UK Chapter, System Dynamics Society – 2023 Conference: March 30th-31st 2023, Southampton UK

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When and where

Date and time

Thu, 30 Mar 2023, 09:30 – Fri, 31 Mar 2023, 16:00 BST


National Oceanography Centre European Way Southampton SO14 3ZH

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World Theories as Analytic-Deductive, Dispersive-Integrative – Coevolving Innovations | David Ing

World Theories as Analytic-Deductive, Dispersive-Integrative February 6, 2023 daviding

World Theories as Analytic-Deductive, Dispersive-Integrative – Coevolving Innovations

Ecosystem leadership as a dynamic capability – Foss, Schmidt, Teece (2023)

Nicolai J. Foss, Jens Schmidt, David J. Teece

Under a Creative Commons license

open access


We analyze the role and effect of ecosystem leadership understood as the exercise of effort towards others with the purpose of establishing and maintaining an ecosystem around a focal systemic innovation. While there has been much attention to the firms that sponsor ecosystems in the ecosystem literature, ecosystem leaders are usually characterized in an atheoretical manner, and the emphasis is on, leadership in existing ecosystems, thus neglecting the role leadership might play in ecosystem emergence. We clarify and provide theoretical grounding for the important role of leadership in emerging and maturing ecosystems. Building on transaction cost economics, we conceptualize an ecosystem as a governance structure that enables and sustains coordination and cooperation among multiple economic agents towards a focal innovative value proposition. Our basic argument is that the emergence of such an ecosystems is hampered by coordination and cooperation problems which markets and the price system cannot solve by itself. Resolving these problems requires assistance, and such assistance is what we call ecosystem leadership. To further characterize the exercise of leadership we use Teece’s tripartite dynamic capabilities scheme. Leadership enables ecosystem emergence through three externally-oriented dynamic capabilities: facilitating the formation of a shared vision (sensing), inducing others to make ecosystem-specific investments (seizing) and engaging in ad hoc problem solving to create and maintain stability (reconfiguring/transforming). The latter capability in particular often continues to be important in a mature ecosystem. We provide a characterization of these capabilities and argue that the ecosystem leader role in a mature ecosystem likely stems from having successfully exercised these capabilities and that their exercise also puts the leader in a prime position for value capture. We discuss implications of our arguments for ecosystem theories, for managers and for policy makers.

Ecosystem leadership as a dynamic capability – ScienceDirect

The ‘emergence’ of the new worldview was with tektology, not systemology; with Alexander Bogdanov, not Ludwig Von Bertalanffy! | by Örsan Şenalp | Medium

The ‘emergence’ of the new worldview was with tektology, not systemology; with Alexander Bogdanov, not Ludwig Von Bertalanffy!by Örsan Şenalp

The ‘emergence’ of the new worldview was with tektology, not systemology; with Alexander Bogdanov, not Ludwig Von Bertalanffy! | by Örsan Şenalp | Medium

Self and Society – Bateson: The Cybernetics of “Self”: A Theory of Alcoholism

Gregory Bateson: The Cybernetics of “Self”: A Theory of Alcoholism(1972)

Self and Society – Bateson: The Cybernetics of “Self”: A Theory of Alcoholism

The Social Impact of Cybernetics – Georgetown University (1966)

Noteworthy for Marshall McLuhan writing on cybernetics (but calling it ‘cybernation’), and getting in early with a metamodern joke:

The Social Impact of Cybernetics – Georgetown University – Google Books

Possibly disreputable Monoskop link:

Societal Cybernetics seminar w/ Harry Halpin & Smári McCarthy

Contexts – the systemic design journal – volume 1 now available online

Message from Peter Jones in the Systemic Design Group on LinkedIn:

The board of the Systemic Design Association is pleased to announce that Volume 1 of Contexts – The Systemic Design Journal is now available online, with a collection of five distinctive articles and an editorial, in online and PDF formats. We first announced the journal project at RSD10 and showed the first articles in press at RSD11, and it’s now live as of today. Please find the journal page at and the articles at We are actively seeking articles for Volume 2 (2023). Contexts is a continuous publishing process, and includes everything published within the year as the volume. New research and rigorous practice papers from authors in relevant fields are invited to submit to Contexts today. Manuscripts can be submitted online via the familiar process of the EasyChair conference site (which has a reviewer’s backend). Special thanks to the SDA Publications team (Silvia Barbero, Josina Vink, Amina Pereno, and especially co-designer Cheryl May – who is now mostly done with a week of final build) Thanks for support and guidance throughout the near-year development period.  

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Old European culture: Unified language theory

Unified language theory

Old European culture: Unified language theory

Best read in conjunction with:

oldeuropeanculture on Twitter

“Thread: My favourite example of a (group) reality evolution is a story about my son and the Secret Army of Super Children. It all started last year when I mistakenly showed my 7 year old son Ghost Busters film, thinking we will all have a great laugh together…”

Informational Closure in the Human and the Machine:

Harish's Notebook - My notes... Lean, Cybernetics, Quality & Data Science.

Art by Dall-E

One of the concepts that seems hard to grasp with regards to Cybernetics is the idea of “informational closure”. This idea was introduced by Ross Ashby as “informational tightness”. Ashby defined Cybernetics as the study of systems that are open to energy but closed to information and control – systems that are “information-tight”. Just like something that is described as water-tight, where water does not enter it from outside, information-tight refers to the condition where information does not enter it from outside.

Ashby also said that when a machine breaks, it changes its mind. Ashby referred to “machine” as a collection of parts that interact on one another and an “organization” as the specific way they are put together. For example, when a user pushes on a button, a door opens. The machine in this case is the button together with the wiring that can interact…

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Case Study: Level 7 Systems Thinking Apprenticeship Case Study – Skills for Health

Case Study: Level 7 Systems Thinking Apprenticeship Case Study

Case Study: Level 7 Systems Thinking Apprenticeship Case Study – HASO

Systems Thinking Practitioner programme (postgrad level), funded by the Apprenticeship Levy in England | Cherith Simmons and SCiO

Level 7 System Thinking Practitioner Apprenticeship

L7 Systems Thinking Practitioner | Cherith Simmons Learning and Development

Courses all available individually too

Systems thinking practice: Competency Framework & Professional Qualification | SCiO

Peer-assessed, portfolio based professional qualifications in systems practice

SCiO Competency Framework & Professional Qualification | SCiO

Assessment body

Management approach to the competency framework

Process philosophy | Gerald Midgley (2000)

In brief. David Ing.

Chapter 4 on “Process philosophy” follows after Chapter 3 on “The Systems Idea”. For context here’s an outline of the sections on the philosophy Chapter 3.

  • 3.1 The Meaning of ‘Systems Philosophy’
  • 3.2 The Boundary Concept
  • 3.3 The ‘Enemies’ of Systems Thinking: Mechanism, Reductionism and Subject/Object Dualism
  • 3.4 The Struggle against Subject/ Object Dualism
  • 3.5 General Systems Theory
    • 3.5.1 Critique of General Systems Theory
  • 3.6 The Theory of Mind
    • 3.6.1 Critique of the Theory of Mind
  • 3.7 The Theory of Autopoiesis
    • 3.7.1 Critique of the Theory of Autopoiesis
  • 3.8 Interpretive Systemology
    • 3.8.1 Critique of Interpretive Systemology
  • 3.9 Conclusion

Here’s the outline of Chapter 4.

  • 4.1 The Problem of Subject/Object Dualism
  • 4.2 The Linguistic Tum
  • 4.3 A Linguistic Tum in Systems Thinking
  • 4.4 The Theory of ‘Three Worlds’
  • 4.5 A Critique of the Linguistic Tum
  • 4.6 The Origins of Knowledge
  • 4.7 From Content to Process Philosophy
  • 4.8 Defining Knowledge
  • 4.9 Sentient…

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How do bees self-organise? – Orit Peleg in Simplifying Complexity

Complexity Digest

One of the things that make complexity science so fascinating is the diversity of the systems that it applies to. In this series so far, you’ve learnt about everything from ecologies to economies, tipping points in ecologies and economies, to power and influence in the 1400s, and even the spread of coronavirus in the lungs and the thing that brings all of these different topics together is complexity. This means that we can study one system to help us understand other systems — including bees.

In today’s episode, Orit Peleg, Faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and External Faculty at the Santa Fe Institute, explains how bees self-organise and produce sophisticated behaviour. In this case, you’ll hear how thousands of bees can work out where their queen is at any given point.

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