September 16 (the third Monday of the month, taking account of schools starting up!) is the 71st meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://systems-paradigms.eventbrite.com

The systems thinking community has an ecology of approaches.  How can we make sense of  when and where we might apply specific theories and/or methods?

Intervening in human systems has been a focus of Critical Systems Thinking.  Categorizations of systems paradigms began with roots by Burrell & Morgan (1979), with four paradigms for the analysis of social theory. [SVG] [ODG]

A similar form can be seen in a grid of "ideal-type" problem contexts in  Jackson (2003). [SVG] [ODG]

In a System of Systems Methodologies, systems approaches can be related to problem contexts in Jackson (2003). [SVG] [ODG]


Suggested pre-reading: 

Reading more systems thinking texts may not help your understanding!  This is why we have Systems Thinking Ontario meetings.  For the diligent, the principal references cited above are:


Post-meeting artifacts

Enthusiasts may be interested in further background from Burrell & Morgan (1979). 

A scheme for analysing assumptions on the nature of social science.  [SVG] [ODG]

Two theories of society:  "order" and "conflict" [SVG] [ODG]

The regulation-radical change dimension [SVG] [ODG]

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.