Biography of HSD Institute: “Nothing is Intractable”

In 2001, Glenda Eoyang, Ph.D., established Human Systems Dynamics, a field of theory and practice grounded in complexity theory and its implications for meaning making and action taking in human systems. In 2003, she launched the Human Systems Dynamics Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to using the principles, concepts, models, and methods of HSD to support decision making and action for individuals, families, organizations, and communities. She and others have worked to expand the field through their own informed and wise practice, through research and development, and through intentional applications of the principles in a diverse challenges and settings.

Since then, the human systems dynamics field, the Institute, and the network of HSD Associates have emerged as powerful forces for change. Helping individuals and groups learn to see, understand, and influence patterns of decision making and action. Working in five sectors of work (Teaching and Learning, Philanthropy, Government, Business and Industry, and Health Care). In each of those sectors, the Institute focuses on five areas of 21st-century challenges (Lead in Complexity, Build Adaptive Capacity, Plan in Uncertainty, Manage Complex Change, and Collaborate to Create Community).

The work of the HSD Institute is to support individuals and groups engage in Adaptive Action, a unique approach using iterative cycles of inquiry and decision making. Pattern Logic, the application of HSD to understand the underlying dynamics of human systems, informs those cycles and enables people to take wise action in even the most intractable situations. As a part of that work, people have used HSD to conduct evaluation of complex social systems in governments, philanthropies, and NGOs around the world.