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Systems Planning

Holistic organisation platform™ [Charter; Sections; Caveat]

Motto: The art of efficiency™ [Headnote]

Founder & trustee: A. Perdicoulis

simplicity, elegance, goodness


Headnote Interest Objects Manner Coverage W·plan Impact FAQ star

Numeric representation of reality is still expected to serve understanding
© 2016 A. Perdicoulis (data by Google Analytics)

top-tier cognition™ Decked with SWOT analyses, balanced scorecards, and lengthy documents, mainstream planning boasts impressive metrics and power tools to support decision-making, policy-making, or strategy analysis. Nevertheless, few stakeholders and consultants have a confident grasp of ‘what is going on’ beneath the slick surface of statistics, indicators, and indices — but can they share that without pomp and buzzwords? The panorama is at least curious, if not alarming.
Reference: Niche technical folio
v. also: Journey ahead

Storyline: Situation  |  Breakthrough  |  Industry  |  Capacity  |  Community  |  Knowledge  |  Leadership

Systems Planning The art of efficiency™ — i.e. mastering simplicity, elegance, goodness™ — is for those who confront situations ‘as a whole’ and seek to understand structures and functions. The rest should already be happy with their mainstream choices.
Reference: Charter technical folio

Vistas: Address  |  Foundation  |  Experience  |  Finesse  |  Guidance  |  Imprint  |  Founder/ Trustee

human intelligence think


top-tier cognition
distinctive marks
The times
1990s— ‘big data and AI will make life more intelligent’
2020s— plenty of data but no idea of ‘how things work’
Hold on!— is ‘data-rich and system-oblivious’ intelligent?
Rethink— which life orientation conduces to intelligence?
initial conditions
natural affinity
The people
Aware— conscious, alert, lively?
Free— self-determined, original, meaningful?
Curious— brave to question, explore, judge wisely?
Dedicated— take the time to study, reflect, mature?
The outlook
A grand cause— the art of efficiency™
The good life, indeed— exceptional quality
Momentous meaning— distinctive and purposeful
Always original— thought, expression, action, outcomes
The success
Apogee— maturity, goodness
Operation— Competitive Advantage™
Business— making a thoughtful difference
Marketing— networking with unassuming confidence™

Welcome pack

Sense of Orientation · Outwards
simplicity, elegance, goodness

— focus —


— resolve —

holistic mindset

— perspective —

human archetype

— principles —

pro bono publico

— attitude —

Sense of Belonging · Inwards
top tier comprehension

— capability —

disclosed reasoning

— means —

problem-based workflow

— protocol —

distinctive marks

— character —

refined conduct

— gusto —

Sense of Organisation · Articulation


operation units

public interfaces

Systems Planning Research Lab Planning Studio Systems School Blueprint Executive Perdicoulis Publishing

— the platform —

— innovation —

— praxis —

— education —

— executive —

— editorial —

Link packs: Welcome  |  Activity  |  Selection  |  Innovation  |  Cultivation  |  Project  |  Network  |  SIG  |  Track  |  Distinction

box sets  Box Sets
Illustrations — e.g. unity, activities
Quality Standards — e.g. R&D Style™
Vistas — e.g. experience, finesse
Research — e.g. objects, topics
Manifestos — e.g. education, publishing
Notes — e.g. copyright & licensing
Quotes — e.g. modelling prompts, blog
Reference guidelines — e.g. books, articles
Heed — e.g. inhibitive attitudes, antipodes
Deployment routines — e.g. workshops
Contrast boxes — e.g. mainstream praxis
Storyline — e.g. situation, breakthrough
Recommendations — e.g. documents
Case studies — e.g. applied R&D/ community
Testimonials — e.g. books, workshops
Project showcase — e.g. prototyping, review
Prospects — e.g. public talks, projects
Syndicates — e.g. quality, Haute Culture™
Events — e.g. workshops, seminars
Link packs — e.g. SIG, projects, learning
Track record — e.g. patrons, authors
Deployment suites — e.g. workshops

Headnote · In a nutshell — όλον

the art of efficiency™
Systems Planning℠ pursues, practises, and constantly refines the art of efficiency — i.e. mastering simplicity, elegance, goodness™ — in goodwill integral existence regarding being, conduct, and constructs. Notably, art is made with soul™.
Quality Haute Culture
holistic hub
In a practical sense, Systems Planning℠ is a holistic organisation platform of applied R&D and makes beautiful things that work™ through human understanding of situations™.
global interest distinctive marks
Systems Planning℠ appeals to the like-minded — e.g. curious to understand ‘how things work’ and free to ‘make things right’ — and boldly shuns pernicious mainstream conventions (e.g. consumerism, popularity).
natural affinity making a difference
Reference: Charter technical folio
v. also: Journey ahead

Theme view: Systems Planning℠ in a ‘graphic nutshell’
(v. also: unity, brand, journey ahead, viewpoints of reality, cause in context, W·plan, G·plan, governance, timeline)


Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Interactivity Modes
association extension involvement

— specialists —

— community —

— community —

Interest · On the whole — όλον

global interest
The global interest of Systems Planning℠ is naturally abstract (e.g. archetypes, mindsets, efficiency), but maintains true to reality (e.g. objects of interest, work plan, applications) — i.e. beautiful things that work™.
brand uniqueness holistic mindset
Systems Planning℠ is indeed driven by its cause of holistic efficiency. Individuals and organisations with a natural affinity partake through professional activities, association with special interest groups (SIG), or meta-level governance work.
natural affinity stakeholder sets
Reference: Charter technical folio
simplicity, elegance, goodness
[Y]  Holistic efficiency
Simplicity— straightforward and uncomplicated
Elegance— grace and style
Goodness— high standard/ quality
making a difference
[re:]  Integral existence
Being— e.g. identity, worldview
Conduct— e.g. attitudes, procedures
Constructs— e.g. concepts, mental models
pro bono publico
thorough R&D
[X]  Thorough™ R&D
Researchknowledge and understanding
Developbeing, conduct, constructs
Relateapply, receive feedback, learn, refine
knowledge base
Reference: Charter technical folio


Open call

open call
It is always in one's favour to associate with those who are serious about what they do, they do it in style, and with whom one can learn and become better. It is in this sense that Systems Planning℠ seeks genuine cooperations with original thinkers.
select practice cooperative development
The FAQ section presents some suggestions for the interest and application of Systems Planning℠ — i.e. what Systems Planning℠ is good for — in a practical, an idealistic, and an antithetic perspective.
making a difference thematic workspaces
Individuals and/ or organisations may seek to connect with Systems Planning℠ for their own reasons — e.g. for being enthusiastic about holistic efficiency, fond of disclosed reasoning™, or keen to learn from hands-on experience.
stakeholder sets inhibitive attitudes
Reference technical folios:
Charter (call); Office (admin)
Network (thematic workspaces)
star  Participation
(sectors, industries)
(Youtful Minds™)
(in people)
(work proper)
(dev, links)
(web ports)
(R&D, log)
(R&D, log)
(R&D, log)
(co-op, log)
(brand, δ q.b.)
(at work)
(directory services)
(making a δ)
(gov, meta)
(continuous, whole)
(own reasons)
(re: people)
(guidelines, FAQ)

Objects · Reality to master — ουσία, γνώση

objects of interest
Systems Planning℠ captures reality (ουσία) — i.e. essence (re: entities) or substance (re: phenomena) — in its objects of interest (system, process, plan), thus making dynamic complexity easy to grasp.
holistic mindset subject matter
Common mainstream alternatives for registering, understanding, and acting upon reality involve simplification/ aggregation through proxies or ‘shadows’, thus creating a ‘sui generis’ reality or ‘parallel worlds’ (v. antipodes).
mainstream alternatives antipodes to holism
Reference: Objects technical folio
System — re: organisation
Viewpointbeing/ entity
Concept— a set of interacting elements, forming a whole
Examples— a city, state, enterprise, or ‘situation’
Diagrams— ‘element-relationship’ (e.g. RBP, HBS)
global interest fields-related praxis
Process — re: operation
Viewpointconduct/ behaviour
Concept— a sequence of actions and states
Examples— an operation, project, or ‘activity’
Diagrams— ‘action-state’ (e.g. CPD, EPD, PPD)
Plan — re: design
Viewpointconstructs/ artefacts
Concept— a justified proposal for action
Examples— a plan, policy, strategy, or ‘action’ or ‘measure’
Diagrams— ‘concern-intent-action-outcome’ (e.g. DCD)
Reference: Objects technical folio


Sections view: Constituents of integral existence seen from complementary viewpoints of reality
(v. also: objects of interest, perception and affinity, premium value, mental models, ID, W·plan, stakeholder cues, outlook)

delimiters: viewpoints of reality
discs: constituents of integral existence
manifestos: governance, management, planning
© 2020– Anastassios Perdicoulis
Reference: Charter technical folio

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Manner · Work refinement — τέχνη, λόγος

disclosed reasoning
For practical purposes, Systems Planning℠ starts off with — and is distinguished by — its innovation of disclosed reasoning™ (SF2™, SPM™, SPML™), organised and delivered in technical ensembles™.
technical ensembles human advance
Reference: Operations technical folio
SF2 Vision
Structure— ‘how things are put together’
Function— ‘how things work’
Form— ‘how things look like’
distinctive marks usage/ deployment
Content— coordinated set of disclosed reasoning™ methods
Examples— Decision Model Analysis™, Efficiency Assessment™
Suitability— ‘high-level’ planning tasks/ methods
Content— coordinated set of disclosed reasoning™ techniques
Examples— Reverse Blueprints™, Extended Process Diagrams™
Suitability— ‘low-level’ planning tasks/ techniques
Reference technical folios:
Vision; Methodology; Language
Distinctive Marks/ λόγος
big understanding visual argument sound exchange

Big Understanding™
— re: comprehension —

Visual Argument™
— re: clarity —

Sound Exchange™
— re: reliability —

Coverage · Fields & functions — γνώση, παιδεία

professional activities
Systems Planning℠ covers a broad spectrum of scientific and practical applications, involving varied sets of stakeholders, while being sufficiently selective to safeguard quality.
quality assurance stakeholder sets
Reference: Niche technical folio
fields & functions
Fields & functions
Organisation [system-centric] — re: governance
Operation [process-centric] — re: management
Design [plan-centric] — re: planning
subject matter
P3 positioning
Scholarly P3™ — planning methodology
Practitioner P3™ — planning analysis and development
Community roles — socio-economic; scientific/ pedagogic
CR positioning
Academia [exempt] — e.g. researchers, educators, organisations
Praxis [exempt] — e.g. practitioners, consultants, organisations
Community [typical] — e.g. entrepreneurs, administrators, organisations
initial conditions
Reference: Niche technical folio
Track Record with Extensive Subject Coverage — VAULT
case studies knowledge base model sampler photo gallery world views

— applications —

— expertise —

— diagrams —

— photographs —

— views —

W·plan · How and why it works — όλον

In its own style, Systems Planning℠ has a clear ‘XYZwork plan (‘W·plan’) to deliver on its cause (i.e. efficiency) through the creation of premium value (i.e. Z′ and Z″ together) for the wider community, in a reliable and refined manner.
premium value brand uniqueness
Work proper (i.e. innovation, praxis, education) is attributed to the operation units, facilitated by thematic workspaces (a.k.a. SIG), and interfaced by professional activities. At the meta-level, governance work is organised in administrative workspaces.
thematic workspaces administrative workspaces
Reference: Charter technical folio

Operating Principles

Activity view: Work proper — the ‘W·plan’ with structure and function
(v. also: ID, PoV, G·plan, cause, journey ahead, brand uniqueness, premium value, classic values/ unity; cf. antipodal network)

© 2019– Anastassios Perdicoulis
Reference: Charter technical folio

Activity: Gov  |  G·plan  |  Q  |  δ  |  Stance  |  Marks  |  CA  |  Curiosity  |  Conduct  |  Tracks  |  Study  |  Elements  |  Undertakings  |  Workflows  |  L·SIG  |  Modes  |  Affinity  |  Organics  |  W·plan  |  Antipodes  |  Exp3
Themes: ID  |  Start  |  Fields  |  Cause  |  Empower  |  OM  |  Science  |  K·H  |  Models  |  Missions·S  |  Activism  |  Subjects  |  Lectures  |  Workshops  |  Pro Utilities™  |  Clubs  |  Ensembles
Space/ Time: Formative years and institutional anchorage  |  Academic visits and fellowships  |  Outreach Seminars℠  |  Genesis timeline
Sections: PoV  |  Activities  |  Context  |  R&D  |  Cues  |  P3™/ CR™  |  Unity  |  Expertise  |  T·SIG  |  Value  |  Missions·A

Activity Clusters
programmes events

Programmes (organisational structures)
Courses, Lectures, Mentoring, Assignments, Support

Events (operational arrangements)
Course Editions, Workshops, Clubs, Outreach

cf. track record  |  project index  |  publication logs


Immersion exercise

Your plan ______
Will it work?
How can you tell?
Can you demonstrate it?
dynamic documents clarity
Your understanding ______
What is the situation?
Who is involved?
What are they after?
governance professionals comprehension
Your team ______
Organic or forced?
Communicating reliably?
Balancing ‘self’ and ‘common’?
governance professionals reliability

Impact · Making a difference — όλον

making a difference
Systems Planning℠ as a whole (όλον) makes a difference (a.k.a. ‘impact’ or ‘influence’ in ‘mainstream speak’) beyond its premium value (Z′, Z″) by what it stands for (Y, Z) as well as by its endeavour (X).
track record community missions
Before making a difference ‘out there’ (v. pro bono publico), one must make an important difference ‘inside’, aiming towards a cultured competence and eventually aptitude, most perceptible at the operative stage.
pro bono publico cultured competence
All the ‘differences’ set by Systems Planning℠ (e.g. aspirations, contributions) are real (v. interest) and un-pressured (e.g. CasualFlow™), in contrast to common mainstream proxies (e.g. popularity metrics, celebrity status).
administrative workspaces inhibitive attitudes
Reference: Charter technical folio
Aptitude Stages
Becoming Working Living

— re: groundwork —

— re: function —

— re: civilisation —

Competitive Advantage

Simulated Illustration


Professional Perfection™ — “The RBP™ made us realise some important hidden assumptions [understanding]. After a few versions of the RBP™ we could see clearly our aims, leverage points, and their links [refinement]. Working with diagrams, we learned to think in a more organised and much more efficient manner [intelligence].”

Systems Planning

Personal/ Team Fulfilment™ — “In the RBP™ we managed to establish the missing relations among the SWOT points [mastery]. By simulating the alternative strategies in the DCD™ we made a confident decision [confidence]. Discovering intelligent solutions to difficult problems is always rewarding [satisfaction]. And since true ‘out-of-the-box’ thinking is rare and difficult, we received praise for our achievements [recognition].”


Organisational Advancement™ — “With the help of the CPD™ we made our operations more agile [fluid function]. With the DCD™ we streamlined our institutional strategy [streamlined structure]. And with the help of the CPD™ we re-shaped our departments and their communication channels [tuned form].”

Reference: Competences technical folio
Reflection on success: upon maturity
Success in business & marketing

Testimonials: The ‘Systems Thinking’ book  |  The ‘Building Competences’ book  |  The ‘Furthering EIA’ book  |  Workshops  |  Feedback
Simulated illustration: ‘The sound of success’/ Competitive Advantage™


antipodes to holism
inhibitive attitudes
Despite their infiltration into academic practice and their consequent ubiquity, metrics regarding science, knowledge, or human endeavour in general (e.g. bibliometrics, scientometrics, ‘performance’, ‘productivity’) are dissociated from Systems Planning℠ as demeaning, distracting, and discouraging.
Attention: (i) positivist staples such as measurability and replicability do not apply well to human qualities and experience; (ii) naïve assumptions such as ‘popular means good’ appeal to consumers/ followers rather than connoisseurs; (iii) cult of status (e.g. personality, organisation, artefact), induced or ‘corroborated’ by metrics, invites false focus and judgement bias.
Reference: Charter technical folio
v. also: G·plan; Journey ahead; Premium value; Situation (intro);
oestros №9; oestros №19; Dead Poets Society (ext. ref.)

Publications: Publishing manifesto  |  Pledge  |  Authors & readers  |  Editions  |  Copyright & licensing  |  Management  |  Software
Conduct: Enablers  |  Praxis prompts  |  Modelling prompts  |  Experimental wisdom  |  Blog  |  Feedback
Education: Academic culture  |  Holistic alumni  |  Class ethos  |  Student tips  |  Discreetness
Global: Sources  |  Goodwill  |  Screening  |  Activism  |  Metrics  |  Participants

Selected FAQ


quotes  What is Systems Planning℠ good for?

Practical Answer
simplicity, elegance, goodness distinctive marks Making beautiful things that work™ (v. holistic efficiency)
       through human understanding of situations™ (v. distinctive marks)
Idealistic Answer
pro bono publico Haute Culture Contributing towards the common good (v. pro bono publico)
       through high-level competence (v. Haute Culture™)
Antithetic Answer
antipodes to holism inhibitive attitudes Systems Planning℠ is not intended for
       consumption, copy-paste, or vanity purposes (v. metrics)
Reference: FAQ technical folio

human intelligence think

Journey ahead (v. also: team selection, documents, professionals, checkpoint)

human archetype
Bearing @existence
Check— ‘Are we all about KPIs instead of simplicity, elegance, goodness™? ’
PrepareHonour human principles and scale
Cost— Culture, orientation
top-tier cognition
Capacity @comprehension
Check— ‘Do we understand ‘how things work’ before taking action? ’
PrepareActivate top-tier cognition™
Cost— Curiosity, courage
continuous cultivation
Provision @development
Check— ‘Do we take the time to study, think, and cultivate ourselves? ’
PrepareExperience classic education℠
Cost— Commitment, engagement

NB: The journey is dear, yet not a matter of money