July 18 is the seventh meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration has been enabled on Eventbrite at http://st-on-2013-07.eventbrite.com/ .
Theme: Systems Thinking and Systems Theory
The focus question for the evening is:
- Where have you found systems theory applicable in practice?
To provide a minimal shared context, a foundational (i.e. really old!) article can be helpful.
- Alexander Laszlo and Stanley Krippner, "Systems Theories: Their Origins, Foundations, and Development", Systems Theories and A Priori Aspects of Perception, J.S. Jordan (Ed.). Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1998. Ch. 3, pp. 47-74
- 1997 pre-publication manuscript available at http://archive.syntonyquest.org/elcTree/resourcesPDFs/SystemsTheory.pdf .
For this summertime meeting, the discussion will focus on how people are actually applying systems thinking in their lives and work. After a brief review of the Laszlo and Krippner article, some seed questions could include:
- 1. Do you think there could be more opportunities for you to apply systems thinking today or in the future?
- 2. What are some of the challenges in doing so? What barriers do you face in applying systems thinking more fully?
- 3. (In group discussion), what are some promising approaches for overcoming these obstacles, that we can report back?
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 article.
Bloogers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.