ASC Speaker Series #4: Leonard and Richards on Stafford Beer Tickets, Sun, Mar 21, 2021 at 9:00 AM EDT

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MAR 21

ASC Speaker Series #4: Leonard and Richards on Stafford Beer

by American Society for Cybernetics Free

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Models are not good or bad, right or wrong, only more or less useful in a given context. — Stafford Beer

About this Event

ASC Speakers Series: Cybernetics and humans’ knowing

Abstract

During this ASC Series event Jude Lombardi will facilitate a conversation between two long-term members and past-presidents of the ASC, Allenna Leonard and Larry Richards, about the life and work of Stafford Beer (1926-2002).

As many might know, Beer was a prolific producer of many things — in a variety of domains. He was, according to Leonard, a “polymath—a scientist who painted, wrote poetry, taught yoga and cooked a delicious Yorkshire pudding.”

During our 50-minute interview, the two presenters will share their professional and personal thoughts on Stafford Beer as well as share their thoughts on two – of the many – models Stafford Beer created during his career as a cybernetician.


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Models are not good or bad, right or wrong, only more or less useful in a given context. — Stafford Beer

Leonard will briefly discuss the Viable Systems Model, VSM (1975) — an organizational structure made up of viable autonomous systems that are designed to survive the requirements of any dynamic environment. While Richards will briefly discuss the Team Syntegrity a process based non-hierarchical structure geared toward problem solving with a group of 10 to 42 participants.

The core of this conversation will focus on the cybernetic concepts and premises related to the models presented as identified in the attached papers. We will also explore possible similarities and differences between the two models as well as how they might complement one another.

We will then spend the last 40 minutes of this event in dialogue with attendees based on their questions and comments.

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