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Living on the Edge of Chaos

Leading Schools Into the Global Age

Author: Karolyn J. Snyder,Michele Acker-Hocevar,Kristen M. Snyder

Publisher: ASQ Quality Press

ISBN: 0873897412

Category: Education

Page: 345

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"In the last decade it has become increasingly clear that life today is global on many levels, both personally and professionally, and that the twenty-first century will indeed be earmarked as the first age of global living for the masses. Educators have an obligation now to prepare students to function as global citizens, to work and live with people from other cultures, and to learn within the multiple forms of technology." "As in the first edition of this book, the authors argue that schools can adapt better to emerging global working and living conditions when they are free of bureaucratic thinking and instead hold systemic thinking as a mind-set. In this second edition, the authors have now added how a much sharper focus is needed: developing schools as global learning centers that prepare students now to be competent and caring global citizens. It is within the global context of living that the mission of schools needs to change course so that students, at every age, can become citizens who are both knowledgeable and skillful and who care about the human community and its sustainability."--BOOK JACKET.

Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos

Gilles Deleuze and the Philosophy of Difference

Author: Jeffrey A. Bell

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 0802094090

Category: Philosophy

Page: 292

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From the early 1960s until his death, French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) wrote many influential works on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art. One of Deleuze's main philosophical projects was a systematic inversion of the traditional relationship between identity and difference. This Deleuzian philosophy of difference is the subject of Jeffrey A. Bell's Philosophy at the Edge of Chaos. Bell argues that Deleuze's efforts to develop a philosophy of difference are best understood by exploring both Deleuze's claim to be a Spinozist, and Nietzsche's claim to have found in Spinoza an important precursor. Beginning with an analysis of these claims, Bell shows how Deleuze extends and transforms concepts at work in Spinoza and Nietzsche to produce a philosophy of difference that promotes and, in fact, exemplifies the notions of dynamic systems and complexity theory. With these concepts at work, Deleuze constructs a philosophical approach that avoids many of the difficulties that linger in other attempts to think about difference. Bell uses close readings of Plato, Aristotle, Spinoza, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida, and Whitehead to illustrate how Deleuze's philosophy is successful in this regard and to demonstrate the importance of the historical tradition for Deleuze. Far from being a philosopher who turns his back on what is taken to be a mistaken metaphysical tradition, Bell argues that Deleuze is best understood as a thinker who endeavoured to continue the work of traditional metaphysics and philosophy.

The Edge of Chaos

A Novel

Author: Pamela McCorduck

Publisher: Sunstone Press

ISBN: 1611390001

Category: Fiction

Page: 356

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An internationally renowned scientist who fears she’s taken one scientific risk too many; a distinguished archaeologist who’s haunted by taking too few; a world famous financier who’s lost everything except his money; an art gallery owner with a heartbreaking burden; a fugitive filmmaker; the head of a battered women’s shelter—these are some of the people who find themselves at the end of the Old Santa Fe Trail at the end of the 20th century. Chance has brought them from all over to beautiful, legendary Santa Fe, New Mexico, where they shape, illuminate, and even deform each other’s lives unexpectedly, as if on the very edge of chaos. This edge of chaos, a scientific term for that slender territory between frozen predictability and hopeless disorder, is a dangerously unstable place. Learning and change can only happen there, but always under threat of sliding back to frozen order—or over into the chaotic abyss. And Santa Fe’s sons and daughters, even now, keep a precarious foothold on “The Edge of Chaos,” bringing their own pasts and their city’s rich history into an uncertain but exhilarating future. PAMELA McCORDUCK has published eight other books, translated into most of the major European and Asian languages. She has written for magazines ranging from “Redbook” and “Cosmopolitan” to “Daedalus,” and was a contributing editor to “Wired.” She was a board member and officer of the American PEN Center in New York, the authors’ organization, and an officer of the New Mexico Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. She has appeared on many television shows, including PBS’s News Hour and the CBS Evening News. CNN based a two-part documentary on her book, “The Futures of Women.”

Complexity

Life at the Edge of Chaos

Author: Roger Lewin

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226476551

Category: Science

Page: 234

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Examines the field of complexity science, with sections focusing on how the discipline works within computer simulations, natural ecosystems, and various social systems.

Dead Aid

Warum Entwicklungshilfe nicht funktioniert und was Afrika besser machen kann

Author: Dambisa Moyo

Publisher: Haffmans & Tolkemitt

ISBN: 3942989719

Category: Social Science

Page: 236

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Afrika ist ein armer Kontinent. Ein Kontinent voller Hunger, blutiger Konflikte, gescheiterter Staaten, voller Korruption und Elend. Um zu helfen, adoptieren Prominente afrikanische Halbwaisen und flanieren durch Flüchtlingslager, laden die Gutmenschen unter den Popstars zu Benefiz-Konzerten, und westliche Staaten haben in den letzten 50 Jahren eine Billion Dollar an afrikanische Regierungen gezahlt. Aber trotz Jahrzehnten von billigen Darlehen, nicht rückzahlbaren Krediten, Schuldenerlassen, bilateraler und multilateraler Hilfe steht Afrika schlimmer da als je zuvor. Mit Dead Aid hat Dambisa Moyo ein provokatives Plädoyer gegen Entwicklungshilfe und für Afrika geschrieben. Knapp, faktenreich und zwingend legt sie ihre Argumente dar. Entwicklungshilfe, im Sinne von Geld-Transfers zwischen Regierungen, macht abhängig. Sie zementiert die bestehenden Gegebenheiten, fördert Korruption und finanziert sogar Kriege. Sie zerstört jeden Anreiz, gut zu wirtschaften und die Volkswirtschaft anzukurbeln. Entwicklungshilfe zu beziehen ist einfacher, als ein Land zu sanieren. Im Gegensatz zu Bono und Bob Geldoff weiß Moyo, wovon sie spricht. Die in Sambia geborene und aufgewachsene Harvard-Ökonomin arbeitete jahrelang für die Weltbank. In Dead Aid erklärt sie nicht nur, was die negativen Folgen von Entwicklungshilfe sind und warum China für Afrika eine Lösung und nicht Teil des Problems ist; sie entwirft zudem einen Weg, wie sich Afrika aus eigener Kraft und selbstbestimmt entwickeln kann. In den USA und Großbritannien löste Dead Aid eine hitzige Debatte aus. Es stand mehrere Wochen auf der New York Times Bestsellerliste und wurde vom Sunday Herald zum Buch des Jahres gewählt. Das Time Magazine wählte Dambisa Moyo 2009 zu einer der 100 wichtigsten Persönlichkeiten der Welt.

Master Teachers

Making a Difference on the Edge of Chaos

Author: Dexter Chapin

Publisher: R&L Education

ISBN: 1578868947

Category: Education

Page: 168

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The No Child Left Behind legislation, by legitimizing a stark, one-size-fits-all, industrial model of education, has denied the inherent complexity and richness of what teachers do. Discussing teaching in terms of Chaos Theory, Chapin explains that while excellent teaching may occur at the edge of chaos, it is not chaotic. There are patterns common to master teachers that connect the components of effective teaching to give meaning and stability to the classroom, allowing master teachers to get up morning after morning, and make a genuine, positive difference in students' lives. Master Teachers presents teaching as a complex, adaptive exercise undertaken at the edge of chaos where creativity and invention are maximized.

Leading on the Edge of Chaos

The 10 Critical Elements for Success in Volatile Times

Author: Emmett C. Murphy,Mark Andrew Murphy

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: N.A

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 226

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Presents ten strategies by which companies can survive and profit during the current economic recession, covering maneuvering around the competition, cutting costs, and communicating effectively, and providing case studies of top companies.

The Edge of Chaos

Financial Booms, Bubbles, Crashes and Chaos

Author: Bernice Cohen

Publisher: Wiley

ISBN: 9780471969075

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 412

View: 4786

Spanning two centuries and across three continents (Europe, America and Asia), the author provides a fascinating history on some famous and not so famous financial events. Beginning with the 1720s Mississippi and South Sea Companies to the great global crashes of 1929 and 1987, Bernice Cohen provides us with a strategy for tracking market trends and cycles, and protecting our investments against the next financial crash.

Adventures in Complexity

For Organisations Near the Edge of Chaos

Author: Lesley Kuhn

Publisher: Triarchy Press Limited

ISBN: 0956263100

Category: Business planning

Page: 131

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In the current unpredictable climate many organisations may consider themselves 'near the edge of chaos'. Yet most will not realise that this is where the greatest potential for success lies. In this engaging and thought-provoking book, Lesley Kuhn provides an excellent foundation from which to apply complexity concepts and metaphors to organisations. She reveals why the edge of chaos is an inspiration; why the butterfly effect is significant; why we should look for patterns in the content of informal and formal conversations; what are the attractors that motivate us in our work, and much more. Through practical examples and analysis of seven organisations, from a not-for-profit to a large pharmaceutical company, we are taken on an adventure in the use of this sophisticated way of thinking, and shown how to evaluate what influences the health of an organisation and the emergence of future sustainable practice. Complexity offers a fresh lens through which to view the 'life' of organisations, described by Kuhn as 'collectives of human activity'. We are given a new perspective on organisational processes and practices, a way to change how we engage at both a local and global level. This is vital if we are not to repeat the mistakes that have led to the present, potentially catastrophic, situation.

Surfing the Edge of Chaos

The Laws of Nature and the New Laws of Business

Author: Richard Pascale,Mark Milleman,Linda Gioja

Publisher: Crown Business

ISBN: 0609504096

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 336

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Every few years a book changes the way people think about a field. In psychology there is Daniel Goleman's Emotional Intelligence. In science, James Gleick's Chaos. In economics and finance, Burton Malkiel's A Random Walk Down Wall Street. And in business there is now Surfing the Edge of Chaos by Richard T. Pascale, Mark Millemann, and Linda Gioja. Surfing the Edge of Chaos is a brilliant, powerful, and practical book about the parallels between business and nature -- two fields that feature nonstop battles between the forces of tradition and the forces of transformation. It offers a bold new way of thinking about and responding to the personal and strategic challenges everyone in business faces these days. Pascale, Millemann, and Gioja argue that because every business is a living system (not just as metaphor but in reality), the four cornerstone principles of the life sciences are just as true for organizations as they are for species. These principles are: Equilibrium is death. Innovation usually takes place on the edge of chaos. Self-organization and emergence occur naturally. Organizations can only be disturbed, not directed. Using intriguing, in-depth case studies (Sears Roebuck, Monsanto, Royal Dutch Shell, the U.S. Army, British Petroleum, Hewlett Packard, Sun Microsystems), Surfing the Edge of Chaos shows that in business, as in nature, there are no permanent winners. There are just companies and species that either react to change and evolve, or get left behind and become extinct. Some examples: Parallels between Yellowstone National Park and Sears show why equilibrium is a dangerous place in both nature and business. How Monsanto used a "strange attractor" to move to the edge of chaos to alter its identity and transform its culture. The unlikely story of how the U.S. Army embraced the ideas of self-organization and emergence. Why the misapplication of linear logic (reengineering a business or attempting to eradicate predators in nature) will inevitably fail. The stories in Surfing the Edge of Chaos are of pioneering efforts that show how the principles of living systems produce bottom-line impact and profound transformational change. What's really striking about them, though, is their reality. They are about success and failure, breakthroughs and dead-ends. In short, they are like the business you are in and the challenges you face. From the Hardcover edition.

Edge of Chaos

Author: Dambisa Moyo

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1408710900

Category: Political Science

Page: 320

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A generation after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the world is once again on the edge of chaos. Demonstrations have broken out from Belgium to Brazil led by angry citizens demanding a greater say in their political and economic future, better education, heathcare and living standards. The bottom line of this outrage is the same; people are demanding their governments do more to improve their lives faster, something which policymakers are unable to deliver under conditions of anaemic growth. Rising income inequality and a stagnant economy are threats to both the developed and the developing world, and leaders can no longer afford to ignore this gathering storm. In Edge of Chaos, Dambisa Moyo sets out the new political and economic challenges facing the world, and the specific, radical solutions needed to resolve these issues and reignite global growth. Dambisa enumerates the four headwinds of demographics, inequality, commodity scarcity and technological innovation that are driving social and economic unrest, and argues for a fundamental retooling of democratic capitalism to address current problems and deliver better outcomes in the future. In the twenty-first century, a crisis in one country can quickly become our own, and fragile economies produce a fragile international community. Edge of Chaos is a warning for advanced and emerging nations alike: we must reverse the dramatic erosion in growth, or face the consequences of a fragmented and unstable global future.

Aid on the Edge of Chaos

Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World

Author: Ben Ramalingam

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191503444

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 480

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Many agree that the foreign aid system - which today involves virtually every nation on earth - needs drastic change. But there is much conflict as to what should be done. In Aid on the Edge of Chaos, Ben Ramalingam argues that what is most needed is the creative and innovative transformation of how aid works. Foreign aid today is dominated by linear, mechanistic ideas that emerged from early twentieth century industry, and are ill-suited to the world we face today. The problems and systems aid agencies deal with on a daily basis have more in common with ecosystems than machines: they are interconnected, diverse, and dynamic; they cannot be just simply re-engineered or fixed. Outside of aid, social scientists, economists, business leaders, and policy makers have started applying innovative and scientific approaches to such problems, informed by ideas from the 'new science' of complex adaptive systems. Inspired by these efforts, aid practitioners and researchers have started experimenting with such approaches in their own work. This book showcases the experiences, insights, and often remarkable results of innovative thinkers and practitioners who are working to bring these approaches into the mainstream of aid. From transforming child malnutrition to rethinking economic growth, from building peace to reversing desertification, from rural Vietnam to urban Kenya, the ideas of complex systems thinking are starting to be used to make foreign aid more relevant, more appropriate, and more catalytic. Aid on the Edge of Chaos argues that such ideas and approaches should play a vital part of the transformation of aid. Aid should move from being an imperfect post-World War II global resource transfer system, to a new form of global cooperation that is truly fit for the twenty-first century.

Living at the Edge of Chaos

Complex Systems in Culture and Psyche

Author: Helene Shulman

Publisher: Daimon

ISBN: 3856305610

Category: Psychology

Page: 252

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Helen Shulman integrates experiences of synchronicity, altered states of consciousness, trance, ritual, Buddhist meditation practice and creativity into a broad perspective on cross-cultural psychology. What emerges is a comprehensive way to understand pyschological illness and healing as a perpetual work-in-progress near "the edge of chaos," where the seeds for new models of reality lie. With mental illness as the focus, she leads us on a fascinating interdisciplinary exploration, linking such areas as cultural studies, anthropology, evolutionary science and new work in mathematics and computer science - known as complexity theory - to Jungian psychology. A new paradigm for postmodern psychology emerges as the author presents a dynamic theoretical model containing rational and irrational aspects of individual and collective life.

The Edge of Chaos

The Wilds

Author: Jak Koke

Publisher: Wizards of the Coast

ISBN: 0786955880

Category: Fiction

Page: 320

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Explore the unexplored - enter The Wilds of the Forgotten Realms(R)! On the border of a dangerous, magically unstable area called the Plaguewrought Lands, the leader of a cult seeking the spread of this wild magic and an alchemist who wants to control it join forces and create an elixir that allows pilgrims to survive the Plaguewrought Lands. But only one can succeed. A young man with strange powers and a priestess of the god of death will help determine who. From the Paperback edition.

Summary: Leading at the Edge of Chaos

Review and Analysis of Conner's Book

Author: BusinessNews Publishing

Publisher: Primento

ISBN: 2511015986

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 15

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The must-read summary of Daryl Conner's book: "Leading at the Edge of Chaos: How to Create the Nimble Organization". This complete summary of the ideas from Daryl Conner's book "Leading at the Edge of Chaos" shows that being nimble is now a key element of any sustainable competitive advantage that an organisation may attempt to secure and defend. Nimbleness is not just about flexibility or adaptation, it’s all about execution. In his book, the author has identified the characteristics of nimble organisations and explains how these companies plan and operate. This summary is a must-read for any leader who wants to ensure that their company does better than anyone else. Added-value of this summary: • Save time • Understand key concepts • Expand your knowledge To learn more, read "Leading at the Edge of Chaos" and discover the key to becoming a nimble organisation and implement changes better and faster than the competition.

Creating Opportunities at the Edge of Chaos

Author: Edward Mutema

Publisher: WestBow Press

ISBN: 1490859268

Category: Religion

Page: 124

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The power to create is imbedded in all of us. But, it requires a paradigm shift in order to activate it; a belief in a God who transforms, a dogged determination to succeed, a passion that comes from the gut and not from the head, a clear strategy to see what others don't see, and to hope where there is no hope.. This book presents a different approach to dealing with challenges. Jesus is our model. You have the potential. You are unique. You can turn crises into opportunities. Jesus did, so you can too. The heroes of the faith did, and you can. You can make possible what seems impossible. And your life will never be the same again. Your challenges will not go away but you will learn to deal with them. You will learn how to manage crises as well as the joy of overcoming all odds; how to stay peaceful when all else around you is disintegrating; how to keep the faith at the edge of chaos, in season and out of season.

Psychoanalysis and Ecology at the Edge of Chaos

Complexity Theory, Deleuze|Guattari and Psychoanalysis for a Climate in Crisis

Author: Joseph Dodds

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136585958

Category: Nature

Page: 256

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This book argues that psychoanalysis has a unique role to play in the climate change debate through its placing emphasis on the unconscious dimensions of our mental and social lives. Exploring contributions from Freudian, Kleinian, Object Relations, Self Psychology, Jungian, and Lacanian traditions, the book discusses how psychoanalysis can help to unmask the anxieties, deficits, conflicts, phantasies and defences crucial in understanding the human dimension of the ecological crisis. Yet despite being essential to studying environmentalism and its discontents, psychoanalysis still remains largely a 'psychology without ecology.' The philosophy of Deleuze and Guattari, combined with new developments in the sciences of complexity, help us to build upon the best of these perspectives, providing a framework able to integrate Guattari's 'three ecologies' of mind, nature and society. This book thus constitutes a timely attempt to contribute towards a critical dialogue between psychoanalysis and ecology. Further topics of discussion include: ecopsychology and the greening of psychotherapy our ambivalent relationship to nature and the non-human complexity theory in psychoanalysis and ecology defence mechanisms against eco-anxiety and eco-grief Deleuze|Guattari and the three ecologies becoming-animal in horror and eco-apocalypse in science fiction films nonlinear ecopsychoanalysis. In our era of anxiety, denial, paranoia, apathy, guilt, hope, and despair in the face of climate change, this book offers a fresh and insightful psychoanalytic perspective on the ecological crisis. As such this book will be of great interest to all those in the fields of psychoanalysis, psychology, philosophy, and ecology, as well as all who are concerned with the global environmental challenges affecting our planet's future.

Dancing on the Edge of Chaos

Author: Timothy X. Merritt

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1462803024

Category:

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Projektmanagement am Rande des Chaos

Sozialtechniken für komplexe Systeme

Author: Alfred Oswald,Jens Köhler,Roland Schmitt

Publisher: Springer-Verlag

ISBN: 3662557568

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 279

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Die Autoren zeigen in diesem Buch, dass Komplexität ein Geschenk ist, das man für die erfolgreiche Durchführung von Projekten nutzbar machen kann, sei es um Neues zu erschaffen oder auch um Bestehendes zu ändern. Dabei ist das Methodenparadigma im Projektmanagement derzeit massiv im Umbruch. Durch Vernetzung einer Vielzahl von Einflussgrößen sind Projekte komplexe Gebilde, die mit klassischen Methoden, die auf Ursache-Wirkung-Ansätzen beruhen, nicht bewältigt werden können. Komplexität und das damit verbundene Phänomen der Selbstorganisation bieten eine große Chance, indem sie als wesentliche Treiber für die Durchführung von Projekten genutzt werden können. Dies erfordert die Prinzipien der Komplexität zu identifizieren und für das Projektmanagement einzusetzen. Damit werden ganz eigene und neuartige Kompetenzanforderungen an die beteiligten Personen gestellt. In diesem Buch werden neueste Erkenntnisse aus den Naturwissenschaften und der Hirnforschung verwendet und in ein praxisorientiertes Framework übertragen. Es wird dargelegt, was Komplexität ist, welche Möglichkeiten der Komplexitätsregulation es in Projekten gibt und wie Selbstorganisation für das Management von Projekten angewendet werden kann.

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