Each Friday, I share a collection of stories, research, or other news and notes related to the role of feedback in complex systems that catch my attention during the previous week. Most of these I share on twitter when I first read about them; if you have a twitter account, feel free to follow me. If you’re not on twitter, I hope that you enjoy this selection of my favourites; links are provided so you can explore each one fully.
My first favourite this week is not a feedback story, but an invitation to check out a new video blog, Health for Life. Friend and colleague Diana Bedoya recently began this project to share tips, insight and credible information about positive behaviour change. Her short messages combine practical advice and inspiration, her goal is to promote “healthy behaviour change for all weights, one little step at a time”.
Additional favourites this week:
- Manage Yourself with Measures: Some great examples from Jurgen Appelo as a reminder that monitoring provides feedback to support change in a variety ways. What do you measure?
- Surgical Safety Checklist: Safe Surgery 2015: The primary goal of this initiative is to reduce surgically related deaths through implementation of the Surgical Safety Checklist Program from the World Health Organization. Checklists are an excellent example of a way to create new feedback loops within a system. For an compelling story on how the feedback provided by a checklist help saves lives, read this 2007 article from the New Yorker by Dr. Atul Gawande, Executive Director of Safe Surgery 2015.
- Portion-controlled Pasta: Another trick to help combat mindless eating – Neal Fletcher, a graphic design student from England created this pasta box with single serving partitions. Even better, serve it up on smaller plates.