Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) offers a mindset, methods, and models to help make sense of the patterns that emerge from the chaos that comes when people work and play together in groups, families, organizations, and communities.

HSD uses metaphors, methods, and models from the physical, mathematical, and computer sciences to help practitioners understand what is happening in their everyday interactions. The concepts are grounded in science, but they continue to emerge as we explore the complex behaviors of human systems. HSD is particularly useful when

  • Resources are tight and demand is high
  • Your old tools and techniques fall short
  • Players are many, diverse, or constantly changing
  • Culture and/or organizational habits are obsolete
  • Too much or too little control makes people crazy
  • There are so many moving parts you don’t know where to start.

The work of HSD is currently being applied in such diverse arenas as organization development, peace making/conflict resolution, education, evaluation, performance management, leadership, and personal growth/development. Practitioners around the world are using the principles of HSD to enrich their work, teach clients and students, and expand the effectiveness of their individual fields of practice.

No standard intervention works in every situation. HSD uses complexity science to open multiple options for action. It embraces the traditional approaches you know, offers new tools and techniques, and adds new insights into why some interventions are successful and others are not.

For more information, see Human Systems Dynamics Institute. The founder and Executive Director of the HSD Institute is Glenda Eoyang. See her TED-x talk — Unstuck! here.

HSD in Education

Because schools are complex systems, HSD is particularly useful to educators who are working to transform schools. HSD helps educators see and influence patterns, even when facing their most persistent and urgent challenges. HSD helps educators make changes from the inside out, from the outside in, bottom-up and top-down.

This website is designed to support educators who are beginning to use HSD to

see, understand, and influence the patterns in classrooms, campuses and communities

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