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JAN 13

Information Variety and VSM—The President’s Series

by Cybernetics Society — President’s SeriesFollowing£0 – £2,000

Event Information

The President’s Series features distinguished speakers on issues of our time. This explores purposefulness and the ‘world we want to world’

About this Event

Hosted by our President, Dr. John Beckford FCybS, the CybSights President’s Series is a new programme that will bring interesting people together to explore the relevance and contribution of cybernetics to addressing important challenges.

Each event will consist of contributions by two different speakers. Each will be followed by individual Q&A. These are then brought together by the President in a lively and engaging plenary discussion. Each will seek areas of convergence and divergence between the ideas explored.

Events will be held via Zoom on the 2nd Wednesday of each month from 1700 to 1900.

Meetings are open to members of the Cybernetics Society and also the general public. Non-members are invited to join or give a donation. Booking is required.

The Cybernetics Society has been hosting conversations and lectures since the late 1960s.

#PS4 : January 13: Information Variety and the VSM Trialogue

Addressing the distinct “go” of cybernetics in oganisations, the two speakers discuss the role of information in the management of companies and society and the capabilities of the Viable System Model to assist this..

Introduction and Welcome: Dr. John Beckford, FCybS, President of the Cybernetics Society


Dr. Peter Dudley , FCybS

The Trialogue: A Trinity in Four Parts

The Trialogue is an interpretation of Beer’s 3-4-5 homeostat which, conceptually, renders systemic identity open to question. And, therefore, that the historical ‘always-already-present-ness’ of identity usually applied in cybernetic modelling is a ‘special case’ – arising after the moment of the creation of self.

Whilst this notion of plasticity in identity might be contentious there is some evidence to support it. Kuhn’s “paradigm shifts” or Gould’s suggestion that cultural development is Lamarckian, for example, can be interpreted as social (scientific) identity, in the form of dominant modes of existence or thought being (or being rendered) plastic in relation to the current social environment. New forms arising and becoming established only if they can ‘square the circle’ of the demands of current capability and current challenges in any particular field.

Dr. Peter Dudley FCybS

Peter has a bachelor’s degree in Information Systems Design and a Ph.D. in Management Systems and Sciences. He is a fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts and Manufactures, the Operational Research Society and the Cybernetics Society. Initially lecturing/researching ‘systems and cybernetics’ in H.E. he became an independent consultant/researcher working in the design and build of intelligent management systems. Most recently he has contributed to projects developing IT/S tools to model and support National Infrastructure and network failure resilience, climate change response and, most recently, Military C2 and non-Western Military doctrine.

Followed by discussion and Q & A


Professor Elaine Toms, Professor of Information Innovation & Management, Sheffield University Management School

Subject and Bio to follow.

Followed by discussion and Q & A

Plenary Discussion

The aim of this session, moderated by John Beckford, is to draw out the complementary and competing ideas emerging from the two sessions.

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