A global community connected through systems theory, science, and practice 

"To gain knowledge, we must learn to ask the right questions; and to get answers, we must act, not wait for answers to occur to us."
ISSS Past President Anatol Rapoport
The ISSS is a community of researchers, learners, and practitioners who are devoted to transdisciplinary inquiry into the nature of complex systems and the application of systems approaches for transformative change.
Conceived in 1954, the ISSS advances systems science theory and application by connecting and enabling researchers and practitioners, and disseminates the knowledge of systems to a global audience. 
As an international society we are exploring ways to translate this website into other languages. You can enter the website address here https://translate.google.com/?sl=en&tl=es&op=websites to start a machine translation process.

Conference 2023

The 2023 Conference will be at the Skukuza Lodge in Kruger National Park in South Africa in June 19-23 June 2023. There will be a Phd and Writing workshops 17-23 June.


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ISSS President

The ISSS President for 2022-2023 is Roelien Goede PhD. 
Incoming Address given at ISSS 2022 Conference, Monday 11 July 2022.


Wednesday Yiannis Laouris
Wednesday, December 7, 2022
Wednesday 7 December: Yiannis Laouris is our speaker after a 15 mins Conference Information Session Link at https://www.isss.org/members-mini-symposiums/ [Read the note at end of the text in case you get...
The Value of Systemic Thinking in Our VUCA World Conference
Thursday, December 15, 2022
8am to 5pm
We would like to invite you to the 18th Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS) National & International Conference, joined organized with the Department of Accounting and Finance, University of West Attica. The Conference is online, from 8th to 10th December 2022, Athens, Greece.
The HSSS’s annual National and International Conference is held alternately in different cities of Greece in collaboration and/or under the auspices of one or more local Universities or with a contribution of a relevant International or Greek organization.
This Conference is a great opportunity for system specialists from Europe and the rest of the world to meet and emulate each other in order to decompartmentalise the specialist approaches of the different disciplines. Combining theoretical, methodological and practical approaches, systems thinking contributes to the construction of synergies between different disciplines, thus encouraging the development of theoretical models, modelling and decision-making methods, and practical tools at the service of society.
ISSS Book Club
Thursday, December 15, 2022
12:30pm to 2pm
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....

ISSS News Articles

ISSS Education Update With Video -18 October 2022 - Daniel Friedman VP Education
Posted on Oct 18th, 2022
This is update #2 about Education at the ISSS.
Here is a 10 minute video update to watch with updates and information on getting involved: 

The upcoming 1-hour meetings are on Oct 27 at 18 UTC, and 28 at 17 UTC (request Zoom link education@isss.org ). The agenda structure for these meetings is described in the video overview above. 
All are welcome at these meetings (recipients of this email, or anyone else who you think would want to contribute), they will also be recorded starting a few minutes into the hour. 
if you have any ideas/questions, or would like to be added to calendar events or the Coda document. email education@isss.org
Thank you,
Daniel Friedman
International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)
VP for Communication and Systems Education

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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 Literacy
Systemic Action at the Village Level to encourage and support sustainable development.

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
John Friend - November 2022
Mick Ashby 1963 - October 2022
Klaus Krippendorf 1932 - October 2022
Ralph Stacey 1942 - 2021
Steven E Wallis July 29, 2021
James Robert Simms, December 5, 1924 - Saturday, May 22, 2021
Humberto Maturana 1929 - May 2021
Mary Catherine Bateson 1939 - 2 January 2021
Charles Bocage died 21 August 2020
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

Systems Science & Applications Spotlight

Members of ISSS are researching and applying Systems Science in a variety of situations and circumstances. we are creating a temporary Editorial Board to decide what new research and application by ISSS Members to feature here. For more information please email webadmin@isss.org

AAAS Affiliate

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