Specialism Contributor

Glenda Eoyang, PhD

Glenda Eoyang works with public and private organizations to help them thrive in the face of overwhelming complexity and uncertainty. She is a pioneer in the applications of complexity science to human systems, and she founded the field of human systems dynamics (HSD) in 2001. Through Human Systems Dynamics Institute, she leads a global network of over 900 scholar-practitioners. They apply HSD to wicked problems ranging from early childhood education to violent extremism, public health, and corporate foresight and strategy.

Her clients include the Finnish Research Institute (VTT), USA Environmental Protection Agency, British Columbia Ministry of Health, Oxfam International, Yukon Territorial Government, Rippel Foundation, the Association for Medical Education in Europe, USA Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UK National Health Service, Roffey Park Institute, SUCCEED (an HIV-AIDS response strategy in South Africa), WITS University School of Health Sciences (Johannesburg).

Glenda received her doctorate in Human Systems Dynamics from the Union Institute and University in 2001, studying under Drs. Donald Klein and Kevin Dooley. There she discovered three fundamental factors that influence the dynamics of self-organizing change in human systems.

Her published works include scholarly articles in a variety of fields, books, and book chapters. Her writings are a roadmap for anyone who chooses to work at the intersection of order and chaos.

Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) 

Human Systems Dynamics (HSD) is rooted in complexity science and chaos theory. The core Pattern of Professional Performance in HSD is Adaptive Capacity—the agility to engage with change as it happens and to help others do the same, expressed via three process disciplines: Inquiry, Adaptive Action, and Pattern Logic

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