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 https://anzsys.org/index.php
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 email@example.com
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 February 17, 2021 10:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
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 February 17, 2021 9:15 AM by Peter Tuddenham
This blog is available for SIG Chairs to keep ISSS members and the general reader of this webpage aware of activities and interests of the Special Integration Group. contact me for more information, webadmin at isss.org
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
Posted on August 14, 2020 8:35 AM by Delia Pembrey Macnamara
This year, because the Operational Research Society of the UK cannot do a face-to-face conference, it is arranging a free event that anybody can sign up for. Instead of regular streams, each topic area has a representative 60-minute session. The Systems Thinking session will be delivered by Luis Sambo (Visiting Professor, Centre for Systems Studies; Ex-Director of WHO Africa) and Mike Jackson (Emeritus Professor and Founder, Centre for Systems Studies). Luis Sambo will talk about how Critical Systems Thinking informed his leadership of the WHO response to Ebola in Africa, and then Mike Jackson will follow up with lessons for handling covid-19 today. Subject to confirmation, this session will be at 1pm on 15 September 2020.
One of the plenary speakers is Ellen Lewis, Visiting Fellow in the Centre for Systems Studies (and a 2016 graduate from University of Hull Systems PhD program). She will be talking about the systemic evaluation of development projects, with a focus on gender, environments and marginalized voices. Also subject to confirmation, this will be at 1pm on 16 September 2020.
Posted on August 2, 2020 1:30 PM by Peter Tuddenham
Over the three years of my time as President-elect, President and Past-President of ISSS I have worked with William (Bill) Smith to develop and use his approach "Understanding Lightness, Darkness and Color (LDC),as a Systems Language" to understanding systems in relation to ISSS as an organization and also to the development of Systems Literacy. Read more about Bill and his life's work at http://www.odii.com
With respect to ISSS in 2020 Bill invited ISSS members to complete a color selection activity as a way to gather information about individual preferences. He has combined the individual results to produce a group picture as well as a male and female portraits. All three come with recommendations for how ISSS can make better use its purpose power relationships and achieve balance between male and female.
Posted on July 7, 2020 8:00 AM by George Mobus
While the core of the program will emphasize the CS part, I have a number of computer-based research projects in modeling language for systems, a tool set for modeling systems, and the design/implementation of an efficient knowledgebase for systems. Please pass on this to anyone you think might be interested in pursuing such a doctorate degree.
Contact for more information
George Mobus, PhD.
Associate Professor Emeritus, Institute of Technology
University of Washington Tacoma
Street mail: 1900 Commerce St. Tacoma, WA 98402-3100 Box 358426
Web site: http://faculty.washington.edu/gmobus
Posted on June 28, 2020 8:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
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 https://www.isss.org/systems-science-integration/
Posted on June 7, 2020 7:00 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Rob Young and I are building the Digital Library here for ISSS. You can see more under that Library menu tab. One of the related tasks is to research and discover as much of the ISSS history as we can. One project from years ago is called the Primer Project. We are working to "restore" the web-based project to new servers.
In the course of this work I came across the image below showing four systemic domains. This is also relevant to other ongoing work at ISSS to chart the course for the future of ISSS. In the Primer Project there is also reference to the Four Winds. Here is a capture of that page from the Primer Project