Systems Planning℠ brings its consolidated experience to the wider community in an exemplar manner, with special attention to scientific rigour, understanding, and empowerment — from posse [L], to be able. Individuals and organisations are expected to develop their autonomy: by their own drive and dedication, plus the appropriately accompanied mature knowledge and competence-building as uniquely organised and practised by Systems Planning℠.
Systems Planning℠ is conceived and put to good use for the benefit of the wider community, and the same good will is expected in return — for instance, in educational campaigns, cultural programmes, and R&D projects. This reciprocation has been honoured in all associations so far, and is anticipated in all future cooperations.
Development Aid Agencies African Development Bank (AfDB) Asian Development Bank (ADB) Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) Colombo Plan (CP) Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) European Investment Bank (EIB) Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) International Labour Organisation (ILO) International Monetary Fund (IMF) International Red Cross (ICRC) Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation ACP-EU (CTA) United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) World Bank — International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) World Bank — Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA) World Food Programme (WFP) World Health Organisation (WHO) World Trade Organisation (WTO)
Philanthropic Organisations Blue Haven Initiatives (BHI) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) Carlos Slim Foundation (CSF) Charles Stewart Mott Foundation (CSMF) Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation (DRKF) Ford Foundation (FF) Frederick Mulder Foundation (FMF) James Dyson Foundation (JDF) O'Sullivan Foundation (SOSF) Rockefeller Foundation (RF) Skoll Foundation (SF) Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF)
Academic Support Agencies and Programmes Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) Grupo Tordesillas/ Fundación Carolina (GT/FC) Fulbright Scholar Program (US) Erasmus+ (EC)
Assistance with Grants NSF (2004) A Guide for Proposal Writing. Arlington, VA: National Science Foundation Kraicer, J. (1997) The Art of Grantsmanship. Toronto: University of Toronto
Disclaimer: Systems Planning℠ has no association with any of the organisations listed above, and listing does not represent endorsement
Selection — ποιότης
By the Selective Commissioning™ principle, Systems Planning℠ works with progressive and demanding organisations featuring Youthful Minds™ — i.e. with curiosity to understand ‘how things work’ and freedom to ’make things right’. These are initial conditions, and are rarely formalised.
At a more detailed level, in order to form appropriate work relationships — e.g. according to experience, knowledge, rigour, and/ or skills —, it is essential to get to knowpeople and/ or documentsper se.
Depending on the degree of formality required, a fitness-for-purpose or Suitability Screening℠ may be necessary.
Escape from change — e.g. “I know A is best, but I opt for B because it implies less change in my life” Escape from investment — e.g. “I know A is best, but I opt for B because it is cheaper” Escape from learning — e.g. “I do not need to learn any of this; I know enough as it is” False support/ Escape forward — e.g. “I vote for A (although I don’t quite understand it)” False trust/ Safety in numbers/ Herd behaviour — e.g. “I choose B because it is the top seller” False trust/ Fashionista behaviour — e.g. “I trust only mainstream brands”
Over the years, and with substantial institutional backing, Systems Planning℠ has shaped, shown, and shared its value through case studies, synergy, and dissemination.
A track record registers the more visible elements (i.e. effort and outcomes) of the Systems Planning℠ experience, which are but a subset of its masterplan.
Systems Planning℠ attends to quality assurance through comprehensive provisions — i.e. by establishing an official practice as well as observing fair play principles and quality standards.
As for quality itself (ποιότης), it is a key issue of concern in many contexts, from the objective description of reality (i.e. ουσία/ essence or substance) to an expression of its ‘goodness’.
Need — Convey an account clearly (incl. assumptions, positions, dynamics) Resolution — Diagrammatic expression of arguments (SPML™) Advance — Concise and unambiguous exposition Prevention — Volumes of tedious or cumbersome text
Big Understanding™ — λόγος [reason, cause]
Need — Seek dynamic explanations (re: situations, actions, etc.) Resolution — Study of structure and function Advance — Explicit complexity, dynamics, and problem structure Prevention — The inappropriate use of ‘big data’ (e.g. measurements, statistics)
Sound Exchange™ — λόγος [science, writings]
Need — Handle knowledge reliably (incl. its constituents) Resolution — Scientific rigour in content, form, and process Advance — Examination, questioning, critical spirit Prevention — The acceptance of flawed documents or discourses
Be gentle — mindsets are to be addressed and explored, not attacked Be humane — curiously, people are shaped by the culture they shape Be friendly — teams are formed on trust, rapport, and a common mission Be resilient — work has both success and failure, but all projects must conclude Be loyal — sincere people, undertakings, and reasoning deserve attention
Selective Commissioning™ — Projects
Work only with genuinely interested and committed parties Work with top and/ or middle management — e.g. CEOs Work with adequate resources — e.g. time, monies, information Work uncompromisingly — e.g. rigour, views, bias Work in English, if possible, including documentation/ publications Involve and empower all participants