Calendar

Jun
25
Mon
2018
UKSS Conference: Can systemic thinking reshape health services?
Jun 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

more on:
http://www.systemsforum.org/ukss-conference-june-2018/
The conference is part of the ECIS 2018:
Beyond Digitization – Facets of Socio-Technical Change
http://ecis2018.eu/

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Jun
30
Sat
2018
I Cissto, call for papers
Jun 30 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

El Congreso Iberoamericano de Soluciones Sistémicas para la Transformación de las Organizaciones (CISSTO) –

I. Iberoamerican Congress on Systemic Solutions for Organisational Transformation

Contact
E-mail: info@cissto.org
Web pages: www.cissto.org, www.sesge.org

Vision, Mission and Values
CISSTO aims to serve as a meeting point representative of Systemic Solutions, facilitating the approach between academics and industry professionals in an environment rich in experiences at an international level. The following are its major objectives:

• Connect Latin American and European Systemic Thinking.
• Obtain practical and fundable projects based on the systemic approach, useful for both private and public organizations, and for Society in general.
• Offer practical experiences in LATAM and in Europe.
• Explore the paths of Transformation of Individuals and Organizations for the challenges and complexity of the 21st century.

The I CISSTO is open to participation from public and private entities from Spain, Portugal and Latin America. It seeks to engage the integration of organizations and professional communities from these regions, interested in the study and practice of systemic thinking.

Recommendations
You can choose to attend the full Congress for three days or choose one in particular. See rates on the I CISSTO website
The main body of the congress will be the plenary sessions. However, there can be workshops on specific topics organized in limited groups in which early registration for participation will be required

The challenges posed by the Knowledge based Society for the 21st century force previous models from last century to evolve, moving from a society with very marked environments and borders to the current panorama in which boundaries are diffuse and whose universality is a common characteristic trend. Because of this and reflecting on the high academic level of Systemic Thinking in Latin America, Spain and Portugal, we present this initiative by inviting international companies interested in enhancing their position in industry to collaborate in this first Ibero-American Congress of Systemic Solutions for Transformation of Organizations – CISSTO.

Registration Details and Invitation letters

Registration must be completed via the Congress’ official website: www.cissto.org, where additional details regarding registration fees, bank information, payment methods and instructions to request a letter of invitation should it be needed.

Registration Account:
Spanish Society of General Systems – CISSTO
Bankia, Office 1102 c/ Potosí, 7
28016 Madrid
CC: 2038-1102-13-6001181241
IBAN: ES33-2038-1102-1360-0118-1241
BIC: CAHMESMMXXX

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Aug
15
Wed
2018
American Society for Cybernetics 2018 Conference
Aug 15 @ 4:00 pm – Aug 19 @ 7:00 pm

Framing Reality and How It Matters in a Shared World

http://asc-cybernetics.org/2018-2/

We each frame how we look at the world in conjunction with our assumptions, tools, models, and narratives. These frames, in turn, affect what we perceive to be our available actions. The public and the media have started to become increasingly aware that these frames matter. When narratives are in conflict, the possibilities for cooperative action decrease. There is a circular relation between the narratives we tell to explain the world, those aspects of the world we choose to pay attention to, and the actions we see as viable next steps. These circular relations extend to the others we interact with — groups, communities, teams, organizations — making what we share and where we disagree vitally important.

All disciplines deal with similar issues, such as how methods and assumptions affect results, how results are used by society, how design and investigation are linked, and many others. In the academic world, disciplines are becoming more open to examining their ways (often hidden in plain view) of investigating the world and the perspectives which result. In the “real” world, framing and perspectives often take the form of narrowing the context being attended to, the opportunities for action which are perceived as available, and the stories told to explain actions taken. The impact of these constructed realities — individual and shared — is highlighted by the role technology now plays in our world. Our most prominent technologies are shaping how we go about creating and sharing narratives.

We invite researchers and practitioners from psychology, design, cognitive science, education, feminist studies, the arts and media and communications studies, science, technology and society studies, systems science, cybernetics and other fields to consider how their methods of inquiry and perspectives make a difference both within their disciplines and in the world at large. Publication opportunities will be available in several academic journals and an edited book.

Note to those new to ASC: We will have sessions each day devoted to hearing your perspectives and insights — how you frame the world can help inform all of us.

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Sep
27
Thu
2018
IRDO Conference
Sep 27 @ 7:00 am – 10:00 am

13th International Scientific Conference
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND CURRENT CHALLENGES 2018: SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN SCIENCE, EDUCATION AND BUSINESS

hosted by IRDO http://www.irdo.si/
Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

The red tape of the IRDO 2018 conference is a broader insight in what science and scientists, educators and managers can and must do for both the further development, a growing human standard of living, and diminishing the risks of crises (all way to the 3rd World War and caused/natural catastrophes).

We count on your professional knowledge and practical experience, interesting theories and different solutions for solving this problem. That’s why we kindly invite you to share them with other authors and discussants, including scientific & other researchers, top consultants, other experts and experienced practitioners, with joining this conference as audience and/or with contributing your paper. Thus, much information will be collected at one spot to be applied in research and practice – therefore you should not miss this conference! Share your ideas, dilemmas, and views with speakers and other participants. The number of speakers is limited. Please find some crucial instructions for authors of papers in further reading.

We would like to welcome also youth authors of papers. Please do not hesitate to report about your work on different topics of our conference!

Please send us your registration form ASAP on e-mail: info@irdo.si.

Looking forward to enjoy your company at the 13th IRDO conference on 27th September 2018 in Maribor, Slovenia!

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Oct
15
Mon
2018
10th Eus-Ues Congress – 2018
Oct 15 @ 9:00 am – Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm

SYSTEMIC VISION OF THE CRISES
From optimization to change strategy?

https://ues2018.eu/en/a-systems-thinking-approach-of-crises-from-optimization-to-change-strategy/

WOSC contacts: Andree Piecq, Claude Lambert, Rauls Espejo, Igor Perko

Although raised many times on other congresses, the theme of crisis is still not depleted. Indeed, questions related to visible effects of crises emerge in all human activities (economy, politics, culture, education, security, architecture…)[1]. A lot of measures urgently correct the visible symptoms of problems without trying to understand the underlying logics linked to them. Yet, crisis is a multidimensional societal phenomenon that cannot be reduced to immediate consequences.

In response to these topical issues, corrective actions can be taken in order to reestablish existing structures. However, answers provided are often (in)efficient and are over the short term. Indeed, these answers do not propose a strategic purpose that could lead to a coherent, long-lasting and sustainable development.

More than ever, a system-based approach of the process through which crisis – in its various forms – emerges is essential in order to act with full awareness of the interdependence of the phenomena under study. The systems thinking approach helps the agent understanding that tackling the crisis phenomenon is not only researching the optimization of the process. The change required is of structural nature.

Even though industrial society was, at first, linked to matter and energy management, a third fundamental resource is becoming more and more important: knowledge. Treatment and diffusion technologies – such as the Internet – tend to even more virtualize our real and make quick, globalized and amplified changes possible. Informational exchanges directly influence knowledge elaboration and exchange[2].

In a complex situation, the challenge of the agent confronted to crisis and to an informational overload is to acquire a capacity of description and a relevant modeling of the regarded phenomena.

Beyond analytical apprehension of mere causes, the systems thinking approach is an efficient tool in order to model systems, identify complex factors, describe elements and their relationships. It provides the agent the necessary elements to understand the real which will allow him/her to build a contextualized strategic purpose. Then, this strategic purpose will lead to actions which will have structural and long lasting impacts. The current “element in crisis” game and their relationships is thus not simply optimized (first cybernetic), but well replaced by a different game involving uncertainties, taking advantage of information technologies, integrating new knowledge and strategies (second cybernetic). Crises are no longer considered as simple adaptations of pre-crises systems, but as potential sources of emergence of new structures. These are generated by the integration of new knowledge and technologies, the improvement of resources management and the redefinition of a sociopolitical balance.

The objective of the 10th congress of the European Union for Systemics (EUS) is to develop a systemic representation of the processes inherent to crises during interdisciplinary meetings, combined with a trans-disciplinary vision. This systemic representation will provide theoretic, methodological and practical tools applicable to specific cases of systems in crisis. All these resources will help the agent taking relevant actions for the benefit of a society willing to reach a high level of sustainability for future generations[3].

Topics for the congress / Sujets pour le congrès

The main topics will be:

systemic modelling of crises processes;
identification of crises types and factors;
systemic interventions on crises;
political crises and governance;
growth and development, durability and sustainability;
concept and representation of crises through various disciplines;
historical context of the emergence of the crisis concept;
adaptation and transformation;
economic crises;
housing crises and precariousness;
family unit in crises;
prevention and crises solving;
crises resources;

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Oct
30
Tue
2018
Special Issue on Model-Based Governance in a Sustainable World: @ Journal of Simulation
Oct 30 @ 10:00 pm – 11:00 pm

https://www.tandfonline.com/toc/tjsm20/current

To address challenges in Computer modelling and simulation and dealing with the main issues of “sustainability” and “effective impacts achievement”, the scope of this special issue includes the following topics:

understanding and representing dynamic complexity and interdependencies;
promoting the understanding of short, medium and long term consequences of the policies carried out;
performing scenario analyses;
exploiting the growing amount of available data (so-called big data), that present significant problems of interpretation and management for policy-makers, in simulation;
combining the nowadays many available modelling tools and techniques so capture the sometime intrinsic multidisciplinary nature of problems (i.e.: combining ABM to describe agents behavior with SD, to describe the behavior of strategic level variables in a certain multilayered system), so to be also able share and exploit the knowledge of different domain specialists;
building and using simulation models and games for decision support under uncertainty and to support long-term policy analyses;
developing advanced simulation tools for testing the resilience of business and governance systems.
managing unpredictability and uncertainty;
performing evaluation of outcomes that are difficult to measure;
achieving effective impacts through organizational resilience and sustainable governance;
supporting sustainable development through policy-modelling and simulation.
The SI is open to practical contributions as well as theoretical papers covering the list of aforementioned topics. Papers reporting and presenting methodological and technological advances related to the application of simulation modelling-related theory and/or practice will be particularly welcome.

Submission instructions
Papers must be unpublished and must not be submitted for publication elsewhere. Papers should follow the Guidelines for authors.

Editorial information
Guest Editor: Stefano Armenia, Link Campus University, Roma, Italy (s.armenia@unilink.it)
Guest Editor: Federico Barnabè, University of Siena, Siena, Italy (federico.barnabe@unisi.it)
Guest Editor: Davide Secchi, University of Southern Denmark, Slagelse, Denmark (secchi@sdu.dk)

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Nov
15
Thu
2018
Eurocast 2019 abstract Deadline
Nov 15 @ 2:00 am – 5:00 am

Along the years, the key of the Eurocast Conferences had been the quality of the participants contributions, that we have to acknowledge in the first place. They made possible, by the Springer LNCS, the worldwide distribution of Eurocast most important effects: bringing over the years scientists and engineers of different age, background and academic institutions, together to share their experience in the design and analysis of systems using advanced mathematical methods for model-building and efficient algorithms for computer implementations. All in a multidisciplinary atmosphere which facilitated the appearance and discussion of new creative ideas and developments. We must thank and congratulate you again, participants all from the beginnings.
Franz Pichler, Roberto Moreno-Díaz
Preliminary Workshop list
1. Systems Theory and Applications.
2. Pioneers and Landmarks in the development of Information and 3. Stochastic Models and Applications to Natural, Social and
4. Theory and Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms.
5. Model-Based System Design, Verification and Simulation
6. Applications of Signal Processing Technology
7. Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining for Intelligent Transportation 8. Computer Vision, Machine Learning for Image Analysis and
9. Computer and Systems Based Methods and Electronic technologies in Medicine
10. Systems Concepts and Methods in Touristic Flows
11.Systems in Industrial Robotics, Automation and IoT

more on http://eurocast2019.fulp.ulpgc.es/

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Nov
28
Wed
2018
I Cissto
Nov 28 @ 9:00 am – Nov 30 @ 5:00 pm

I. Iberoamerican Congress on Systemic Solutions for Organisational Transformation – I. CISSTO

Contact
E-mail: info@cissto.org
Web pages: www.cissto.org, www.sesge.org

Committed to the objective of promoting research and practice centred on Systems Thinking in Spain, Portugal and Latin America, the Spanish Society of General Systems (SESGE) is organizing a Congress focused on the presentation of “specific solutions to complex problems”, starting from the distinguishing elements under the umbrella of the concepts and methodologies Systems Thinking and Design, Cybernetics, Studies of Complexity and the impact that new technologies have on society, individuals and organizations, as we face the challenge of their transformation in the 21st century.
Conferences
The I CISSTO includes the presentation of conferences by practicing professionals and academics of recognized prestige, all within the thematic areas of the I CISSTO. If you wish to give a conference, you should ask the organizing committee: info@cissto.org
Awards
The papers presented in its three main categories (scientific articles, technical articles and posters) will be evaluated by a qualified board, with the objective of recognizing the best ones in each category. An official recognition certificate will be awarded.
Publication
Authors whose papers have a sufficient scientific and methodological basis will be invited to send a manuscript of their article, to dedicate a special edition of the International Systems Journal (RIS) to the 1st Ibero-American Congress of Systemic Solutions for the Transformation of Organizations – CISSTO.
Certificates of participation
All participants who register and present will have a certificate of participation and / or communication, issued by the Spanish Society of General Systems (SESGE) and signed by the Academic Committee and Organizer of the Congress.
Recommendations
You can choose to attend the full Congress for three days or choose one in particular. See rates on the CISSTO website
The main body of the congress will be the plenary sessions. However, there can be workshops on specific topics organized in limited groups in which early registration for participation will be required

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Feb
17
Sun
2019
Eurocast 2019
Feb 17 @ 2:00 am – Feb 22 @ 5:00 am

Along the years, the key of the Eurocast Conferences had been the quality of the participants contributions, that we have to acknowledge in the first place. They made possible, by the Springer LNCS, the worldwide distribution of Eurocast most important effects: bringing over the years scientists and engineers of different age, background and academic institutions, together to share their experience in the design and analysis of systems using advanced mathematical methods for model-building and efficient algorithms for computer implementations. All in a multidisciplinary atmosphere which facilitated the appearance and discussion of new creative ideas and developments. We must thank and congratulate you again, participants all from the beginnings.
Franz Pichler, Roberto Moreno-Díaz
Preliminary Workshop list
1. Systems Theory and Applications.
2. Pioneers and Landmarks in the development of Information and 3. Stochastic Models and Applications to Natural, Social and
4. Theory and Applications of Metaheuristic Algorithms.
5. Model-Based System Design, Verification and Simulation
6. Applications of Signal Processing Technology
7. Artificial Intelligence and Data Mining for Intelligent Transportation 8. Computer Vision, Machine Learning for Image Analysis and
9. Computer and Systems Based Methods and Electronic technologies in Medicine
10. Systems Concepts and Methods in Touristic Flows
11.Systems in Industrial Robotics, Automation and IoT

more on http://eurocast2019.fulp.ulpgc.es/

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Mar
30
Sat
2019
Exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance @ Kybernetes
Mar 30 @ 12:00 am – 3:00 am

Exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance: When metaphors shed new light on complex social systems

http://www.emeraldgrouppublishing.com/products/journals/call_for_papers.htm?id=7870

Guest editors:
Prof. Primiano Di Nauta – primiano.dinauta@unifg.it
Prof. Marcello Martinez – marcello.martinez@unicampania.it
Prof. Cristina Simone – cristina.simone@uniroma1.it

About the Special Issue:
The aim of the issue is to promote and attract contributions on issues such as exaptation, bricolage and vicariance as innovation detonators in social organizations, and more generally in complex socio-economic systems.

This special issue deals with social systems as emerging, unpredictable, nonlinear (i.e., complex) phenomena. It aims to shed new light on complex social systems by proposing original metaphors, such as those of exaptation (Gould and Vrba, 1982; Lewontin 1991), bricolage (Levi-Strauss, 1962), and vicariance (Reuchlin, 1978; Lautrey, 2002; Uexküll, 1933; Berthoz, 2013). These metaphors were born in multidisciplinary fields (sociology, psychology, neurosciences, and biology), and address new insightful perspectives in order to deepen the protean nature of social systems and their complex evolutionary path. Using concepts such as self-organization, emergence, dissipative structures, nonlinearity, coevolution, learning, chaos, fractals, catastrophes, and crises, the perspective on complexity has greatly contributed to the understanding of social systems.

According to this perspective, social systems are not qualified in terms of linearity, but in terms of openings and breakages: emerging, rubber landscapes, in which islands of development and islands of hindered development coexist. According to this, the becoming of a social system arises in an open Popperian logic, emerging from a recursive cycle of hypotheses and rejection of hypotheses. This is not the product of engineering activity, but the result of the collective intelligence of a choral bricolage. This interpretative framework can be further enriched by hybridizing the existing state of the art with research contributions on exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance.
Moving from multidisciplinary fields of research, this special issue aims to attract papers that, by focusing on exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance, can promote a new way of knowing (epistemology) and a new observational perspective (metaphysics) on complex social systems.

In this perspective, topics may include, but are not limited to:

Exaptation, bricolage, and vicariance in complex social systems
People, technology, and governance in complex social systems
Systems thinking, systems dynamics, and social ecosystems
Systems design and thinking for supporting innovation
The role of the management of human resources in promoting knowledge and innovation
The role of information systems and big data analytics in knowledge and innovation
Tinkering, bricolage, and information systems
Lateral thinking, creativity, and design thinking
Cybernetic principles and applications for platforms and modularity
The Internet of Things (IoT) and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)

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