"Questions to Russell Ackoff", Russell Ackoff, 49th Annual Meeting of the ISSS, Westin Cancun, July 1, 2005, 10:20 a.m.

Russell Ackoff

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

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Learning how to learn? Monitoring deviation? Is this a workshop that you conduct, on learning how to learn? How to operationalize?

Bringing together Russ and Enrique's ideas, and next year's theme of Complexity, Sustainability. Usage. Why isn't system thing used? Use this as a theme for the next year. 7% growth per year. When growth stops, the socioeconomic system will fall apart. Put passion there.

How much is your talk about your personality, rather than systems thinking. Can others be convinced that it's valuable. Can other researchers convince managers.

Example that people can read that don't require people to understand systems theory. A bibliography? Case studies, as lessons for their own situations.

Identifying problems, etc. Rational. Book: Blink, on first impressions. How do you know when secething is a mistake? What is the role of intuition and aesthetics, beyond?

Deutero-learning in corporations. Examples of system redesign.

At Sante Fe institute. Most lectures had math. Training in physics. Culture gap of C.P. Snow. A lot of physicists think can explain poetry through math.

ISSS... Conferences... Cancun 2005