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Monday, August 3
 

09:30 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Andy Stirling - Emancipating Transformations: From Anthropocene Control to Culturing Systems
Current global environmental governance reverberates with talk of a new 'Anthropocene epoch' defined by 'human domination', in which a 'perfect storm' of catastrophic threats is seen to force a singular 'great transition' towards 'Earth systems management'. The advent of this new discourse raises particular questions for how systems-based understandings can best inform policy making.

A key theme in this new governance movement, is the emphasis on ‘control’. Under a growing mood of 'environmental authoritarianism', humanity is conceived “as a self conscious control force that has conquered the planet” and with a destiny to “take control of Nature’s realm”. And it is Earth systems theories that are relied upon to help take charge of the 'control variables of the Earth'.

But what these moves also reflect, are the longstanding priorities attached by powerful incumbent interests to exactly these kinds of rhetorics of control. Indeed, democracy itself presents an early target. Increasingly portrayed as a 'failure', a 'luxury', or even 'an enemy of Nature', leading figures argue for democracy to be 'put on hold'. With systems approaches apparently leaving no room for argument, there seems ‘no alternative’ but compliance – or irrational denial and existential doom.

Yet there are alternative ways to address the gravity of current ecological and social imperatives. It can be recognised, for instance, that democratic struggle is the principal means by which knowledges and practices of Sustainability were shaped in the first place. In this view, concentrated power and fallacies of control are more problems than solutions. Here, history shows the greatest ongoing forms of transformative progress (like release from colonialism, racism or patriarchy), to owe more to plural knowledges and values and unruly hope-inspired agonistic contention, than to single orderly technical 'transitions' based on deterministic notions of systems science or fear-driven structured control.

Like other great progressive struggles of history, radical shifts in grassroots culture and anarchically choreographed flocking behaviours in nature, the most effective modes for radical change often lie in spontaneous bottom-up collective action. These do not depend on rigidly disciplined ‘integrated science’ and monolithically-structured ‘planetary management’. So, relations between human systems and natural systems are defined more by co-evolutionary processes of mutual culturing than control. It is in helping to understand, highlight and explore these contrasting modalities of distributed social and ecological coordination that enlightened forms of systems theory may offer special contributions.
 

Speakers
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Andy Stirling

Professor of Science & Technology Policy, SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, The Sussex Energy Group, School of Business, Management and Economics
Growing up around southwest England and in Singapore in the 60s and 70s, Andy Stirling’s undergraduate studies at Edinburgh started out in astronomy, then shifted thro' 'science studies' to a masters in archaeology and social anthropology. He then worked as a field archaeologist... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 09:30 - 10:15 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
  Keynote

11:00 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Ray Ison, Presidential Address - Governing in the Anthropocene: what future systems thinking in practice?
The Presidential Address will be given by ISSS President Prof. Ray Ison
Professor of Systems, Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) Program, Engineering & Innovation Department, Faculty of Mathematics, Computing and Technology, The Open University

Speakers
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Ray Ison

Professor of Systems & President IFSR, The Open University/IFSR
President (2014-2015), International Society for the Systems SciencesProfessor, Systems for Sustainability at the Monash Sustainability Institute (MSI), and Professor of Systems, The Open University UK (OU).  He is internationally recognised for his Systems scholarship that draws... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 11:00 - 11:45 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
  Keynote, ISSS

11:45 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Martin Bunch - Ecosystem Approaches: Navigating Complexity, Promoting Health
Speakers
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Martin Bunch

Professor, York University
Martin Bunch is a human geographer by training, and currently holds the position of Professor at the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES), York University.  Martin is interested in the transdisciplinary application of ecosystem approaches and complexity science to environmental... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 11:45 - 12:30 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
  Keynote
 
Tuesday, August 4
 

09:00 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Mary Catherine Bateson - Causality and Responsibility
Speakers
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Prof. Mary Catherine Bateson

Writer, Cultural Anthropologist
"We are not what we know but what we are willing to learn.”Mary Catherine Bateson is a writer and cultural anthropologist living in the Monadnock region of New Hampshire with frequent visits to Cambridge, Massachusetts. She has written and co-authored many books and articles, lectures... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Patricia Kambitsch

Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 09:00 - 09:45 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

11:45 CEST

Keynote: Dr David Rousseau - Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity
Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity (GSTD)

Dr David Rousseau, Centre for Systems Philosophy, UK

Dr Jennifer Wilby, Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, UK

Julie Billingham, Centre for Systems Philosophy, UK

Stefan Blachfellner, Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of the Systems Sciences, Austria

The ISSS was founded on an ambition to develop a systems transdiscipline, grounded in a General System Theory (GST), which could be leveraged to build a systemically healthy world that promotes personal dignity, human welfare, international cooperation and environmental stewardship.  The ISSS pioneers saw this as an urgently needed response to looming human, social and environmental crises, which at least in part coincide with what we recognise today as the Anthropocene. This ambition and call to action remain as inspiring and pertinent today as they were when the ISSS was founded in 1956 as theSociety for the Advancement of General Systems Theory.  The crises anticipated by our founders are now upon us, making the founders’ vision and call to action more pertinent than ever.

Over the last two years ISSS members David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham and Stefan Blachfellner have been investigating the possibility of accelerating progress towards a General Systems Transdiscipline (GSTD). This was done by working with:





  • contributors to the ISSS’s SIG on Systems Philosophy and SIG on Research towards a General Theory of Systems in 2013 and 2014,



  • participants in a special Symposium of the 2014 European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research (EMCSR),



  • participants in a special 2014 Conversation of the International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR), and



  • attendees of a 2015 Workshop of the Systems Science Working Group (SysSciWG) of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE).





Based on these investigations, we believe that the issues that have in the past hindered the development of a GSTD are no longer significant, and new opportunities have arisen such that rapid progress with the development of a GSTD is now a practical possibility.

In this presentation David Rousseau will present our Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity, in which we outline our perspective on why the development of a GSTD is still an urgent need for our times, why it is a viable prospect to develop one now, what we see as the key to opening the route to developing a GSTD, what a GSTD would look like, what it would take to develop such a transdiscipline, how it would unlock our potential to build a flourishing future society, and (most importantly) our call to action for:





  • the ISSS to renew its commitments to its founding ambitions, and



  • ISSS members to actively engage in the new phase of work towards developing, establishing and leveraging a General Systems Transdiscipline.





We will announce the establishment of a broad-based community program of work towards fulfilling our manifesto objectives, and give details of how ISSS members can participate in this programme. 

Speakers
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David Rousseau

Founder & Managing Director, Centre for Systems Philosophy
SIG Chair: Research Towards a General Theory of SystemsSIG Chair: Systems Philosophy Dr. David Rousseau is the Founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require both... Read More →


Tuesday August 4, 2015 11:45 - 12:30 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Wednesday, August 5
 

09:00 CEST

Keynote: The Ranulph Glanville Lecture Prof. Michael Lissack - Ambiguity is Real: Climate Change as a Subject of Second Order Science
Prof. Michael Lissack is the current President of the American Society of Cybernetics & Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence.

Speakers
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Prof. Michael Lissack

President, American Society of Cybernetics (ASC)
President, American Society of CyberneticsExecutive Director, Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE)ISCE Professor of Meaning in OrganizationsVisiting Fellow, Hull University Business SchoolAffiliate Member, Center for Philosophy & History of Science, Boston UniversityMichael... Read More →



Wednesday August 5, 2015 09:00 - 09:45 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

11:45 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Peter Jones - Designing a future for humans to flourish: Reframing the long crisis of the Anthropocene
We now find ourselves as a systems thinking community inquiring into planetary governance for climate and ecological politics. The Anthropocene demands a planetary response, and yet we often find even our fellow travelers tethered to discourses of technological management, cultural change, and right action. Perhaps we might now advocate a strong role for social systems design as a process for continual engagement of citizens as stakeholders, as advocated by Christakis, Ulrich and others.

As we have seen power (economic and political) separate from its cultural histories, and become globalized, we may find ourselves in trajectories of action with marginal power to effect societal outcomes.  We are faced with a dual mandate of restorative system design, recovering human needs in our communities, and policy system design, restoring the long historical arc toward democratic governance. And as these are both designable contexts, systemic design can integrate ecological, technological and design thinking to guide policy in more productive ways.

Speakers
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Prof. Peter Jones

Associate Professor, SFI Graduate Program, sLab (Strategic Innovation Lab), OCAD University
SIG Chair:  Systemic DesignPeter is a US citizen that moved to Canada to discover new movements in socially-responsive innovation. He was a founding faculty in the SFI program and maintains connections to international research and design communities of practice, which he hopes to... Read More →


Wednesday August 5, 2015 11:45 - 12:30 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Thursday, August 6
 

08:45 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Ockie Bosch and Dr Nam Nguyen - Capacity Building: Think2Impact
“The difficulty to establish systems education is evident in many institutions worldwide”
“…..is a highly complex task”
“There is a strong need to educate students who can deal with the complexities of integrating environmental, social, economic and business components associated with the development of sustainable management systems and the creation of new era leadership”
"There is a need for a new way of thinking in this complex and turbulent world we live…”
“… systems thinking needs to become mainstream in society”

These are only a few sentences in current literature.  Is a stronger emphasis and research on how to diffuse systems thinking in society – effective and continued capacity building -the answer?

Capacity building in systems thinking is a concept with wide implications for a variety of people. We talk about ‘Executive training programs’, formal university education, informal training and learning  – depending on the purpose of the capacity building. In all cases there is a need for a new way of thinking. Executive training programs address the need of managers and other decision makers to deal with the many problems they are facing that are embedded in a complex web of global issues that are all interconnected with each other.  There is a strong realisation that issues cannot be solved anymore with traditional single discipline and linear thinking mindsets. This realisation has also led to employers to increasingly require from new people entering the workforce to have the attributes/capacity to redesign in systems and sustainability terms. This requirement has become one of the biggest challenges for education in this century and creates a significant pedagogical dilemma in current university education that tends to be focused on discipline specific teaching which has no room for a wider systems approach.  It has become essential to develop innovative curriculum designs and learning environments that address academic paradigms as well as industry requirements. Then there are the many people in organisations, businesses, communities, government departments and other stakeholders who are not necessary at managerial or decision making levels, but who are (should be) involved in finding solutions  to every day complex problems. In their case there is also a need for a new way of thinking, but they do not require a deep knowledge of systems concepts and theories. Informal training provides these members of society with knowledge and an awareness of the basic principles of systems thinking and interconnectedness, how user-friendly systems tools can help them to unravel the complexities and how to identify leverage points in the system for interventions that would address the root causes of the problems, rather than treating the symptoms.

In this presentation the focus will be on:





  • A discussion of the need for and value of learning platforms for ETPs and recent progress on determining effective modes of delivery that would have a global reach;



  • Preliminary outcomes from the ‘reflection step” of the first two rounds of the cyclic process of an ELLab for systems education, which revealed that students have shifted their way of thinking significantly from limited understanding and linear thinking to more coherent and interconnected thinking;



  • How the use of Think2Impact as a global platform can fulfil our vision of educational institutions to be linked together for  sharing reflections and lessons learned with each other in order to move to new levels of performance and assist each other to diffuse  systems thinking into educational systems around the world; and



  • the importance of capacity building through informal training (provided in the ‘Learn’ platform of Think2Impact) and co-learning during the establishment and cyclic running of an ELLab, and the capturing of these learnings to be shared through “Access” platform of Think2Impact.




Speakers
avatar for Professor Ockie Bosch

Professor Ockie Bosch

President, International Society for the Systems Sciences
Professor Ockie Bosch was born in Pretoria, South Africa. He first came to Australia in 1979 where he was an invited senior visiting scientist with the CSIRO in Alice Springs. After one year in Longreach (1989) he emigrated to New Zealand where he was offered a position with Landcare... Read More →
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Nam Nguyen

Director (Australia and Southeast Asia, Malik) and Honorary Fellow (Systems Design and Complexity Management, UoA), Malik Management Institute, Switzerland and The University of Adelaide (UoA), Australia
Dr Nam Nguyen is a Director (Australia and Southeast Asia) of Malik Management Institute, Switzerland (one of the world’s leading organizations for holistic, system-cybernetic management, governance, and responsible leadership). He is also a Director of SysPrac Pty Ltd and a co-founder... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Patricia Kambitsch

Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 08:45 - 09:30 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

09:30 CEST

Keynote: Irma Wilson and Pamela Henning - A Call to Action for the Systems Sciences Community
Speakers
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Pamela Buckle

SIG Chair: Systems and Mental Health, Adelphi University
Secretary and Vice President for Protocol, International Society for the Systems SciencesSIG Chair: Systems and Mental Health (see below for more information)Pamela Buckle Henning She is an Associate Professor of Management at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi... Read More →
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Irma Wilson

Founder, FutureSharp
Business unusual strategist, edge inhabiter and provocateur.“Design thinking is core to how humanity innovate. And find it, we must. We’re talking species survival here, the Earth will be fine.”Irma Wilson is a Collective Intelligence Strategist and Futurist who keeps a finger... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Patricia Kambitsch

Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 09:30 - 10:15 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

10:45 CEST

Keynote: Gabriele Harrer - Swiss Innovation Policies for a Viable National Innovation System Switzerland
Systemic Consulting: Practices

Speakers
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Gabriele Harrer

Head Malik Competence Center Vester, Malik Management St.Gallen AG
Gabriele Harrer was long years project manager and scientific assistant to Prof. Frederic Vester, Member of the Club of Rome, in his "Studygroup for Biology and Environment, Munich.  She worked closely with Vester in his workshops, big system studies and projects and his books and... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 10:45 - 11:15 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

11:15 CEST

Keynote: Dr Louis Klein - Systemic Consulting: Challenges
The invisible hand is not your friend. Following Scott’s principles of observation we may want to look for the challenges of systemic consulting on the detail levels of the issues of clients or the consulting practices themselves. We may want to explore alternative perspectives on consulting. However the presentation will be dedicated to the conditions for the possibility of systemic consulting and the bigger picture of western society. Here we find systemicity and individuation as the main barriers of systemic change practices. We need to go back to the dialectics of enlightenment to understand where the challenges are and why it is about time to engage in social design impact evaluation.

Speakers
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Louis Klein

SIG Chair: Organizational Transformation and Social Change, louis.klein@segroup.de
Vice President Conferences (2015), International Society for the Systems Sciences SIG Chair:    Systems Applications in Business and Industry SIG Chair:    Organizational Transformation and Social ChangeLouis Klein is an internationally recognized expert in the field of systemic... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Patricia Kambitsch

Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 11:15 - 11:45 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Friday, August 7
 

09:00 CEST

Keynote: Prof. Noam Cook - A Delicate Balance: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual and Human Systems
Governing the anthropocene entails, in part, constituting a delicate balance among distinct types of systems. Building on the work of Sir Geoffrey Vickers, I identify three types of systems—natural, artefactual, and human. Each has its own requirements for stability and sustainability. Together they have further requirements for functioning interdependently, particularly in any form we ought to consider desirable.
I outline some of what these concepts suggest, and argue that understanding stability, sustainability, and interdependence in cybersystemic terms may put us in a better position not only to govern the anthropocene, but to govern it more responsibly. 
I explore some practical implications of this view in comparing major water projects in Singapore and California. 

http://arp.sagepub.com/content/42/1/3

Speakers
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Noam Cook

Professor (Emeritus), noamcook@gmail.com
Noam Cook is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at San Jose State University (SJSU). He holds a PhD from MIT (where he worked closely with Sir Geoffrey Vickers, Edgar Schein, and Donald Schön, among others), and BA and MA degrees from San Francisco State University.His interests lie... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Patricia Kambitsch

Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 09:00 - 09:45 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

09:45 CEST

Incoming Presidential Address: Prof. John Kineman - Leadership for Sustainability of Socioecological Systems
Speakers
JK

John Kineman

SIG Chair: Relational Science, International Society for the System Sciences
Senior Research Scientist, CIRES, University of Colorado Stellenbosch Research Fellow (2016), Stellenbosch South AfricaAdjunct Professor, Vignan University, Vadlamudi, IndiaPresident (2015-2016), International Society for the Systems Sciences ISSS SIG Chair: Relational ScienceDr... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Patricia Kambitsch

Patricia Kambitsch

Conference Sketch Artist, Playthink
I am an interdisciplinary artist and author.I facilitate dialogue through the visual arts, theatre, creative writing, and dance. As a former classroom teacher and adviser for over twenty years in urban public schools, I helped found one of the first Gates Foundation-funded Early College... Read More →


Friday August 7, 2015 09:45 - 10:30 CEST
Aurora 2 & 3 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany