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SCiO Open Meeting & AGM - Spring 2016, Manchester (all Welcome)
Mon 18 April 2016, 09:30 – 17:00 BST
09:30 is for an introduction to VSM. Full open meeting will start at 10:00
Please note that the SCiO AGM will follow on from the open meeting (for members).
In this open meeting a series of presentations of general interest regarding systems practice will be given - this will include 'craft' and active sessions, as well as introductions to theory.
Session: Bay Jordan – Restoring Democracy, Systematically
The talk will look at some of the symptoms of a democracy that is clearly under attack; some of the toxins that are attacking it and some systemic solutions that offer an antidote and that will help restore it. Bio: Bay Jordan, director of Zealise Limited is the author of several books including “Lean Organisations Need FAT People” and “The Democracy Delusion: How to Restore True Democracy and Stop Being Duped.” Bay is a Chartered Accountant with financial and change experience in premier and blue chip organisations in Southern Africa, Canada and the UK. A conviction that organisations could do considerably, and sustainably, better if people were better managed led him to write his first book, “Lean Organisations Need FAT People” and to found his company, Zealise Limited. He recently published “The Democracy Delusion” to challenge wider socio-economic and political management issues, and offer new solutions. To learn more about Zealise visit their website at www.zealise.com or to find out more about Bay and his books visit www.bayjordan.com. Alternatively you can check out his profile on LinkedIn.
Session: NORA BATESON - Systems Thinking and Identity
Join Nora Bateson for a discussion of systems thinking in identity. "How do we perceive ourselves? As individuals and within larger communities our notions of identity inform us as to who we are in relation to the systems we live within. But this era is a time of upheaval, ecosystems and social systems around the globe are in rapid transition. While change is a constant in living systems, the rate of change now is unprecedented. Who are we in this changing world? As families, as professionals, as cultures, how is our perception of ourselves changing-- and what if it doesn’t? Identity is a personal matter, but it also matters in terms of society, ecosystems, and the future. Double binds of identity, and other traps of obsolete fragmentation in our thinking can be seen with greater insight through the lens of complexity and systems."
Session: Martin Reynolds –Critical Systems Heuristics (CSH) and Viable Systems Model (VSM): Contemporary Challenges to Promoting Systems Praxis.
CSH and VSM derive from quite separate rich traditions of systems thinking, each with enigmatic original champions – C. West Churchman and Stafford Beer respectively. This session will open space to explore common and divergent lineages, challenges, and opportunities of each approach for the future prospects and developments of promoting systemic praxis in the Anthropocene. A particular focus will be on the peculiar capacity of both traditions to be adaptable whilst perhaps being less successful in being adopt-able; a feature possibly resulting from conventional management adherence towards contingency theory.
Martin is Senior Lecturer and Qualifications Lead for the postgraduate programme in Systems Thinking in Practice at the Open University. He specialises in the application of critical systems thinking and, amongst many authored publications on the subject, was lead editor (with Sue Holwell) of the book Systems Approaches to Managing Change.
Session: Jane Searles & Roger Duck - Exploring Levels of ‘Connected Happenings’
Visioning & Architecture for Transforming the Electrical Power System
This is a talk about systemic methods in practice. Roger and Jane have been addressing the architecture for future GB electrical power systems in various ways over the last 3 years. This talk will bring SCiO up to date on progress since their previous SCiO talk, in October 2013, on a distributed electricity architecture. They will address their experiences of grounding a wholly systemic approach and the learning which has ensued.
Topics will range from visioning, through architecture, based on Process Oriented Systems Design (POSD) and the Viable System Model (VSM), to Agile approaches, communication, the links between creativity and abstraction, teamwork, engagement and facilitation all from a systemic perspective. These topics will be backed up by examples from community energy, Integrating for Life (a UK government supported three month feasibility study), responses to government consultations and papers for the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum.
About the Authors:
Roger Duck (email@example.com) is a self-employed consultant, facilitator, researcher and interim manager, focused mostly on strategic planning for technology infrastructure. In 2012-13 he led a review of regulatory issues for smart energy in Europe (www.fi-ppp-finseny.eu). He was awarded a PhD in 1994 for his research related to controlled nuclear fusion.
Jane Searles (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a self-employed systems practitioner, specialising in facilitation, methods and shared model development. This is often part of visioning and organisational architecture development. Jane worked for around 35 years in the IT industry (ICL and Fujitsu) as a business architect and analyst on the boundary between customer businesses and technical solution providers.
Date and Time
Alumnus common room - go past the reception desk in MBS West (the normal MBS building) straight ahead through the doors and into the Café Bar, and the alumnus common room is off to the left. It is the room closest to the bar
Manchester Business School West (normal building)