2016-05-18

May 18 is the thirty-sixth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite.

Anticipatory Systems Theory, and Thinking Ahead

What is life, and how are living systems different from non-living material systems?  How do living organisms anticipate their environment?  These were questions explored by theoretical biologist Robert Rosen, best known for his work on complexity science and pioneering anticipatory systems in the 1960s through the 1990s.  Rosen served as president of the Society for General Systems Research (now known as the ISSS) in 1980-1981.  His work was to become foundational to the new field of resilience science, and his work on relational biology has been extended by John Kineman, the current president of the ISSS.

For May, we have a special guest visiting from Rochester, New York.  Judith Rosen is the Vice-President for Conferences (2015-2016) for the International Society for the Systems Sciences, taking leadership in the planning the 60th meeting of the society in Boulder, Colorado, July 24-30.  She was a driver in the republication of Anticipatory Systems in 2012, exercising her intuitive appreciation of the work of her father.

Venue: 

Suggested pre-reading: 

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 was the work of Robert Rosen?
Presenter: Judith Rosen
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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