Posted on October 1, 2022 9:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Yesterday, Friday 30 September 2022, I was in Portland and met with Professor Wayne Wakeland, Chair of the Systems Science program at Portland State University. He told me the program began in 1969 and has been going ever since. The program offers PhD's, Masters and also a Systems Minor at the Undergraduate level. We discussed how we might work together to do more to promote the value of a systems science education. Read about the program here https://www.pdx.edu/systems-science/
Posted on September 24, 2022 9:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
I have known Alexander Christakis since the late 80's when he was a professor at George Mason University Virginia working with another former ISSS President John Warfield. His life's work is seeking ways to emancipate people to be their best and work to address the world's problematique and to seek peace in areas of conflict. His life's commitment continues at 85. I joined him, Maria Kakoulaki and Jeff Dietrich as they delivered a training on Structured Dialogic Design and the supporting software Logosophia. Along with 6 other participants we gathered in Arhanes, Crete for the past week. Although I have known and read about SDD for all these years I finally, I think. get the Science behind the Systems Mapping outcomes of this human systems process. We were all being trained as facilitators. I look forward to doing more "CoLabs" using the SD process and the Logosophia software.
Posted on September 13, 2022 9:30 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Interesting to see this "promotion" of systems thinking from the United Kingdom Government in a You Tube video dated April 2022.
Tamara Finkelstein, Permanent Secretary for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Sir Patrick Vallance, Government Chief Scientific Adviser, set out what Systems Thinking is and the advantages it offers for good policy making. They also offer advice to those getting started with a systems thinking approach.
Posted on July 29, 2022 8:30 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Dennis Finlayson, ISSS member, sent this to me to share with members and readers of ISSS. A blog post "Definition as a Coffin” – Cybernetics to Systems Thinking"
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 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:
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Posted on June 3, 2021 9:30 PM by Peter Tuddenham
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 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.
If you find errors or links not working please email webadmin at isss.org