Robert Vallée has passed away
It is with great sadness that I communicate the passing of Professor Robert Vallée on January the 1st. He was 95 years old.
He was WOSC´s President from 2003, became a WOSC honorary member in 1979 and received the WOSC´s Norbert Wiener Memorial Gold Medal in 1990.
In the process of organising WOSC 2017 in Rome later this January I had already communicated to him our intention to dedicate it in his honour. His last communication to me with reference to WOSC 2017 was on the 5th of September, 2016:
“The choice of Roma, la citta eterna, for this congress is very satisfactory for the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics. Moreover, Professor Minati is the President of Union Européenne de Systémique and a recent biography of Norbert Wiener has been translated into Italian. I would like to say a few words about the future of cybernetics and systems. Much has been said about “second order cybernetics”, but it is more or less included in the “first order cybernetics” which deals with observation, decision, and action. I developed this theme under the name of “epistemo-praxiology (1975). One of the results I obtained is the “inverse transfer of structures” from the inner part of the observing system to the appearance the universe observed. I think that cybernetics and systems may progress in the direction of a better understanding of the position of man in the universe as both observer and actor.”
I will miss the wisdom of his short and profound statements.
Professor Raul Espejo
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Dear Friends and Colleagues
Thanks to all of you who have submitted an abstract to the WOSC 17th Congress. For those who were not able to hit the August 30th deadline, we have extended it to September 30th. In the meantime, the acceptance process will be in progress and we would appreciate receiving your abstracts as early as possible. Continue reading
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We welcome the Russian “Centre of Interdisciplinary Research of Reflexive Processes and Control of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences” (CIRRPC)”.
Its main purposes are: Intensification and coordination of scientific research and development connected with a socio-humanistic perspectives of system analysis and control (cybernetics) in the following directions:
- reflexive processes and control;
- reflexive mechanisms of control of complexity; philosophical and methodological bases of the third-order cybernetics (post-non classical cybernetics of self-developing reflexive-active environments);
- integration into the third-order cybernetics of certain areas of modern knowledge (synergetrics, management of complexity, personal knowledge, ethics of strategic subjects, etc.);
- development of transdisciplinary approach in the context of the third-order cybernetics;
- development of socio-humanistic technologies of the organization of self-developing reflexive-active environments;
Tasks of the Center
- organize (time in two years) the international interdisciplinary scientific and practical symposiums “Reflexive Processes and Control” (ten symposiums are organized);
- publication of the international journal “Reflexive Processes and Control” (it is published since 2001).
Head of the Centre: Vladimir Lepskiy.
|It will be an active contributor to WOSC 2017
Call for abstracts: Business Systems Laboratory – 4th International Symposium “Governing Business Systems: Theories and Challenges for Systems Thinking in Practice” August 24-26, 2016 | Mykolas Romeris University, Vilnius, Lithuania
Publication of selection of papers presented at WOSC 2014
Raul Espejo was the Guest Editor of Vol 44, Issues 6/7 of the Journal Kybernetes, published at the end of September. This double issue included 23 of the contributions to our last Congress. Copy of this editorial is in the file below:
Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities
Professor Ray Ison, the President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, extended an invitation to WOSC to participate in the event “Governing the Anthropocene: Cybersystemic Possibilities” at the Herrenhausen Palace, Hannover Germany, last July 30th and 31st. Funding support for this event was given by the Volkswagen Stiftung (Foundation) through collaboration with the Berlin Workshop in Institutional Analysis of Social-Ecological Systems based at Humbolt University in Berlin. WOSC was represented by Professor Jose Perez Rios, Dr Igor Perko, Mrs Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Professor Raul Espejo.
The prevailing paradigm in the governance of the relationship between humans and the biophysical world is characterised by commitments to scientism and linear, causal and dualistic thinking. Currently governance, if understood as enacting cyber-systemic processes that maintain the quality of relationships between humans and the biosphere, can be seen to be failing on many fronts. The Anthropocene has emerged as a conceptual framing for this issue, but to date little cyber-systemic understanding and praxis (theory informed practical action) has meaningfully informed the unfolding discourse.
Link to the related blog: http://www.open.ac.uk/blogs/govan/
The Cybernetics of Governance: Chile 1971-1973
Last December Raul Espejo gave a talk about Cybersyn at the University of Westminster, London. Video recording of this event is now uploaded in YouTube:
The talk highlighted Cybersyn’s governance approach in contrast to current approached as well as its methodological and epistemological strengths and weaknesses. The talk was followed by a lively debate.
New link to video in Spanish with the Launching of WOSC 2014 at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the 14th of October, 2014. See Posts.
A view of the plenary sessions at WOSC 2014
The plenary sessions at WOSC 2014 offered varied reflexions of systems thinking and cybernetics. Entrepreneurship, the Cybersyn project and big data, disruptions and reparation of social issues in the light of the Viable System Model, wicked problems, self-organisation, requisite variety, Luhmann’s autopoiesis, second order cybernetics and technology learning, the cybernetics of policy-processes and zero-time cybernetics were topics discussed in these plenaries. The attached document offers a reflection and their summary. They offer much to think about. Reflexions about WOSC 2014 (2)
WOSC Congres 2014 is concluded
In Ibague, Colombia, attendees from 26 countries around the word gathered.
10 keynote speakers presented backgrounds, current issues and future perspectives on system thinking and cybernetics.
First WOSC 2014 keynote speakers videos are freeely published.
|The wicked problems remain wicked: has the craft and science of transforming whole systems moved forward, and how could we do better?||Requisite Variety, Autopoiesis, and Self-organization||Autopoiesiss|
|Future energy system development depends on past learning opportunities||From disruption to reparation||Self-Organisation and Policy Processes: Recursive Structures and Self-Reference|
|Fernando Flores||Eden Medina||Geoff Mulgan||Carlos Gershenson||Allenna Leonard|
|Clas-Otto Wene||Raúl Espejo||Dario Rodriguez||Humberto Maturana||Ximena Dávila|
WOSC distinguished Professor Dr Humberto Maturana with the Norbert Wiener Memorial Gold Medal
Papers were presented in 9 themes:
You may find more details on the Congress homepage wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co.
Prize and Commendations to papers
|Congress Theme||Paper Title||Authors||Resolution|
|Networks of influence: systems dynamics||A system dynamics model of the nutritional stage of the Colombian population by socioeconomic status||Jose David Meisel, Olga L. Sarmiento, Camilo Olaya & Roberto Zarama||Kybernetes prize for the Outstanding Paper of the Congress|
|Digital Society & Business Ecosystems||Sharing business partner behavior||Igor Perko, Andreja Primec & Robert Horvat||Highly commended paper|
|Power, Citizenship and Democracy||Towards a Non-trivializing Education||Germán Bula||Highly commended paper|
|Computer modelling, power and the management of complexity||Modeling and Simulating Moral Emotions in Organizations: exploring its impact on collaboration||Oswaldo Terán, Christophe Sibertin-Blanc & Benoit Gaudou||Highly commended paper|