"The Systems Approach: An Area of Knowledge, or a Passion?", Enrique Herrscher, 49th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Westin Cancun, July 1, 2005, 10:00 a.m.

Enrique Herrscher, ISSS president

49th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, Westin Cancun, July 1, 2005

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Last speech as president

Last year: what would you like to hear from an incoming president?

Thought the presidency was to make a few speeches, but it's more than that

Two sides of our job: scientific side, and a passionate side

Definition of passion, building on Russ's talk: doing something, even risking making mistakes

Three stages in passion:

(1) A passion for an idea: von Bertalanffy, Boulding, Miller had an idea that is a revolution

(2) Passion for methodology

(3) Application

In organizations, in corporations, in scientific disciplines, and societies

These are all inter-related. Why? Incompetence, corruption, greed?

A view of capitalism, having to do with the origin of the word, from capital

(1) Natural capital, e.g. woods

(2) ? capital: Machines

(3) Human capital: health and education

(4) Social capital: not individuals, but in relation to each other

(5) Spiritual capital

Without passion, nothing is achieved

UCA: Understanding, caring, acting

Understanding

Caring

Acting: the consequence of passion

We will have difficulties with this: we'll have feedback cycles that we'll need to cut

At this meeting?

Lynn Rasmussen gave an idea: what each of us, in SIGs, were to come up with five big ideas, and present them at the end of the meeting

Also some ideas from morning session with Sue Gabriele

Small groups: experiment, as pilot groups

Advantage of having many young people, and Latin American group: not to divide, but to bring together

Passion is needed to get things happening

Need to find isomorphies

Passion was needed to make this meeting possible

Fix the engine while it's running

Let us hope that we can find and create passion

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