2023 Kruger National Park

ISSS 2023 Conference in Kruger National Park.
17-23 June 2023, Kruger National Park, South Africa
Registration closes 15 March 2023
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Theme: Systems Practice for Professions.
The ISSS is providing a unique annual meeting experience in June 2023. The main conference takes place from June 19 -23 in the Kruger National Park in South Africa.  The conference will provide an opportunity for networking and scholarship for systems practitioners and academics in the midst of a complex social and natural ecosystem. 
17-19 June,  there will a number of informal meetings and a writing retreat;
19-23 June: Main Conference;
17-23 June: Systems Thinking in Practice Workshop for PhD students and Professional with Pre-conference full-day sessions and dedicated sessions during the Main Conference.
February 10, 2023:          The deadline for panel, workshop, and stream proposals  
February 15, 2023:         Deadline for abstracts of papers for double peer reviewed sessions  
February 28, 2023:         Notification of abstract acceptance and invitation of full papers for double peer reviewed sessions  
March 15, 2023:              ALL REGISTRATION CLOSES (Full cancellation period ends)
April 30, 2023:                 Deadline for submitting full papers for double peer reviewed sessions.   
April 30, 2023:                  50% refund for cancellation period ends. No more refunds after this date 
April 30, 2023:                 The final deadline for abstracts of developing work sessions, recognizing that                                           abstracts may not be developed into full papers for this conference
May 30, 2023:                  Notification of acceptance of full papers in the double-blind submissions.  
May 30, 2023:                  The deadline for poster abstract submission. No more than 3 posters may be submitted.   
Attendees will experience the bush and culture of the park by going on game drives, traditional music, and the famous traditional South African braai.

For all logistics and cost information read the Conference Special Edition of the newsletter, or scroll down to watch information videos.
Download Call for Papers and Workshop Invitation
ISSS 2023 Theme and Call for Papers  and STiP Workshop.pdf
ISSS Author Instructions for Abstracts 2023.docx
SUBMIT YOUR ABSTRACT by emailing it to conference@isss.org using this template. You should receive a confirmation letter within 24 hrs. Please follow-up if you do receive such a letter by sending an email to: roelien.goede@nwu.ac.za.
After acceptance of your abstract, you need to submit a full paper. Instructions will be posted here at the end of January 2023.
Registration Detail
Before you proceed to the the registration cite please:
Link to  registration page: REGISTER HERE
Detail of the keynote speakers will be provided here as detail emerges.
The following scholars has been confirmed as keynote speakers:
Prof Ray Ison: Professionalising the Systems Thinking Practitioner
Drawing on over 50 years of educating systems thinking practitioners at the Open University (OU) UK, this Keynote will highlight the opportunities and threats that arise in a journey towards professionalisation of systems thinking in practice (STiP).  The case of working with alumni and employers to facilitate the creation of a new professional identity, the Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprentice (STPA) in England, will be used to elucidate issues for academics, professional bodies and employers as well as incipient professionals.  The experience of developing a new module 'Evidencing systems thinking in practice' for the OU's presentation of the new masters level apprenticeship award will be used to highlight some of the conceptual, methodological and ethical issues that will challenge educators.
Biographical Information:
Ray Ison was appointed Professor of Systems at the Open University (OU) in 1994. He is a member of the Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) program involved in researching and teaching, particularly team co-authoring and presenting Post-Graduate modules such as 'Managing Change with Systems Thinking in Practice' and 'Evidencing Systems Thinking in Practice'. These are developed and presented within the OUs MSc and Systems Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship awards. He has also led and/or contributed to a range of major research, scholarship and teaching programs and projects as part of the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) Group. His research and scholarship span the biophysical and social and is primarily interdisciplinary, international and collaborative. He is recognised for his work on systems praxeology within rural development, sustainability management, systemic governance and the design and enactment of learning systems, as evidenced in an extensive number of publications.
His latest book, co-authored with Ed Straw, ‘The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking. Governance in a Climate Emergency’ was published in 2020. Prof. Ison is the current President (since 2019) of the IFSR (International Federation for Systems Research); he has also served as President of ISSS (International Society for the Systems Sciences) and as a Trustee of the American Society of Cybernetics. In 2022 he was given a Lifetime Achievement Award, by the Systems Society of India ‘for contributions to the transformation of society with a systems approach’. 
Dr Louis Klein and  Karima Kadaoui:  In the Mirror of Tamkeen: Growing a Shared Understanding of Societal Metamorphosis or The Gardener AND the Garden, Learning to Speak the Language of "AND".
Karima Kadaoui
Co-founder and executive president of Tamkeen community Foundation for Human Development, Tangier, Morocco (https://www.linkedin.com/in/karima-%D9%83%D8%B1%D9%8A%D9%85%D8%A9-kadaoui-166bb0110/)
Dr Louis Klein
Dean of the European School of Governance, Berlin Germany;
Secretary-General of the International Federation for Systems Research, Vienna, Austria
For over 14 years, Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development and its partners co-facilitate and co-create, the conditions for the emergence of ecosystems of societal harmony and human co-flourishing in Morocco. The direction of this autotelic process is a humanising society. Its manifestations are the witnessing and experience of metamorphic transformation of communities and societal systems (neighbourhoods, schools, university faculties , education system ...). The Tamkeen Approach and the emerged are consubstantial, come to life together, vivify one another and are concrescent. Tamkeen is co-created as it grows the understanding of its understanding by and with all the partners involved and as it mutually arises and evolves with the interplay of emergence and dissolvence. Tamkeen is its own metaprocess and governance model, dissolving the concept-percept dialectic, appreciating action and reflection as indissociable. It embraces and transcends prevalent notions of social innovation and systems change.
Since 2019, Karima Kadaoui and Dr Louis Klein are working together in what became known as a socio-systemic complexity evaluation (SSCE) embedded in research of the Tamkeen Approach, of metamorphic transformation and of the wonder [KK1] that comes with it. In coherence and congruence with the Tamkeen Approach, the SSCE creates the conditions to grow the understanding of the growing shared understanding from co-reflected lived experiences. It is the mirror to the mirror of Tamkeen, it questions the questions into their evolution and the underlying epistemologies and ontologies, it realises the dissolving distinctions, reflects the dilatation of perceptions and resonates with the spoken language that grows with the unfolding Tamkeen experience. The SSCE safely reveals a silent transformation in the flow-field of its growing resonant expanse, societal metamorphosis.
More information:
Beyond the magic – growing our understanding of societal metamorphosis
Appreciating Socio-Systemic Complexity Evaluation
Dr Louis Klein
Dr Louis Klein
Karima Kadaoui  
Biographical Information:
Dr Louis Klein
Dr Louis Klein serves as dean at the European School of Governance (EUSG) and Secretary General of the International Federation for Systems Research (ISFR). 
Educated as an economist and social scientist, Dr Louis Klein became a dedicated systems researcher. He served as director at the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), as director at the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC), and as VP of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS).
In 2019 Dr Louis Klein retired from the Systemic Excellence Group and the Systemic Change Institute where he managed change projects worldwide as a systems practitioner. He worked in the private and public field as well as for organisations in civil society.
Dr Louis Klein is member of the editorial board of the Project Management Journal (PMJ) and Systems Research and Behavioural Sciences (SRBS) as well as co-publisher of the German philosophical business magazine agora42.
Biographical Information:
Karima Kadaoui
Karima Kadaoui, Co-Founder and Executive President of Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development, Morocco
I co-founded Tamkeen Community Foundation for Human Development in 2009 and currently hold the responsibility of its executive presidency. However, my Tamkeen process story started before, with the lived experience research with Tamkeen co-founding colleagues and friends, in which I weaved the threads of my 25 years experience working in the private sector as a big 5 management consultant and the associate senior consultant of a territorial development consultancy, in the public sector. 
Here, I worked on public policy and governance as the advisor to the Minister of Employment, Vocational Training and Housing in the Moroccan Government and lived several experiences in the social sector with women working in infra-human conditions in industries and with a community in a major shanty town. However, the most defining experience of all is being the mother of my two daughters Sara and Maria. I am a board member and advisor to Imal Initiative for Climate and Development the first independent non-profit North African climate think tank as well to Africa Voices Dialogue a space where the voices of Africa’s educators and learners are seen, heard and loved. As a facilitator and experience based researcher for over 14 years in Tamkeen, I have the privilege to witness and experience, with different communities and societal systems, how the trust in our humanity and love create the conditions for the emergence of the social ecosystems of our societal harmony and human co-flourishing. 
Prof Gerald Midgley and Dr Rachel Lilley.
[ Abstract to follow later ]
Prof Gerald Midgley
Dr Rachel Lilley
Biographical Information:
Prof Gerald Midgley
Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Centre for Systems Studies, Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at Linnaeus University, Sweden; the University of Queensland, Australia; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Mälardalen University, Sweden; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has held research leadership roles in both academia and government, having spent eleven years as Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull, and seven years as a Senior Science Leader in the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand. 
Gerald has written over 300 papers for academics and practitioners on systems thinking and community operational research, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development, health service, technology foresight and resource management projects. He was the 2013/14 President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, and has written or edited twelve books. These include: Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer, 2000); Systems Thinking, Volumes I-IV (Sage, 2003); Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development (Kluwer, 2004); Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011); and the Routledge Handbook of Systems Thinking (Routledge, 2023, in press).
Biographical Information:
Dr Rachel Lilley
Dr Rachel Lilley is a Senior Fellow at the Birmingham Leadership Institute, a new teaching and research centre in the University of Birmingham, UK, focussing on systems leadership. She is a practitioner-researcher in systems approaches and systems leadership and also Programme Director for an innovative transdisciplinary Master's Programme bringing together Systems Leadership and Systems Practice.
Rachel’s high impact, world leading, research looks at human decision-making, systems thinking capabilities and behavioural change. It is impact orientated and has supported policy design and practice, community initiatives and leadership development at all levels. She has a particular interest in building capability to address climate and social change. Rachel is an expert in human sensemaking with specialist knowledge in cognition, consciousness and perception, her theoretical expertise is supported and informed by an impressive track record in practicing, teaching and developing embodied perception skills in teams, organisations and individuals. 
She has over 30 years’ experience working with large corporates, public and third sector as a systems practitioner covering community engagement, social issues, climate change, leadership and wellbeing.
For more information visit her websites:
  • Prof Ray Ison: Governing river catchment governing: the case of the Olifants, South Africa. Globally there is widespread systemic failure of river catchment governing. Why is this the case?  The answer is of course that very few professionals involved in river governing approach what they have to do, or what needs to be done, cybersystemically. The issue is best understood or framed as a classic 'wicked problem' in which one element is framing failure itself.  Governance is rarely framed and enacted cybersystemically.  Drawing on his extensive river catchment governance research in a wide range of countries Ray will explore in detail his experiences in South Africa with the RESILIM-O project based in the Olifants catchment, one of South Africa's biggest rivers which also runs through Kruger Park. 
Besides tracks for the SIGS, the following tracks were approved: (more will be added as they are accepted)
Systems Practice in Education (Proposal by Sue Grabriel)
Distributive Indigenous Leadership:  seeding agroecology and praxis  to protect multiple species (proposal by Janet McIntryre)
Systems Practice in Public Health (Proposed by Eve Pinkster)
The following workshops are planned: (more will be added as they are accepted)
  • Participatory workshop on a Typology of Systems Diagramming Techniques; Workshop Facilitators:  Dr Jai Clifford-Holmes & Dr Sharon Pollard (detail)
  • Did you read the special edition of the newsletter?
  • Which meals are included?
    •  If you are in the first 80 registrants your breakfast is included. Thereafter it is self-catering in a bungalow. There is a supermarket in the camp with everything you need.
    • All lunches are included during STiP workshop and main conference days, except the final day, on which there will be a later teatime.
    • On the 17th and 19th dinners are included in the form of a local braai (BBQ) Other evenings has dinners at own cost in the restaurants. The supermarket has lots of snacks.
  • Exactly where is the conference - and where should I stay?
    • The conference is in the Skukuza lodge in the Kruger National Park. Accommodation is in the Conference Lodge with an overflow in the Skukuza Rest Camp. We pre-booked your accommodation and you need to reserve your room as well as that of any guests during the registration process.
    • The Kruger National Park is an area of 2 million hectares where wild life has freedom to roam the bushveld of Southern Africa. More information on this world-famous conservation area is available at: https://www.sanparks.org/parks/kruger/.
  • To which airport should I fly in South Africa?
    • Johannesburg's O.R. Tambo is the closest for incoming international flights
    • From Johannesburg you need to take a flight to Skukuza - these are pre-book by the airlink company
    • It is best to stay overnight in Johannesburg and fly on 17 June  (for the STiP) or 19 June (Main Conference) to the Park
    • Airlink also operates flights to and from Cape Town for those who want to include Cape Town in their trip
More information originally given in a presentation 5 November 2022, updated 9 December 2022
presented 7 December 2022