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Sonoma 2006 Featured Speakers

SUNDAY EVENING: OPENING KEYNOTE

Debora Hammond, Ph.D
Debora Hammond is the 2005-2006 President of ISSS. Currently an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University, she completed her Ph.D. in the History of Science at the University of California at Berkeley in 1997, with Professor Carolyn Merchant. Her dissertation research focused on the history of systems thinking, specifically the work of the founders of the ISSS (formerly the Society for General Systems Research). Her research has recently been published as The Science of Synthesis: Exploring the Social Implications of General Systems Theory (University Press of Colorado, 2003). She first attended the annual ISSS meeting in 1994 and has been an active member for the past twelve years. Her current interests are reflected in her interim role as Chair of the Medical and Health Systems SIG, as well as her participation in the planning for the post-conference workshop on the food system.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_fcapra.jpg Fritjof Capra, Ph.D
Fritjof Capra, Ph.D., physicist and systems theorist, is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and is on the faculty of Schumacher College, an international center for ecological studies in the UK. Dr. Capra is the author of several international bestsellers, including The Tao of Physics, The Web of Life, and most recently The Hidden Connections: A Science for Sustainable Living. Fritjof Capra's website


MONDAY PLENARY: THE DYNAMICS OF COMPLEX SYSTEMS

projects.isss.org_uploads_main_abraham_isss06.jpg Ralph H. Abraham, Ph.D
Ralph H. Abraham has been Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Cruz since 1968. He has been active on the research frontier of dynamics – in mathematics since 1960, and in applications and experiments since 1973. He has been a consultant on chaos theory and its applications in numerous fields (medical physiology, ecology, mathematical economics, psychotherapy, etc.) and is an active editor for the technical journals World Futures, and the International Journal of Bifurcations and Chaos.


Yaneer Bar-Yam, Ph.D
Yaneer Bar-Yam is President of the New England Complex Systems Institute. Professor Bar-Yam is interested in the unified properties of complex systems. His research is focused both on formalizing complex systems concepts and relating them to everyday problems. In particular, he is interested in the relationship between observations at different scales, formal properties of descriptions of systems, the relationship of structure and function, the representation of information as a physical quantity, and quantitative properties of the complexity of real systems. Applications have been to physical, biological and social systems. He is the author of the new book: Making Things Work, which describes basic complex systems concepts and addresses problems of healthcare, education, engineering, military conflict and ethnic violence, as well as the texts Dynamics of Complex Systems (available in PDF format http://necsi.org/publications/dcs/index.html) and Evolution and Ecology Project http://necsi.org/faculty/bar-yam.html
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_grichardson.jpg George P. Richardson, Ph.D
Professor George P. Richardson is currently the Chair of the Department of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at the University at Albany. George Richardson's teaching and research center on computer-based tools and analyses for public administration and policy. His recent work has focused on public policy problems in social welfare and the use of formal computer-based modeling methods to help groups move toward policy consensus in complex dynamic systems. He founded and served for seven years as the executive editor of the System Dynamics Review and is the author of Introduction to System Dynamics Modeling with Dynamo (1981), Feedback Thought in Social Science and Systems Theory (1991), both of which were honored with the System Dynamics Society's Forrester Award, and the edited two-volume collection Modeling for Management: Simulation in Support of Systems Thinking (1996).


Geoffrey B. West, Ph.D
Geoffrey B. West is President and Distinguished Professor of the Santa Fe Institute. A theoretical physicist, he received his B.A. from Cambridge University and Ph.D. from Stanford University. He has held positions at Cornell and Harvard Universities, and was a faculty member in the physics department at Stanford. West is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. Prior to coming to the Institute in 2004 as a distinguished research professor, he was a senior fellow at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico, where he had previously been the leader of the high-energy theory group. An active scientist, his much-publicized research in recent years has shifted to biological physics and universal scaling laws.
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TUESDAY PLENARY: SELF-ORGANIZATION AND LIVING SYSTEMS


Juanita Brown, Ph.D
Juanita Brown, with her partner, David Isaacs, is a co-originator of the World Café. She collaborates as a thinking partner and design advisor with senior leaders across sectors, creating and hosting innovative forums for strategic dialogue on critical organizational and societal issues.As a Senior Affiliate with the MIT Sloan School’s Organizational Learning Center (now the Society for Organizational Learning), Juanita participated as a member of the core research team with the MIT Dialogue Project and as co-faculty for SOL’s Executive Champions’ Program. She has served as a Research Affiliate with the Institute for the Future and is a Fellow of the World Business Academy.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_pbunnell3_web.jpg Pille Bunnell, Ph.D
Pille Bunnell is a systems ecologist who has specialised in the integration and explanation of complex concerns for domain specialists, policy makers, students, and the public. As the Director of Environmental Literacy with an international consulting firm she conducted integrative projects in the framework of Adaptive Environmental Management, dealing with topics ranging from fisheries, wildlife and forestry, to land use management, energy use, and climate change. Over the last decade she has shifted her focus to cybernetics, investigating the relation between complex systems, human understanding, and human activities. After six years as President and Past President of the American Society of Cybernetics, she remains active with the society and serves on the editorial boards of Cybernetics and Human Knowing and Constructivist Foundations.



Sally Goerner, Ph.D
Sally J. Goerner (M.S., Ph.D., Ph.D.) is an engineer, a nonlinear dynamicist and a psychologist who studies the physics of evolution and its implications for our understanding of humanity, civilization and our changing times. Director of the Integral Science Institute, Dr Goerner’s new book “The Copernican Flip” (in press) shows how today’s web-based scientific revolution provides a foundation for understanding the cycles of civilization as stages in a much larger learning progression. In hopes of aiding today's transition, she has spent the last 18 years working with researchers across science to fuse the facets of Integral Science into a single, common-sense framework that provides the clarifying, unifying, empirical foundation needed by those working on great change in education, medicine, business, economics, democracy, community reintegration, and sustainability in general.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_soyamas.jpg Susan Oyama, Ph. D
Trained at Harvard University’s Social Relations Department, Susan Oyama has written widely on the nature/nurture opposition and on the concepts of development, evolution, and genetic information. In 2000, her Evolution's Eye: A Systems View of the Biology-Culture Divide was published, along with an expanded edition of The Ontogeny of Information, considered by many to be the foundational text of the developmental systems perspective. With Paul Griffiths and Russell Gray, Oyama also edited Cycles of Contingency, a volume of papers on developmental systems by scholars from many fields. She is Professor Emeritus at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice and The Graduate School and University Center, both of The City University of New York.


WEDNESDAY PLENARY: ECOLOGY AND SUSTAINABILITY

John Adams, Ph.D
Professor, speaker, author, consultant, and seminar leader – has been at the forefront of the Organization Development and Transformation profession for over 35 years. John currently serves as the Chair of the Organizational Systems Ph.D. Program at the Saybrook Graduate School (San Francisco), and is a guest faculty member at The Bainbridge Island Graduate Institute in the MBA in Sustainability program.His latest book (2000), Thinking Today as if Tomorrow Mattered: The Rise of a Sustainable Consciousness, is the culmination of several years’ research, speaking, and writing. John is also founder of Eartheart Enterprises, an international speaking, publishing, and consulting business. John has previously served as a manager in executive education and workplace effectiveness at Sun Microsystems; Director of Professional Development at the NTL Institute; and as a Visiting Lecturer at The University of Leeds (U.K.). He has written prolifically in the areas of health and stress management, personal effectiveness at work, and change. John’s earlier books, Transforming Work and Transforming Leadership, are widely held as defining a new role for the Organization Development profession in a rapidly transforming world.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_jlorand.jpg Jane Lorand, JD
Jane is Co-founder of the Green MBA and a core faculty member. She works as a consultant to large corporations and state agencies, developing programs for public education in fields such as electric deregulation and telecommunications. A graduate of Hastings College of the Law, University of California, San Francisco, she practiced as a tax and corporate attorney, and later spent three years at the Center for Critical Thinking developing curriculum, doing research, writing articles and teaching faculties how to transform their curriculum so students think more and memorize less. She also holds an MA in education and a BA in History from UCLA. Jane is a mother of five children; she actively works in her community bringing her analytical and facilitation skills to the benefit of environmental and educational organizations, especially Waldorf Education. Jane teaches Critical Thinking for Change Leadership and Diffusion of Innovations.


Richard Norgaard, Ph.D
Richard B. Norgaard is Professor of Energy and Resources Group and of Agriculture and Resource Economics at the University of California at Berkeley. Among the founders of the field of ecological economics, his recent research addresses how environmental problems challenge scientific understanding and the policy process, how ecologists and economists understand systems differently, and how globalization affects environmental governance. He has field experience in the Brazilian Amazon, Alaska, and Vietnam with minor forays in other parts of the globe. Dr. Norgaard is a member of the Environmental Economics Advisory Committee of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, serves on the Board of the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and has served as President of the International Society for Ecological Economics (1998-2001).
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THURSDAY PLENARY: SOCIAL SYSTEMS DESIGN AND PRACTICE

projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_tjohnston.jpg Todd Johnston
Todd Johnston is a practicing designer with Tomorrow Makers. His professional focus is using design as a tool to facilitate learning, collaboration, individual and collective creativity, and emergent, bottom-up solutions. Since the mid-90’s, he has applied his skills to a wide range of concerns in corporate, non-profit, government and community-based settings in the USA, Europe and, most recently, South Africa. Todd considers design to be fundamentally a collaborative activity, and works with several network-based organizations.Further biographical info is available on the Tomorrow Makers website


John Broadbent, Ph.D
John Broadbent trained as a microbiologist, with a doctorate in microbial genetics. He spent five years in Nigeria, working on the mould problems of stored agricultural produce. He emigrated to Australia in 1972 where, after briefly working as an industrial microbiologist, he coordinated a faunal survey of east Australian rainforests for the Australian and Queensland Museums.On completing a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies, John became an environmental consultant for twelve years; particular innovations were the introduction of wildlife corridors into residential developments and planning documents and mitigation of freeway impacts on wildlife. John became a part-time academic in 1978, becoming a full-time member of staff in the Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, University of Technology; his views on the nexus between design and evolution were generally not well-received by his colleagues, though! He published some 120 works during this diverse career. Now retired, he blends his writing on design and evolution with improving wildlife values in urban environments, planning and building a sustainable home, and community action.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_alaszlo.jpg Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D
Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D., is co-founder and President of Syntony Quest and former Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (ITESM), Mexico. Currently Professor of Learning Systems and Co-Director of Learning Community & Student Relations at the Presidio School of Management of Presidio World College, he teaches on evolutionary leadership, collaboration, and systems thinking in their MBA program in Sustainable Management. He also teaches at the California Institute of Integral Studies, Saybrook Graduate School, Touro University International, and Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He has worked for UNESCO, the Italian Electric Power Agency, and the U.S. Department of Education, and has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute. He is on the Editorial Boards of World Futures, Systems Research & Behavioral Science, Organisational Transformation & Social Change and Latin American Business Review, recipient of the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, active member of several systems science societies, and author of over thirty journal, book, and encyclopedia publications.


Kathia C. Laszlo, Ph.D
Kathia C. Laszlo teaches at Presidio School of Management in San Francisco and the Tecnologico de Monterrey in Mexico. She serves as Executive Director of Syntony Quest.\\She has conducted action-research and consulting with organizations in Mexico, the U.S. and Canada and has published in the areas of knowledge management, future trends in education, learning technologies, and systems thinking. She serves on the Editorial Board of Systems Research & Behavioral Science, is guest editorialist for the Mexican newspaper El Norte, and is currently writing Education & Beyond: An Introduction to the Design of Evolutionary Learning Community.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_gtaylor.jpg Gail Taylor
Gail Taylor first learned about complex systems when teaching young children. Amazed at the creative abilities of her 1st and 2nd grade students, she realized they had as much to teach her about learning and teaching as she had to teach them. Gail observed a few simple rules which, when applied rigorously, unleashed creativity and established excellence in groups as standard practice—Group Genius.Gail applied those learnings to the adult community through forming The Learning Exchange (1972). Later, she and her husband, Matt, formed MG Taylor Corporation (1980) blending their talents to create a system of collaborative environments, work processes and tools to solve complex problems. Currently practiced world-wide by a variety of organizations, the Taylor's patented social-systems methodology moves people to design and implement systemic solutions in remarkably short periods of time.Gail now applies her experiences through Tomorrow Makers, a non-profit corporation, to help communities become the transformations they envision.


FRIDAY CLOSING: INTEGRATIVE SYNTHESIS

projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_jkijima.jpg Kyoichi Kijima, Ph.D
Kyoichi “Jim” Kijima is currently professor of Decision Systems Science, Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is now President-Elect of the ISSS. He has served as a member of the international editorial board of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, the official journal of the ISSS. Since 2004 he has been very active as the sub-leader of the 21th century COE (Center of Excellence) program “Creation of Agent-based Social Systems Sciences” approved by the Japanese Ministry of Education to establish at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He is currently interested in integrating what we call hard and soft systems approaches to decision-making and management, by advocating Decision Systems Sciences. He has published around fifty refereed papers in high quality international journals including Systems Research and Behavioral Science and European J. Operational Research. He was the Chief-in-Editor of Journal of Japan Society for Management Information from 2003-04


Peter Bishop, Ph.D
Peter Bishop is an Associate Professor of Human Sciences and Chair of the graduate program in Studies of the Future at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Dr. Bishop specializes in techniques for long-term forecasting and planning. He facilitates groups in developing scenarios, visions and strategic plans for the future. Dr. Bishop's clients include IBM, Toyota Motor Sales, Shell Pipeline Corporation, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Dr. Bishop is also the Executive Director of the Institute for Futures Research where he conducts research with futures students and alumni. Finally, he is President of his own firm, Strategic Foresight and Development, which offers education and training in futures thinking and techniques to the corporate market.
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projects.isss.org_uploads_main_sp_elaszlo.jpg Ervin Laszlo, Ph.D
Ervin Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, serving as founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group. He is the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest. His numerous prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates. Ervin Laszlo is the author or editor of sixty-nine books translated into as many as nineteen languages, and has over four hundred articles and research papers and six volumes of piano recordings to his credit. He serves as editor of the monthly World Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and of its associated General Evolution Studies book series.


Tiffany von Emmel, Ph.D
Tiffany von Emmel, is the Creative Director of Dreamfish. A leading figure in organizational arts, Tiffany interfaces the technologies of interactive arts with organization development to advance the people side of sustainability. The initiator of the Dreamscape, Tiffany has directed numerous interactive art projects in Europe and the U.S, and has published on the subjects of multimedia arts as a participatory research method and knowledge theory. She has consulted in the industry areas of media, education, health care, green business, nonprofits and R&D. Tiffany has been a frequent guest facilitator with Stanford Graduate School of Business and Fielding Graduate University. Tiffany holds a doctorate in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University.
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