Rough Transcriptions of Plenary Sessions (and some Paper Sessions)

at the ISSS 1998 Conference

The following notes, typed (in real time) during the presentations, are an approximate reflection of what was said (at least formally) at the 1998 ISSS Conference, in the plenary sessions, and some of the paper sessions.

They have been contributed to the ISSS by David Ing, of the IBM Advanced Business Institute. David is an incessant note-taker on the laptop, and the end result was created as a personal record of the meetings, to be shared with colleagues within IBM. After a few days of listening to the continuous tapping of keys, David was approached by various executives of the ISSS to share the documents with the web community.

How fast can you type? These notes don't necessarily reflect what was said, as much as what one person heard (or misheard). Gaps in the transcriptions appear, periodically (more because the presenter was speaking too quickly, rather than because the transcriber had fallen asleep!) With my head down, I paid minimal attention to visuals or graphics, although a few breaks in the patter allowed a rough transcription of them, as well.

These notes only give a flavour of the presentations. For proper citation and accreditation, please contact the original speakers to get more accurate representations of their messages.

The "Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences", edited by Janet K. Allen and Jennifer Wilby, is available as a CD-ROM as ISBN 0-9664183-0-1. Copies of papers which were submitted comprise the CD-ROM. [With about six tracks for paper sessions, I've included the ones I attended, below]. As for the plenary sessions, well ... you had to be there!

Brickbats can be e-mailed to David apologizes to those individuals who chose to sit in close proximity to the tap-tap-tapping.

Welcomes (Monday, July 20, 1998)

Plenary Sessions

Monday, July 20, 1998

Plenary session

Plenary session: "Systems science: Bridging specialties for sustainable technology.

Tuesday, July 21, 1998

Plenary session: Ecological sustainability through advancing technology

Plenary session: Economic sustainability and systems thinking

Wednesday, July 22, 1998

Plenary session: Sustainable technology in social systems

Plenary session: Sustainability and supranational systems

Thursday, July 23, 1998

Plenary session: Sustainable systems through technology

Plenary session: Sustainable technology ... Where are we?

Friday, July 24, 1998

Plenary session: Synthesis of the conference


Paper Sessions and Workshops

Monday, July 20, 1998

Paper session: Business industry (Behavioral interpersonal relations)

Paper session: Wholeness and human systems inquiry

Tuesday, July 21, 1998

Paper session: Hierarchy

Paper session: Multi-modal systems thinking

Workshop: Principles of a quantitative living systems science (James Simms)

Wednesday, July 22, 1998

Paper session: Organizational change

Paper session: Systems philosophy -- social systems

Thursday, July 23, 1998

Paper session: Business and industry (System approaches)

Paper session: Systems in business and industry -- practice

A footnote on the author of these transcriptions:

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