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2008/05/01 deadline for abstracts, ISSS Madison 2008, 2008/07/13-18

ISSS 2008
The University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
July 13-18, 2008

Systems that Make a Difference
President: Gary Metcalf

The title for this conference borrows from Gregory Bateson¹s definition of information as "a difference that makes a difference." The question for systems researchers and practitioners is, "what difference are we making?"

The ISSS 2008 conference will bring together professionals who are developing the cutting edge of systems ideas with leaders who face real-world complexities and ³messes² daily. While we must continue to make systems research ever more rigorous, we must also connect that work with the dilemmas in the world for which people are seeking solutions. The intent of this conference is to further build the bridges between rigor and relevance in systems work. Speakers and authors are invited who can address any part of this spectrum, from better methods for systems research to clarifying the nature of real-world problems in need of resolution.


The 52nd conference will be held at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, July 13-18, 2008. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is located in Madison, WI, and the campus spreads out along Lake Mendota, encompassing wooded hills, friendly shores and lively city streets. Madison ‹the state¹s capital city with a population of 208,000) offers the perfect combination of natural beauty, stimulating cultural offerings, outdoor recreation, distinctive restaurants, unique shops and vibrant nightlife.

The university¹s location in south central Wisconsin makes for convenient access to Milwaukee (80 miles), Chicago (150 miles) and Minneapolis (270 miles). Daily buses serve all three cities.

Related Web Sites

Call for Papers

Although the conference will accept papers related to the following areas of research, the list is neither exclusive nor restrictive. Proposals of new sessions and tracks are very welcome. Each session chair takes the final responsibility for running his/her session. All submitted papers are encouraged to state how relevant the paper is with regard to systems thinking, systems modeling and/or systems practice.

Specific Calls for Papers will be advertised on the website, and in the General Systems Bulletin 2008, by the following Special Integration Groups (SIGs) and exploratory groups:

SIGs SIG Chair(s) Contact
Systems Applications in Business & Industry David Ing
Hierarchy Theory Jennifer Wilby
Duality Theory ISSS Office
Systems Philosophy & Systems Ethics ISSS Office
Systems Modeling & Simulation ISSS Office
Futurism & Systems Change Curt McNamara
Meta-Modeling & Systems Epistemology Janet McIntyre
Systems Psychology & Psychiatry (Mental Health) Tamar Zohar Harel and
Pamela Buckle Henning Information
Systems Design & Information Technology Bela A Banathy
Research Towards General Theories of Systems Len Troncale
Medical and Health Systems ISSS Office
Living Systems Analysis Jim Simms
Evolutionary Development Alexander and Kathia Laszlo
Designing Educational Systems Patrick Jenlink
Spirituality and Systems Carl Swanson
Human Systems Inquiry ISSS Office
Critical Systems Theory & Practice Jennifer Wilby
Systems Biology and Evolution Len Troncale
Applied Systems & Development Dennis Finlayson and Jae Yu
What is Life/Living John Kineman
Women and Children Anne Nelson
Systems Specific Technology Vadim Kvitash
Organisational Transformation & Social Change Maurice Yolles
Systems Pathology Len Troncale
Roundtable Sue Gabriele
Aging Systems Daniel Hershey
Agent-based Social Simulation Shingo Takahashi
SIG for Students Nicholas Magliocca
Primer Project Tom Mandel


Foundations of Information Systems Soren Brier and Bela Banathy
Arts Based Inquiry Lezlie Kinyon

In addition the above sessions, the Student SIG and ISSS Roundtable SIG will be organized and the format for these sessions is interwoven into the program. These groups do not accept abstracts or paper submissions. Anyone who is interested is welcome and invited to participate; please see the website for information about the organization of these sessions or contact Nicholas Magliocca (Student SIG) or Sue Gabriele (Roundtable SIG) for further information.

Important Dates

December 5, 2007: The start of abstract submission and registration. (Please allow at least two weeks for your abstract to be reviewed.)
February 1, 2008: The start of on-line registration.
April 30, 2008: Deadline for early registration discount.
May 1, 2008: The deadline for abstract submission.
May 10, 2008: The deadline for full papers

(Late papers received after May 31, 2007 may still be accepted to the conference, but they are included on the CD-ROM proceedings for the subsequent year.)

Late abstracts may be accepted after May 1 on a space available basis until June 15, 2008. If late papers from these abstracts are submitted they will be held for publication on the following year conference CDROM.

Social Programs

The conference opening reception will be held on July 13 and the conference banquet will be held on Thursday, July 17. Detailed plans will be announced on the conference website.


  Payment by April 30 Payment from May 1
Regular $455 USD $525 USD
Retired $355 USD $425 USD
Developing country $330 USD $400 USD
Student $275 USD $325 USD
Additional banquet ticket $45 USD

Off-line registration will also begin on February 1. A copy of the registration form has been included with this mailing. Accommodation information for the conference can also be found on the website. The registration fee does not cover accommodation or transportation expenses to and from the conference site.

The registration fee includes:

  • ISSS membership fees for 2009
  • A program/abstract book
  • CD-ROM proceedings
  • Reception on Sunday July 13
  • One banquet ticket for Thursday July 17
  • Coffee/tea breaks
  • Lunches from Monday to Thursday

Due to space limitations, only one paper per registered participant will be accepted for the 2008 conference.


Accommodation information is being gathered and will be available shortly.

There will be the choice of University accommodation or local hotels in Madison.


Organizing Committee Chair: Gary Metcalf, ISSS President 2007-2008
Program Committee Chair: Ockie Bosch, ISSS Vice President for Membership and Conferences
ISSS Business Office: Jennifer Wilby, ISSS Vice President for Administration,
ISSS Communications: David Ing, ISSS Vice President for Communication and Systems Education, 2007-2009,

2008/08 CfP deadline, ANZSYS, Perth, December 1-2, 2008

This is a preliminary notice to announce that ANZSYS will be held in 1-2 December, 2008 at the Mount Lawley campus of Edith Cowan University in Perth. I would appreciate it if you could circulate this information. At the moment little has been decided except the dates and the venue but with preliminary discussions it appears that the closing date for papers will be in late August. We will be holding ANZSYS at the same time as our security conferences but ANZSYS will be distinct from them - it just makes logistical sense to do it this way. (I might add that I want to run a 'Systems and Security' stream). Any assistance or ideas will be greatly appreciated. At a later time we will need willing reviewers, and workshop facilitators.

I will get back to you more formally later.


Professor Bill Hutchinson
IBM Chair (Information Security)
School of Computer and Information Science Edith Cowan University Mt Lawley
Western AUSTRALIA 6050

Web site:

2008/02/13 deadline for abstracts, EASST/4S conference “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam 2008/08/20-23

Call for Papers: EASST/4S conference “Acting with Science, Technology and Medicine”, Rotterdam, August 20 – 23, 2008

STS Locations: Latin America

As has been noted in many STS works, the manner in which science, technology, and medicine is produced or translated depends greatly on historical and national contexts. The production of knowledge about the interactions of science, technology, medicine, and society is not exempt from this contextualization. Yet much like the production of tehnoscientific and medical knowledge, STS knowledge production remains primarily EuroAmerican despite the field’s attempts to broaden its conceptual perspectives. The session’s goal is three-fold: to explore the contributions to thinking about science, technology, medicine and society by scholars in Latin America past and present; to provide scholars working on Latin American STS issues an opportunity to showcase their work; and to further theorize the specifics of acting with a co-productionist/interventionist approach, to science, technology, and medicine in Latin American locations.

Papers are invited to address issues such as:

  • Methodological and theoretical contributions to the field of STS by Latin American scholars
  • Latin American approaches to theorizing and acting with science, technology, and medicine
  • Latin American interventions and activism with science, technology, and medicine
  • Latin American innovations and developments in science, technology, and society

Multiple panels will be submitted in these four areas if there is sufficient interest.

Session Organizers

  • Robert Olivo, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
  • Rick B. Duque, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA
  • Christina Holmes, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Canada

Please send an abstract of a paper (minimum 250 words, maximum of 400 words) dealing with the issues sketched above and related issues to Robert Olivo ( Submission deadline: February 13, 2008.

2008/05/31 CfP deadline, International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach v2 n2

CALL FOR PAPERS: July 2009 issue (Vol. 2, Issue 2) of the International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach
An Official Publication of the Information Resources Management Association


First full paper submission due: May 31, 2008
First notification to authors due: July 31, 2008
Second paper submission due: September 30, 2008
Definitive paper acceptance due: November 30, 2008
Camera-ready versions due: December 10, 2008
Publishing date: July 1st, 2009


The International Journal of Information Technologies and the Systems Approach (IJITSA) is a refereed, international journal on applied and theoretical research, aimed at providing coverage of the foundations, challenges, opportunities, problems, trends, and solutions encountered by both scholars and practitioners in the field of Information Systems when applying the Systems Approach. IJITSA emphasizes the systemic worldview of managerial, organizational and engineering interaction facets provided by modern complex information systems and information technologies. The articles published in IJITSA will focus on Information Systems (IS) and their interactions with Software Engineering, Systems Engineering, Complex Systems and Philosophy of Systems Science issues for a better understanding and development of the Information Systems discipline.


IJITSA will publish papers – one issue per semester – of high quality, rigor and relevance on Information Systems that use the Systems Approach as a main method of inquiry under the following categories: (i) theoretical research papers (from conceptual review and analysis, formal analysis or modeling), (ii) empirical research papers (from an engineering perspective (e.g., papers that report the design, and/or building and/or empirical (even as a pilot test) evaluation of a system)) or and behavioral papers (e.g. papers that report survey-based, case study or action research approaches, where human beings’ behavior –including both subjective and objective constructs- are the main focus of the systems studied in laboratory and field settings). Papers can have the following single or combined research purposes: scholastic, instrumental/methodological, exploratory, descriptive, predictive, explanatory, design and control, evaluative, interpretative or interventionist. The studies can use the following systemic research methodologies or approaches: conceptual, formal mathematical, systems simulation (discrete, multi-agent or hybrid), systems dynamics, soft systems, action research, critical systems, multi-methodology, and their philosophical underpinnings can be either positivist, interpretative, critical or based in critical realism. They are expected to be integrated or discussed under the perspective of the Systems Approach with the long-term aim of obtaining a unified view of Information Systems.


Please visit:


David Paradice
Florida State University, USA


Operational Editor-in-Chief:
Manuel Mora
Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes, México

Senior Associate Editors (SAEs):
Frank Stowell
University of Postmourth, England
Information Systems/Technology and the Systems Approach

David Paradice
Florida State University, USA
Complex Information Systems and the Systems Approach

Doncho Petkov
Eastern Connecticut State University, USA
Software Engineering and the Systems Approach

Miroljub Kljajic
University of Maribor, Slovenia
Systems Engineering and the Systems Approach

John Mingers
University of Kent at Canterbury, England
Information Systems and Philosophy of Systems Science

2008/01/09 deadline for abstracts, CCCT 2008/06/29-07/02, Orlando, FL

Paper/Abstract Submissions and Invited Session Proposals Due: *January 9th, 2008*
Author Notifications Due: *February 20th, 2008*
Final Paper Due: *March 11th, 2008*

The 6th International Conference on Computing, Communications and Control Technologies: CCCT 2008 (, to be held in Orlando, June 29th - July 2nd, 2008

Submitted papers and extended abstracts will have three kinds of reviews: double-blind (by at least three reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer-to-peer reviews.

Authors of accepted papers, who have registered in the conference, will have access to the reviews and comments of the reviewers that recommended the acceptance of their paper, so they can accordingly improve the final version of their papers. Non-registered authors will not have access to the reviews of their respective submissions.

Awards will be granted to the best paper of those presented at each session. From these sessions' best papers, the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be selected for their publication JSCI Journal ( and sent free to over 220 research libraries. Libraries of journal authors' organizations will receive complimentary subscriptions of at least one volume (6 issues).

Academics, professionals, and consultants are also invited to organize an invited session related to a topic of their research/professional interest. Those interested in organizing an invited session, can fill out the respective form provided in the conference web site. If the invited session is approved, the respective organizers will receive a password, so they may be able to include and modify papers in their respective invited sessions.

The registration fee of effective organizers will be waived. Twelve additional benefits are described in the conference web site.

More details about the reviewing process, the acceptance policy, and the organization of invited sessions, can be found in the conference web site.

For those who think that the submission deadline is too tight for them, please let us know about a suitable time for you and we will inform you if it is feasible for us.

Best regards,

Dr. C. Dale Zinn
CCCT 2008 Program Committee Chair

2008/02/15 deadline for abstracts, Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking and Complexity, Adelphi University, 2008/04/24-26

CALL FOR PAPERS: Social Entrepreneurship, Systems Thinking, & Complexity

First International Conference April 24-26, 2008 Adelphi University, Garden City, New York (right outside of Manhattan, near JFK Airport)

The unique and pressing challenges facing both the economic and social situations of the 21st century are calling for fundamentally new initiatives.

The burgeoning arena of social entrepreneurship is one such example of how public and private organizations are forging alliances aiming at addressing these challenges. As of yet, though, there's no recognizably useful theoretical underpinning of the systemic dimension of social entrepreneurship.

Recent advances in the sciences of complex systems, however, hold great promise for a more thorough understanding and grounding of social entrepreneurship activities. The need for a complexity-based perspective going beyond current linear and equilibrium-based models is even noted in the most recent guidelines for applications for funding in the area of social entrepreneurship programs.

At this conference we will bring together leading thinkers in complexity theory, social entrepreneurship, systems thinking, social innovation, and leadership research to explore questions surrounding social entrepreneurship.

Attendees of the conference will gain a better understanding of the state of knowledge in these vital areas and will leave more energized and engaged in furthering the goals of social entrepreneurship. The goal of this conference is not only to provide a unique opportunity to further understanding but also to make a real difference in our world.

Selected papers at the conference will be published in a special issue of the journal Emergence: Complexity and Organization (E:CO) and will also be included in an edited book to be published in 2008.


Due Dates

For consideration, Extended abstracts or drafts of academic papers must be received by: February 15, 2008

Proposals for Panels or Symposia are due by: March 10, 2008

Submission Guidelines: All academic paper submissions will go through a blind review process. All submissions should be prepared in Word (version 1998 or higher). Submission of a paper constitutes agreement that if the paper is accepted for presentation at least one of the authors will register to attend the conference.

Invited Special Guest Speakers- world-renowned speakers in public policy, economics, complexity, and social entrepreneurship to give plenary sessions.

The organizers of this conference are Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein ( & Dr. James K. Hazy ( Adelphi University. An electronic copy of the submission should be sent to Dr. Hazy.

Additional information and guidelines on the Emergence: Complexity and Organization (E:CO) journal may be obtained from its website:

Conference Information: Please check for details and updates on our website at: .



Program / Schedule Available  Schedule

ISSS2008: Systems that Make a Difference

Location: University of Wisconsin, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon Street, Madison, Wisconsin

The title for this conference borrows from Gregory Bateson’s definition of information as “a difference that makes a difference.” The question for systems researchers and practitioners is, “what difference are we making?”

For more information see the Madison 2008 main page, and the Madison 2008 Conference Announcement

Confirmed Plenary Guest Speakers

  • Timothy F. H. Allen, President-elect, ISSS (2009) and Professor, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin
  • Steve Carpenter, Professor, Department of Zoology, University of Wisconsin
  • Manfred Drack, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science, Vienna, Austria
  • Jon Foley, Professor, Department of Sustainability and Global Environment, University of Wisconsin
  • David L. Hawk, Dean of the School of Management and Faculty in the New Jersey School of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology
  • Doug McDavid, Executive Research Consultant, Almaden Research Center, San Jose, CA
  • Bobby Milstein, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Syndemics Prevention Network
  • Bill Rouse, Professor in the School of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a joint appointment in the College of Computing. Also, Fellow, International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 2006 and recipient of the IBM Faculty Award in 2005 and 2006
  • David Schwartz, Professor, Chemistry and Genetics, University of Wisconsin
  • David Waltner-Toews, Professor, Department of Population Medicine, University of Guelph and founding president of the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health
  • Jennifer Wilby, Director of the Centre for Systems Studies and faculty member in Management Systems at the University of Hull, UK

2007/11/29 Tokyo 2007 Retrospective is available

Tokyo 2007 Banner

If you were unable to attend the 51st Annual Meeting of the ISSS, the Tokyo 2007 Retrospective includes digests, photographs, presentations, and downloadable MP3 audio.

For reference, the original conference pages have been retained.

2008/06/09-11 Active Learning in Engineering Education, Bogotá, Colombia

We will be happy to welcome you to ALE2008 on 9,10 and 11 June 2008 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Colombia.

ALE is an informal network of engineering educators dedicated to improving engineering education through active learning techniques. For more information on this Active Learning in Engineering Education Workshop and the call for contributions, please visit the website

We would be really grateful if you would forward this message to any colleagues who may be interested.

Hoping to hear from you soon,

The organizing committee

ALE2008 - Learning has never been more fun!

2008/02/22 deadline for abstracts, RC51 on Sociocybernetics, 2006/06/24-28, Mexico

8th International Conference of Sociocybernetics
Ciudad de México, MÉXICO 24-28 June 2008


Using interdisciplinary approaches to the study of social systems is a central concern in sociocybernetics. For present purposes, a complex social system can be defined as one in which the processes that determine its operation result from the convergence of multiple factors interacting in such a way that the system is not decomposable into constituent disciplinary perspectives. Therefore, no complex social system can be described by simply adding independent studies over each of its components. “The non decomposability of a complex system is due to what we have called the interdefinibility of its components. The research of that system is performed by a multi-disciplinary team, with a working methodology that must attain an inter-disciplinary integration”. (García, Sistemas complejos). It follows that the difference between a multidisciplinary and an interdisciplinary research team lies in the integration of the latter on the basis of common conceptual and methodological frameworks.

Discipline-integrating conceptual/methodological frameworks are not available ready made. Particular solutions may require different approaches. The question arises as to how far it is possible to generalize over these different approaches. The conference will provide a dialogical space for knowledge construction and discussion addressing epistemological, theoretical and methodological aspects of interdisciplinarity in the course of the study of complex social systems.

The conference also aims to elicit interdisciplinary discussion and debate about possible world futures by bringing together the views of sociologists, economists, technologists, ecologists, historians, political scientists, psychologists, anthropologists and other natural and social science specialists to reflect on different societal development paths and their desirability.

Other papers with an explicit sociocybernetic orientation are also welcomed, especially those addressing topics specific to Latin America.


The International Conference of Sociocybernetics will take place in Centro Histórico in Mexico City (Downtown).

Benito Juárez International Airport is located at 30 minutes from Downtown.

Hotel facilities are still under negotiation.

Additional information will be sent on this respect.


The official languages of the Conference will be English and Spanish. In this conference we want to increase the interest and participation of Latin American scholars. Specific sessions in Spanish language will be organized.

However, in order to facilitate the review process and communication, all abstracts must be submitted in English. Final papers in Spanish should therefore include an English version of both title and abstract.


Please submit a 500 to 1000 word detailed abstract for the review process and for assignment to a particular session. In addition, 250 word regular abstracts are needed for the Conference Programme and Abstracts booklet and for publication on the RC51 website.

All abstracts should be sent to the Chair of the Abstracts Committee, Karl-Heinz Simon and to the Conference Coordinator, Margarita Maass


February, 22, 2008: 500-1000 word detailed abstracts
April, 11, 2008: Notification of acceptance
May, 2, 2008: 250 word regular abstracts.
May, 16, 2008: Registration
June, 13, 2008: Full paper for presentation on the RC51 website.


For any further questions and information, please consult the RC51 website at . You may also directly contact any of the members of the International Organizing Committee or the Coordinator of the National Organizing Committee.


  • Bernard Scott, President RC51 <>
  • Chaime Marcuello, Secretary RC51 <>
  • Eva Buchinger, Vice-President <>
  • Karl-Heinz Simon <>


  • Dr. Margarita Maass (Coordinator) UNAM
    Tel: + 5255 56230449, Fax: + 5255 56162988
  • Dr. José Amozurrutia UNAM
  • Dr. Jorge A. González UNAM

2008/01/15 deadline for invited session proposals, 14th Intl Congress of Cybernetics and Systems of the WOSC 2008/09/08-12


14th International Congress of Cybernetics and Systems of WOSC - ICCS'08

London 1969, ..., Pittsburgh 2002, Maribor 2005, Wroclaw 2008

September 9 - 12, 2008, Wroclaw, Poland

WOSC - World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics
IISE - Institute of Information Science and Engineering, Wroclaw University of Technology (WUT)

January 15, 2008 - invited session proposals
February 29, 2008 - extended abstracts
May 31, 2008 - accepted full papers

Papers will be published in the proceedings with ISBN number.

Selected papers will be published in:
KYBERNETES (official journal of WOSC, indexed and abstracted in, e.g., ISI
databases, IEE Proceedings, INSPEC, Knowledge Engineering Review)
SYSTEMS SCIENCE (journal edited in IISE, indexed and abstracted in, e.g., COMPENDEX, IEE Proceedings, INSPEC, Mathematical Reviews)

Artificial intelligence
Behavioural sciences
Biological and medical cybernetics
Complex systems
Cognition and systems
Control theory and engineering
Cybernetics and art
Cybernetics and economy
Dynamical systems
Ecological systems
Education and systems
Epistemology and praxiology
Fuzzy systems
General and mathematical systems theory
Grey systems
History of cybernetics and systems
Information and communication systems
Intelligent systems
Machine consciousness
Management and cybernetics
Manufacturing and transport systems
Social systems
Systems modelling, control, management and decision making
Uncertain systems

Dear Colleague

On behalf of Honorary and Organising Committees I would like to cordially invite you to take part in ICCS'08 - the International Congress of WOSC organized next year in Wroclaw, Poland.

Attached you will find the call for papers in a printable version containing more detailed information than displayed above.

Please follow to obtain other useful information and to submit an extended abstract.

Best regards Jerzy Jozefczyk

Co-President of ICCS'08, Chair of Organizing Committee for ICCS'08 Director of IISE, WUT

Wroclaw University of Technology
Wybrzeze Wyspianskiego 27
50-370 Wroclaw, Poland
Phone: +48 71 320 33 28
Fax: +48 71 320 38 84

2007/11/14 CfP, Enterprise Information Systems, "Material Flow Science and Technology and Global Enterprise Integration"

Special Issue of Enterprise Information Systems on the theme of "Material Flow Science and Technology and Global Enterprise Integration"

The design, development and implementation of enterprise information systems (EIS) have had a strategic impact on global business and the world economy. Without doubt, the emphasis of EIS is on information systems. However, the historical emergence of EIS moved from concern with material flows to a focus on physical assets more broadly and is only now beginning to incorporate internal and enterprise knowledge systems. As the focus of information systems moves from the concrete to the abstract, it is not uncommon for material emergence and constraint to be neglected. With this special issue of Enterprise Information Systems, we would like to draw the focus again to the material basis of all global enterprise.

The development of EIS has been viewed mainly from the perspective of organizations such as large corporations, governments and armed forces. The development is particularly interesting because EIS have emerged as cross-boundary subsystems of organizations – which present interesting systems-related questions. The term enterprise, historically designating the business organization itself, is now being employed to designate a sort of extra-system system. That pattern may signal a growing need for traditional systems science to iterate an entity-systems science that provides for significant flexibility between the concepts of boundary and attractor and between the ideas concept (knowledge) and information. Material Flow Science provides a foundation for innovation from the traditional systematic science to entity-systems science. A more comprehensive view of materials flow involving multi-levels of human interaction and integration may aid that iteration, explained as ‘System of Systems’=S2 or (SoS).

We, therefore, invite papers that concern material flows from the perspectives of systems science, philosophy of technology, enterprise and networking theory, and of course from the various facets of the information systems discipline. Additionally, we are interested in papers that examine material flows from the perspectives of the fundamental sciences (physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology, etc.), of the fields of engineering (natural, social, economic, infrastructure, industrial, mechanical, electrical, etc.), of theoretical subjects of system and network, emergence, living systems, complexity, economics, management, pedagogy, sociology, law, accounting, history, anthropology etc., and practical approaches of logistics, waste management, service processes, environmental management, etc. Manuscripts should be submitted online. Instructions may be found at

Shoubo Xu
G. A. Swanson
Kjell Samuelson

2007/11/09 New Book "Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age", Christian Fuchs

Christian Fuchs (2008) Internet and Society: Social Theory in the Information Age. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0415961327. 408 pages. Routledge Research Series in Information Technology and Society.

More infos:

Discussion Board on Internet+Society issues:

In this book, the author develops a theory that shows how Internet has changed society and society shapes the Internet. It discusses the ecology, the economy, the politics, and the culture of transnational informational capitalism.

Topics addressed in the book include: self-organization in nature, self-organization in society, foundations of social theory, theory of capitalism, critical theory in the age of the Internet, transnational informational capitalism, Web 2.0, social software, ecological sustainability and ICTs, informational monopolies, strategies of accumulation related to the Internet, MySpace, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, Open Source, Free Software, filesharing, knowledge labor, class theory, multitude and Empire (Hardt and Negri), class theory in informational capitalism, gift internet economy, commodity internet economy, gift commodity internet economy, digital divide, eParticipation, digital democracy, democratic theory, information warfare, electronic surveillance, cyberprotest, the movement for democratic globalization ("anti-globalization"), virtual communities, social networking platforms, cyberstalking, social relations online, individualization and isolation online, Internet addiction, cyberculture, cyberethics, etc.

The book provides foundations for Critical Internet Research / Critical Theory in the age of informational capitalism.

2007/10/31 ED SIG Call for Papers ISSS 2008/07/13-18

Dear Friends and Colleagues:

Preparations for the 52nd annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) are well under way. It is our pleasure to invite you to join us in these preparations by exploring the various options for participation available to you through the web links listed below. For the 9th time, Kathia and Alexander Laszlo will be Co-Chairing the Evolutionary Development (ED) SIG for for this year's conference on "Systems that Make a Difference." The conference will be held in the United States at University of Wisconsin in the city of Madison from 13-18 July 2008. We very much hope you will join us!

Call for Participation in the ED SIG is attached with this message as a separate two-page Word document. (If you have any trouble accessing or opening it, please let us know and we will be happy to send it to you as a simple eMail message.)

Once you have familiarized yourself with the ED SIG Call, you may wish to explore further information and what to do next (especially if this will be your first time to the ED SIG of the ISSS). To begin with, and by way of background information in preparation for this event, we urge you to visit the historical webpages of the ELC SIG. Since the ED SIG is a direct descendent of its previous incarnation as the ELC SIG, the statements of goals, purpose, and history, as well as of topics, format, and focus all bear directly on the spirit of engagement in which the ED SIG will meet at the University of Wisconsin. The URL to visit is as follows:

* To join the ED SIG listserv and be part of the dynamic design conversation leading up to the conference, subscribe here:

* General information about the ISSS can be found at the main Web site: with some useful (though not yet fully updated) links provided here:

* To view the facilities at the University of Wisconsin where the presentation sessions (both plenary and individual papers), as well as the reception and banquet, will be held, visit the following Web site: The Memorial Union buidling has indoor and outdoor food facilities for breakfast and lunch, and is within walking distance of dorm and hotel accommodations.

We look forward to co-creating an engaging session with you and to seeing you in Madison next July!!

- Alexander & Kathia Laszlo
Co-Chairs, ISSS ED SIG
Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D. > Syntony Quest < Kathia C. Laszlo, Ph.D.
U.S.A.: 810-A Quarry Road - The Presidio, San Francisco, CA 94129
Mexico: Cardenal 1310, San Andres - El Barrial, Santiago NL 67300
Tel/Fax: ++415/346.1547 (USA) ][ Tel/Fax: ++81/8266.2186 (Mex) ><

2007/12/12 abstracts deadline for WMSCI 2008/06/29-07/02 Orlando, Florida

December 12th is the new deadline for papers/abstracts submissions and Invited Sessions Proposals for WMSCI 2008 (Orlando, Florida, USA. June 29th-July 2nd, 2008)
Authors Notification: January 21st, 2008
Camera ready, full papers: February 14th, 2008

All Submitted papers will be reviewed by a double-blind (at least three reviewers), non-blind, and participative peer review. These three kinds of review will support the selection process of those that will be accepted for their presentation at the conference, as well as those to be selected for their publication in JSCI Journal. Details are given in the conference web site.

The registration fee of effective invited session organizers will be waived and they will receive at the registration desk, for free, 1) a package of 4 DVDs and one CD containing the 6-hour tutorial "Fundamentals and History of Cybernetics: Development of the Theory of Complex Adaptive Systems"; and 2) a second 4-DVDs/1-CD package 6-hours tutorial titled "Cybernetic Management". The market price of each of these packages is US $ 295. Twelve more benefits for invited session organizers are listed at WMSCI 2008 web page.

For submissions or Invited Sessions Proposals, please go to the web site:

Authors of the best 10%-20% of the papers presented at the conference will be invited to adapt their papers for their publication in the Journal of Systemics, Cybernetics and Informatics.

Best regards,
WMSCI 2008 Secretariat

2007/11/30 abstract deadline for PICMET 2008/07/28-31 Capetown, South Africa

As you may know, PICMET'08 (Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology) Conference will be held at the Westin Grand Hotel (currently named Arabella Sheraton, but changing its name to Westin) in Cape Town, South Africa on July 27-31. The theme is "Technology Management for a Sustainable Economy".

Emphasis will be placed on both manufacturing and service sectors. There will be a special focus on energy. Detailed information about the conference is available at

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is November 30, 2007

Abstracts, up to 200 words long, can be submitted for any of the five types of presentation listed below.

1. Research paper: On-going or completed research on technology management

2. Application paper: Cases, industry application, successful and unsuccessful strategies in technology management

3. Panel discussion: Brief presentations by 3-4 panelists followed by a Question/Answer session

4. Session: Three papers by different authors addressing various aspects of an issue

5. Tutorial: Authoritative presentation on critical topics in technology management

After the acceptance of abstracts, the authors wil be asked to submit full papers which will be subjected to a double-blind refereeing process. The accepted papers will be scheduled for presentation in the conference, and will be published in the PICMET'08 Proceedings, which are included in all major indexes in COMPENDEX and INSPEC.

We are looking forward to receiving your abstract(s) soon and seeing you in beautiful Cape Town on July 27-31, 2008.

Dundar Kocaoglu, PhD
President and CEO, PICMET

Dundar F. Kocaoglu, Ph.D., Fellow, IEEE
Professor and Chair, Engineering & Technology Management Department and President and CEO, PICMET
Maseeh College of Eng'g. & Computer Science
Portland State University, P.O. Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751

2007/10/23 Preliminary program for ICCS 2007/10/28-11/02

The preliminary program of the International Conference on Complex Systems Sunday Oct 28-Friday Nov 2 is available Some changes may still have to take place.

The primary program of interest are the many break out sessions on concepts and methods, and on universal properties of physical, biological and social systems. Given the extent of the program here are some of the presentations topics organized by themes:


The ICCS conference has a special theme on global systems. Among the presenters are Muhammad Yunus (Herbert Simon Award recipient and Nobel Prize Laureate in Peace for the development of Microloans and the Grameen Bank), Frannie Leautier (recently Vice President of the World Bank), Richard Cooper (former Chairman of the National Intelligence Council and former Under-Secretary of State for Economic Affairs), Patrick Hughes (former head of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)) -- Banquet presentation see below.

There are also many presentations on social systems. The opening talk will be given by Philip Zimbardo who performed the Stanford Prison Experiment. A session on Social systems chaired by Eve Mitleton-Kelly of the London School of Economics, includes Kathleen Carley (Modeling Social systems at Carnegie Mellon), Max Boisot (Strategic Management at Barcelona), Paul Cilliers (University of Stellenbosch, South Africa), Dwight Reed (Anthropology, UCLA). A special session on "Hard Sociology" chaired by Joel MacAuslan includes Larry Liebovitch, Bruce Skarin, Corey Lofdahl, Eugene Stanley and Stuart Madnick. Other speakers in the Network sessions will also address social systems including Jeffrey Stamps and Jessica Lipnack on networks and teams, and Josh Epstein will give a talk on modeling social systems. Additional sessions of interest are on Socio-economic systems, Global concerns, Management, Innovation, Marketing, and Social Policy for Science, Health and Education.


A special day on Networks will be held on Friday Nov. 2. Many areas of key interest in the structure and dynamics of networks will be addressed by Alan Perelson, (Networks of the Immune system), Jose Mendes, evolution of networks, Jeff Stamps and Jessica Lipnack, networks and teams, Alessandro Vespignani, epidemics on networks, and Dan Braha, dynamics of networks.

There are network sessions on neural and physiological network dynamics, and many other presentations in sessions on engineering, social, and biological systems are focused on networks. The topic of networks is one of the central themes of complex systems research and the conference reflects this.


There is a special program on Systems Engineering of Complex Systems that runs throughout the conference. Four special sessions are co-sponsored by the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE). Among the presenters are Sarah Sheard, Fellow of INCOSE, and Robert Dean, Chief Systems Engineer of the Future Combat System at Boeing.


Special presentations on biological, ecological and evolutionary systems include: Geoffrey West President of the Santa Fe Institute on Universal Laws in Biology, Simon Levin of Princeton on Evolution and Economics, Marc Kirschner of Harvard Medical School on evolution and development, Iain Couzin of Princeton on Collective behavior in Animals, Andre Levchenko of Johns Hopkins on Cell Sensing and Signaling, Hava Siegelmann of UMass on Biological Development and Computation, Janet Wiles of Queensland on DNA to development, Gyan Bhanot of IBM on Methods of Systems Biology, and Evelyn Fox Keller of MIT on Evolving Function, Purpose, and Agency.


Among the many presentations exploring concepts, mathematics, nonlinear dynamics and computer tools are:

  • Ed Fredkin - on the Discrete Universe
  • Blaise Aguera Y Arcas - of Microsoft on multiscale visualization (merging multiple images and exploring large visual spaces).
  • Greg Chaitin - extreme mathematics (uncomputable numbers)
  • Diana Dabby - chaotic engineering and music
  • Liz Bradley - understanding and measuring chaos
  • Martin Berzins - scientific computing

There are many other sessions of the conference on the concepts methods and tools of complex systems, and on nonlinear dynamics and pattern formation.


Speaker Ray Jackendoff of Tufts and a special theme session chaired by Philippe Binder including Morten Christiansen of Cornell on creating language, Angelo Cangelosi of Plymouth on grounding agent languages, and Kenny Smith on language and biological/ cultural evolution, will discuss topics in Language.


Other special sessions in Disease dynamics and Scale Hierarchy, can be found in the program.


Barbara Jasny, Supervisory Senior Editor of Science will describe the advances of science and their communication from her unique vantage point at Science Magazine.


We are pleased to announce that the banquet session presentation will be given by Lt. Gen. Patrick Hughes, Ret. Former Director of Intelligence, U.S. Central Command, Former Director of Intelligence, Office of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)

HERBERT A. SIMON AWARD: At a special session on Friday morning Nov 2, the Herbert A. Simon Award will be presented to Muhammad Yunus for his contributions to global development and alleviating poverty through microfinance and the Grameen Bank.

PEDAGOGICAL SESSIONS: The presentations on Sunday Oct 28 are pedagogical sessions. Moreover, many of the other presentations will focus on key concepts and ideas and are well suited to students and newcomers to complex systems.

POSTER SESSION: The poster session will display works on all complex systems topics and will be open all week for discussions starting on Monday evening.

The names, affiliations and topics of speakers are available in the program

There are a few openings in sessions due to last minute cancelations and if you would like to present please submit an abstract and we will include it in a session if space allows.


Yaneer Bar-Yam
Chair, International Conference on Complex Systems

Professor and President
New England Complex Systems Institute


2007/11/04 abstracts deadline for EMCSR 2008/03/25-28, Vienna

EMCSR: a fuller briefing

European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research, Vienna, March 25 to 28, 2008.

Symposium C: The Cybernetics of Cybernetics: Cybernetics, Interaction andConversation

I am never sure if it irritates to receive reminders and elaborations, or if it's helpful. If this message is likely to irritate you, please read no further and accept my apologies. Please also accept apologies for any cross postings.

The EMCSR meeting is scheduled to take place in the week after Easter (March 25 to 28, 2008), in Vienna. I felt that a fuller briefing might be of interest.

I have, at the last two conferences, chaired the session on Cybernetics of Cybernetics etc-also known as Second Order Cybernetics. Central features of this sort of cybernetics are an interest in interaction and conversation, though they are not the only concerns. I included these words as a small homage to Gordon Pask, who ran a symposium at EMCSR from 1974 until 1994. My wish, in launching the symposium, was to have a place where the emphasis could be on cybernetics discussed in its own terms, as a subject in its own right-rather than as an applied science in which utility is the main concern.

There is a remarkable serendipity concerning Pask in Vienna at the moment: on November 16 his archive at the University of Vienna (where it sits next to the archive of Heinz von Foerster) will be publicly launched in a grand ceremony, and there will be a seminar on his work.

In March, I hope to be able to take this further. While Symposium C will continue its focus on the Cybernetics of Cybernetics, I am also encouraging a special sub-theme on this particular occasion: the work of Gordon Pask. I hope there will be a considerable response that may spark a revival of interest in and understanding of his work.

I have negociated an art gallery so that there can be an art component to the symposium (I am not yet sure how to fund this)-you will be aware of Gordon's interest and participation in the arts-and Dr Albert Mueller, the Pask (and von Foerster) archivist will take a special guided tour to the archive for members of the symposium.

There is a publication programme associated with the Pask archive. At the official announcement of the archive in November, an introductory book "Gordon Pask, Philosopher Mechanic: an introduction to the cybernetician's cybernetician" edited by Karl Mueller and myself will be launched. A Reader is planned, and the proceedings of the symposium sub topic will provide a third stream.

You can see there is a lot of promise. And Pask's work was quintessentially second order cybernetic, right from the outset. So a focus on his work fits perfectly within the symposium, without distortion.

Below you can find the original message I sent out, together with the web site where you can get more details. Abstracts are due in on November 4th. I invite you to consider taking part in this great re-awakening. Please join us in Vienna in late March.

Best Wishes,

Ranulph Glanville

The 19th European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research will take place in Vienna during the week after Easter 2008, ie March 25 to 28 (inclusive). This is, historically, the major biennial meeting in Europe. Full details can be found at:

Symposium C is chaired by Ranulph Glanville and takes as its focus second order cybernetics. Because the Gordon Pask Archive will just have been opened at the University of Vienna, it is intended to provide a special stage for contributions that build on the work of Pask's (who was closely associated with the EMCSR conferences), providing an opportunity to build a contribution to the evaluation and celebration of Pask's work. This will not exclude other contributions within the general topic area.

Abstracts are due in on November 4.

A list of the 15 symposia (with their chairs) that form the conference is follows:

  • A Systems Science
    • R. Belohlavek, USA, and P.Prautsch, Czech Republic
  • B Mathematical Methods in Cybernetics and Systems Theory
    • Y.Rav, France, and J.Scharinger, Austria
  • C The Cybernetics of Cybernetics: Cybernetics, Interaction and Conversation
    • R. Glanville, UK
  • D Living Systems Theory
    • G.A.Swanson, USA
  • E Biocybernetics and Mathematical Biology
    • L.M.Ricciardi, Italy
  • F Cultural Systems
    • M.Fischer, UK, and D.Read, USA
  • G Cognitive Rationality, Relativity and Clarity
    • I. Ezhkova, Belgium
  • H Management, Organizational Change, and Innovation
    • M. Mulej, Slovenia
  • I Socio-technical Systems: Design and Use
    • G.Chroust, Austria, and S.Payr, Austria
  • J Neural Computation and Neuroinformatics
    • G.Dorffner, Austria
  • K ACE 2008: Agent Construction and Emotions
    • J.Gratch, USA, and P.Petta, Austria
  • L Agent-Based Modeling & Simulation
    • S.Bandini, Italy, and G.Vizzari, Italy
  • M Natural Language Processing
    • E.Buchberger, Austria, and K.Oliva, Czech Republic
  • N Theory and Applications of Artificial Intelligence
    • V.Marik, Czech Republic, and O.Stepankova, Czech Republic
  • O Systems Movement and Systems Organisations - Challenges, Visions and Roadmaps
    • G.Chroust, Austria, and M.Mulej, Slovenia

Please consult the web site for further information.

Deadline 2008/01/31 JoSIT: Special Issue on Systems, Information Systems and Sustainability

Call for Papers

Journal of Systems and Information Technology (JoSIT)
(Emerald Publishing)

Special Issue on Systems, Information Systems and Sustainability

Special Issue Editors: Craig Standing and Paul Jackson

The special issue will focus on sustainability, systems and information systems. Sustainability burst onto the scene in 1987 with the publication of the Brundtland Commission report (1987), which defined sustainable development as "development which meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs".  With heightened environmental awareness it is timely for the discipline of information systems to define its contribution to the sustainability issue.

Target topics that are relevant to this special issue of JoSIT include but are not limited to:

  • Guiding sustainability principles for the information systems function in organisations
  • Alternatives to economic perspectives on sustainability
  • Links between sustainability and IT governance frameworks
  • Sustainability and systems development
  • Information systems supporting alternative organisational models
  • The dangers associated with IT fads
  • Case studies highlighting good practice or problems
  • The role of knowledge management in sustainability
  • Mobile technology and sustainability
  • The Internet and sustainability
  • Social networking and sustainability
  • Globalisation, IT and sustainability

Publication Guidelines

All papers will undergo a blind refereeing process by at least two referees.


  • Submission deadline: 31st January 2008
  • Reviews returned:  March 15th, 2008
  • Resubmission of papers: May 15th
  • Final decision: June 10th, 2008
  • Publication: September 2008

All submissions must be original works which have not appeared elsewhere and which are not being considered for publication with another journal. As the reviewing process will be conducted anonymously, please do not include your name(s) on the submission. People are encouraged to send their papers in by email to:

Professor Craig Standing
Editor - Journal of Systems and Information Technology

School of Management,
Edith Cowan University,
Western Australia
Australia 6027

2007/10/09 Wladimir Sachs {Paul Broholm}

This information was received on the SystemsThinkers Yahoo Group.

Dear all:

It may be news that you already have, and I apologies in advance for any sense of intrusion, but I have been asked to pass on the news that Wladimir Sachs passed away yesterday, and I do so with your email address from one of his remarkable missives.

I'm afraid that I know nothing more at this moment, except that there may be plans for a memorial in France later this week.

While this form of announcement may be somewhat unorthodox, I suspect that Wlad—given his “sinuous road of life” as he once put it—would have found a network approach to spreading the news to be appropriate. Indeed, this plain message does not do justice to his pioneering spirit, immense creativity, and profound sense of humor. But to imitate him would be, for me at least, an insincere form of flattery. Wlad was inimitable.

My sincere condolences to his family.

Paul Broholm

2007/10/05 Deadline for Ackoff Fellowships



Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center


2008 Russell Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowships

for Research on Human Decision Processes and Risk Management



The Wharton Center for Risk and Decision Processes is pleased to announce the 3rd edition of the Ackoff Doctoral Student Fellowships, which constitutes a new funding opportunity for doctoral research on human decision making at Penn.  The funding will take the form of research awards in the $1,000-$2,500 range, funds that can be used to support data collection, travel, and other research related expenses.  The 2006-2007 fellowships supported 15 students from various departments at Wharton and Penn. In the coming year, we would like to support a similar number of fellowship recipients.

We hope to use these fellowships to facilitate the development of a doctoral student research community in the area of decision making under uncertainty.  As such, in addition to the direct funding, award recipients will be invited to participate in two Center-sponsored seminars to be hosted at the Wharton School, one in late Fall 2007 and a second in early Summer 2008.

The first seminar is designed to provide students with the opportunity to present their research ideas in the early stages. The 2007-2008 recipients will be responsible for organizing the second event, a one-day conference gathering doctoral students from Penn and other universities; a conference by and for doctoral students undertaking research in related fields.

Students engaged in on-going research that relates to problems in decision making under risk and uncertainty are encouraged to apply.  Proposals can reflect a broad range of theoretical and methodological perspectives, and may include tests on economic theories of risky decision making, investigations into the role of emotions in decision making, and group decision making.

 Proposals should be 2-3 pages in length, and include the following information:

  1. Project title and descriptive summary (1-2 pages);
  2. Name of primary faculty member with whom the student is working;
  3. Proposal must be signed by the primary faculty member, or by the advisor;
  4. Detailed budget describing the anticipated expenses; and
  5. Description of other current sources of research and travel funding from your department.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, October 5, 2007.  

Please send the complete proposal and additional information to Cynthia Anderson @Cynthia2@...

            The research fellowships are named in honor of an endowment provided to the Wharton School by Anheuser-Busch Charitable Trust (Donor). The Donor and the University agree that to better continue the development of management science at the School; fund assets shall be used to create the Russell Ackoff Endowment to promote research and practice in risk management and systems science. Professor Ackoff is a very well-known and distinguished member of the Penn faculty community, whose life’s work has been dedicated to furthering our understanding of human behavior in organizations.  It is in the spirit of continuing this legacy by supporting doctoral training that the fellowships have been named.

The Wharton Risk Management and Decision Processes Center is a nexus of people and projects devoted to furthering the practical understanding of how to manage situations of risk involving health, safety, and the environment in both the private and public sectors of our society. Since it’s creation in 1984, the Center has been at the forefront of research into the management of low-probability/high-consequence events, i.e. extreme events. In addition to working on programs of basic and applied research, Risk Center faculty serve on national and international advisory committees, with partnerships in government, academia, industry, and NGOs.

Building on the disciplines of economics, decision sciences, finance, insurance, and marketing, the Center's research program is focused on descriptive and prescriptive analyses. Descriptive research focuses on how individuals and organizations interact and make decisions regarding the management of catastrophic risk. Prescriptive analyses propose ways that individuals and organizations, both private and governmental, can make better decisions regarding risk. The Center supports and undertakes field and experimental studies of risk and uncertainty to understand better the link between descriptive and prescriptive approaches to decision-making in coping with technological and natural hazards under various regulatory, environmental, and market conditions. Center research investigates the effectiveness of such strategies as incentive systems, insurance, regulation, and the communication of risk information.




Howard Kunreuther                     Robert J. Meyer                       Erwann Michel-Kerjan

Co-Director                               Co-Director                              Managing Director

2007/10/02 New Complexity Books from ICSE

From:  ISCE Publishing <>


Dear colleague

I am writing today to let you know about the latest 'complexity' publications from ISCE Publishing.  This week four new titles are being released:

1. Complex Systems Leadership Theory: New Perspectives from Complexity Science on Social and Organizational Effectiveness - Edited by James K. Hazy, Jeffrey A. Goldstein and Benyamin B. Lichtenstein - 550pp + index - ISBN 978-0-9791688-6-4. Click here for detailed contents, editorial and comprehensive index; and here to order with a 20% discount;

2. Thinking Complexity: Complexity and Philosophy Volume 1 - Edited by Paul Cilliers - 250pp + index - ISBN 978-0-9791688-7-1. Click here for for detailed contents, editorial and comprehensive index;  and here to order with a 20% discount;

3. Sustaining Our Social and Natural Capital: Proceedings of the 12th ANZSYS Conference - Edited by Roger Attwater & John Merson - 576pp - ISBN 978-0-9791688-8-8. Click here for detailed contents and editorial; and here to order with a 20% discount;

4. New issue of the international peer-reviewed journal Emergence: Complexity & Organization (Issue 9.3). Current subscribers can download the current issue from here. The print version will be sent out to subscribers who have requested the complementary print version will be sent out in a couple of weeks time. To order a subscription to Volume 9 of E:CO please visit here. Issue 9.3 includes:

Editorial: The Complexity of Change and Adaptation
Peter Allen

General Papers

Understanding Change in Organizations in a Far-from-Equilibrium World
Bob Hodge & Gabriela Coronado

The Dark Side of Knowledge
David Seidl


Assessing Organizational Capacity to Adapt
Eleanor D. Glor

Complexity Science Conflict Analysis of Power and Protest
L. Deborah Sword

Complexity and Philosophy

Approaching “Complexity” in Anthropology and Complexity Studies: The Principles of Socio-Political Organization and the Prospects for Bridging the Interdisciplinary Gap
Dmitri M. Bondarenko

Classic Complexity
The Philosophy of the Present
George Herbert Mead (with an introduction by Jeffrey A. Goldstein)

Rolling Complex Rocks Up Social Service Hills: A Personal Commentary
Michael Agar

Adjacent Opportunities: Ordinary Magic
Ron Schultz

Book Reviews
A Review of “Socioeconomic Democracy: An Advanced Socioeconomic system”
William P. Hall

A Review of “Complexity in World Politics: Concepts and Methods of a New Paradigm”
Ken Baskin

If you have any questions concerning ISCE Publishing's new or existing titles please contact Kurt Richardson at

Kindest regards,

Kurt A. Richardson
Director, ISCE Publishing

INCOSE 2008/06/15-19 Call for papers deadline 2007/11/05

This press release was received from Cecilia Haskins

Systems Engineering for the Planet

18th Annual INCOSE International Symposium expanding the profession

Utrecht – 20 September 2007 – Systems Engineering, a profession generally associated with putting satellites into space, or creating the newest car models, will look toward the themes of water management, climate change, and transportation during the upcoming international symposium.   

The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is organizing the 18th Annual INCOSE International Symposium (IS2008) in Utrecht, the Netherlands from the 15-19th June, 2008,. The theme of IS2008 is “Systems Engineering for the Planet”, addressing the expanding scope of Systems Engineering application and responsibility. Examples of this expanding scope are addressed in specific sub-themes that focus on the application of systems engineering  in complex consumer and industrial systems, transportation and water management.

The INCOSE International Symposium is the foremost annual conference on Systems Engineering, gathering more than 1000 delegates from six continents to participate in five days of presentations, case studies, workshops, and panel discussions. The program attracts professionals, researchers and educators from industry, government and academia.

Note this important date - November    5th 2007 is the deadline for paper submissions. Papers are solicited that address the theme applying Systems Engineering principles and perspectives to improve the sustainability of our planet. Sustainability is concerned with achieving balanced solutions that account for the social, technological, economic, environmental, and political constraints. The theme also encourages Systems Engineers and others to address how we can use systems, methods, processes and tools to manage resource scarcity, prevent and repair environmental damage, ensure global safety & security and resolve social imbalances. Traditional topics are also welcome. They include technology insertion, process improvements and organizational governance of the systems that benefit mankind, to name a few. Additional information can be found on the conference website


The International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) is an international professional society for systems engineers. INCOSE ( was founded in 1990 to develop, and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. Today there are over 5,000 members, 50 chartered chapters, and more than 50 Corporate Advisory Board organizations from government, industry, and academia worldwide. For more information visit our website, or contact our media relations representative at

There are "Systems Sciences" groups on Google Plus and on Facebook!

The ISSS World web site is one of the places where members convene, but it doesn't have to be the only place!

On Google Plus, there's a Systems Sciences Community where content is open on the web. Reading doesn't require registration. Posting content and comments requires a Google Plus identity.

For those who use Facebook, you can the Systems Science group membership to both view and to post. Just ask to join, and one of the moderators should approve your request.

These alternative venues are less formal than the official news on, and are tracked by many members of the society.

2006/11/26 Sonoma 2006 Retrospective is available

2006_Sonoma_Banner (108K)

The 50th Annual Conference of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, was held in Sonoma, California, USA from July 9 to 14, 2006. The Sonoma 2006 Retrospective includes materials released publically, for individuals who were unable to attend the conference.

The original conference pages have been preserved as a reference.

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