Programme

Conference Overview

Regardless of whether one accepts or likes the framing offered by the neologism ‘Anthropocene’ it is clear that the phenomena to which it refers are ‘real’ and in need of transformations in our individual and collective understandings and practices. The extent to which this includes our own systems understandings and practices will be the topic of inquiry at ISSS2015.  In Berlin we wish to start out in an emotion of hope and with some optimism.  This annual meeting of ISSS seeks to go beyond a reiteration of problems to venture a next step.  It is a conference putting on display the possibilities that systems theory and practice provide to meet the challenges of the Anthropocene – of contributing to steering, or governing, viable trajectories of living in the Anthropocene. The five chapters of the conference range from governance and transdisciplinarity through design and change to synthesis and new beginnings. It is a Journey from the challenges via theory and understanding towards action and change, or transformation:

1.              Governance (Monday)

2.              Systemic Evaluation and Transdisciplinarity (Tuesday)

3.              Second-order Science and Systemic Design (Wednesday)

4.              Change: projects, consulting and capacity building (Thursday)

5.              Synthesis, feedback and new beginnings (Friday)


Saturday and Sunday - Continuing PhD Programme at Humboldt University Campus


Sunday - August 2, 2015 – Workshops, Scandic Hotel, Potsdammer Platz

1. Workshop -- INCOSE - Systems Philosophy and its Relevance to Systems Engineering (9am to 5pm). David Rousseau, Jennifer Wilby, Julie Billingham, Stefan Blachfellner.

2. Workshop -- Evolutionary Learning Laboratories (ELL) (2pm to 6pm) Prof. Ockie Bosch and Dr Nam Nguyen, University of Adelaide, Australia. Participants should bring their own computer to the workshop to fully participate in the ELL session.

3. Workshop -- Education for Anthropocene Governance (2pm to 6pm). Led by Pavel Luksha and Alexander Laszlo.

4. Workshops -- Systems and Spirituality (9am to 12:30pm and 2pm to 6pm) Led by Thomas Wong. EC Balance.

  • 09:00am to 12:30pm -- #2429 Anthropocene within the human body system – the perspective of Modern Invasive Medicine and that of Traditional Balancing Chinese Medicine
  • 2:00pm to  6:00pm -- #2428 From System Basics to Anthropocene – the perspective of Traditional Chinese Medicine and of the teaching of Buddha.

1800 - 20:30 Conference Welcome Reception, Scandic Hotel: Conference Co-Hosts Ray Ison & Louis Klein

18:00 Welcome -- Ray Ison and Louis Klein

18:10 Connecting at the Conference -- Delia MacNamara

18:20 The Scandic Hotel and Sustainability -- Jörn Schiel

18:35 Connections and Conversations -- Delia MacNamara, Michaela Thoma, Louis Klein and Jonas Kocevar


Monday - August 3, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08.45- 12.30 Theme: Governance (Session Chairs, Prof. Ray Ison, President ISSS & Prof. Debora Hammond)

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00-09:45 Keynote 1: Professor Andy Stirling, "Emancipating Transformations: From Anthropocene Control to Culturing Systems". Professor of Science & Technology Policy (SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit, The Sussex Energy Group, School of Business, Management and Economics), University of Sussex – see Andy Stirling.

09:45-10:30 Keynote 2:  Professor Dr Andre Reichel,  "After the Anthropocene: A degrowth perspective on the shortest geological period of all times". Professor for Critical Management & Sustainable Development, Postgrowth Researcher & System Theorist,  Karlshochschule International University, Karlsruhe, Germany, (see Andre Reichel)

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

11:00 – 11:45 Keynote 3: Professor Ray Ison, Presidential Address "Governing in the Anthropocene: what future systems thinking in practice?" (see Ray Ison (Monash) & Ray Ison (Open University))

11:45-12:30 Keynote 4: Professor Martin Bunch, "Ecosystem Approaches: Navigating Complexity, Promoting Health". Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Canada - (see Martin Bunch).

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

19:30 -21:00 Discussion in Scandic Bar over drinks, on Relational Science - John Kineman and Judith Rosen


Tuesday - August 4, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08:45 - 12:40 Theme: Systemic Evaluation and Transdisciplinarity (Chair, Dr Jennifer Wilby)

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote 1: Professor Mary Catherine Bateson, "Causality and Responsibility" (see - Mary Catherine Bateson).

09:45 - 10:45 Panel 1: Systemic Evaluation: A Panel Presentation and Discussion

Chair Dr Martin Reynolds, Senior Lecturer in Systems Thinking in Practice at the Open University (UK) See - Martin Reynolds).

Panellists:  Emily Gates (final year doctoral student supervised by  Professors Thomas Schwandt and Jennifer Green, on the application of critical systems thinking for programme evaluation, based at the University of Illinois, USA – see Emily Gates)Bob Williams (Independent consultant evaluator, based in New Zealand and holder of the current 2014 -15 Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory Award from the American Evaluation Association – see Bob Williams ), Richard Hummelbrunner, Senior Associate of ÖAR Regionalberatung  Consultancy in Graz, Austria – see Richard Hummelbrunner) and Mita Marra, PhD, based at Dept. of Political, Social, and Media Sciences, University of Salerno (See Mita Marra (Salerno), and President of the Italian Evaluation Association  (AIV), see Mita Marra (Evaluation)).

The panellists will draw on a mixture of theoretical insight and rich practical experience in using systems thinking and complexity ideas for progressing mainstream programme and policy evaluations. The discussion will centre on what helps and hinders systemic evaluation;  that is, developmental evaluation where value judgements properly inform the design (ex-ante/ formative) as well as the effects (ex-poste/ summative) of  any intervention.   The challenges of systemic evaluation are explored from the perspective of different practitioners including policy advisors, policy decision makers, project/programme managers, and commissioners of evaluations.

10:45 - 11:15 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

11:15 - 11:45 Panel 2: Chair - Stefan Blachfellner, VP IFSR,"Are we ready to leverage the present future of systems research? Personal reflections and institutional perspectives on current opportunities and constraints in the field".

Panelists: International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR) Vice Presidents: Stefan Blachfellner, Mary Edson, Nam Nguyen

11:45 - 12:30 Keynote 2: David Rousseau, “Manifesto for General Systems Transdisciplinarity”, see David Rousseau.  

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

18:00 - 19:30 Council Meeting - Aurora 2: All Board, Past Presidents, SIG Chairs to attend.


Wednesday - August 5, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08:45- 12:30 Theme: Second-order Science and Systemic Design 

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote 1 & The Ranulph Glanville LectureProf. Michael Lissack, “Ambiguity is Real: Climate Change as a Subject of Second Order Science” President of the American Society of Cybernetics & Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ASC /ISCE)  (see  Michael Lissack).

09:45 – 10:30 Panel 1 and Discussion:  “Second-order science in the Anthropocene” Prof. Stuart Umpleby (see Stuart Umpleby); Prof Karl Mueller (see Karl Mueller) and Michael Lissack.

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

11:00 -11:45 Panel 2: and Pecha Kucha Discussion:  "Systemic Design Panel" (Chair: Professor Gary Metcalf)

Panellists: Professors Liss Werner and (see Liss Werner), Professor Michael Hohl (see Michael Hohl)Katri-Liisa Pulkinnen who teaches in the Creative Sustainability program at Aalto University in Helsinki, and Stefan Blachfellner, Bertalanffy Centre for the Study of Systems Sciences.

11:45 - 12:30 Keynote 2: Professor Peter Jones, "Designing a future for humans to flourish: Reframing the long crisis of the Anthropocene", Redesign Network and Design Department, OCAD University, Canada (see Peter Jones.)

We now find ourselves as a systems thinking community inquiring into planetary governance for climate and ecological politics. The Anthropocene demands a planetary response, and yet we often find even our fellow travelers tethered to discourses of technological management, cultural change, and right action. Perhaps we might now advocate a strong role for social systems design as a process for continual engagement of citizens as stakeholders, as advocated by Christakis, Ulrich and others. As we have seen power (economic and political) separate from its cultural histories, and become globalized, we may find ourselves in trajectories of action with marginal power to effect societal outcomes.  We are faced with a dual mandate of restorative system design, recovering human needs in our communities, and policy system design, restoring the long historical arc toward democratic governance. And as these are both designable contexts, systemic design can integrate ecological, technological and design thinking to guide policy in more productive ways.

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

19:00 - 21:00 Evening Performances and Workshops

19:00 ASC Preformance Presentations (Room: Elk)

  • 2484 What I Learned from Ranulph Glanville -- Larry Richards
  • 2660 Staging Bateson's Metalogues: A Workshop Performance -- Thomas D. Scholte
  • 2692 Living Systems are Learning Systems -- Nora Bateson

 


Thursday - August 6, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08:45- 12:30 Theme: Change, projects, consulting and capacity building (Session Chairs: t.b.a)

08:45 – 9:30 Keynote 1: Professor Ockie Bosch and Dr Nam Nguyen "Capacity Building: Think2Impact". (See Think2Impact)

9:30 – 10:15 Keynote 2: Irma Wilson and Pamela Buckle Henning  "A Call to Action for the Systems Sciences Community". (See Irma Wilson & Pamela Buckle Henning)

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

10:45 - 11:15 Keynote 3: Christiane Gebhardt, "Swiss Innovation Policies for a viable National Innovation System Switzerland", Malik Management Consulting, St. Gallen, Switzerland.   Risk Assessment and Policy Recommendations for the SBFI (Staatssekretariat für Bildung, Forschung und Innovation, Bern). Based on a Sensitivity Analysis (Vester).

11:15 – 11:45 Keynote 4: Louis Klein, "Systemic Consulting – Challenges",  Systemic Excellence Group, Berlin Germany. (See http://emcsr.net/programme-2014/systemic-excellence-group/ )

11:45 – 12:30 Panel 1: Systemic Change Panel (Ockie Bosch, Gandolfo Domenici, Christiane Gebhardt, Louis Klein and Irma Wilson).

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

15:30 - 16:00 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

16:00 – 18:00 Concurrent sessions - ISSS Workshops and Paper Sessions

19:00 - 21:00  Conference Dinner at the Scandic Hotel (Tea/coffee, juice, and water are included with meal -- there will be a cash bar for individual wine/beer purchases). Presentations of Student Awards (Vickers, Mead and Rapoport) will be made following the Dinner.


Friday - August 7, 2015

07:45 - 08:45 ISSS Roundtable, Sue Gabriele, Room: Reindeer

Aurora 2 and 3 All Plenaries

08.45- 13.30 - Theme: Synthesis and New Beginnings (Chairs: Professors Ray Ison and John Kineman)

08:45-09:00  Welcome and housekeeping - Conference Facilitator/Moderator: Dr Louis Klein

09:00 - 09:45 Keynote 1: Professor Noam Cook, “A Delicate Balance: The Interdependence of Natural, Artifactual and Human Systems”, Professor Emeritus San Jose State University, California. (See http://arp.sagepub.com/content/42/1/3 ).

09:45 - 10:30 Incoming Presidential Address: Professor John Kineman, “Leadership for Sustainability of Socioecological Systems". President ISSS2016 in Boulder, Colorado, USA (see https://colorado.academia.edu/JohnKineman )

10:30 - 10:45 Coffee/Tea -- Poster Presentations/Discussions in Aurora 2 & 3 during Breaks

10:45 - 11:15 Presentation from the PhD ‘systemic inquiry’ cohort

11:15 - 12:00 Student prizes / presentations

12:00 - 12:30 Membership AGM

12.30 – 13.30 Lunch

13:30 Conference Close moving into Informal Meetings (self-organising).