2015-01-21

January 21 was the twenty-second meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite.

Theme: Systems and Design:  Mapping the Territory

In 2014, Systems Thinking Ontario transitioned to a self-directing program committee that guides the content and form of the monthly meetings.  Since third Thursdays of the month were turning out to be a bad day for a lot of attendees, the program committee negotiated a move to the third Wednesdays of each month (except December) for 2015.

Directions that our group can discuss at the first meeting for 2015 include (i) quarterly themes that might tie together discussion across sessions; and/or (ii) investigations of particular problems.  Other ideas are welcomed.

The ties of Systems Thinking Ontario to the Systemic Design Research Network are deep, providing a center for the pursuit of a variety of interests.  Some themes that we might cover include planning systems, learning systems, living systems, evolving systems, social systems, complexity science ... and a multitude of additional viewpoints.

Let's start off 2015 by mapping some of the territory that Systems Thinking Ontario should cover this year.  Newcomers, as always, are welcomed to join the discussion.

Suggested pre-reading: 

Some of the territory may be described in:

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.

Venue: 

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:  Peter Jones
6:30 The pre-reading (as an entry point)
  • Which topics / themes should Systems Thinking Ontario discuss in 2015?
Author: David Ing
Observer(s):  TBD
7:45 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  or Noodle Face, both of which are quiet enough to talk)
  • Continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks.
No host

Post-meeting artifacts

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


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