are, how we can see our government system as a network, and the different interventions we can make once we have a network map. It included some examples related to organizational restructuring, facilitating cross silo working, and Distributing decision making.

Here is the video of the event.

And the slides used in the presentation

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Systems Change Finland

Cultivating a society that can deal with systemic and complex challenges

Esko Reinikainen

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Public service anomaly. Cofounder @TheSatoriLab Culture transformation, organisational development and innovation. Catalyst @ODICardiff @GovCampCymru

Systems Change Finland

Systems Change Finland seeks to cultivate a society that can deal with systemic and complex challenges. The purpose of Systems Change Finland is to promote the application of approaches that help people, organizations and society understand and work with systems and complexity.

Esko Reinikainen

Written by

Public service anomaly. Cofounder @TheSatoriLab Culture transformation, organisational development and innovation. Catalyst @ODICardiff @GovCampCymru

Systems Change Finland

Systems Change Finland seeks to cultivate a society that can deal with systemic and complex challenges. The purpose of Systems Change Finland is to promote the application of approaches that help people, organizations and society understand and work with systems and complexity.

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