President’s Series 22: Process and Organization
Prof Peter Kawalek discusses the ideas of Whitehead, Beer and Haraway and how they contribute to contemporary understandingPresident’s Series 22: Process and Organization Tickets, Tue 13 Dec 2022 at 17:00 | Eventbrite
13. Cybernetic Revolutionaries Pt.1 │Eden MedinaAuxiliary Statements13. Cybernetic Revolutionaries Pt.1 │Eden Medina by Auxiliary Statements
Cybernetic Revolutionaries: A Discussion
For this installment of our series on Actually Existing Socialism we take a look at an attempt to solve the issues of central planning with a novel experiment unlike any other in history: Project Cybersyn in Salvador Allende’s Chile. In a discussion based on Eden Medina’s book Cybernetic Revolutionaries, Donald, Christian, and Rudy discuss the idea of Stafford Beer and their limitations, the difficulties of the democratic road to socialism, and if Cybersyn is totalitarian but in a good way. Outro music is “Litany for a computer and a child about to be born” by Angel Parra and Stafford Beer.
Project Cybersyn Shows All Tech is Political w/ Eden Medina
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Nicolas Villarreal joins Ash Milton to discuss his 05 article on how capitalist giants use socialist cybernetic planning, cybernetic methods of organizing supply chains, and their impact on the worker.
Socialist Chile centrally planned its economy using Project Cybersyn, which used computerized feedback loops to give production managers live updates on changes in demand and other production indicators. This helped solved the “bullwhip” problem, where producers belatedly learned of changes in demand that originate further down the supply chain.
Capitalist supergiants like Amazon and Walmart use similar systems to maintain efficiency. But ultimately the workers are made to work at the tempo of an automated feedback system that leads to injury and exhaustion. Nicolas and Ash also discuss how industrial rationalization and efficiency can lead to worker organization. Nicolas’s article “How Capitalist Giants Use Socialist Cybernetic Planning” is featured in PALLADIUM 05: Centralizing Society.
Nicolas Villarreal works as an analyst for a government contractor and formerly worked in federal banking regulation. He is a graduate of the College of William and Mary, and author of the novel Caeruleus. He tweets @NicolasDVillar1.
Theory of the firmTheory of the firm – Wikipedia
Many MindsMind everywhereMany Minds: Mind everywhere
Distributed systems provide a particular challenge to program. They often require us to have multiple copies of data, which need to keep synchronized. Yet we cannot rely on processing nodes working reliably, and network delays can easily lead to inconsistencies. Despite this, many organizations rely on a range of core distributed software handling data storage, messaging, system management, and compute capability. These systems face common problems which they solve with similar solutions. This article recognizes and develops these solutions as patterns, with which we can build up an understanding of how to better understand, communicate and teach distributed system design.
07 September 2022Patterns of Distributed Systems
This Wednesday – Community of Practice – online event
Complexity, Community Development and Systems Change
Learn how experienced community development practitioner, Helen Rodd is using Wicked Lab’s complexity-informed framework and tool in her projects and evaluations.[This Wed] Complexity, Community Development and Systems Change – Community of Practice event
In today’s post, I am continuing on my thoughts on stoicism through the lens of cybernetics. In Cybernetics, we call regulation the act (art) of responding to external disturbances in order to maintain selected internal variables in a range. For example, our body maintains the internal temperature in a specific range. We have internal regulations built in through evolution to ensure that this is done. In the language of cybernetics, regulation refers to the act of countering the external variety. In order to counter the external variety, we must have requisite variety. As noted in the last post, only variety can absorb variety. If the external temperature goes up or goes down, our body should have a mechanism to react so that the internal temperature is maintained in a specific range. If it is not able to do this, we will not stay viable. The goal of requisite variety in…
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WHAT IS HOLOPOIESIS?
As a middle way between the extremes of allopoiesis (other-making) and autopoiesis (self-making), Holopoiesis designates a dynamic process by which an integrated and diversified field “creorders” (creatively re/orders) itself holonically, that is, simultaneously as whole and part, universal and particular, self and other.Continues in source: What is Holopoiesis? – Holopoiesis
Systems Thinking in Climate ChangeInteractive workshop and masterclass on different ways of thinking about climate changeDate:Tuesday, November 22, 2022Time:7:00 pmSystems Thinking in Climate Change
Modeling Autopoiesis and Cognition with Reaction NetworksFrancis Heylighen, Evo BusseniersModeling Autopoiesis and Cognition with Reaction Networks — Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Jessica Flack, Panos Ipeirotis, Thomas W Malone, Geoff Mulgan, Scott E Page
Collective behavior is a universal property of biological, social, and many engineered systems. However, the study of collective intelligence—roughly, the production of adaptive, wise, or clever structures and behaviors by groups—remains nascent. Despite that, it is growing in various disciplines, from biology and psychology to computer science and economics, management, and political science to mathematics, complexity science, and neuroscience.
With the launch of Collective Intelligence, we aim to create a publication that transcends disciplines, methodologies, and traditional formats. We hope to help discover principles that can be useful to both basic and applied science and encourage the emergence of a unified discipline of study.
Read the full article at: journals.sagepub.com
Punctuated equilibriumPunctuated equilibrium – Wikipedia
Robert Rosen’s Anticipatory Systems Theory: The Science of Life and Mindby Judith RosenMathematics | Free Full-Text | Robert Rosen’s Anticipatory Systems Theory: The Science of Life and Mind
The Complex Systems Society (CSS) organizes every year a main conference (CCS) – the most important annual meeting for the complex systems research community.
The Complex Systems Society invites bids to host the edition for 2024 and 2025.
The conference is generally held in September/October of each year.
More at: cssociety.org
November 29, 2022 09:50 AM
Becoming systemic thinkers – adapting the way we make sense at work // Expert interview with Joan Lurie
Otti Vogt is also speaking at the conference