June 20th  is the 58th monthly meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration will be on Eventbrite.

Syntegration® with Allenna Leonard, on Trusting our lives to Artificial Intelligence

Stafford Beer’s 1994 book, Beyond Dispute: The Invention of Team Syntegrity, describes the invention of a group methodology for dealing with complex issues. Beer applied principles of managerial cybernetics to work out how to achieve high levels of ‘syzygy’ (cooperation and commitment) in groups that are large enough to satisfy issues of requisite variety, and small enough to accomplish something. The result is Syntegration®.

At our June 20th session of Systems Thinking Ontario, Allenna Leonard will facilitate demonstration of the Syntegration process,
during which we will explore the question: 
"What will it take for us to trust our most personal information and important life decisions to artificial intelligence?"

Allenna Leonard is a former President of ISSS (2009), former President (2002 – 2004) of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC) and winner of the 2014 Warren McCulloch Award for outstanding and profound lifelong contributions to the nurturing of cybernetics.

Join us in learning about, applying and discussing the Syntegration Process.  Newcomers always welcomed.


Suggested pre-reading: 


Time Activity Role(s)
6:30 Self-introductions
Introduction to the Syntegration Process
Individual Reflection on the focus question
Convenor:  Allenna Leonard
7:00 Cluster our Reflections into Six Topics and Enact the Syntegration Process All
Facilitator:  Allenna Leonard
8:00 Reports and Wrap-up All
8:15 Adjourn
  • Optionally, join other attendees to continue discussion over dinner and/or drinks at a nearby restaurant
  • We prefer a venue that is quiet, reasonably priced and spacious enough for our continued conversations.
  • Typically, when we meet at 100 McCaul, we walk up to Baldwin Street; when we meet at 205 Richmond, we walk up to Queen Street West.
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Post-meeting artifacts

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