Publications and activities 2015

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 2015. 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.

Problem statement

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:

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.

Humberto Maturana, Ximena Davila y Fernando Flores at WOSC 2014

Como ya informamos en un mensaje anterior el lanzamiento de WOSC 2014 para la comunidad Latinoamericana  tuvo lugar en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia en Bogotá el 14 de octubre pasado.


Ahora la Universidad Nacional ha subido el video de este evento en YouTube. El enlace de este video en Español es el siguiente:

The above is the YouTube link to video in Spanish with the recording of WOSC 2014 launching at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia the 14th of October, 2014.


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)

Aditionally 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

WOSC Congress 2014 is concluded

WOSC 2014 is now concluded
We want to highlight:

Attendees of 26 countries from around the word gathered in Ibague, Colombia.

10 keynote speakers presented current issues and future perspectives on cybernetics and system thinking.

Fernando Flores Eden Medina Geoff Mulgan Carlos Gershenson Allenna Leonard
Clas-Otto Wene  Raúl Espejo Dario Rodriguez Humberto Maturana Ximena Dávila

Professor Dr. Humberto Maturana was distinguished with WOSC’s Norbert Wiener Memorial Gold Medal

Participants contributed papers to 9 themes

No Themes Theme Coordinador
1 Digital Society & Business Ecosystems Igor Perko and Raul Espejo
2 Complexity, Sustainability and Self-Organisation Angela Espinosa
3 Ecosystems – Renewal for Sustainability Markus Schwaninger
4 Design and Control of Self-organising Systems Carlos Gershenson 
5 Power, Citizenship and Democracy Zoraida Mendiwelso-Bendek and Germán Bula
6 Computer modelling, power and the management of complexity Hernán López Garay
7 Networks of influence: systems dynamics José Pérez Rios
8 Transdisciplinary modelling and decision processes Jerzy Jozefczyk 
9 Cyber-systemic Governance Autopoiesis and Social Processes Sandro Schlindwein


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


















You may find more details on the Congress homepage

Launching of WOSC 2014 for Latin-America

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Launching of WOSC 2014 for Latin-America at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia de 14th of October. Event’s language: Spanish. All are welcome.

Lanzamiento de WOSC 2014 en Latinoamerica en la Universidad Nacional de Colombia el 14 de octubre. Evento en Español . Todos son bienvenidos.

Paper Submissions, Publication and Prize

The Congress homepage  gives instructions to upload papers with accepted abstracts. We are pleased to inform that Emerald, publisher of Kybernetes is sponsoring a prize for the best paper (£200 and one year subscription to the journal) and also diploma commendations to three outstanding papers. We have agreed with its editors to publish a double issue of Kybernetes in 2015 with referred papers towards.