March 18 was the twenty-fourth meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration was on Eventbrite.
Theme: Systems and Resilience Redux: Deciphering Panarchy (Some More)
The content from February was so rich, that everyone didn't have an opportunity to voice their ideas and questions. For March, we'll continue the discussion as a group sense-making activity.
Panachy is a theory of adaptive change that is cross-scale and dynamic. Amongst systems thinkers, the 2002 book Panarchy: Understanding Transformations in Human and Natural Systems by Lance H. Gunderson andC. S. Holling is well known as a classic work. However, many readers of the text have found the concepts and diagrams difficult to grasp.
The short 90-minute duration of our sessions will favour individuals who have done the pre-reading.
We will again be discussing this comprehensive article:
- C. S. Holling, C. S. 2001. “Understanding the Complexity of Economic, Ecological, and Social Systems.” Ecosystems 4 (5): 390–405. doi:10.1007/s10021-001-0101-5, cited at http://scholar.google.com/scholar?cluster=1326346503885901396.
Additionally, here's a video that introduces the idea of resilience without the adaptive loop in 3D:
Our featured reviewer from February, Marta Berbés-Blázquez, suggested some additional resources:
Here is the link for the Resilience Assessment Workbook: http://www.resalliance.org/index.php/resilience_assessment
The Stockholm Resilience Centre also does a lot of dissemination: http://www.stockholmresilience.org/ I particularly like their white board seminars: http://www.stockholmresilience.org/21/news--events/latest-videos/whiteboard-seminars.html
Finally, there are a couple of books that might be nice to read along with Panarchy:
Frances Westley’s "Getting to Maybe" http://www.randomhouse.com/book/189202/getting-to-maybe-by-frances-westley-brenda-zimmerman-and-michael-patton Brian Walker’s “Resilience Thinking” http://islandpress.org/resilience-thinking and “Resilience Practice” http://islandpress.org/resilience-practice
Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.