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. Think global, act local!
This public wiki (at http://wiki.st-on.org, or https://sites.google.com/view/st-on/) is a companion to the DISCUSSION GROUP at https://groups.google.com/d/forum/st-on (or shortcode http://bit.ly/st-on ).
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.
Some related local activities on Systems Thinking at the formation of the group included:
- The Strongly Sustainable Business Model Group, in the OCADU Strategic Innovation Lab (connected with the Strategic Foresight and Innovation program)
- DGC2003: Systems Thinking for Global Problems, part of the Dynamics of Global Change Collaborative Program at U. of Toronto, May-June 2012;
- The Faculty of Environmental Studies, at York University; and
- The Sustainability Management program, in the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University.
Systems Thinking Ontario could become a chapter of the International Society for the Systems Sciences ... if the members decided that the group should do that. The most recent meeting of the ISSS in Ontario was at Waterloo 2010, preceded by Toronto 2000.
Systems Thinking Ontario is 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.