ALEX RYAN

What I am working on at the moment

I am launching a strategy consulting social enterprise called Synthetikos to help large organisations and collectives navigate complexity with agility. We provide tailored consulting and training for innovation labs, policy design, strategic conversations, scenario development and systems mapping to help teams and multistakeholder groups appreciate and innovate in and on extremely complex systems.

Why I wanted to join the Participatory City GlObal Advisory

I have dedicated my career to advancing systems approaches to some of our most complex global challenges. Participatory City is a really exciting example of applied systems thinking. It taps a latent resource embedded in every community and puts it to work to solve local problems and create local value from the bottom-up. Participatory City creates the conditions for the emergence of positive externalities that build social fabric and strengthen community resilience. A culture of participation leverages our inherent sense of place to help ourselves while helping others. In doing so, we strengthen and enrich our places, our communities, and our lives. What a compelling value proposition!

A little bit about MY background

I am based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. I am a public servant by day and an entrepreneur by night. I am the Co-Founder of and Senior Systemic Design Advisor for Alberta CoLab, a systemic design and strategic foresight social innovation lab within the Government of Alberta. I am the Co-Founder of Synthetikos and Co-Founder of the Systemic Design Research Network, which hosts the international Relating Systems Thinking and Design symposia. My PhD thesis advanced a multidisciplinary approach to complex systems design.