Embracing Complexity

Written 13 May 2016

Dear Systems Thinkers,

Jean Boulton

Jean Boulton is now confirmed to come and talk to us about “complexity” on the 9th June from 12:30 to 13:30.

I’m thrilled about this and thoroughly enjoyed hearing her speak previously.  It’s quite a coup to have her coming to see us.  Here’s some background:

“Jean Boulton is a director, strategy consultant and part-time academic at both Bath and Cranfield universities. She teaches, consults, researches and writes about the implications of complexity thinking to management, research and policy development. She has been Chair of Sustain Ltd, Chair of Social Action for Health, a non-executive director of IOPP and Head of Engineering Operations for BAe Commercial Aircraft. She was previously a Senior Lecturer at Cranfield School of Management. She has consulted many blue chip companies and charities including Carillion, RBS, ICI, Lloyds TSB and Oxfam. Her background in theoretical physics coupled with her practical engagement in the fields of management and social research – both through academia, consulting, hands-on management and working as a director and trustee – give her a multi-faceted, informed and practical perspective on the implications of embracing complexity.”

Embracing Complexity

She’s written this first-rate book, which I’ve put on our suggested reading list:


I think we’ll probably keep it quite informal and just have an open discussion with her, rather than a presentation.

Something Funny

So, wishing you fellow “thinkers” an enjoyable weekend, and here’s a little humour to start it off.  It’s an funny article I came across while googling the group name Systems Thinkers Anonymous to check it wasn’t in use elsewhere:



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