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Thursday, January 17 represents the inaugural meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario.  We'll learn from our interaction, and may evolve some features of future meetings.  Register on Eventbrite.

Theme: Systems Thinking and Science

The focus question for the evening is:  "Is the function of systems thinking to be (i) a science or (ii) a complement to science?"

Suggested pre-reading: Boulding (1956)

To provide a minimal shared context, a foundational (i.e. really old!) article can be helpful.

Participants should not feel limited to this suggested pre-reading, but should recognize that other attendees may have not read, or are reading differently, that article.

Agenda, Jan. 17, 2012

Time Activity Role(s)
6:15 Self-introductions (15 seconds each)
  • Who am I?
  • Which affiliations do I have that might be relevant to systems thinking?
  • How did I come to systems thinking?
6:30 The pre-reading (as an entry point)
  • What did the original author say?
Reviewer:  David Ing
6:45 Commentary
  • Amplifications?  Criticisms?
Commenter #1: Antony Upward
Commenter #2: Allenna Leonard
7:05 Discussion breakouts
  • Break out in groups of 6 to 10 people, to improve active communications
  • Identify a spokesperson who will summarize the group findings
  • Respond to the question:  "Is the function of systems thinking to be (i) a science or (ii) a complement to science?"
Parallel breakout groups of 6 to 10 people
7:35 Reports on discussion One designated spokesperson for each group
7:55 Double loop learning: Revisions in meeting format? Suggestions welcomed
8:00 Adjourn
  • Walk to Baldwin Street (north on McCaul Street, 0.5 km, (probably Hana Korea at 45 Baldwin, reservation for 8:15 p.m. confirmed under David Ing)
  • Continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks.
No host