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Past President Reflections - David Ing 2011
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, All Day Event
Abstract:
 
The 1998 ISSS Atlanta meeting, led by G.A. Swanson, is cited by David Ing as the single best educational experience of his life.  The meeting featured Russell Ackoff, James Grier Miller, Anatol Rapoport, Eugene Odum, Howard Odum, Len Troncale, Robert Flood, Michael C. Jackson and Timothy F.H. Allen.  David contributed text digests of that meeting to the website, and gradually deepened his involvement with the society as webmaster and then vice-president roles.
 
As president for the 2012 ISSS San Jose meeting, the theme was set as "Service Systems, Natural Systems".  These ideas evolved to be published in the 2013 special issue of Systems Research & Behavioral Science as "Rethinking Systems Thinking: Learning and coevolving with the world".  From 2014 to 2018, David took a detour into appreciating the legacy of 1970s Berkeley, with the inquiring systems of C. West Churchman, wicked problems of Horst Rittel, and pattern language of Christopher Alexander.
 
Since 2019, David has been working locally in Toronto with a group focused on Systems Changes Learning.  This is an espoused journey of 10 years, focused on rethinking systems thinking.  The core group has recently converged on the central ideas of rhythmic shifts, contextural dyadic thinking and propensity.  The philosophical foundations include the ecological anthropology of Tim Ingold, the philosophy of science underlying Classical Chinese Medicine described by Keekok Lee, and the efficacy in disposition outlined by Francois Jullien.
 
Biography:
 
David Ing is a past president (2011-2012) of the ISSS.  In a 28-year career at IBM, he was assigned to roles including management consulting, market development, industry solutions and headquarters planning.  In 2017-2018, he released "Open Innovation Learning:  Theory-building on open sourcing while private sourcing" as an open access publication.  A longtime resident of Toronto, Canada, he is a cofounder of Systems Thinking Ontario, with a legacy of 100 monthly meetings.  In recent years, David has been active mostly with OCAD University, the Centre for Social Innovation, and the Creative Systemic Research Platform Institute.
Past President Reflections - David Ing 2011
Wednesday, June 1st, 2022, 1pm to 3pm at online
Abstract:
 
The 1998 ISSS Atlanta meeting, led by G.A. Swanson, is cited by David Ing as the single best educational experience of his life.  The meeting featured Russell Ackoff, James Grier Miller, Anatol Rapoport, Eugene Odum, Howard Odum, Len Troncale, Robert Flood, Michael C. Jackson and Timothy F.H. Allen.  David contributed text digests of that meeting to the website, and gradually deepened his involvement with the society as webmaster and then vice-president roles.
 
As president for the 2012 ISSS San Jose meeting, the theme was set as "Service Systems, Natural Systems".  These ideas evolved to be published in the 2013 special issue of Systems Research & Behavioral Science as "Rethinking Systems Thinking: Learning and coevolving with the world".  From 2014 to 2018, David took a detour into appreciating the legacy of 1970s Berkeley, with the inquiring systems of C. West Churchman, wicked problems of Horst Rittel, and pattern language of Christopher Alexander.
 
Since 2019, David has been working locally in Toronto with a group focused on Systems Changes Learning.  This is an espoused journey of 10 years, focused on rethinking systems thinking.  The core group has recently converged on the central ideas of rhythmic shifts, contextural dyadic thinking and propensity.  The philosophical foundations include the ecological anthropology of Tim Ingold, the philosophy of science underlying Classical Chinese Medicine described by Keekok Lee, and the efficacy in disposition outlined by Francois Jullien.
 
Biography:
 
David Ing is a past president (2011-2012) of the ISSS.  In a 28-year career at IBM, he was assigned to roles including management consulting, market development, industry solutions and headquarters planning.  In 2017-2018, he released "Open Innovation Learning:  Theory-building on open sourcing while private sourcing" as an open access publication.  A longtime resident of Toronto, Canada, he is a cofounder of Systems Thinking Ontario, with a legacy of 100 monthly meetings.  In recent years, David has been active mostly with OCAD University, the Centre for Social Innovation, and the Creative Systemic Research Platform Institute.
System aging, a “Global Problématique” as an exercise for all the members of our society
Saturday, June 4th, 2022, 7am to 9am at online
Presenter: Thomas Wong
Abstract: Active and healthy ageing has been investigated by the World Health Organisation WHO and governments in many countries. If anything is an open system, then the Elderly system could not be closed! Hence we need to investigate the possible and important connection between the Elderly system and other systems. A healthy society would require a dynamic balance among different sub-systems and the environment. We would like to compare the two possible solutions from a reductionistic approach and that of a systemic one. This would involve systemic wisdom from different SIGs to work together to address issues arise from the current balancing points of different Yin-Yang spectrums, such as the elderly-youth population system, retirement-workforce society, ethical balance between duties and rights, ancient culture re-establishment in modern societies. This would involve concepts from Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The human body will fail eventually with ageing, but systems scientists have the responsibility to implement systemic strategies that could help the elderly to fail gracefully and systemically. Healthcare is not only about the physical body but also involves Mental, Emotional, Behavioural, and Spiritual aspects. Innovation is the process arises from the emergence of functional new systems supported by various observers who could realize the new connections between different existing sub-systems. Your involvement is of utmost importance. Maybe the active and healthy systemic ageing issue also exists within ISSS?
System aging, a “Global Problématique” as an exercise for all the members of our society
Wednesday, June 8th, 2022, 1pm to 3pm at online
Presenter: Thomas Wong
Abstract: Active and healthy ageing has been investigated by the World Health Organisation WHO and governments in many countries. If anything is an open system, then the Elderly system could not be closed! Hence we need to investigate the possible and important connection between the Elderly system and other systems. A healthy society would require a dynamic balance among different sub-systems and the environment. We would like to compare the two possible solutions from a reductionistic approach and that of a systemic one. This would involve systemic wisdom from different SIGs to work together to address issues arise from the current balancing points of different Yin-Yang spectrums, such as the elderly-youth population system, retirement-workforce society, ethical balance between duties and rights, ancient culture re-establishment in modern societies. This would involve concepts from Confucianism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Traditional Chinese Medicine. The human body will fail eventually with ageing, but systems scientists have the responsibility to implement systemic strategies that could help the elderly to fail gracefully and systemically. Healthcare is not only about the physical body but also involves Mental, Emotional, Behavioural, and Spiritual aspects. Innovation is the process arises from the emergence of functional new systems supported by various observers who could realize the new connections between different existing sub-systems. Your involvement is of utmost importance. Maybe the active and healthy systemic ageing issue also exists within ISSS?
ISSS Book Club
Thursday, June 16th, 2022, 12:30pm to 2pm at Online
The purpose of the book club is to explore the systems science literature in depth, so books are read over several months, with monthly reading assignments of approximately 50-100 pages. Check the book club's webpage for the current reading assignments.
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Systems Sciences SIG Meeting
Monday, June 27th, 2022, 11am to 12:30pm at Online
The DEI SIG is currently meeting monthly on the fourth Monday of the month.