2015-02-18

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.

Venue: 

Required pre-reading: 

Please read this comprehensive article:

For background context, participants may be entertained by a casual video by Lance Gunderson.

Featured reviewer

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.

Agenda

Time Activity Role(s)
6:30 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
6:45 The pre-reading (as an entry point)
  • What did the original author say?
Observer(s):  TBD
8:00 Double loop learning: Revisions in meeting format? Suggestions welcomed
8:15 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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