About this Event
Please join us virtually on YouTube and Facebook live for the launch of the publication of “The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking – Governing in a Climate Emergency”. We have invited panel members from several governance contexts whose experiences are relevant to the book.
‘The authors’ thesis is that it is only through new systems of governance and new ways of thinking and acting that the human world can manage the climate and associated emergencies. It may be that the Covid-19 has knocked some sense into the those maintaining the current world order sufficient to grasp that the systems we have are but the systems we have, all are human inventions, and all can be reinvented. We explore how and why contemporary governance is failing. New elements in a governance system are needed: the biosphere, social purpose and the Technosphere. Failures of governance go beyond damaging our habitat to damaging inequalities in power, wealth and well-being. Preferential lobbying thrives. Ramshackle political processes are no match for these challenges.
Systems Thinking in Practice is now well into its stride in many settings. We have concluded that applied effectively it would provide the answer. This is a big claim. The book is much more than a critique of the status quo. It details 26 principles for systemic governing. These would form the core of amended constitutions. But just as Shakespeare needs a great cast to do justice to his scripts, so these new systems have to be operated by people who understand the theories of systems thinking and how to apply them in practice. The book describes the what and how of recovering systemic sensibility, acquiring systems literacy and investing in systems thinking in practice capability.
The book has been described as a persuasive, lively book that shows how systems thinking can be harnessed to effect profound, complex change. We would welcome, very much, your feedback on these proposals – and those of many others working to create a sustainable and fair world – and how they can be brought to fruition.
After a welcome from our two authors, Dr Kevin Collins will MC
We have lined up a very exciting panel for you, including:
Professor Eileen Munro from the London School of Economics
Professor John Naughton Director, Press Fellowship, Wolfson College, Cambridge
Dr Julian Corner, CEO of Lankelly Chase
And Dr Piret Tõnurist of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
After each panel member shares their points of view, we will open up to questions both via comment or by emailing STEM-News@open.ac.uk and will share an exclusive discount code to give you 20% off your purchase of the book.
If you cannot join us on the day, recordings will be available to watch on YouTube (search for The Open University: STEM) or on Facebook (@theopenuniversitySTEM) and questions sent to STEM-News@open.ac.uk and response sent within a few days.