A global community connected through systems 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.
 
 
 

Calendar

Daniel Ari Friedman - Dec. 11/15 Title: Systems Engineering and Active Inference for Online Teams
Saturday, December 11, 2021
10am to 12pm
Systems Engineering and Active Inference provide distinct yet complementary frameworks for the modeling and design of a broad range of systems. In recent and ongoing projects, we are integrating these two frameworks to model and design online teams. We utilize the formalism of communication among nested Markov blankets to capture diverse cyberphysical systems, and present the FONT model for remote collaboration (Formal documents, Ontology, Narrative, Tools). Learn more about this via our 2020 publication: https://zenodo.org/record/4021163 and Active Inference Lab: http://activeinference.org/ .
 
BoD Meeting
Monday, December 13, 2021
3pm to 4pm
Please be advised that the ISSS Board of Directors is meeting on December 13th, at 12 noon Pacific Time.
Meeting Chair: George Mobus
 
1.     Call to Order- George Mobus
2.     Approval of August BoD Meeting Minutes-George Mobus
3.     Authorisation of Special Integration Groups-Jennifer Makar
·      Marty Jacobs- Diversity and Inclusion
·      Jamie Rose- Math
·      Robert Johannson- Holistic Systems
4.     President’s Update- George Mobus
5.     Nominating Committee Chair Update- Delia MacNamara
New Business
 
Also, please note the following from the ISSS Bylaws. 
5.5 Open Meetings. All meetings of the Society, Council, boards, committees and commissions shall be open without floor privileges to any member of the Society. Floor privileges may be extended to a non-member of a particular body by a two-thirds majority vote of the voting members present. For administrative purposes, a member must petition the specific bodies to attend specific meetings.
Daniel Ari Friedman - Dec. 11/15 Title: Systems Engineering and Active Inference for Online Teams
Wednesday, December 15, 2021
3pm to 5pm
Systems Engineering and Active Inference provide distinct yet complementary frameworks for the modeling and design of a broad range of systems. In recent and ongoing projects, we are integrating these two frameworks to model and design online teams. We utilize the formalism of communication among nested Markov blankets to capture diverse cyberphysical systems, and present the FONT model for remote collaboration (Formal documents, Ontology, Narrative, Tools). Learn more about this via our 2020 publication: https://zenodo.org/record/4021163 and Active Inference Lab: http://activeinference.org/ .
 

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ISSS President

The ISSS President for 2021-2022 is George Mobus PhD. http://faculty.washington.edu/gmobus
 
 

ISSS News Articles

ISSS Board of Directors is meeting on December 13th, at 12 noon Pacific Time.
Posted on Nov 29th, 2021
Please be advised that the ISSS Board of Directors is meeting on December 13th, at 12 noon Pacific Time.
Duration: 1 hour
Location: Zoom
Meeting Chair: George Mobus
1.     Call to Order- George Mobus
2.     Approval of August BoD Meeting Minutes-George Mobus
3.     Authorisation of Special Integration Groups-Jennifer Makar
·      Marty Jacobs- Diversity and Inclusion
·      Jamie Rose- Math
·      Robert Johannson- Holistic Systems
4.     President’s Update- George Mobus
5.     Nominating Committee Chair Update- Delia MacNamara
New Business
Read More >>
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.
 
Read More >>

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

Conference 2021 The Art and Science of the Impossible: July 8-13 Online

The Conference is now over. If you are an ISSS Member you can see all the recordings here  https://www.isss.org/online-2021-members/   
 
 
The 65th Annual Meeting and Conference was online. For more information, click here. 

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
 
 
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

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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