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UCD-STAFFORDBEER  May 2009

UCD-STAFFORDBEER May 2009

Subject:

Re: Summary of the workshop in St Gallen

From:

Angela Espinosa <[log in to unmask]>

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Forum dedicated to the work of Stafford Beer <[log in to unmask]>

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Fri, 1 May 2009 15:19:01 +0100

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Nick
How are you?
Thanks for this!
Here I'm attaching the original file formatted- in case it's still useful? Sorry I didn't send it earlier..
Also, I attach the announcement on our Special Issue in SPAR, with papers from last conference. I'll appreciate if you upload that as well/
Kind regards
Angela


-----Original Message-----
From: Forum dedicated to the work of Stafford Beer on behalf of Nick Green
Sent: Tue 4/28/2009 18:08
To: [log in to unmask]
Subject: Re: Summary of the workshop in St Gallen
 
Have posted to site.
http://www.metaphorum.org/

Had to redo Table 2. Pls advise if any changes needed.

Best

N.
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Angela Espinosa 
  To: [log in to unmask] 
  Sent: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 2:19 PM
  Subject: Summary of the workshop in St Gallen


  Dear all

  Apologies for the delay in updating you all on this.

  Here there is a summary of the workshop in St Gallen that Allenna and me produced after the Conference, with some inputs from Roger.

  We'll upload it as well in our webpage and also, if there's interest, we'll create a section at the wikispace for those interested in joining discussions.

  Angela E.

   

   

  Saturday Metaphorum Workshop

  - Responding to the invitation to revolution

  Given the mess, what can we as cyberneticians do?

  (By A Espinosa and A Leonard)

   

   

  The Cwarel Isaf Institute held its 2nd Conference on the topic of Cybernetics and the Global Crisis, in St Gallen Management Zentrum, St Gallen, Switzerland on March 19th, 20th 2009. There were a variety of key speakers in the mornings, from a range of professions. The first day the speakers' emphasis was on understanding the global crisis in the light of our current scientific paradigms in fields as management (Malik), economics crisis (Heinsohn), growth dynamics (Modis) and socionomics (M. Lampert). 

   

  The focus of the second day was on how systems thinking and Beer's work give us a language to better understand the core issues of complexity and sustainability (Leonard); demographics and war (Heinsohn), the current situation in Sri Lanka (Saravananuttu). The stress was upon how the tools of cybernetics help are particularly relevant for addressing current societal and sustainability issues. Michael Ben Eli spoke passionately on the need for 'grand visions' to be grounded in immediate practical activities: in his own words: 'Transforming World society and its economy to a sustainable basis is the most significant challenge of our time'. He and Malik committed to collaborate on the issue, linking MZSG and Ben-Eli's Sustainability Institute in New York.

   

  The group meetings on the afternoon were focused on suggesting from different perspectives the blueprints for such a transformation towards sustainability. The later panel and closing session there was commitment and enthusiasm about the possibilities of collaboration with M&M on this world initiative, that Malik called 'the Great Transformation'.

   

  As in last year's Conference, this year also a group of Metaphorum members attended the CII Conference and most of them also stayed for a workshop on Saturday the 21st, attended by Martin Pfiffner on behalf of MZSG. We wanted in this workshop to reflect on particular projects having bearing on the current crisis that - as a loose cybernetic community - we might help enable. We attempted to nudge to light what initiatives people are currently engaged with, or might be interested in engaging in, which could potentially identify critical issues and ways forward. 

   

  Discussions began from several perspectives:

    a.. Follow-up to presentations and issues from the CII Conference 
    b.. How to engage in activities which might contribute to the necessary transformation. 
    c.. How to concretely respond to the question "as a cybernetician what are you going to do about the mess the world is in?" 
    d.. Find opportunities where Metaphorum can contribute. 
    e.. And, finally, attempt to identify a range of start points (corresponding to the interests/initiatives of the members present) 
   

  As part of ongoing conversations about collaborative projects between the CII and the Metaphorum, a suggestion was made to collaboratively develop a comprehensive online portal aimed at supporting knowledge sharing and networking among CII and Metaphorum members. At the workshop, we agreed that such a portal should focus on further development of the blueprint for the Great Transformation, among the members of the communities present (CII, MZSG, TSI, Metaphorum). We discussed the outline that such collaborative portal might take. There follow a summary of the ideas drafted about it between the participants.

   

  The portal's purpose: To support development of a community of practice among cyberneticians and or practitioners in the world interested in contributing to the global transformation necessary to address the crisis posed to sustainability, by sharing their understanding of issues central to it.

   

  Below is a summary of the broad issues discussed and suggested as the basis on which develop an online platform:

   

           Identity: We'll need to develop a 'coherent' statement on how we understand the necessary transformation and how the cybernetic community might have the tools to address it and offer alternative ways of understanding and acting.

           Introductions to the theory and links to relevant documents (library).

            Methodologies and tools (VSM, TS, VSA.. etc).

           Networking: Who is who in the network, what do we do, where we are: broad issues/networks to involve in the great transformation (clusters).

            Case studies: ongoing/historical projects .

  Table 2 gives more detail on desired features, as well as examples of topic and applications.

  During the morning session, the participants talked about individual ongoing projects or topics we'd consider relevant to cover in the blueprint. During the afternoon we made a start at clustering the topics to facilitate possible collaboration between interested parties in the communities. Table 1 below shows the resulting proposal.

   

   

   

   

  Steps forward

  We discussed the possibility, raised at the TSI Master Designer meeting the previous Monday, of testing some of Assad Jalali's (See 'Collaborator's Surplus' in Beyond Dispute) questions about the reverberation of information in a Syntegration based on variations of its graph theory configurations.

  When initially raised, the idea was to have another opportunity for a Metaphorum Syntegration such as was planned to take place in Sweden last summer that did not get enough participants.  In discussions, it was suggested to include the possibility of engaging TSI, CII and Malik Management people as well as others who might provide additional insights to the group.  If such occurred, an opening question would need to be carefully designed and selection criteria for participants established. Since there is considerable overlap, with many people belonging to more than one group, there may not actually be a problem with the event being over-subscribed.  If it were, that might afford an additional opportunity to experiment with a large group event. We should stress that these are all open issues, and it is for ongoing dialogue of Metaphorum and the other parties to identify any such future events.

  In the next few weeks more detailed conversations will be progressing between representatives of the CII and the Metaphorum to agree on ways forward to implementation of both such a Syntegration and the idea of a portal development. Announcements will be made on the process and coordination mechanisms, as well as invitations to those interested in joining this initiative.

   

   



   Table 1 - INTERESTS AND INITIATIVES (SEE LIST OF ATTENDEES FOR FULL NAMES)

        Education
       Guerrilla Education
       Penny
       
         
       Confidence & Learning
       Robin
       
         
       Community of Practice
       CII, Metaphorum
       
         
       Online Education
       Angela, Roger, Allenna, Alfredo, Robin, Penny, Jose 
       
        Community
       Communities in transition
       Angela
       
         
       Communities of learning
       Ernesto
       
         
       Abbey Gardens
       Chris
       
        Business
       Applications & Decision Making
       Stefan
       
         
       Management Transformation
       Martin, Gino, Stefan
       
         
       Diffusion
       Alan
       
        Individual
       Heal Thyself
       Alan & Johannes
       
         
       VSM/Spiritual: Connect the VSM to us for ourselves
       Alan
       
         
       World of Action
       Alan, Gino
       
        Governance
       Tech C/Political
        
       
         
       Key Indices
       Allenna
       
         
       Global Conflict Resolution
       Barry, David S, Leonie
       
         
       Global Portal and participation
       Joe & Chris
       
        Climate Change
       Climate Change
       John J, Joe & Chris, Angela
       
        Economic/Financial System
       RainyDays, Regulation and System
       Stefan
       
        Innovation
       Innovation
       Russell
       
        TechnoSphere
       MetaGoal
       Roger, Alan & Russell
       
         
        
       Alan & Chris
       

   

   

  Present: Angela Espinosa and Barry Clemson (facilitators) Roger Harnden, Alan Pearson, Alfredo Moscardini, Johannes Flecker, Sebastian Hoffmann, Joe Truss, Chris Cullen, Stefan Wasileski, Robin Asby, Penny Marrington, John Jopling, Ernesto Lleras, Martin Pfiffner, German Bula, Gino Gross, Russell Clemens, Maria Sourlas, Vasso Sourlas, Ern Reynolds, Malvina, Martin Pfiffner, Allenna Leonard [Note: some participants were not present the whole time]

   

   

   



  Table 2

   

   

  Means                                                Contexts                               Applications

   

  Syntegrations                                   Infosets                                  Integrate

                                                                                                              Perspectives

  Portals                                                Interested

                                                              Individuals

                                                                                                              Projects

  Networks                                           Business                               new products

  Media Exposure                               Education                              publications

  (Our own or other's                          (guerrilla/non-                       for all ages

  Articles)                                              standard)                               films/cartoons

  Projects                                              public/private                                                

  Personal                                inside/outside

                                                                                                              Coherence

  Methods                                             governance/                          new financial            

                                                              Government                          instruments

                                                              Communities                                    sustainability

  Tools                                                                                                  nurturing

                                                              Aboriginal                              innovation 

  Diagnostics   

  Research Initiatives                         theoretical                             new tools

                                                              Conflict resolution               case studies

                                                              Metaphorum

                                                              CII

                                                              Malik Mgmt

                                                              Systems community

                                                              Practitioners who are close 

                                                              To systems approaches

   

   

   

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