July 18 is the seventh meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration has been enabled on Eventbrite at http://st-on-2013-07.eventbrite.com/ .

Theme: Systems Thinking and Systems Theory

The focus question for the evening is:
  • Where have you found systems theory applicable in practice?

Suggested pre-reading: 

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

For this summertime meeting, the discussion will focus on how people are actually applying systems thinking in their lives and work.  After a brief review of the Laszlo and Krippner article, some seed questions could include:

  • 1. Do you think there could be more opportunities for you to apply systems thinking today or in the future?
  • 2. What are some of the challenges in doing so? What barriers do you face in applying systems thinking more fully?
  • 3. (In group discussion), what are some promising approaches for overcoming these obstacles, that we can report back?
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.


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: Tim Lloyd
6:50 Commentary
  • What have others said since the article was published?
  • How does this article fit in with my thinking on the theme of systems thinking and systems theories?
Commenters: (volunteers welcomed)
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:  What is the relation between Systems Thinking and Futures?"
Parallel breakout groups of 8 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, (the pattern has been for Hana Korea)
  • Continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks.
No host

Post-meeting artifacts

Bloogers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.