Speaker: Örsan Şenalp on Unity of Science: Contributions from Bogdanov
Saturday, April 1st, 2023, 10am at Zoom
Speaker: Örsan Şenalp
Topic: Unity of Science: Contributions from Bogdanov
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In this talk I will present the outline of the argument I develop in my ongoing research at the University of Amsterdam. The subject of the research is a ‘lost paradigm’ that provided a creative answer to the unresolved question of the unity (or disunity) of science. This forgotten work is Alexander Bogdanov’s life work culminated in tektology, outlined in his 1913-29 book Tektology: Universal Science of Organisation. Tektology is increasingly accepted today as the first-ever systematic work which presented systems/complexity science. Therefore, the unit of analysis of the research is Bogdanov’s main writings. I hypothesise that, especially with tektology, which included a clear and accessible conceptual and methodological framework and the first principle that later systems and complexity approaches lacked, Bogdanov might have given a correct answer to the unity/disunity question.
The main objective of the research is to highlight the importance and relevance of Bogdanov’s work by rereading it against the unity/disunity of science debate. In doing so, I will be re-connecting two important unity/disunity of science debates that evolved somewhat independently in the history and philosophy of science (HPS) and systems/complexity fields in the absence of Bogdanov’s work. To re-connect these debates around the answer Bogdanov gave, I go back to the late modern writings on science and propose a reconstruction of the history of both fields as two candidate meta-or unifying sciences, which tried to solve the unity/disunity of science riddle yet failed. I also compare and 4 PMast the main arguments and aspects of these attempts with that of Bogdanov. My final objective is to intervene in the contemporary debates on the unity of science.

I am an academic researcher at the University of Amsterdam. In the past, I worked as a political advisor and consultant for the Turkish parliament and the trade union confederation DISK. I gained international experience in policy networks and union solidarity projects as a project advisor and consultant. I participated in transnational social justice and protest movements Water Justice, 15M, and Occupy Wall Street as an activist. I hold a master's degree in international relations and transnational governance and I am currently working on my research on Alexander Bogdanov's work and ideas, in the context of the question of unity/disunity of science and of systems/complexity paradigms, at the Institute of Logic, Language and Computation.
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Speaker: Pavel Luksha, Peaceful Futures: A Journey to Peace-Based Civilization
Wednesday, April 5th, 2023, 4am to 5:30am at zoom: Check the start time
Speaker:  Pavel Luksha
Topic: Peaceful Futures: A Journey to Peace-Based Civilization  
Abstract: Peaceful Futures is an action research aimed to discover ways of creating peace based civilization on our planet in the 21st century.  Over the last decade many prominent thought leaders pointed out to the fact that the weaponry is becoming increasingly lethal while the global socio-economic system becomes increasingly fragile, and any major war could spiral into an assured destruction of civilization and humankind. In 2022, the world once again recognized the fact that world peace should not be taken for granted, and that the existential risk of a global thermonuclear conflict could be very real. If this condition remains, the possibility of a sustainable human civilization should be ruled out - and unfolding climate and biodiversity crises further aggravate the risk. In the words of Buckminster Fuller, “either war is obsolete, or humans are”.  Through a series of foresight sessions and Structured Democratic Dialogues, participants from over 30 countries of Global North and South explored the range of political, economic, technological, educational, and socio-cultural strategies that can create peace for all. As a result of this work, a conceptualization of "levels of peace" was a produced, and a road map of critical paths towards the peaceful futures was created. The workshop will present the key conclusion of the research and will invite participants to contribute their own ideas regarding the possibility of peaceful futures.   
Bio: Pavel Luksha is a system thinker, change catalyst, and facilitator working with systemic innovations in education, business, social entrepreneurship, culture, and urban development. Pavel is the founder & director of Global Education Futures think-do tank, the founder of School of Evolutionary Leadership, and the co-founder of several international social movements, including The Weaving Lab, Learning Planet, Future of Capital, and Living Cities Earth.  He also cofounded the Voice of Youth initiative and TeenStart youth entrepreneurship program that empowered thousands of young people. He is the Fellow of World Academy of Art & Science, and the Board director of the Laszlo Institute for the New Paradigm Research, Campus CoEvolve, FutureHow, and EcoClass. Pavel is the co-author of the Rapid Foresight methodology used by thousands of futurists and practitioners in over 20 countries of the world, and the principal author of a number of impactful publications on the future of education, skills, and jobs. Pavel is also a visiting professor at SKOLKOVO School of Management (Moscow), ITBA (Buenos Aires), ESCP (Berlin), and Emergence (Oslo). He is the member of ISSS community since 2003.
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Speaker: Sue Gabriele: Systemocracy: Transcending Bureaucracy via the 30/30 RoundTable
Wednesday, April 12th, 2023, 4pm to 5:30pm at Zoom
Speaker: Sue Gabriele
Title: Systemocracy: Transcending Bureaucracy via the 30/30 RoundTable
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Abstract. Our current model worldwide for large organizations is bureaucracy, a wonderful invention in its time to correct flaws of patriarchy. Patriarchal leaders control the personal and work lives of their people; Bureaucracy applies only to employees’ work lives. Bureaucracy, like patriarchy, is illustrated in this paper by an organization chart of faces with arrows pointing down to represent the boss’ control over employees—(i. e., top-down information flows). However, a main flaw in bureaucracy is its (unintended) treatment of employees as empty vessels to fill, leaving people at the bottom of the organization chart discontent and underperforming. Ever-increasing remedies have been offered, but they are typically asystemic, that is: ill-conceived and ill-designed.  Such remedies increase employees’ workload wastefully, leaving them more discouraged and overworked. The 30/30 RoundTable provides satisfying new information flows without increasing employee workloads.  In just 30 minutes monthly, everyone in the room (system) about 30 ± n people, has an equal turn to share their thoughts. The methods used to develop this topic include: non-specialist language to bypass the silo effect; simple and clear graphics, explanations, definitions, illustrations, metaphors and charts of key concepts-- especially, bureaucracy, systemocracy, and 30/30 RoundTables; and links to experts in this and other relevant fields. The proposed result is a new structure with three established continuing information flows. The existing top-down flows (bureaucratic) are supplemented both with horizontal information flows, where employees (and students) hear each other’s thoughts, and with bottom-up flows, where managers hear what their supervised are thinking.  Thus, power, authority and information are gradually relocated from the top (CEO’s bureau) to each organization level and each department (system, sub-system, suprasystem) at each company’s own rate and time-frame.  Thus, bureaucracy evolves into systemocracy at each organization’s own pace.  

Bio: Dr. Susan Farr Gabriele (Sue), a member of ISSS since 1997, is the SIG chair for the ISSS RoundTable and Designing Educational Systems (DES).  She is an innovator and consultant in systemic school and workplace renewal. After a twenty-year career as a high school teacher, she returned to graduate school seeking answers to the problems of large institutions.  She studied at University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles, then Saybrook University, where she earned a PhD in Human Science: Social and Institutional Change.  Sue found her theoretical solutions in systems theory, human agency, and control systems engineering.  Her practical solution is a user-ready tool, the Systems Thinking RoundTable, which was her dissertation study. The RoundTable has become a regular activity in schools and professional societies: the ISSS since 1998, Pennekamp School since 2000, the Association for Talent Development and the International Society for Performance Improvement since 2013, and the International Council on Systems Engineering since 2016.  Sue is the author of "New Hope for Schools: Findings of a Teacher-Turned Detective." Twice a year, she teaches an online class in "Systemic Leadership" though Ashland University.  For more information, contact her here: or  www,
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Daniel Friedman: The Knowledge Engineering project at ISSS
Wednesday, April 19th, 2023, 4am to 5:30am at Zoom
Speaker:  Daniel Freedman
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Topic: The Knowledge Engineering project at ISSS
On April 19th 2023, the Knowledge Engineering project at ISSS will host an hour-long “positive entanglement” around the topic of Systems Science and Large Language Models, with attention to how these models can be applied to the ISSS Archives in service of accessibility, rigor, and applicability.

For more information on the Knowledge Engineering project, see the playlist with all recordings of our meetings, and our work with the Systems Community Alliance on developing the ISSS Archives.
Reply contact  with any comments or questions. We hope you join! Also, as a primer/prompt for next month’s discussion, postscript we’ve included a generative summary (from GPT3.5) that wrote a short essay based upon some notes from today’s meeting.

Generative summary:
Material recommendation is a matter of matching the level of insights of the audience with the suitability of the chosen material. It follows then, that different materials will be more suitable for different people.
The International Systems Science Society (ISSS) provides an opportunity to navigate the spectrum of options for different participant levels. ISSS offers both education streams and research streams, so this allows for the development of specific resources for the promotion of the different use cases.
Furthermore, it is important to be able to recognize false positives and false negatives when navigating the training material and other resources. False positives mean that materials are not suitable for the intended target audience whereas false negatives indicate mismatches with the capabilities of the person dealing with the material. This can lead to individuals spending valuable time on topics outside their expertise.
Organizational learning curves are also a key part of the development of the ISSS program. As people progress through the materials, the community can gain valuable insight into the best ways to support initiatives within the systems thinking realm. Building the capabilities and maturities of members is paramount in this development process.
In conclusion, material recommendations depend fully on matching the knowledge of the audience with the suitability of the chosen material. It is important to consider false positives and false negatives in the recommendation process and is essential to build organizational learning curves as the ISSS program develops. This will ensure that everyone is able to get the most out of their experience with the ISSS program.
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ISSS Book Club
Thursday, April 20th, 2023, 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.
Speaker: Gianni Di Marco: Q matrix, A New Framework for Systems Change
Wednesday, April 26th, 2023, 4pm to 5:30pm at Zoom
Gianni Di Marco
Q matrix: A New Framework for Systems Change
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This presentation will take the audience on a journey with a traditional change manager who, after turning to systems science to solve the mystery of systemic resistance to change in corporate organizations, found that he still did not have all the answers he was looking for. This journey then became an exploration at the edge of systems research, including Complex Adaptive and Evolvable Systems, Anticipatory Systems, Dissipative Systems, and many other amazing systems concepts that are necessary to understanding the patterns of organizational behavior when they are stressed by managers to undergo deep changes. From this journey, the newcomer to systems science brought back a backpack full of information, concepts, models, and ideas that he will try to purposefully sort out and combine to produce the systems change theory he was looking for. The ultimate goal is to turn this theory into a model that could facilitate change management in the most challenging situations of deep systemic transformation, toward sustainable and purposeful ideals… The type of transformation our society need to face the 21st century's Grand Challenges. The draft of a new framework will be presented, which was named Q matrix. It is composed of five archetypes of stable system states and relates the system state to its transformative potential, including resistance to change characteristics and change triggers. The presentation will conclude on open fields of exploration and potential development based on the new framework, since the transformative pattern of the Q matrix apparently embrace holistic dynamics that seems to apply to any living system.  
Gianni Di Marco is a Systems Change Facilitator, Independent Consultant, Coach, and Trainer from Switzerland. In 2021, Gianni completed a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Change Management and Leadership from the University of Lausanne, Switzerland. Since then, he has been engaged in R&D on systemic resistance to change in human social systems and systems change management. He holds certifications as a Trainer in Systems Thinking, Mapping, and Leadership from Cabrera Research Lab and as a Coach in Vertical Leadership Development from Global Leadership Associates. Gianni holds a PhD in Geology, which he completed in 1994. He worked in the Oil and Gas industry for a few years before moving from interpreting geosystems to managing human systems. Gianni spent 25 years in sales and marketing, market development, and business development. He has a successful track record in problem-solving, innovation, and driving positive change in the organizations he worked for, and he has always been a changemaker. Gianni has managed projects in various fields, from pharmaceuticals to tourism to innovation technologies. He was the Founder and CEO of his own startup in the 2000s, in the field of B2B and B2C services for outdoor activities. His last assignment was in an organization providing management and development services to corporations. Gianni is a member of ISSS since 2021.
Wednesday time zones for April:  
San Francisco:   1  PM on a Wednesday
New York:          4  PM on a Wednesday
London, UK        9  PM on a Wednesday
Berlin:              10  PM on a Wednesday
South Africa      10 PM on a Wednesday
Sydney Aus        6 AM Thursday
UTC                   8 PM