June 12 (the second Monday of the month) is the 111th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://st1969.eventbrite.ca .

Systems Thinking, 1969

It's been over 50 years, since the publication of the first edition of Systems Thinking: Selected Readings, a Penguin Modern Management paperback reader edited by Fred E. Emery.

From the selected readings, have we moved beyond that milestone?  What do we see if we revisit the 18 chapters, the five parts, and the introduction?

David Hawk completed his PhD in 1979, in the Social Systems Science program at U. Pennsylvania 1975-1988.  When he entered the program in 1974 as a graduate student, Fred Emery gave him the paperback.  This provides him a unique perspective on the reader, not only with his instructors guiding further interpretations, but with many decades on reflecting on seminal works.

John Pourdehnad completed his PhD in 1982, also in the Social Systems Science program.  For more than a decade, he led systems thinking engagements with Russell Ackoff at the Interact Institute for Interactive Design.

David Ing has prepared a federated wiki at https://st1969.daviding.wiki.openlearning.cc/view/welcome-visitors/view/systems-thinking-selected-readings-penguin-1969 abridging the content that will used to guide the discussion.


Suggested pre-reading: 


Post-meeting artifacts

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