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Bruce McKenzie

Director of Systemic Development Institute (SDI) (www.systemics.com.au ). Bruce has served SDI in a range of programs through teaching, research and consultancy. These programs have applied a learning approach to change and its management in communities, businesses, government agencies and NGO's. He has also provided coaching to executives associated with a wide range of community and enterprise development and adjustment issues both within Australia and internationally. Bruce McKenzie is a director and co-founder of GreenYourManagement Inc (GYM) (www.greenyourmanagement.com ).

Bruce McKenzie has been closely associated with SDA's successfully pioneering of a critical systems approach to leadership development, strategic risk management and innovation in complex work environments. The approach is recognised in the Corporate, Government and Community sectors for its success in building organisational capacity to generate innovative sustainability strategies.

From 1974 to 1995 Bruce McKenzie was an academic teaching and researching in the Social Sciences. He added a Masters Degree in Systemic Development from the University of Western Sydney to his Trained Primary Teaching Certificate (Melbourne) and Post Graduate Diploma in Urban and Regional Planning (New England) in 1994. He currently contributes to University programs at Akershus University College (Norway), University of Liverpool's School of Management (UK), Open University (UK) and Dominican University (USA). He is also an accredited 'Competitive Edge' practitioner.

Bruce McKenzie has been a member and officer on a number of Peak community and government organisations including President Australian Council of Social Services, and Deputy Chairman Murray Darling Basin Commission Community Advisory Committee.

In recent years he has conducted extensive research and practice into the development of learning communities within corporations, government departments and regional townships, focusing particularly on the role of learning, futuring, collaboration and risk management competencies in a systemic approach to change management for sustainability. This work has also involved the development of a range of evaluation tools to assist participants in 'learning organisations' assess the effectiveness of learning activities directed at knowledge generation, sharing and implementation. The work on sustainability has increased immensely since 2005 as it has been partnered with programs like the GreenMBA at Dominican University and Rural Development Schemes in Thailand.

Bruce McKenzie is one of Australia's most experienced scenario planning practitioners. In the last ten years he has assisted corporations, government departments and coordinating agencies explore plausible futures that may significantly impact on their 'reason for being' and 'target population' over the next three to twenty years. Examples of these groups are NRMA (Health Insurance) , Federal Department of Science, Resources and Industry (Nanotechnology), CSIRO (Industry R&D), Rail Access Corporation (Public Transport in Sydney), Pfizer (Drug Manufacturing in Australia), Textile, Clothing and Fashion Industry (Offshore Manufacturing), Australian Business Foundation (Australian Business 2015), Australian Taxation Office (Large Business and International), Coca Cola (Global Beverage Industry), Emergency Management Australia (Community Engagement) Landcare Australia (Environment Sustainability) and Westpac Banking Corporation (Fraud).

Since 1996 he has been a principal designer and facilitator of leadership development programs implemented in corporations, government departments and community agencies based on critical systems thinking competencies. These programs are currently (2007), being implemented in Australia at Maxxium, Westpac Banking Corporation and Telstra and internationally in APM (Thailand), Open University (UK), and European Commission (Belgium) in major initiatives to develop senior staff capability in the 'management for sustainability', using applied systems thinking, to all aspects of their work.

Mr McKenzie is the author of many papers on subjects associated with changes in the structure, environment, communication behaviour, leadership and lifestyle of businesses and communities. His website at http://www.systemics.com.au/ articulates his work praxis in some detail.

Issues
Innovation Climate Change Change Management Green Management Capacity Building Social Learning
Theoretical frameworks
Systemic Thinking Experiential Learning Futuring Participatory Leadership Action Learning Self Organisation
Practices and Traditions
Soft Systems Methodology (SSM) Viable Systems Model (VSM) Critical Systems Thinking (CST) Knowledge Managemnent
Tools and techniques
Concept Mapping TWOCAGES Modeling Wind Tunnelling
Readings
 
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