METAPHORUM Conference: Leeds Beckett University, Governance and Complexity, O …

Governance and Complexity:

innovative research and applications of viability theory and the Viable System Model and the 90 year celebration of the birthday of Stafford Beer.

METAPHORUM Conference:
October 5-7, 2016,Leeds Beckett University, Leeds, UK

The Centre for Governance Leadership and Global Responsibility at Leeds Beckett University in Leeds, UK and the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull

invite researchers, practitioners and students to come and share experiences and results.

Stafford Beer introduced the Viable System Model and complexity management to social organizations in one of the most farsighted experiments in public governance in the 20th Century – the Cybersyn Project in Chile. Since then the application of the Theory of Viability has gained increasing momentum as governments and organizations seek to develop resilience and capabilities to adapt to rapid change.

Metaphorum grew out of a Syntegration held in 2003 when Stafford Beer’s friends, colleagues, students and collaborators gathered at the Scarborough Campus of the University of Hull to consider how to maintain and advance his legacy and the promise of organizational cybernetics. Metaphorum conferences provide the opportunity to network and learn from each other in this widely dispersed community of practice. Since then a number of Conferences have been held in the UK, Ireland and Switzerland.

Call for papers and presentations: Deadline August 25, notification September 5

Please send a title, 2-3 page abstract and a head and shoulders photograph with your name, title, qualifications, position and brief (50 words) bio for the programme. Some full papers will be invited for inclusion in a journal special issue.

Registration: early bird before September 1st.  Regular L50 per day, after September L 70
Includes lunch, refreshments and Wednesday dinner. Students L17 (not including dinner)

Wednesday and Thursday programme: keynotes, presentations and student papers

Friday progamme: Viable System Model clinic and Metaphorum Planning Meeting

For more information and programme details, contact: Pedro Paulo Cardoso p.p.cardoso-castro@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Accommodation at special rates available until mid-August at Novotel, Holiday Inn Express, Park Plaza and Radisson Blu. A link will be provided for registration and further information.