2008/07/18 12:30 Ockie Bosch, "ISSS 2009, Making Liveable, Sustainable Systems Unremarkable", ISSS Madison 2008

ISSS Madison 2008, 52nd Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences

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Ockie Bosch

Arrive on July 12 for the evening event

Context for conference:

  • Why is systems thinking kept out of science and mainstream problem solving?
  • Brisbane issue of liveability, as a constraint for sustainability
  • For whom:  long run
  • How long
  • At what cost
  • Of what

Many examples of liveability from urban areas 

  • Transport: rail track through your front garden
  • Energy, emissions trading, who pays?
  • Improved health
  • Food security and land use

Can liveability be achieved with sustainability?

  • How can we make liveable, sustainable systems unremarkable

First day plenary

Second day, systems thinking in practice


  • Progressive plenary session
  • Systems education 
  • User-centric policy design

Pre-conference training workshop, targeted at middle management of developing countries, sponsored by Unesco

Progressive plenary session:

  • Travel to various points around Brisbane, keynote speaker at each point
  • Identify issues for major analysis, with systemic interventions
  • Friday morning group presentations

Paddock to plate conference dinner:  local producers, giving talks

Combined effort by School of Natural and Rural S'ystems Management (U. Queensland) and ANZSYS

School combines natural systems, rural/social and business/economics

University of Queensland, 37000 students

University-wide Masters of Sustainable Systems