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Calendar of events offered by ISSS and related organizations.

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Models that Explain the Predicament the World Economy Is Facing
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021, 3pm to 5pm at Zoom
The world economy is a self-organizing system, powered by energy. Ms. Tverberg will explain the predicament that the world economy is up against, as a series of four models:
 
1. The economy as a rocket.
2. The operation of individual local economies as being analogous to the operation of a human body, with many different systems. Each human grows, stagnates, and eventually dies.
3. The economy as being like a child’s building toy, which that is built up in layers. Unneeded layers are removed, leaving a hollow center.
4. The economy as being like a bicycle that must go fast enough, or it will tip over.
 
She will also show that based on 200 years of experience, a major indicator that limits are being reached is energy consumption per capita that stops growing.
 
The real model of the pattern of growth and decline of economies, based on the research of Turchin and Nefedof in Secular Cycles, is a pattern of rapid growth followed by stagnation. After years of stagnation, the system tips over into collapse, slowly at first and then faster. Ugo Bardi’s Seneca Curve is similar. The authors of The Limits to Growth have indicated that their model is only predictive up until the time collapse begins. Thus, the indications provided here are also consistent with those of the 1972 analysis, The Limits to Growth.

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Cybernetics and Psychology
Saturday, November 6th, 2021, 10am to 12pm at Zoom
The presentation provides an alternative to behaviorism. Instead of looking at the mind as a mechanical object driven by outside forces, it looks at the mind as a subject, as a process of communication and control (cybernetics) that is purpose driven, and has mental models, and decision-making processes. It provides a theoretical basis for cognitive therapies.

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Cybernetics and Psychology
Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, 3pm to 5pm at Zoom
The presentation provides an alternative to behaviorism. Instead of looking at the mind as a mechanical object driven by outside forces, it looks at the mind as a subject, as a process of communication and control (cybernetics) that is purpose driven, and has mental models, and decision-making processes. It provides a theoretical basis for cognitive therapies.

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Discuss Action Groups
Saturday, November 13th, 2021, 10am to 12pm at Zoom
How can ISSS better communicate our insights to a world in need? - An initial Open Mic discussion on starting an ISSS “ActionGroup” hosted by Jessie Henshaw and followed by a workshop organized by Gary Smith and Jen Makar – please join – Bring your ideas of the needs of the world, opportunities to serve, and good examples to follow.

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Systems Thinking and the SDGs
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, 11am to 1pm at Online
On 17 November, our Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull is co-hosting a UN-supported, online event on systems thinking for accelerating the sustainable development goals. The speakers are Laila Baker (UN Development Co-ordination Office), Josep Coll (EADA Business School), Ellen Lewis (Ethos of Engagement), Gerald Midgley (University of Hull), Michael Quinn Patton (Blue Marble Evaluation), Otto Scharmer (Presencing Institute) and Anne Stephens (Ethos of Engagement). Please register here, and you will be sent a link:

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Discuss Action Groups
Wednesday, November 17th, 2021, 3pm to 5pm at Zoom
How can ISSS better communicate our insights to a world in need? - An initial Open Mic discussion on starting an ISSS “ActionGroup” hosted by Jessie Henshaw and followed by a workshop organized by Gary Smith and Jen Makar – please join – Bring your ideas of the needs of the world, opportunities to serve, and good examples to follow.

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Joseph Tainter - Nov. 20/24 - "Complexity and the Productivity of Innovation
Saturday, November 20th, 2021, 10am to 12pm at Zoom
Joseph A. Tainter is Professor of Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, having previously served as Department Head. Dr. Tainter worked on issues of sustainability before the term became common, including his acclaimed book The Collapse of Complex Societies (Cambridge University Press, 1988).

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Joseph Tainter - Nov. 20/24 - "Complexity and the Productivity of Innovation
Wednesday, November 24th, 2021, 3pm to 5pm at Zoom
Joseph A. Tainter is Professor of Sustainability in the Department of Environment and Society, Utah State University, having previously served as Department Head. Dr. Tainter worked on issues of sustainability before the term became common, including his acclaimed book The Collapse of Complex Societies (Cambridge University Press, 1988).

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Open Mic: Conducting debates in this or another forum
Saturday, November 27th, 2021, 10am to 12pm at Zoom
Past President Delia Pembrey would like to see more structured debate on important topics relevant to the society (personal communication). A structured or formal debate means following some protocols (c.f.,...

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