Orgcomplexity Blog is coming to an end. Thank you.


It turns out that the past two years of blogging turned into my book!

If you have picked up the book, thank you so much. If not, what are you waiting for (wink)?

There are celebrities that announce a ‘retirement’ only to return to slog through yet another unnecessary sequel. As with all things in scholarship, there is evolution. I am not leaving systems! I am not leaving policy!

I am leaving behind the early and late nights of blogging.The blogging was only one element for working out my ideas. I have an undying respect for bloggers. We are a hearty stock!

I began to blog less and less. My followers often inquired about the decrease in frequency of the posts.

I still have journal articles to write. I am trying to work out my next book idea.

I am thankful that the support of this blog. Feedback has been overwhelming positive and affirming.


First, my book was the best intellectual pursuit that I suffered through with a grin on my face.

This blog reaffirmed my vision and my place within the intellectual policy and systems communities.

Perhaps more importantly, I found out that I could be comfortably open to scruitny.

I realized that I had someone of worth to say and dared to throw my weirdness out there.

Whether blogging was the best way to reach others is up for debate.

But my posts will live on. And many of you have purchased my book.

I am not disappearing. What will end are notices in your already cramped inbox from my Orgcomplexity Blog.

Keep me relevant. I am taking a huge chance by ending this blog.


Please follow me on Twitter (Mbattlefisher) since 140 characters may be easier on your eyes and the brain.

Keep me relevant with some follows: webpage:
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Amazon Author Page:


I am open to working on scholarship with like-minded policy and systems researchers.

Some of you have contacted me to work on other projects, That time can be now if you like.

I have some cool things on the horizon that I hope will continue to help me grow as a policy thought leader.

I hope that my readers of this blog have explored systems science for all that it has to offer.

This blog was self-realizing for me. I am grateful beyond words. I am not done…quite yet.

I am not deleting the blog. I am leaving it on as an archive.


Michele Battle-Fisher


Happy New Year to all! 2 year anniversary of Orgcomplexity…

I literally rang in the new year of 2013 with the birth of this blog. Since that humble start, I am so grateful for all of you that have faithfully followed my work. I have been fortunate enough to have some great contributors that had something really cool to say about systems thinking and policy stuff. My book became a reality November 2014. The book had a great start and continues to find new people interested in my approach to public policy from a systems perspective. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

MILESTONE on December 18, 2014 – Number 1 on two Amazon sales charts

While Amazon is not the only place to pick up my book, it is a great barometer to keep that of how my book is doing. So on December 18, 2014 (nearly one month after its release), my book was simultaneously Number 1 on the Medical Ethics and Public Health Hot New Releases charts (Administration and Policy). I have to thank my followers on this blog for the support of my work.Dec 18, 2014 No 1 Hot New Release Medical Ethics Dec 18, 2014 Number 1 Public Health Hot New Release


The revolutionary power of network thought- a Scientific American Blog to share (not mine)

from the SA blog- “Network thinking lets us scientifically understand the world around us as one of connections that shape observed phenomena, rather than as one where the intrinsic properties of people, genes, or particles determine outcomes. Like previous scientific revolutions, the network revolution also has the promise of reshaping our basic commonsense expectations of the world around us, and may allow us to recognize that we are not a basically individualistic, asocial, and quarrelsome creature that comes in bounded linguistic, ethnic, racial, or religious types, but a social species linked to one another by far-reaching network ties.”

My short take:
This piece takes some elementary ideas from network analysis and packages them for the the less than convinced linear thinkers. Again, we system thinkers are again pleading for openness to this paradigm. Maybe such blogs (and even my book, can break through the complacency. The revolution lies in accepting our relational reality and approaching its discernment in systemic fashion. Period.


Finally, my book is available in paperback and gaining traction

Check out your favorite vendor. Thanks for your support. #orgcomplexity @mbattlefisher

On day of release, my book premiered as one of the top hot new releases on Amazon in Medicine & Health Sciences / subcategory Administration & Policy in both the Ethics category (top 2) and Public Health category (top 5). It is staying pretty consistent for now.

Now I can get back to blogging…Wanna blog? Let me know. I would love to have some more on board to become bloggers.


For your consideration- Chapter 2 from my book is freely available here

Chapter 2 from my book found posted here as a pdf and on the Springer International website

Chapter 2 of my Systems Thinking and Policy Book


My book is now available on the Springer site!

My book now available at . This method will require library license. Paperback and e-book coming soon for the rest of us. Please spread the word of

Welcome to John Bragin- newest contributor to Orgcomplexity!

I am so happy to have John Bragin on board! Mr Bragin is a periodic Lecturer in Complex Systems Science for the UCLA School of Engineering, the UCLA Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, and the Undergraduate General Education Initiative of the UCLA College of Letters and Sciences. Mr Bragin was a co-founder of the CSEOL Computational Ecology & Evolution Group, for which he was co-convener of professional conferences on Molecular Evolution & Engineering, Computational Social Systems, and Female Choice in Primate Evolution.