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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 February 17, 2021 9:15 AM by Peter Tuddenham
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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 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.
 
The results are posted here 
 
 
The animation in the slide:
 
 

Media1 from ISSS on Vimeo.

Posted on July 7, 2020 8:00 AM by George Mobus
Categories: Education, Science
The University of Washington, Tacoma School of Engineering and Technology announces its new PhD program in Computer Science and Systems: https://www.tacoma.uw.edu/institute-technology-intranet/phd-computer-science-systems 
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
Phone: 253.692.5894
E-mail: gmobus@uw.edu
Web site: http://faculty.washington.edu/gmobus
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  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.
 
four systemic domains
Posted on May 24, 2020 11:10 AM by Peter Tuddenham
Categories: Purpose
the purpose of the ISSS is described as "to encourage the development of theoretical systems which are applicable to more than one of the traditional departments of knowledge", this and the aims: 
  • to investigate the isomorphy of concepts, laws, and models in various fields, and to help in useful transfers from one field to another; 
  • to encourage the development of adequate theoretical models in areas which lack them; 
  • to eliminate the duplication of theoretical efforts in different fields; and 
  • to promote the unity of science through improving the communication among specialists
are actively being revisited by a number of members in the ongoing effort to reflect, renew and reorganize the ISSS for the rest of the 21st century, or at least the next 5-10 years.
 
Some records of the discussions held on Saturday mornings are on the Systems Science Integration Workspace page https://www.myisss.org/systems-science-integration/   and more of the supporting historical documents are in the digital library on this website and introduced in the video on the home page.
 
It is exciting to see a resurgence of interest. Please join ISSS and be a part of the conversation.
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