April 20 (the third Monday of the month, following Easter) is the 78th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://systems-thinking-practical-wisdom.eventbrite.com.

Systems Thinking and Practical Wisdom

Whom, when and where do Systems Changes situate? We won't necessary cover the whole agenda, but we have a complete set of slides that include:

  • [preamble] Episteme, Techne, Phronesis (reordered)
    • Intellectual Pursuits (Rethinking Systems Thinking)
    • Systems changes as situated c.f. ideal-seeking
  • A. Value(s), Judgment, Soft Systems Thinking
    • Appreciative Systems (Vickers, Checkland)
    • Policy, impacts and consequences of systems changes
  • B. Service Systems (c.f. Production Systems)
    • Science of Service Systems (Spohrer, Kijima)
    • Material-products c.f. information-services as systems changes
  • C. Socio-Technical Systems Perspective
    • Tavistock Institute + Legacy (Trist, Emery, Ramirez)
    • Coproduction and design principles guiding systems changes

For April, we'll continue with the online, modified program, following the agenda for a lecture in the Systemic Design course, of the master's program in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCADU. As in the March session, we still step through the slides slowly, and nurture a conversation that encourages participants to develop a personal appreciation through collective sensemaking.


  • We will meet online. Please register on Eventbrite, and the web link will be sent to you.

Suggested pre-reading:

Keeners may want to listen to the video or digital audio of the lecture at:


Post-meeting artifacts

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