January 21 was the twenty-second meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite.
Theme: Systems and Design: Mapping the Territory
In 2014, Systems Thinking Ontario transitioned to a self-directing program committee that guides the content and form of the monthly meetings. Since third Thursdays of the month were turning out to be a bad day for a lot of attendees, the program committee negotiated a move to the third Wednesdays of each month (except December) for 2015.
Directions that our group can discuss at the first meeting for 2015 include (i) quarterly themes that might tie together discussion across sessions; and/or (ii) investigations of particular problems. Other ideas are welcomed.
The ties of Systems Thinking Ontario to the Systemic Design Research Network are deep, providing a center for the pursuit of a variety of interests. Some themes that we might cover include planning systems, learning systems, living systems, evolving systems, social systems, complexity science ... and a multitude of additional viewpoints.
Let's start off 2015 by mapping some of the territory that Systems Thinking Ontario should cover this year. Newcomers, as always, are welcomed to join the discussion.
Some of the territory may be described in:
- David Ing, "Design Flaws and Service System Breakdowns: Learning from Systems Thinking", FORMakademisk v.4, n2, art.2, available either on the journal site or on the author's site.
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.
- For January, we're fortunate to be back in our usual location: Lambert Lounge, OCAD U.
Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.