2024-2025 Mini Symposia Schedule

2024- 2025 Mini Symposia Schedule 
Please see below for the current schedule for this year. If you have any presentations you would like to suggest, please email president@isss.org 
Title  Presenter  ISSS Host Session Description Date  Time 
Towards an Enterprise of System Science  Gary Smith  Gary Smith Gary will share his thoughts on the forthcoming year and his hopes for a system science enterprise.
Additional Topics for Discussion
Reflections on the 2024 conference
Ideas on the conference for 2025
Logistics for the year
Mini symposia
Committees and SIGs
 29/06/24  UTC, Time Zone Sat, Jun 29, 2024 at 6:00 am
A General Theory of Systemness (Not Systems) George Mobus     

Gary Smith
UTC, Time Zone 4pm, UK 5pm
Plans for Education


Clifford Whitcomb Gary Smith   27/07/24 UTC, Time Zone 2pm, UK 3pm
Dimensions Surfacing Heuristics - revealing the dimensions of complex problems in organizations Mehaad Tegally Gary Smith   3/8/2024 UTC, 6:00 am and 2pm. UK 7am and 3pm
       Systems Ethics: Pursuing Something Good or Bad

Manel Pretel-Wilson Gary Smith All science is systems science, but not all sciences study systems. Some sciences, such as the human sciences, study the world in relation to human systems and, in particular, ethics studies the moral sphere of the human world brought forth by human systems because it is them who realize values and reinforce countervalues in the world. Furthermore, ethics is the fundamental human science just like physics is the fundamental natural science, in as much as the laws of ethics apply to the entire human world just like the laws of physics apply to the entire universe. However, we have a long way to go before we discover the fundamental laws of the human world. In this mini-symposium, Manel Pretel is going to share his finding in his attempt to make ethics a science whose object is not human happiness but discovering what brings value to the world around us and what does not.  10/8/2024 6am UTC; 4pm, in Sydney / Newcastle, Australia-time, 7am UK time
Systems Biology 3.0: Integrating Datasets, Toolsets …and Mindsets
Yoram Vodovotz Gary Smith   10/8/2024 10 AM New York/ Eastern US time, 3pm UK, 2pm UTC
 Quantum Decision-Making in Groups -> Quantum Social Learning
A Model for Cultural Transformation Using Quantum Entanglement
 Eva King Gary Smith
 This paper uses a quantum theory-based approach to explain a theoretical model for cultural transformation. Braiding concepts from cognitive science, quantum theory, and Indigenous ways of knowing, the model includes key cybernetic elements such as framing and Maturana’s languaging. The model becomes a complex adaptive system where each system is entangled with the others.
Quantum theory provides many concepts that allow us to move past binary or Cartesian thought. The theoretical model in this paper focuses primarily on entanglement, which is when two or more objects are connected in space-time over a distance. Entanglement can be applied as a metaphor to create transdisciplinary bridges between normally siloed systems in theoretical models. This paper will not include quantum quantitative modeling and will focus on a strictly theoretical model, braiding concepts and systems together to focus on a potential path to cultural transformation.
      As technology exponentially increases, most cultures rely more on technology than the natural world around them. Reclaiming Indigenous ways of knowing brings important concepts such as relationships and value for the natural world into the larger system. Many Indigenous cultures already see much of the world through a quantum lens. Language then serves as the entanglement to cultural change, much as Maturana describes.
      Cognitive science describes the critical period, or crucial learning time, when humans create frameworks to experience the world. These times entangle with brain changes. These changes may be developmental, as a child matures to human, or environmental, including trauma or dietary changes. Machine learning also has a critical period, as do animals, such as the imprinting of birds on parental figures. Understanding the commonalities will help us to transcend into a time/ space of a more-than-human world.  
 17/08/2024  10 AM New York/ Eastern US time, 3pm UK, 2pm UTC
 A scientific solution to the narreme, the unit of story - via Evolutionary Culturology, & Systems Science
Joe Velikovsky Gary Smith   24/08/24 6am UTC; 4pm, in Sydney / Newcastle, Australia-time, 7am UK time


Rajneesh Chowdhury Gary Smith   28/9/2024 10 AM New York/ Eastern US time, 3pm UK, 2pm UTC
 Thinking and practice to address the 'Great Work' of our times  Janet McIntyre    A draft paper could  be circulated for a panel discussion by members of the COP and our special integration group ' Balancing Individualism and Collectivism' as well as those who may be interested in contributing.  29/09/24  SUNDAY! 09:30 UTC, 7 PM Adelade,