Posted on March 14, 2021 9:00 AM by Shankar Sankaran
Dear members of ISSS,
Using the.model of the Saturday SIG Conversations started at the US by Deeanna Burleson last year we tried to establish a similar conversations from Australia to have similar gatherings at a time zone more convenient ot people in the Southern Hemisphere. Since we did not have many ISSS members in this part of the world we invited members of ANZSys Group that was established in 1999 who had been having annual conferences in Australia and New Zealand until 2012. In 2009 ISSS and ANZSys organised a conference together when Ockie Bosch was our President.
We were nio sure of numbers so we organized fortnightly conversations following the same protocol as the Saturday SIG group in October last year. The conversations have been popular and we have and about 12 to 13 participants each week and recently we had 19. The participants so far hacve been from Australia, New Zealand, US, South Africa and India. We had speakers from SSIW (Jamie Rose) and India (Raghav Rajagopalan). The conversations are continuing this year and last week we had ISSS President Delia MacNamara engage in a very interesting conversation about Artificial Intelligence.
Please visit the ANZsys website of theANZSys group (which has several ISSS members) at for recordings of our conversations and calendar of future presentations. We are thankful to ISSS's outreach to enable small groups like ANZSys have more  conversations about systems science, thinking and practice. Join us at the conversations.  They are free. Please send me an email if you want to register your name for announcements
Shankar Sankaran
Past President ISSS
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 June 28, 2020 8:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Communication, Purpose
Saturday 28 June 2020 was, as far as I am aware, an unique occasion in the ISSS history, perhaps the first since the founding in 1954. The President -elect Delia Macnamara, the current President Shankar Sankaran, the Past-President Peter Tuddenham, the VP Admin Jennifer Makar, the VP systems Practice Gary Smith, and Saturday online meetings coordinator and facilitator Deeanna Burleson all co-presented and co invited consultation of members on the future directions, actions and activities for ISSS.  As a member you can view the recording at
Posted on April 16, 2020 9:00 AM by Shankar Sankaran
Categories: Communication
Invitation to a submit papers to a special issue in IJMSR Due 30 July 2020

Five of us from different corners of the world (Netherlands, Australia, United Kingdom, India and South Africa) are putting together a special issue on behalf of the  Academy of Management's Interest Group  on Management, Spirituality and Religion. We are working  on a quick turnaround of  papers on the impact of COVID-19 on indigenous communities. around the world as well as what we can learn from those communities about managing and recovering from this crisis.

The call  for papers can be found at
JMSR Call for COVID-19 special issue.pdf

Please consider submitting a paper.

Shankar Sankaran
Professor - Organisational Project Management
School of the Built Environment
University of Technology Sydney. Australia
President - International Society for the Systems Sciences

On behalf of special issue editors:
Sharda Nandram (Vrije University/Nyenrode Business School, Netherlands), Paresh Wankhade (Edge Hill University Business School, UK), Puneet Bindish (Indian Institute of Technology - Varnasi) and Albert Wort (University of Johannesburg)
Posted on March 29, 2020 10:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Communication
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