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The ISSS 2020 Annual Meeting to be  held at Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa July 11 and 14th, 2020, is canceled due to the COVID pandemic. A virtual AGM wll be held in August.

 

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In 1954 the founders of the current ISSS met at meetings of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). They decided to start the Society for General Systems Theory later renamed Society for General Systems Research and now called the International Society for the Systems Sciences. One of the early group of founders and first presidents of our society in 1957,  Kenneth Ewart Boulding  was President of AAAS in 1980
 
 

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Delia MacNamara, ISSS President 2020-2021, explains her Art at the American Society for Cybernetics conference in 2014

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2020 Meetings
Posted on Jul 27th, 2020
From Jennifer Makar, VP Admin  email admin@isss.org
 
ISSS Council Meeting
Details regarding agenda, and meeting platform will follow shortly
 
Kelowna, Canada              Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm PDT     
New York, USA                Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm EDT     
London, United Kingdom       Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 9:00 pm BST     
Cape Town, South Africa      Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:00 pm SAST   
St. Gallen, Switzerland      Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 10:00 pm CEST   
New Delhi, India             Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 1:30 am IST     
Hong Kong, Hong Kong         Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 4:00 am HKT     
Sydney, Australia            Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 6:00 am AEST    
Christchurch, New Zealand    Sun, Aug 2, 2020 at 8:00 am NZST    
 
 
I realise this means that some of you will not be able to attend and hope you will understand. It is possible that we may record the meeting for you to view at a later date. If you are able to attend one of the two hours, please do so.
 
Our ISSS Board Meeting will be held one day prior at the following time. Details to follow. 
 
Kelowna, Canada            Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 1:00 pm PDT     
New York, USA              Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 4:00 pm EDT     
London, United Kingdom     Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 9:00 pm BST     
Cape Town, South Africa    Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 10:00 pm SAST   
St. Gallen, Switzerland    Fri, Jul 31, 2020 at 10:00 pm CEST   
Sydney, Australia          Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 6:00 am AEST     
 
Again, I recognise that this time is not suitable for all and I apologise if you are unable to attend. We will provide an update in the form of either meeting minutes, recording, or a video call, to those Board Members who were not able to attend.
 
As an update, the Board will work to firm up a day and time to hold the ISSS AGM. Currently, we are planning for it to occur on either August 21, 22, 23. We will be announcing this shortly.
Call for Papers 'Rethinking Infrastructure Projects for the New Normal' due Jan 31 2021
Posted on Jul 8th, 2020
Dear members of ISSS
I would like you to consider submitting a paper for the special issue in the journal titled International Journal for Managing Projects in Business (one of the three prominent journals in the field) titled 'Rethinking Infrastructure Projects in the New Normal' to consider  infrastructure development more critically post Covid-19. The issues to be addressed are very broad and you may find a viewpoint to focus your paper on. If you have any questions please ask me as I will be guest editing this issue:
 
 
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Springer Handbook of Systems Sciences
Posted on Jul 8th, 2020
The Springer Handbook of Systems Sciences will be ready in early 2021
Editors: Gary Metcalf, Professor Emeritus Kyoichi Kijima and Professor Hirsohi Deguchi
Gary says "Let me simply say that organizing the writing of 50 chapters into a book of over 1000 pages has been challenging. It has taken much longer than I expected, but we are now in the final phases". Well done Gary Jim and Hiroshi.
 
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Systems Science and Covid-19
Posted on Jun 28th, 2020
ISSS VP of Systems Practice, Gary Smith, recently was a co-author on a paper published in Frontiers in Medicine concerning Covid-19.
The Lung, the Heart, the Novel Coronavirus, and the Renin-Angiotensin System; The Need for Clinical Trials https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fmed.2020.00248/full
The paper also illustrates the power of using systems science to think across disciplines, boundaries and frontiers. Congratulations Gary for your pioneering and innovative work.
Highlights from mini board meeting held May26/27
Posted on Jun 11th, 2020
I want to summarize some highlights from the mini meeting on May26/27 where our focus was the future of ISSS
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Highlights from the mini Board meeting may 30/Jun1
Posted on Jun 11th, 2020
Summary of highlights of the meeting held May30/Jun 1 focused on Technology and ISSS
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Dr. Rika Preiser invited to join Club of Rome
Posted on May 19th, 2020
Dear members
 
ISSS Vice President Conferences who is a senior researcher at the Centre for Complex Systems in Transition (CST) at Stellen bosch University have been invite to join the Club of Rome
 
Congratulations Rika
 
Shankar
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ISSS Mini Board Meeting 2
Posted on May 19th, 2020
Dear members
 
We had a very reflective meeting to day to think about the role and future of ISSS in society. This will pave the way for discussing at the next mini board meeting on May 26
 
Anticipated short-term and long-range changes in ISSS financial structure, in regards to the present pandemic and potential future models for ISSS conferences and online modalities for linking ISSS members
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ISSS 2020 Call for papers
Posted on May 13th, 2020
Dear Members
 
We had our first Mini Board Meeting this morning.
 
Although the conference had to be canceled this year due to circumstances beyond our control we plan to complete some activities normally associated with our meetings.. We will also be discussing the possibility of a virtual event later this year that will be managed by Peter Tuddenham and Delia Macnamara. More details to follow after a decision is made.
 
More detials on these activities in this news item.

Warm regards

Shankar, Rika, Roelien and Jennifer Makkar
On behalf of the ISSS 2020 Conference
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ISSS supports Call for Transparency of COVID-19 Models
Posted on Apr 30th, 2020
ISSS signs off on a letter to call for Transparency on COVID-19 Models 
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Activities

ISSS members are engaged in a number of activities around the world. Read more  at https://www.isss.org/activities/
 
Many member activities are collaborative in nature and also involve partnerships and collaborations with other organizations:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Systems Science Working Group
Systems Sciences Vision and ISSS Vision
Systems Literacy
Pilot Project on Ethics and Issues on College Campuses
Systemic Action at the Village Level to encourage and support sustainable development.

Calendar

Saturday Sessions
Saturday, August 15, 2020
10am to 12pm
Every Saturday members of ISSS meet to discuss Systems Science development and application.
Saturday Sessions
Saturday, August 22, 2020
10am to 12pm
Every Saturday members of ISSS meet to discuss Systems Science development and application.
Saturday Sessions
Saturday, August 29, 2020
10am to 12pm
Every Saturday members of ISSS meet to discuss Systems Science development and application.

World of Systems

The ISSS is one of the oldest organizations dedicated to the study, development and application of systems science, systems thinking, cybernetics and complexity science. 
 
We are assembling lists of organizations, social network pages and groups, and also maps of the evolution of the field of systems and cybernetics. Here are some examples
 
 
 
 
 
 
Please email me with comments, additions or corrections. Peter D Tuddenham peterdtuddenham at gmail.com

Meeting Proceedings

We Remember

We Remember
 
 
Peter Caws  May 25, 1931 - April 20, 2020 (ISSS President 1966) 
Joe Simpson - June 2020
Jack Ring  - April 2020
Enrique Herrscher 2019
Charles Francois 2019