August 15 is the eighth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is listed at https://st-on-201308.eventbrite.com/ .

Theme: Systems Thinking in the First World and Third World

The focus question for the evening is: Does systems thinking have the same meaning for the third world and the first world?

Suggested pre-reading: 

As a trigger point, articles on the ISSS Hai Phong 2013 meeting in the Vietnamese press can serve as a shared context.

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 was ISSS 2013 in Vietnam like?
Reviewer: Allenna Leonard
6:50 Commentary
  • What has the experience at international systems conferences been like?
  • Is systems thinking different in third world countries, as compared to the first world?
Commenter #1: Peter Jones
Commenter #2: Sean Coutts
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.