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Saturday (5 November) Non-members also welcome
Saturday, November 5th, 2022, 10am at Zoom
 
The Board of Directors recently approved the final budget and the implementation strategy for ISSS2023 conference in South Africa. This week we have a dual session. Firstly, we start with a new theme and secondly, we have an information session on the conference detail.
 
Theme: Making Sense of the Systems Landscape in terms of Education by Vice President, Education, Daniel Friedman.
AND
Presenting the logistics of the ISSS2023 Conference in South Africa by Vice President, Conferences, Olaf Brugman and President, Roelien Goede
The session is open to members and non-members and has a unique Zoom link as follows:
Meeting ID: 936 8821 6823
Passcode: 150275
 
Saturday time zones for November:
 
San Francisco:    7 AM on a Saturday
New York:          10  AM on a Saturday
London, UK:        2  PM on a Saturday
Central Europe:   3  PM on a Saturday
South Africa:       4 PM on  a Saturday
Sydney Aus         1 AM on the Sunday
Saturday: Len Troncale on Systems Process Theory
Saturday, November 12th, 2022, 10am at Zoom
Saturday 12 November (members only) NOTE TIME CHANGE DUE TO DST!
Len Troncale closes our theme on Systems Concepts with notes on his work
SYSTEMS PROCESSES THEORY- SPT OVERVIEW
SPT will be the subject of several papers and evening workshops in South Africa’s ISSS conference. Only ten slides are allowed for this presentation/2 per section to encourage discussion/questions. An overview of SPT which will soon be an online course using Len Troncale’s You Tube channel and 112 Kindle-Published online Pamphlets/Monographs on SPT & Systems Pathology (enabled by partnership with Peter Tuddenham). In this talk, we will see (1) overview slides of the two components of SPT Isomorphies/Principal Systems Mechanisms (I/PSM’s); (2) Overview hierarchical Listings of the 50 or so main Principal Systems Mechanisms under study and reprint collections;  (2) 35 Information Packets needed to apply each of the I/PSMs, (3)  the two tests of concept of GST in SPT, (4) Twenty Spin-Offs already known for SPT. (5) Special attention to Spin-Off Systems Pathology and our listing of Complex, Hybrid Systems Problems and reprints that are potentials for application of 50 or more I/PSM’s and how to apply them, as well as reference to the pertinent Websites for each of the above. We will pay special attention to- as well as pre-schedule- joint meetings with the new math SIG of James Rose and the ISSP Conference within the ISSS.
Saturday time zones for November:
 
San Francisco:    7 AM on a Saturday
New York:          10  AM on a Saturday
London, UK:        2  PM on a Saturday
Central Europe:   3  PM on a Saturday
South Africa:       4 PM on  a Saturday
Sydney Aus         1 AM on the Sunday
ISSS Book Club
Thursday, November 17th, 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.
Saturday: Ian Glendinning : a "State of the Systems Nation" 
Saturday, November 19th, 2022, 4pm at Zoom
Ian Glendinning : a "State of the Systems Nation
Saturday 19November (members only)
Link at https://www.isss.org/members-mini-symposiums/
View from a long-term systems practitioner and thinker who is new to ISSS idea of Systems as Science.
Systems Thinking is a given - a fundamental consideration for the ongoing evolution of Life, the Universe and Everything.
Deflationary "meta-language" to talk about all of that and whilst accepting details of different applied domains for systems of different kinds.
Focus on applying this to better understanding of humanity and good human decision-making about our futures.
Ensure high-level understanding of this common ground is inherited by all "state of the art" systems domains.
The devil may be in the details, but the angels are in the abstractions.
Ian's Background in systems:
Ian Glendinning
www.psybertron.org
http://www.psybertron.org/archives/16480
My "Systems" Bio:
 
1970's to 1990's - Aeronautical & Process Plants Engineer
Physical Systems - Fluid, Pressure, Energy, Process & Control
AND
Human Systems - People, Organisation, Process, Methods, Procedures
In an industrial context from functional need to maintenance and upgrade of operating assets and organisations.
 
1988-1991 - MBA - (Human) Cultural Aspects of Change in Organisations.
 
1990's to 2010's - ICT Systems Engineer - Architect and Implementation
Focus on Information & Semantics, NOT the technology - Industrial ISO Standards on Ontologies and Libraries - Generic "System Engineering (Meta)-Language".
For Industrial Engineering customers, and for Software developers and Service providers.
2010 - 2022 independent Information Management Architecture Consultant.
Most recently in UK Nuclear projects - "Systems Thinking" as a response to complexity.
And eg in CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) - exploiting ISO Systems Language Standardisation.
 
2000 to Today.
Large-scale human decision-making "going wrong".
Epistemological "Research" (mainly blogging) "What, Why and How do we Know?" under a "Cybernetics" umbrella.
True/original cybernetics ie from 1946 Macy Conferences onwards - post-war organisation of human society as a whole,
with engineered "homeostatic control" systems (ie "first cybernetics") as ONLY a small subset.
Increasingly Metaphysical - Ontology and Epistemology involves "more than" the 4D physical world.
"Engagement" with "smart" systems thinkers
* with INCOSE (since 2007 Russia via Agroskin and Levenchuk and 2018 in UK Nuclear)
* with Hull CSS (2021 via Bogdanov and Mike Jackson),
* with AII (Active Inference Institute since 2021, via Friston, Solms and Levenchuk)
* with EEMI (Russian INCOSE / Management School, via Levenchuk)
* with ISSS (2022 via Dennis Finlayson)
 
 
​Saturday 26 November: Open Mic  / Short Sessions (Members only)
So far we have:
Doncho Petkov: A Brief Review of Links between Systems Thinking and Information Systems in the Last Fifteen Years
Peter Corning:  Synergistic Selection: A New Theory of Evolution;  Cooperative Effects of Various Kinds Have Shaped the Course of Life on Earth;  The Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism) Wrongly Emphasizes Competition
Manel Pretel-Wilson: What can philosophy contribute to systems thinking?  
 
 
Saturday time zones for November 
 
San Francisco:    7 AM on a Saturday
New York:          10  AM on a Saturday
London, UK:        3  PM on a Saturday
Central Europe:   4  PM on a Saturday
South Africa:       5 PM on  a Saturday
Sydney Aus         2 AM on the Sunday
Saturday: Open mic and brief papers
Saturday, November 26th, 2022, 10am at zoom
​Saturday 26 November: Open Mic  / Short Sessions (Members only)
So far we have-  See abstracts below
Doncho Petkov: A Brief Review of Links between Systems Thinking and Information Systems in the Last Fifteen Years
Manel Pretel-Wilson: What can philosophy contribute to systems thinking?  
Peter Corning (to be confirmed):  Synergistic Selection: A New Theory of Evolution;  Cooperative Effects of Various Kinds Have Shaped the Course of Life on Earth;  The Modern Synthesis (Neo-Darwinism) Wrongly Emphasizes Competition
 
 
A Brief Review of Links between Systems Thinking and Information Systems in the Last Fifteen Years
Doncho Petkov                                                           
ECSU, petkovd@easternct.edu
Olga Petkova,
CCSU, petkovao@ccsu.edu
Abstract
Historically, the relationship between Systems Thinking and Information Systems(IS) may have had some promise in the early days of IS in the 1980s but that dwindled by the start of the 21st century. Some prominent IS scholars like Allen lee and Steven Alter and later Manuel Mora  and others tried to revive that relationship at the time. A new journal on Information Technology and the systems approach, IJITSA, was started in 2008 by IGI Global. One of the papers in its inaugural issue was primarily developed by the first coauthor of this presentation. This talk outlines briefly the current status of the inclusion of systems thinking in the official published IS curriculum guidelines for undergraduate and masters’ programs at universities. We explore then the characteristics of papers appearing between 2008 and 2022 that are related to systems thinking and information systems or software engineering according to library databases and Google Scholar and then  we consider the features of the papers published by IJITSA in the same interval. The conclusion is that the goal of increasing the impact of systems thinking on information systems and information technology implementation is far from being achieved. However, we might be reminded of Churchman's statement that the systems approach needs to be practiced "in a heroic mode" and that is the challenge for the next generation of IS scholars and practitioners.
 
Title: What can Philosophy Contribute to Systems Thinking?
Manel Pretel-Wilson:
Abstract: GST and the Unity of Science seem to be the pursuit of one and the same project but so far we have not seen a general theory of systems resembling what physics aims at
with a theory of everything. But maybe we “don’t [have to] throw the baby out with the bathwater” and give up on the whole project. In this session, the speaker is going to argue that the solution does not lay in claiming a “new realm of science” constituted by general principles that apply to all systems but in acknowledging that that problem, the Unity of Science, belongs to the domain of Philosophy and thus it can only be solved by its own findings in the form of a new world-hypothesis which is what it can contribute to systems thinking. In fact, a new world-hypothesis is required for the future unification of knowledge as today it is hampered by the fact that there are two new domains of science awaiting unification despite having laid down their scientific groundwork 70 years ago.

 
 
Saturday time zones for November 
 
San Francisco:    7 AM on a Saturday
New York:          10  AM on a Saturday
London, UK:        3  PM on a Saturday
Central Europe:   4  PM on a Saturday
South Africa:       5 PM on  a Saturday
Sydney Aus         2 AM on the Sunday
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in the Systems Sciences SIG Meeting
Monday, November 28th, 2022, 11am to 12:30pm at Online
The DEI SIG is currently meeting monthly on the fourth Monday of the month.