Time Surfing for Creativity and Efficiency

Image for post
Image for post
Photo: Philippe Vandenbroeck

In February 2021 I spent a month on a solo-retreat, away from the home office, in a village on the south side of the Alps. The idea was to devote myself in a sustained way to my writing projects. Here is what I found out.

1 — It works


Systemic Sensibilities, Systems Literacy, Systems Thinking in Practice.

Image for post
Image for post
Moving from Systemic Sensibilities to Systems Thinking in Practice? Or from Systems Thinking to Systems Being? (picture: my own: location: Ponte Tibetano, Switzerland)


A Systems Library, Vol. 15

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash


Two decades worth of thinking, living, seeking.

Image for post
Image for post

During the holiday break I did a sweep of the attic and cellar. And I rediscovered that crate with filled notebooks. The written and doodled sediment of two decades of work and life, infused with a spirit of systems thinking and practice. Leafing through thousands of pages generates mixed emotions. One senses the enormous effort that goes into a random life, this ceaseless and yet fleeting concatenation of encounters, readings, conversations, jobs, reflections, here dutifully captured in longhand.


A Systems Library, Vol. 14

Image for post
Image for post
Photo: Photo by Adrian Newell on Unsplash

“In this book I offer a notion of research that is thoroughly integrated into everyday life, through which I seek to live with integrity in potentially challenging times. Living life as inquiry is at the same time philosophy, orientation and practice, seeking to treat all I think, feel, say and do as experiment.” — Judi Marshall


A visit to the Kabakovs’ Palace of Projects

Image for post
Image for post

“This life provokes moments of joy, and that joy can propel ethics.” — Jane Bennett


What does it take to become a rounded systems practitioner?

Image for post
Image for post
Photo: Philippe Vandenbroeck

Systems practice


A Systems Library, Vol. 13

Image for post
Image for post
Paul Cézanne, A Painter at Work (1875)

“Cybernetics thrives among people who are interested in, and revere, the reality of their own and other people’s minds and hearts.” — Frank Galuszka


A Systems Library, Vol. 12

Image for post
Image for post
A luminous hint to the visual language of system dynamics modelling: feedback loops aplenty (photo: Pixabay)

Goal Seeking behaviour


There’s huge potential for personal growth

Image for post
Image for post
Photo by Jef Willemyns on Unsplash

Philippe Vandenbroeck

Systems & futures thinker ⎹ @shiftNGroup ⎹ shiftN Academy ⎹ helping ‘change makers for the common good’ to handle complex strategic challenges #systemsthinking

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store