2014-04-17

April 17 was the fifteenth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite.

Post-meeting artifacts

Two pages shared at the April 17 session are posted on the Coevolving Innovations publications site.

Theme: Systems Thinking and Social Relations

The Tavistock Institute for Human Relations was a major institution in the history of systems thinking.  The rich legacy of the period 1941 to 1989 was edited in a three volume set of The Social Engagement of Social Science: A Tavistock Anthology [archives at moderntimesworkplace.com]:

While many organization scientists focus on the socio-technical systems perspective, the socio-psychological perspective and socio-ecological perspective coevolved out of field work and theory development.  The sequential publication of three volumes, coinciding with the publication of a series of articles, was not sequential fundings, but instead associated with the types of field work that the researchers were conducting and reporting with their engagements.

This Systems Thinking Ontario session will discuss the three perspectives as a whole.

Suggested pre-reading: 

Two articles are suggested as background for discussion.

In 2012, a group of systems thinker focused on these perspectives, culminating to a report:

A prominent researcher in the field, Eric Trist, provided a summary of the socio-technical systems perspective when he was at York University, working with the Ontario Ministry of Labour in the early 1980s.

Diligent researchers may be interested in the 1992 interview of Eric Trist at 83 years old by Stuart Winby (HP) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEMaSTOrqBA.

1992 interview of Eric Trist at 83 years old by Stuart Winby ‎(HP)‎


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

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?
All
Convenor:  David Ing
6:30 The pre-reading (as an entry point)
  • What did the original author say?
Reviewer: TBD
Observer(s):  TBD
6:50 Structure discussion group(s)
All
6:55 Discussion breakouts
  • Break out in groups of 6 to 10 people, to improve active communications
  • Identify a spokesperson who will summarize the group findings
(Parallel) breakout groups
7:35 Reports on discussion One designated spokesperson for each group
Reporter(s): TBD
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


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