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?
To provide a minimal shared context, a foundational (i.e. really old!) article can be helpful.
- Alexander Laszlo and Stanley Krippner, "Systems Theories: Their Origins, Foundations, and Development", Systems Theories and A Priori Aspects of Perception, J.S. Jordan (Ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1998. Ch. 3, pp. 47-74
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.
||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?
||The pre-reading (as an entry point)
- What did the original author say?
|Reviewer: Tim Lloyd
- 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)
- 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
||Reports on discussion
||One designated spokesperson for each group
||Double loop learning: Revisions in meeting format?
- 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.
Bloogers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.