WOSC 2017 Congress in Rome, Italy

WOSC 2017:

Science with and for Society: Contributions of Cybernetics and Systems

http://wosc2017rome. asvsa.org

The official host of WOSC 2017 is the Department of Management, Faculty of Economics, at the University of La Sapienza.

Professor Sergio Barile is Chair of the Congress and Marialuisa Saviano, Associate Professor of Business Management at the University of Salerno and President of ASVSA (Association for research on Viable Systems) is in charge of the administration.

WOSC, as a world organization, is inviting scientists, policy-makers, professionals and students across the globe to contribute to the debate of the dynamics underpinning contemporary societal problems from a cybersystemic perspective.

As articulated by Prof. Barile:

“Systemic thinking is gradually developing conceptualizations that are outrunning the scope of the so-called formal sciences. It is a response to the reductionism and linearity of much current scientific work and also to the wide spread fragmentation of policy processes and decision making. Enriched by the work of biologists, physicists and mathematicians, and also strengthened by much work in medicine, psychology, economics and sociology, it is producing a veritable paradigm, appropriate to tackle issues both theoretical and operational. Corroborated by the application of related theories, such as those of the “complexity” and “sustainability”, systemic thinking is contributing to a science of organization and governance.

WOSC 2017 is inviting contributions to the debate of “Social dynamics and problem-solving in the 21st Century from a systemic perspective”. These contributions can be related to the different dimensions of an unpredictable world, with unexpected disruptions which demand models with plasticity, able to represent not only the observable phenomena focused on the outcome, but also, and especially, paying attention to the process itself through which the phenomenon is realized. It invites a new perspective of investigation, in which organizational and governance processes are the focal point. Systemic thinking allows observation and comparison among multiple conceptions, ranging from behaviorist to constructivist; from allopoietic to autopoietic; from living to viable; from external observation to participant observation and so on. WOSC 2017 wants opening the debate of scholars from different disciplines and sometimes of opposing positions; it wants refutable contributions able to

enlighten comparisons between the different views, enabling a positive use of each other’s knowledge, and perhaps reaching new shared conceptualizations.”

We will invite submissions to this Congress and inform about its timetable in the near future. Watch this space.

New Board Member: Prof Clas-Otto Wene

We welcome Professor Clas-Otto Wene, from Sweden, to WOSC’s Board.

Clas-Otto Wene is Professor Emeritus at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, where he held the chair of Energy Systems Technology from 1981 until 2000. He has worked 1997-2003 at the International Energy Agency in Paris with issues related to energy technology learning and technology markets. In two periods, 1986-1996 and 2006-2014, he was appointed by the Swedish Government to the National Council for Nuclear Waste. Dr. Wene is also Dozent in Physics at Lund University where he obtained his PhD in nuclear physics in 1974. He received the Lindbohm Award from the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in 1981.

Wene has participated in and led numerous projects involving development and application of energy system models to support decisions in local, regional and national energy systems. . During his stay att IEA he authored Experience Curves for Energy Technology Policy, co-authored Creating Markets for Energy Technologies, and initiated EXCETP, an international network on Experience Curves for Energy Technology Policy. He has also been engaged in front-running projects to link energy technology models to energy-economic models (hardlinking Markal-Macro, softlinking IIASA Message III and ETA-MACRO).

Some recent publications

C.-O. Wene (2015) ,”A cybernetic view on learning curves and energy policy”, Kybernetes, Vol.44 Iss 6/7 pp. 852 – 865.

C.-O. Wene (2015) “Future energy system development depends on past learning opportunities”, WIREs Energy Environ,. doi: 10.1002/wene.172.

C.-O. Wene. (2013), “Learning curves tracing the optimal path for technology learning systems”, Proceedings of the 13th IAEE European Conference, Düsseldorf, 18-21 August,

C.-O. Wene. (2007), “Technology learning systems as non-trivial machines”, Kybernetes, Vol. 36, No.3/4, pp. 348-363.

K.Andersson, B.-M. Drottz-Sjöberg, R. Espejo, P.A. Fleming and C.-O. Wene (2006), ”Models of Transparency and Accountability in the Biotech Age”, Bulletin of Science, Technology and Society, Vol. 26, No. 1, pp. 45-56..