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Posted on March 7, 2022 2:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
The SGSR was the name of this society before it was renamed the International Society for the Systems Sciences. Dr. James Grier Miller was at the beginning of the SGSR. He recounts factors that were influencing colleagues to form the SGSR. One factor stands out for me and it was the reaction of scientists who had been involved in creating atomic and hydrogen nuclear bombs who wanted science to serve mankind, not destroy it.
 
Dr. Miller recounts these conversations in his first lecture introducing Living Systems Theory. at the 11 minute mark he calls these scientists   "a very interesting group. They included, Enrico Fermi and Harold Urey, both of whom had been involved in the development of the plutonium bomb". And at minute 14 and 25 seconds he goes on "Certainly a feeling of of deep responsibility for being the father of the plutonium bomb and for the work he was doing at that time, on the development of the hydrogen bomb. I don't think, as far as I could tell from talking to him and his, some of his friends and, on one occasion to his wife and reading what his wife has written about him, and he ever talked much to people, generally to physicists about this inner sense of guilt that he had."  
 
Sense of guilt Miller implies is one of the factors that brought scientists together to form the SGSR.
 
Today Russia and Ukraine are at war and the prospect of a nuclear accident or nuclear war event is present I think reflection on one of the founding purposes of the now ISSS was to understand how humans get to this situation and how to prevent it. Some 68 years on we still have a lot to learn.
 
Posted on February 26, 2022 10:45 PM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Communication, General
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Posted on February 22, 2022 1:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
As part of the launch of the Open University Systems Hub I was interviewed for one of there podcasts.  The interview was in August 2021 and lasted for over 30 minutes, but the resulting edited podcast is 12 minutes, with mixed results...   The podcast was published in the 16th Feb 2022.
Posted on January 25, 2022 11:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
The Open University has created and is releasing 10 podcasts as part of the launch of a new systems thinking in practice (STiP) Hub on the OU platform OpenLearn.  The idea of the STiP Hub is to consolidate available OpenLearn material (open educational resources developed at the OU) relating to our systems teaching over the past 50 years.
 
I was "interviewed" last year and the podcast is released next month. 
Links to the podcasts can be found by following this link:
 
Podcast guest podcast release date 
   
Arwen Bailey   15th  December
Jake Chapman 22nd December
Wendy Gregory 5th January
Misha Hebel 12th January
Martin Holt 19th January
John Naughton 26th January
Rupesh Shah 2nd  February
Paul Tucker
9th  February
Peter Tuddenham 16th  February
Mo Vernon 23rd February
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on July 15, 2021 9:00 PM by Shankar Sankaran
Categories: General
Dear Members
 
The ISSS 2021 Board Elections have begun on 15th July and you would have received an email in your mailbox. The voting closes on July 30th at 9 PM Pacific Time. We encourage you to cast your vote.
There are three candidates standing for the role of the President - Elect this year.
You are requested to rank them with your order of preference as we have more than two candidates this year.
The candidates will be presented to you in random order. To rank them please use the arrows on the right to move up or down when the candidates are presented to you.
Please visit https://www.isss.org/elections-2021 to look at videos prepared by the three candidates for this position.
There is only one candidate nominated for the following positions.
Vice President Administration
Secretary and Vice-President for Protocol
Vice President Systems Practice
You can vote either yes or no or write-in a name you wish to nominate instead.
The name you are writing in should be a member of ISSS who should be willing to serve in the position you are nominating them for. If the write-in candidate gets more votes than the candidate to be confirmed the ISSS board will discuss the next steps and inform members of the outcome.
I have been requested by the ISSS Board to set up this year's election as the VP Administration is a candidate to be confirmed.
Thanks, and Regards
Shankar Sankaran
Past President
If you have any queries on the voting process, please email me at shankarandgita@gmail.com
Posted on July 10, 2021 6:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: General
OECD published this in February 2020: New Approaches to Economic Challenges -  Systemic Thinking for Policy Making
The Potential of Systems Analysis for Addressing Global Policy Challenges in the 21st Century
From the website: The OECD has invited Nobel laureates and many of the world’s leading thinkers from government, the private sector and academia to debate innovative approaches to the major questions facing humanity. This series summarises their analyses and proposals on the interlinked challenges facing our societies, environment and economies: from the climate emergency to inequality, the digital economy, or the financial system. The OECD’s New Approaches to Economic Challenges (NAEC) initiative was launched in 2012 to investigate the roots and lessons of the financial crisis, and renew and strengthen analytical and policy approaches with fresh thinking, engaged research and dialogue.
 
Posted on February 18, 2021 1:45 PM by Peter Tuddenham
New Books in Systems and Cybernetic‪s‬ is a podcast series that you may be interested in downloading
 
 
Yesterday I listened to Nora Bateson talk about her book from 2016. Well worth the hour to listen. I ma listening to podcasts as I go for a walk for an hour in these covid times. I especially like the last chapter on "symmathesy". I would be interested in your comments.
Posted on February 17, 2021 10:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Annual Meeting, General
Save the dates 8-13 July for the first ISSS online virtual conference and second online AGM. More details and info very sooon.
Posted on November 13, 2020 5:00 PM by Peter Tuddenham
The Primer Project of ISSS was an ambitous effort to capture some of the essence of General Systems Theory on a previous ISSS website.
 
We moved the ISSS website to a new server in May 2020 and so the old primer site became unavailable.
 
Rob Young with support from Peter Tuddenham has revived and updated much of this primer website. Thank you Rob Young for your work on this project.
 
You can find it here https://web3.isss.org/primer2/
 
If you find errors or links not working please email webadmin at isss.org
 
Posted on March 30, 2019 9:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Over the past few months I have had the opportunity to spend time with a number of former Presidents of ISSS and share my experiences so far as President of ISSS 2018-19 and to hear from them about their experiences as President of ISSS and now perspectives as Past President and a Trustee.
 
In January David Rousseau (ISSS President 2017-18) and I both attended the INCOSE International Workshop in Torrance California. Also in January  I visited Len Troncale ( ISSS President 1990-91) in his Claremont, California Office where he has a significant number of  historical journals, papers and books of ISSS. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Debora Hammond  (ISSS President 2005-06) and I have spoken about membership trends and issues and her experience with the annual conference.
 
Gary Metcalf (ISSS President 2007-08) and I have regular conversations that began when he was President of the International Federation for Systems Research http://www.ifsr.org We meet on bluejeans video conferencing and discuss ways to broaden the engagement between systems sciences and groups and leaders around the world.
 
David Ing ( ISSS President 2011-12) and I have had several Skype meetings over the past few months reviewing the whole ISSS data management and website challenges.
 
Alexander Laszlo (ISSS President 2012-13) and I have had several conversations about a group called Grupo Mar, a group concerned with matters of education and the ocean in Argentina that emerged or developed from the Argentina Systems Sciences Chapter of ISSS. He also gave a great overview of his SIG work on a recent SIG Session on Saturday, see https://www.myisss.org/sig-sessions-recordings/
 
In February Gerald Midgley (ISSS President 2013-14) and I spoke at length about the vision for systems sciences an what ISSS might accomplish in the next 5 years, a conversation prompted by the vision survey described in the blog in February.
 
Also over the past month I have talked with Allenna Leonard (ISSS President 2009-10) about the Viable System Model and also about developing online seminars about systems tools and VSM applications to not for profits.
 
Also in February Jennifer Wilby (ISSS President 2010-11) along with ISSS members Janet and Michael Singer stayed with me for four days as we represented ISSS at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Washington D.C.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Over the past few weeks I have been exploring Superorganisms with Peter Corning (ISSS President 1999-2000) in preparation for the ISSS 2019 conference. I have also been in email exchanges with Aleco Christakis (ISSS President 2002-03) and Mike Jackson (ISSS President 2001-02).
 
And last week I visited John Kineman (ISSS President 2015-16) in the mountains west of Boulder for an afternoon discussion on a wide range of topics.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And looking forward to next year Shankar Sankaran ( President-elect)  and I have been developing ways to ensure more continuity from one ISSS President to the next by having Skype conversations between us from the USA to Australia.
 
 
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