Systems Thinking Ontario is an transdisciplinary group centered in Southern Ontario, with the premise that members might be within driving distance of Toronto, and might meet face-to-face. We are now meeting virtually and provide links to the teleconference for all sessions.
This public wiki (at http://wiki.st-on.org, or is a companion to the DISCUSSION GROUP at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/st-on (or shortcode http://bit.ly/st-on ). Those with privileges may be able to edit on Google Sites.
Our working definition of systems thinking is: understanding the world by exploring parts and wholes. We do this by simultaneously and iteratively using analysis (what parts does this whole contain) and synthesis (which wholes contain this part). For an opinion (not necessarily definitive) of the domain of interest, see "An Interview on Service Systems, Natural Systems", and systems sciences.
Related local groups involved in Systems Thinking include:
- The Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group, hosted by the OCADU Strategic Innovation Lab (connected with the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program)
- Systems Thinking Toronto which has held its own meet-ups across practitioner communities
- CANSEE - Canadian Society for Ecological Economics
- The Faculty of Environmental Studies, at York University
Systems Thinking Ontario enjoys close relations with past presidents of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and the Systemic Design Association (RSD Symposium). We might be unofficially seen as a Toronto-based chapter of these communities.
Systems Thinking Ontario was a spin-off from the Design With Dialogue community. The spirit of collaboration and open sharing aspires to the be same. The format and audience may be a little different.