February 18 was the twenty-third meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite.
Theme: Systems and Resilience: Deciphering Panarchy
Panachy is a theory of adaptive change that is cross-scale and dynamic. Amongst systems thinkers, the 2002 book Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems by Lance H. Gunderson and C. S. Holling is well known as a classic work. However, many readers of the text have found the concepts and diagrams difficult to grasp.
This Systems Thinking Ontario session will be a group sense-making opportunity, where individuals can bring their understandings and questions for discussion with others.
The short 90-minute duration of our sessions will favour individuals who have done the pre-reading.
Please read this comprehensive article:
For background context, participants may be entertained by a casual video by Lance Gunderson.
To help our group through some of the fine points on panarchy, we have a featured reviewer:
- Marta Berbés-Blázquez is finishing her PhD in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University and has recently been appointed a post-doctoral fellow in Climate Change Adaptation in the department of Geography and Environmental Management at the University of Waterloo. Her research focuses on the dynamics of human well-being and natural resource management in agricultural communities in Costa Rica informed by resilience thinking and political ecology.
||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?
Convenor: David Ing
||The pre-reading (as an entry point)
- What did the original author say?
||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 or Noodle Face, both of which are quiet enough to talk)
- Continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks.
Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.