April 19th is the forty-sixth meeting of Systems Thinking Ontario. Please RSVP at Eventbrite.
The systems crucial for sustaining human civilization; ecosystems, societies - and life, itself – are self-organizing, holarchic, open systems. The ongoing viability of these complex systems depends on a perpetual channeling and transformation of energy, materials and information in interdependent metabolic patterns across the full spectrum of temporal and spatial scales - from nanoseconds and nanometers to eons and even beyond the Earth's expanse. Today’s economic models and social policies are proving too simplistic and narrowly-conceived for effectively overcoming the emerging challenges that define the Anthropocene. The scale of our resource extraction, energy consumption and environmental disruption and pollution, increasingly threatens the long term stability of supporting natural ecosystems. Social harmony and personal well-being sometimes elude us at the best of times; compounding pressures anticipated from unabated resource depletion, surprising weather extremes and altered ecosystems, will render future economic and social well-being yet more elusive.
David Mallery and Stephano Menegat (PhD candidates from York U and McGill, respectively) invite
you to participate in exploring new narratives for successful
pathfinding toward sustainable ecosystems, vital economies and healthy
lives. Integrating diverse concepts (non-equilibrium
thermodynamics, hierarchy theory, autopoiesis, Rosen's relational
theory), their work offers a powerful synthesis of tools and frameworks
for understanding the space of future possibilities and then discovering
the most promising paths forward, together. Using Giampietro and
Mayumi’s innovative framework for sustainability assessment: Multi-scale
Integrated Analysis of Societal and Ecosystem Metabolism (MuSIASEM),
David and Stephano challenge traditional resource accounting and offer a
robust and rigorous example of post-normal science and integrated
Join us in an open discussion. Newcomers always welcomed.