Recent Presentations

There are many benefits to membership.
Most weeks on  Saturday and Mondays or Wednesdays   ISSS members meet for a couple of hours to attend a mini-symposium, webinar, share knowledge, conduct roundtables, work on Special Integration Groups, and other activities.
Below  are some recent presentations. Following presentations there is a question and answer period and general conversation. Shown here are just the presentations.  Members have access to the full presentation and the question and answer session following the presentation by logging in to this website.
In 2021 and 2022 the ISSS Annual Conference was all online. Some of the keynotes and other presentations can be viewed here Online 2021 Public (  and here

March 25 2023 - The Nature of Health and Disease - Gary Smith

Gary Smith, our VP for System Practice shares his exploratory journey into health and disease using a system approach in three parts.
Each part of the journey can be reviewed separately dependent on your interests:
The first part was a reflection on complex human disease and the importance and origins of chronic inflammation.
The second part was on common patterns found in living systems defence and security. It concerned the application of systems thinking in the appreciation of these patterns in the time and space of disease progression in infection and sepsis.
The final part is thought provoking on the health and operation of the isss. It considers work from the ISSS futures report and progress that has been made.
The overall flow begins by going deep into exploring mechanisms and paradox, then going high to see big pictures, changes in time and space, finally drawing attention to questions and insights for the vitality of the ISSS.
The dance in the dynamics of togetherness between the parts and the whole becomes evident.

March 11 2023 Mary Parker Follett - Matthew Shapiro
March 4 2023 Forging Networks of Resilience and Progress in the Global South - David Barkin
February 22 Agency and Autonomy in the Anthropocene - A Cybernetic-Systemic Perspective - William Reckmeyer
February 8 2023, Introduction to Cybernetics and Syntegration - Allenna Leonard
January 14 2023 Introduction to Stafford Beer and the Viable System Model - Angela Espinosa

January 7 2023 Cybernetics - Stuart Umpleby

December 7 2022, Dialogic Design Science - Yiannis Laouris
December 3 2022 PA Cook
November 12 2022 - Systems Processes Theory - Len Troncale

September 24, 2022 - Simplifying Complexity: Integrating the Systems Sciences and Human Systems Theories with Len Troncale╩╗s Systems Process Theory/ - Lynn Rasmussen
September 17 2022 Natural Language as System Language. Jesse Henshaw
Saturday 10 September 2022
Saturday 7 May 2022 
To Know the World: Mitchell Thomashow
Saturday 4 Dec 2021 
It's a System Stupid - William Rees PhD FRCS
Saturday 20 November 2021
Complexity and the Productivity of Innovation - Prof. Joseph Tainter
Saturday November 6 2021
Psychology and Cybernetics - A Personal Journey - Robert Johannson

Saturday 2 October 2021
Natural Growth as a Concept and as a Natural Process from Jesse Henshaw

Saturday 4 September 2021
Professor Emeritus Charles A. S. Hall, State University of New York, Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse NY 
Limits to Growth at 50 Years: Brief History and Present Implications


See The System - Kerry Turner - 1 May and 3 May 2021.
Systems theory as a Science
Saturday 24 April 2021 Prof Dr. Michail Mokiy: Transdisciplinary Aspects of the System Approach
This session was given in Russian and translated in real time in to English. You hear the interpreters' voice on this recording.
Developing an Integrative Framework for System Science - Gary Smith -27 February and 1 March 2021.
An Assault on Situational Complexity: Alexander Christakis and Maria Kakoulaki" presented on 16 January 2021.
Time for Ethical Systems and Third Order Cybernetics - Mick Ashby 6 February 2021. This is the presentation only. The question and answer session and extenisve chat log that followed for two hours is available for members on this page