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Episode 045 Human Networks Inspire Holiday Cheer

In this episode, Angie and Haley share clips from past interviews about the power of human networks. They also reminisce about what they have learned in 2016 and share their excitement about upcoming guests and topics to come in the new year. Happy Holidays from the HumanCurrent Complexity Podcast!


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Quotes from this episode:

“I do not think our biggest social challenge is know-how; it’s not even money. It’s connecting the right people with the right ideas in the right way.” - Paul Shoemaker

“The cure lies with the relationships with the very people we typically blame for the problems we are trying to solve.” - Peter Senge

“In a complex adaptive system there is no separate “other”. Everything and everyone is connected and together we co-create the whole system.” - Peter Senge

 

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Episode 034 Network Challenges within Child Welfare

In this episode, Angie interviews D’Artagnan Caliman, a child welfare consultant, who discusses the complexity of serving 2 million people with many different interconnected network service groups and stakeholders. His enlightening case study reveals the importance of cause prevention within the child welfare system, rather than simply treating the symptoms of family dysfunction as they arise.


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Quotes from this episode:

“Are we, as communities, thinking about what we can do as a human network to support families that are in need?” - D’Artagnan Caliman

“I really believe humans are the greatest resource for changing the world. It is up to us to be there for each other, our communities, and even people that we don’t know very well.” - D’Artagnan Caliman

“Our work is really focused on safety, permanency, and well-being of children and families...ensuring that a child and family is holistically successful.” - D’Artagnan Caliman

“If we are unsuccessful at helping children and families to become stable and viable within their communities, then we are failing our communities and we are failing our children.” - D’Artagnan Caliman

“We have to reach out to our constituent groups to find what is working and build upon those successes and also to hear from them on what is not working.”  - D’Artagnan Caliman

 

Resources from this episode:

Tavis Smiley Reports on PBS that the School to Prison Pipeline is “an epidemic that is plaguing schools across the nation. Far too often, students are suspended, expelled or even arrested for minor offenses that leave visits to the principal’s office a thing of the past. Statistics reflect that these policies disproportionately target students of color and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities.”

From NY Times  “The United States has less than 5 percent of the world's population. But it has almost a quarter of the world's prisoners.”

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Episode 033 Human Stories for Network Change

In this episode, Haley interviews Jasper Faolan, a writer, psychiatric nurse practitioner, and founder of Journal to Save Your Life, which is a free, online mental health program. Jasper advocates for self-expression, like storytelling, as a way for people to heal from trauma and mental health problems. And, she explains how her non-profit (J2SYL) promotes social change by connecting the dots within complex adaptive systems.


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Resources from this episode:

Journal to Save Your Life is a therapy program, which consists of a one to 52 week online program for young women around the ages of 13 to 29. The program is carefully curated around specific personal struggles, from addiction and body image to toxic relationships. With a concrete foundation from psychology scholars, the program aims to help young women build social skills, reframe negative thoughts and inspire artistic expression in an effort to promote self-love and healing. You can find J2SYL on Twitter & Facebook

Billy Poole’s story  #projectselfiesdefeatdepression

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Episode 032 Exploring Complex Human Networks

In this episode, Stacy interviews Angie about the ins and outs of action research for her Master’s in Leadership project. They also introduce the topic of complex human networks with guest Mary Anne Herrick, who is the Communication’s Program Officer at World Vision and the President of Foster Care Alumni of America (FCAA). FCAA  is also the sponsoring organization for Angie’s Master project.


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Quotes from this episode:

“Action research became the opposite of scientific research. Instead of standing outside the experiment, watching what happens and writing up your findings, you become a learner in a situation you helped devise. You develop a stake. You assume responsibility.” - Marvin Wiesbord, Productive Workplaces

“Cheers to emergent social networks powered by shared narratives and shared values.” - Stacy Hale

 

Resources from this episode:

Angie's MA in Leadership is at Royal Roads University 

May is Foster Care Month! Please click here to donate to FCAA.

You can watch this video to learn more about Mary Herrick's amazing work with World Vision.

 

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Episode 022 Turning Affordable Housing on It’s Head

In this episode Angie and Lindsey interview Walter Moreau, the Executive Director for Foundation Communities, a nonprofit which creates housing where families succeed. Walter discusses how the foundation leverages a systems-approach to affordable housing in order to provide a successful, sustainable program for families. His inspirational stories help paint a picture of how networks can work together to influence change within systemic problems.  


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Quotes from this episode:

“It is often tempting to assume that the agents of a system are all basically the same” - Harnessing Complexity

“Beyond systems thinking [approaching affordable housing] is more chaos theory...you have to be able to roll with the ups and downs of development” - Walter Moreau


“Affordable housing isn’t for ‘those people’, it’s for us - people we know [our community].” - Walter Moreau

 

Resources from this episode:

You can find Foundation Communities on Twitter.

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Episode 021 Cultivating Social Resilience

In this episode, we interview sociologist and fellow podcaster Josh Morgan. He is the host of “The Plural of You”, a podcast inspired by stories of human good. We discuss how complex social problems influence our human networks and relationships. And, Josh helps us identify different ways in which ordinary people can influence systems-level issues, like social trust.


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Quotes from this episode:

"A society grows great when its people plant trees whose shade they know they will never sit in." - Ancient Greek Proverb


"What makes humanity so interesting is that our complexities can't be explained with one theory because we're so highly adaptive." - Josh Morgan


"I feel my purpose as a researcher is to answer questions about complex social problems and report on them as simply as I can." - Josh Morgan

 

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Episode 020 The Energy that Binds Us

In this episode we say goodbye to Stacy as she moves on to new adventures and introduce our next guest, Josh Morgan, a sociologist and fellow podcaster. We discuss the meaning of the term HumanCurrent, which encompasses the complex connections that shape and influence us: our evolving human mind, our personal and professional networks, our ideas and our history. We each play a role in the development and evolution of our humanity and the energy that binds us, our human current.


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Quotes from this episode:

"We share ideas with each other, yet we can each create uniquely from the same idea." - Stacy Hale

"We ebb and flow, expand beyond our current situation, and connect to other networks." - Angie Cross

"The HumanCurrent is putting humanity into complexity, a very intelligent and academic subject." - Stacy Hale

"I try to encourage everyone to see humanity as this whole, but at the same time recognize that we are all constituent parts of this whole...we all have a role to play whether we like it or not." - Josh Morgan

"I become interested in the complexity of things like social hierarchies, just to understand what structures, if any, support these problems (like social trust), as well as how they affect social resilience among different populations." - Josh Morgan

Note:Although we are saddened to lose her wonderful voice, lively spirit, and innovative mind, we are forever changed and connected to our friend and co-host, Stacy Hale. And, we celebrate that she is moving on to another amazing opportunity -- Cheers to Stacy!

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Episode 019 Let's Work Happy!

What does happiness have to do with complexity, networks, and ecosystems? In this episode, Angie and Stacy explore this question, and what happiness at work means to the members of the HumanCurrent team. 


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Resources from this episode:

World Happiness Report

The Happiness Advantage

“75 percent of job successes are predicted by your optimism levels, your social support, and your ability to see stress as a challenge instead of as a threat.” - Shawn Achor

Being Happy at Work Matters

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Episode 006 Information, Ants & Inequality

Most of us are unaware of how our actions lead to self-organizing behavior." In this episode we talk with Diego Espinosa, founder of the complexity based Sistema Research, about the way information travels in ant colonies, financial meltdowns, and human social networks--and the things these complex systems all have in common: feedback loops. In a complex world where we are bombarded with false signals about certainty, how can we regain resilience? 


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Quotes from this episode:

"Preferential attachment is the tendency for certain nodes within a system that have a lot of connections already to make more connections." - Stacy Hale

"A self organizing system is basically a system in which order emerges from the different pieces following simple rules and interacting with each other and that order is kind not mystical, but kind of magical in a sense." - Diego Espinosa

"The way we wanted to hold on to the certainty was by essentially borrowing money." - Diego Espinosa

"Take back control of your personal relationship with uncertainty." - Diego Espinosa

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Episode 005 Culture & Human Systems at Work

Stacy & Angie imagine the workplace as a complex living system, muse on how information travels through networks, and get meta about culture and change. Cover artwork for this week's episode: "Faberge Fractal" by Tom Beddard, sub.blue, @subblue


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Quotes from this episode:

"Complexity is inevitable and I think it's what gives beauty to our greatest natural systems" - Stacy Hale

"By understanding complexity theory we give credence to the idea that small actions can create big change." - Stacy Hale

“Nature is not stagnant, but alive and dynamic” - Rousseau

“All human interaction is one social network.” - Geoffrey West

"Having a system thinking lens allows us to think outside of ourselves and see how someone else's interactions affect us." - Angie Cross

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Episode 004 Complexity & "Flow"

In states of "flow," inspiration and ease come effortlessly and a person does things for the sheer joy of doing them. Flow states allow us to more easily perceive networks of relationships between the elements of our selves and our environment, to handle complexity with grace and ease. What happens in these states? In this episode we explore the idea of the autotelic personality - someone who is more often than not curious, internally motivated, productive and operating with a sense of flow. What would the autotelic workplace look like? What would life be like if we spent more time in flow?


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Quotes from this episode:

"Mihaly Csiksentmihalyi one of the authors we follow, talks about autotelic personality, which is a person who has the ability to remain in the flow state for extended periods of time and operate mostly from that." - Stacy Hale

"I think that flow states are the key to living within complexity and maintaining an awareness of it, because it exists naturally in so many situations." - Stacy Hale

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Episode 001 Why Complexity?

In this first episode of the HumanCurrent podcast, we begin our casual conversations about complexity by defining what complex systems are and why they matter in life, work, and all the things we do. What is complexity? Why do we care when there are starving people in the world? Why not focus on simplicity? Systems and networks shape our world, even (and especially) when we can't see them.


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Quotes from this episode:

"Complexity is a fact of life and nature. We can't ignore it. We can't avoid it. It's just there. It’s a natural phenomenon." - Stacy Hale

"My goal in exploring complexity is to help people understand that it doesn't necessarily mean complicated–only non-linear." - Stacy Hale

“A complex adaptive system is a network, a set of loosely connected units each pursuing its own agenda in response to local conditions...the absence of strong central control in such networks can be a virtue because local units can adapt very quickly to new developments and because the loss of any one outpost does little damage to the whole.” - Lee Bolman and Terrence Deal

"Complexity is not some abstract academic concept that doesn't have any application close to home." - Stacy Hale

"It's a different mindset. It's about planning for adaptability and emergence versus avoiding failure and the mindset is so much about being present within the feedback loops." - Angie Cross

“The whole is disorganized but each individual fragment is in order, is a representative of a higher order. The highest order prevails even in the disintegration and the totality is president even in the broken pieces." - Aldous Huxley

 

Resources from this episode:

Reframing Organizations by Bolman & Deal

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