The big question is “how do we get cybernetic control systems into the
discussion for reforming the world financial system?”
All of us, me too, have been pretty much wringing our hands “woe is
me” I don’t know how to get anybody to listen. Enough of that crap. I
don’t want to have to tell my grandchildren that I didn’t try.
We need to systematically see whom we can recruit to build support for
this effort. There are two different levels of support we can ask for:
1) the world needs management cybernetics, or, as a fall-back position
2) the insights of cybernetics/systems/feedback loops provide powerful
tools for designing regulatory systems that would be far superior to
what we have now.
Clearly we would like people to stand up and say we need management
cybernetics. But there are a lot of super-stars out there (Russell
Ackoff, Peter Senge, Jay Forrester, John Warfield) who will certainly
support the second and that would be a big step.
We have at least a couple of months before people start seriously
thinking about what sort of controls should be put into place on the
global financial system. For at least a few months everyone will be
too busy trying to put out fires to even think about a new control
Crises bring out both the best and worst in people. Therefore, hoping
for the best, I think we should try to think of superstars that we
might possibly enlist in our campaign. The worst that will happen is
that they will say no.
I have been out of academia for ten years so I am woefully out of
date, but here is my initial brainstorm of people we should try to
Jay Forrester, Jr, some years back was head of research for a big oil
company and was doing System Dynamics for them
Chuck Keating, former president of Engineering Management Society and
my PhD student and later my colleague.
Bill Reckmeyer has lots of contacts all over the place
Stuart Umpleby has a very effective laid back style that encourages
people to try new things and Stuart is in DC
Gordon Pask’s old contacts in the US military
Warren Buffet (yes, that Buffet)
George Soros (was once supportive of Friedman and later became
critical of him)
Paul Krugman, nobel laureate in Economics and NYTimes columnist
Now, I have a couple of suggestions for your consideration (please
improve upon all of this – I consider everything I have said here as a
starting point that I hope the rest of you will chew up and improve).
That said, I suggest:
- a new list serve dedicated to trying to 1) get these ideas into the
conversation and 2) designing the outlines of a new control system
- everyone of us should brainstorm possible allies to get the ideas
considered. Then we should all help think about how to contact these
people. For instance, I know Ackoff but haven’t spoken to him in more
than 20 years so I am unlikely to be the best one to approach him).
Oh, boy. Fear and trembling. I feel like Gandalf confronting the
balrog: "I'm already tired"
BARRY A CLEMSON
[log in to unmask]
Cybernetica Press at www.cyberneticapress.com
"It's not how much you do - it's how much love you put in it.... Do
small things with great love."
--- Mother Teresa ---
The true warrior may be killed, but he can not be defeated.
--- my paraphrase of Sensei Hamada ---
And peace rolled down like a mighty river.
-- Inspired by the prophet Amos 5:24--
"An enemy is a person whose story we have not heard."
-- Gene Knudsen Hoffman --
For more information go to: www.metaphorum.org
For the Metaphorum Collaborative Working Environment (MCWE) go to: www.platformforchange.org
METAPHORUM eList Archive available at - https://listserv.heanet.ie/ucd-staffordbeer.html
Archive of CYBCOM eList available at - http://hermes.circ.gwu.edu/archives/cybcom.html