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Saturday, January 8, 2022

Summary of Presentations: Aspects of the Global Problematique (7:00 am GMT-8)
Location:
Time: 7am to 9am
Description:
We will resume our Saturday/Wednesday mini-symposia/open mic sessions on January 8th and 12th.
Through the end of 2021 we've heard from a number of scientists from various fields regarding several aspects of what has come to be called the Global Problematique, or an array of global-scale wicked/messy problems that are interrelated to such a degree that there can be no solution to any one of them without finding ways to mitigate all of them simultaneously. In other words, we are observing a massive systemic situation. And, that situation has existential consequences for civilization, for humanity, and for the rest of the biosphere.
I have frequently heard from various members of our society that systemic problems, even wicked ones, should have systemic solutions. Or, at least, such problems should be mitigatable using systems thinking. Its time to step up to the plate, not just to offer marginal interventions, such as tweaking capitalism or governance, but with realistic feasible approaches. Can systems science and systems thinking actually be used to prevent the worst-case scenarios currently anticipated by a growing number of thinkers? We've heard aspects of the Problematique. How should we, as a society, make a substantial contribution to this situation?
One of the special tracks for this next conference is: Special Track 2: Confronting Systemic Global Challenges in the Present. We seek proposals for papers that show how recent advances in systems science and systems practice can be applied to addressing the Global Problematique.
This will be members' opportunity to put forth proposals for making real change.
So, Saturday the 8th of Jan,, to kick off the new year, I would like to recap on some of the presentations that have been made and have an open discussion about this idea of what systems science and thinking might do. I'd recommend watching Bill Rees's presentation, especially, since he did cover the breadth of issues in the Problematique. Throughout the winter and spring we will periodically revisit this subject in the run up to the conference in July. So, members, put your thinking caps on.
George