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Saturday, August 1
 

09:00 CEST

PhD Programme: Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research - Cybersystemic Possibilities for Governing the Anthropocene
Registration is now closed and is available only for the Humboldt registered attendees.

PhD Course at ISSS2015 in co-operation with WINS at Humboldt University
30 July – 7 August 2015, Germany

A joint programme designed by ISSS and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems - WINS 



  • Two days of participation in a Systemic Inquiry in Hannover (Herrenhausen) on “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities?

  • Two days of dedicated ‘workshops’ introducing different systems approaches, methods and research traditions at Humboldt University in Berlin

  • Five days of participation in the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin, including a group generated presentation on the final day

  • 5 ECTS - points



Objectives


Working strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in a meaningful way in the areas of contemporary concern e.g. sustainability; development; health; farming, food, rural areas and environment/biodiversity, to name but a few, requires particular skills and abilities: It is necessary to be able to make relevant connections and to contextualize research activities without becoming overwhelmed by potential complexity and uncertainty. The context of the increasingly multifaceted complexity of issues of sustainability and climate change in relation to most contemporary issues is particularly challenging for PhD research. It is a context that is however a core part of the ISSS community’s experience. The purpose of this course is to help you, the PhD student, develop your skills in contextualizing your research, to make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so improve your ability to work both strategically and purposefully. The course is also designed to help you build on what other researchers have done.

 Through joining this course you can expect to:


  • gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of Cyber-systemic Thinking Approaches,

  • make links to the history of ISSS and other organized bodies concerned with cybersystemic research and scholarship,

  • strengthen your research through developing understanding of cybersystemic theories and methodologies

  • have an opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to your own PhD research

  • get added value from your participation in the Herrenhausen Systemic Inquiry and the Berlin ISSS Conference by also becoming part of a parallel critical learning systems community that has a PhD research focus

  • critically review potential contributions of your research to help meet global challenges

  • develop appreciation of multiple perspectives on contemporary issues

  • work across multiple disciplines, build networks and establish new relationships supportive of your research and scholarship.


Moderators
avatar for Ray Ison

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 →



Saturday August 1, 2015 09:00 - 18:00 CEST
Humboldt University Campus Humboldt University Campus
  Workshop, PhD Programme
 
Sunday, August 2
 

09:00 CEST

Anthropocene within the human body system – the perspective of Modern Invasive Medicine and that of Traditional Balancing Chinese Medicine
ISSS Board & SIG Chairs
avatar for Thomas Wong

Thomas Wong

SIG Chair: Health and Systems Thinking, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Centre
SIG Chair: Health and Systems ThinkingBachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in ITBachelor of Traditional Chinese MedicineMaster of Engineering in TelecommunicationTherapist of Traditional Chinese Medicine Deep Tissue pain therapy (1991-now)Chair of Health and Systems Thinking... Read More →

Sunday August 2, 2015 09:00 - 12:30 CEST
Wolverine Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
  Workshop
  • Host Organization ISSS

09:00 CEST

INCOSE: Systems Philosophy and its relevance to Systems Engineering
The Systems Engineering/INCOSE workshop on Sunday is now FULL and if you have not stated your intention to attend that workshop using the Survey Monkey questionnaire sent to you that workshop is now closed to additional participants.

We will however keep a standby list if you email: enquiryisss@gmail.com.


Systems Philosophy is the branch of the philosophy of science informed by the systems paradigm. The INCOSE Systems Science Working Group is exploring how Systems Philosophy can be used to support expansion of the theoretical foundations of Systems Engineering (SE). This workshop will present a basic introduction to Systems Philosophy, and use it to explore:





  • Perspectives on SE as a discipline and the place of SE in the systems disciplinary field;



  • How Systems Philosophy can help SE and other systems disciplines work together to develop mutually beneficial foundations;



  • How Systems Philosophy and SE can support the development of a General Systems Theory (GST), and how working with a GST can help unify and expand the theoretical foundations of SE;



  • How SEs could leverage expanded theoretical foundations to address increasing complexity of engineered systems;



  • Key programs and projects under way to improve/expand the systems sciences;



  • Emerging opportunities for richer engagement between Systems Engineering, Systems Science and Systems Philosophy.





The day will consist of seven presentations preparing the ground for four breakout sessions in which participants can explore and develop ideas and plans for strengthening SE using Systems Philosophy.

Logistics:

Lunch and tea/coffee will be provided.  Attendance will qualify for 8 PDU INCOSE credits
For more details about the upcoming workshop, please visit our workshops webpage at:

https://sites.google.com/site/syssciwg/meetings/workshop-2015-july

For more details about the “Systems Philosophy for SE” project, please visit our webpage at: https://sites.google.com/site/syssciwg/projects/o-systems-philosophy 

Moderators
avatar for MR Gary Smith

MR Gary Smith

Senior Systems Engineer, Airbus Defence and Space
SIG Chair: Knowledge and Systems SciencesAnalytical Chemist, Systems Analyst, Software Engineering, Engineering Project Management, Commercial Project Management, International Working, Process Improvement, IT, Defence and Security and Biological Systems experience.Specialties:Systems... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

Mag. Stefan Blachfellner

SIG Chair: Socio-Ecological Systems and Design, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
https://about.me/bstefan
avatar for David Rousseau

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 →
avatar for Jennifer Wilby

Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
From 1978 Jennifer started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing until 1993. In 1989, moving to San Jose, Jennifer graduated in 1992 from the MSc in Cybernetic Systems at San Jose State University. Moving back to the UK in 1993, she worked... Read More →




Sunday August 2, 2015 09:00 - 17:00 CEST
Elk Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

09:00 CEST

PhD Programme: Systems Thinking and Practice in PhD Research - Cybersystemic Possibilities for Governing the Anthropocene
Registration is now closed and is available only for the Humboldt registered attendees.

PhD Course at ISSS2015 in co-operation with WINS at Humboldt University
30 July – 7 August 2015, Germany

A joint programme designed by ISSS and the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems - WINS 



  • Two days of participation in a Systemic Inquiry in Hannover (Herrenhausen) on “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities?

  • Two days of dedicated ‘workshops’ introducing different systems approaches, methods and research traditions at Humboldt University in Berlin

  • Five days of participation in the 2015 ISSS Conference in Berlin, including a group generated presentation on the final day

  • 5 ECTS - points



Objectives

Working strategically to negotiate boundaries for research in a meaningful way in the areas of contemporary concern e.g. sustainability; development; health; farming, food, rural areas and environment/biodiversity, to name but a few, requires particular skills and abilities: It is necessary to be able to make relevant connections and to contextualize research activities without becoming overwhelmed by potential complexity and uncertainty. The context of the increasingly multifaceted complexity of issues of sustainability and climate change in relation to most contemporary issues is particularly challenging for PhD research. It is a context that is however a core part of the ISSS community’s experience. The purpose of this course is to help you, the PhD student, develop your skills in contextualizing your research, to make connections among issues using systems, cybernetic and complexity thinking and to so improve your ability to work both strategically and purposefully. The course is also designed to help you build on what other researchers have done.

 Through joining this course you can expect to:


  • gain an overview of the intellectual traditions of Cyber-systemic Thinking Approaches,

  • make links to the history of ISSS and other organized bodies concerned with cybersystemic research and scholarship,

  • strengthen your research through developing understanding of cybersystemic theories and methodologies

  • have an opportunity to reflect on strengths and weaknesses of different systems approaches and methodologies in relation to your own PhD research

  • get added value from your participation in the Herrenhausen Systemic Inquiry and the Berlin ISSS Conference by also becoming part of a parallel critical learning systems community that has a PhD research focus

  • critically review potential contributions of your research to help meet global challenges

  • develop appreciation of multiple perspectives on contemporary issues

  • work across multiple disciplines, build networks and establish new relationships supportive of your research and scholarship.




Moderators
avatar for Ray Ison

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 →



Sunday August 2, 2015 09:00 - 18:00 CEST
Humboldt University Campus Humboldt University Campus
  Workshop, PhD Programme

14:00 CEST

From System Basics to Anthropocene – the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine and of the teaching of Buddha.
ISSS Board & SIG Chairs
avatar for Thomas Wong

Thomas Wong

SIG Chair: Health and Systems Thinking, Ancient Balance Medicine Education Centre
SIG Chair: Health and Systems ThinkingBachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours in ITBachelor of Traditional Chinese MedicineMaster of Engineering in TelecommunicationTherapist of Traditional Chinese Medicine Deep Tissue pain therapy (1991-now)Chair of Health and Systems Thinking... Read More →

Sunday August 2, 2015 14:00 - 18:00 CEST
Wolverine Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
  Workshop
  • Host Organization ISSS

14:00 CEST

Workshop: Education for Anthropocene Governance
Lead by Prof. Pavel Luksha, Director, Global Education Futures

Pre-conference workshop and SIG working session at the ISSS 2015 Conference, Berlin, Germany





  • Part 1: August 2, 2015 from 14:00 to 18:00



  • Part 2: August 6, 2015 from 16:00 to 18:00





Held in partnership between ISSS Curating Emergence for Thrivability SIG and Global Education Futures

Introduction

It has been argued that the era of the Anthropocene calls for entirely new civilizational strategies. We must depart from behavioral strategies that take root in the time even before the emergence of modern civilization and lead to overconsumption of natural resources, destruction of biodiversity, disruption of climatic balance, and increasing chances of self-destruction of our species. The challenge we face requires multi-faceted responses that includes





  • development of entirely new technologies (e.g. sustainable renewable energy, energy-efficient construction, efficient recycling, materials that come from renewable sources, etc.);



  • policies that encourage individual & collective behavior that reduces, not increases, existential risks for our civilization, as well as negative human impact upon Nature – and cultural patterns that do the same;



  • organizations and institutions that work directly with some of the Anthropocene challenges on the local, national, and global scale – e.g. preventing the loss of biodiversity or reducing greenhouse gas emissions.





However, it is also often argued that the crisis we have to overcome in the age of the Anthropocene is caused primarily by the faulty models of thinking and acting that are permeating our society. The key to sustainable and prosperous society lies with education – the skills of children and adults. Some governments (e.g. in Scandinavian countries) have successfully addressed some of the Anthropocene problems by introducing new kindergarten, school & university level programs regarding ‘greener’ behavior of their populations. However, the level of response still does not match the level and the urgency of threats that we as humanity have already created for ourselves and Nature. We need to identify general and professional skills that would help us deal with the challenges of the Anthropocene on a planetary level – and we have to make global effort to have these skills introduced in the standard educational curricula of developed and emerging societies.

Purpose and structure of the workshop

The workshop on “Skills for Anthropocene Governance” is organized as a small Systems Lab where the collective intelligence of participants will be applied to map out and prioritize existing and future civilizational challenges that need to be addressed in the age of the Anthropocene. We will then map out general and specific skills that can be used to govern the Anthropocene. Finally, we will identify changes required in the institutions of conventional and new education (including schools, universities, global online learning platforms, skills-related social movements, etc.) that are required to install and reproduce these skills on the global scale – and possible policies and arrangements that can accelerate the transformation of education in this direction.

The workshop is the result of a partnership between the ISSS Curating Emergence for Thrivability Special Integration Group (the CET SIG) and Global Education Futures. It will be conducted as a series of participatory dialogues using widely and lesser known formats such as World Café and Rapid Foresight. Participants are asked to co-create, discuss, and share – rather than to only listen and ask.

Part 1 of the workshop will be held as a pre-conference event on Sunday, August 2, 2015, from 2pm until 6pm. During this session, the main content for discussion will be co-created by the participant group, including mapping of existing & future challenges, identifying skills for systemic thriving in the Anthropocene, and developing recommendations for education systems and policy makers. We will also establish ‘systemic challenge’ questions that may impede realization of these ideas – and we will address these systemic challenges during Part 2 of our workshop. The workshop will be open and free to all attendees.

Part 2 of the workshop will be held during the ISSS conference on Thursday, August 6, from 4pm until 6pm (and will also be taken up in the running evening workshops). This part will be the Curating Emergence for Thrivability portion of the meeting, and will be open for attendance independently of Part 1 (i.e., participation in Part 2 does not require prior participation in Part 1 of the workshop). During this session, we will re-capitulate the results from the Part 1, and will jointly address the ‘systemic challenges’ that our earlier work identified. We also anticipate generating ideas for actionable initiatives that can be explored and enacted after the end of the workshop.

Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Pavel Luksha

Pavel Luksha

pavel.luksha@gmail.com, SKOLKOVO School of Management / Global Education Futures
Dr. Pavel Luksha said the following about Kinematic Self­Replicating Machines The book provides a relatively good review on theory of self­reproduction. I found the book a very comprehensive study on possible designs of kinematic self­replicators. One thing the book has successfully... Read More →




Sunday August 2, 2015 14:00 - 18:00 CEST
Pine 2 Hotel Scandic Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin

14:00 CEST

Workshop: Evolutionary Learning Laboratories (ELL)
Separate registration required on Conference registration system.
Participants should bring their own computer to the workshop to fully participate in the ELL session.

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 →
avatar for Nam Nguyen

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 →



Sunday August 2, 2015 14:00 - 18:00 CEST
Pine 1 Hotel Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin
  Workshop, ELL
  • Host Organization ISSS