2015-10-21

October 21 is the thirty-first meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite.

Systems Thinking and Industrial Ecology

Industrial Ecology is:

  • ... the study of flows of materials and energy in industrial consumer activities, of the effects of these flows on the environment, and of the influences of economic, political, regulatory and social factors on the flow, use and transformation of resources (White 1994); or
  • ... a systems-based, multidisciplinary discourse that seeks to understand emergent behaviour of complex integrated human/natural systems (Allenby, 2006)

At the July 2015 meeting of the International Society for Industrial Ecology in Surrey, UK, plenary sessions reflected with reviews and prospects on the field.  The talks highlighted chapters in a forthcoming open access book, Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology.

This month, we're fortunate to have Chris Kennedy, president of the ISIE, guide us through some of the basics of Industrial Ecology, and enlighten us on the linkages with systems thinking.  He is a professor in the Environmental Engineering Research Section at the University of Toronto.  Chris Kennedy's recent research include the study of urban metabolism and applications in urban planning and design.

Venue: 

Suggested pre-reading: 

The discussion will use a 2015 publication as a center:

Videos have been now posted of the plenary talks from the ISIE Conference 2015 "Taking Stock of Industrial Ecology".

Diligent readers may also refer to:

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 content.

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 Discussion (with pre-readings as an entry point)
  • What is industrial ecology, and what ties does it have with systems thinking?
Presenter: Chris Kennedy
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, which is 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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