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IFSR CONVERSATION 2016 (April 2 – 8, Linz, Austria)

April 3, 2016 - April 8, 2016

Eighteenth IFSR Conversation

Linz, Austria

Sunday, 3 April – Friday, 8 April, 2016

Preparations are underway for the 2016 IFSR Conversation in Linz. The team topics and team leaders are:

  1. Systems Engineering: The Role of Systems Science in Developing a Foundational Theory –

Janet Willis Singer and Michael Singer

This theme builds upon the work around Systems Praxis developed for INCOSE and its ongoing development through the work group and other collaborative efforts in the Systems Engineering

2. Unity in Diversity: Making the Implicit Explicit – Gary Smith and Brigitte Daniel Allegro

The Systems Tree, which was introduced in workshops at Berlin and for INCOSE will serve as the locus for continued development of language, metaphors, and a game to introduce systemic concepts and principles to audiences across disciplines.

  1. Looking for Systemicity through Boulding’s Skeleton of Science, Hierarchy Theory and

Transdisciplinarity – Jennifer Wilby- Using Boulding’s framework and Hierarchy Theory, this team focus will be on systemic concepts and principles to develop understanding of the interconnections between disciplines.

  1. Systems Research: Evaluation – What is “good” Systems Research? – Mary Edson

Continuing work from the 2014 Conversation, this team will examine evaluation of systemsresearch from multiple perspectives in order to create deeper understanding of how it is designed, conducted, reported, and applied.

In November, team leaders met to discuss the possibility of developing an overarching theme for the 2016 Conversation. Because the teams have articulating systemic concepts and principles, several ideas for a central theme were considered. Among these ideas was the topic of Systems Literacy introduced by Peter Tuddenham at the ISSS Annual Meeting in Berlin, Germany. As team leaders are developing their topics with their teams, they will also keep a focal theme of Systems Literacy in mind. Along with Brigitte Daniel Allegro and Gary Smith, Mary and Peter will be working with team leaders to further develop it during monthly meetings leading up to the Conversation in April.

Participants in the upcoming Conversation can look forward to integrating the work of their teams into a body of knowledge to be developed into modes for educating those new to systems thinking, the systems sciences, and systems research as they begin their journeys toward Systems Literacy. Stay tuned for more details as the theme for the 2016 Conversation emerges.

Questions about the 2016 IFSR Conversation should be directed to Mary Edson at ifsr.org@gmail.com. We look forward to a vibrant Conversation in Linz this coming spring.


April 3, 2016
April 8, 2016


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