New Books Network podcast | Jessica M. Wilson, “Metaphysical Emergence”, OUP 2021

Jessica M. WilsonMay 20, 2022Metaphysical EmergenceOXFORD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2021

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New Books Network podcast | Mark Andrejevic, “Automated Media” (Routledge, 2019)

A lot in this – meta-rational perspectives, the psychoanalytic perspective, and a lot more.

See also review by Jakob Svensson:

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New Books Network | Mark Andrejevic, “Automated Media” (Routledge,…

Mark Andrejevic

Jun 24, 2022

Automated Media


In this era of pervasive automation, Mark Andrejevic provides an original framework for tracing the logical trajectory of automated media and their social, political, and cultural consequences. 

Automated Media (Routledge, 2019) explores the cascading logic of automation, which develops from the information collection process through to data processing and, finally, automated decision making. It argues that pervasive digital monitoring combines with algorithmic decision making and machine learning to create new forms of power and control that pose challenges to democratic forms of accountability and individual autonomy alike. Andrejevic provides an overview of the implications of these developments for the fate of human experience, describing the “bias of automation” through the logics of pre-emption, operationalism, and “framelessness.” 

Automated Media is a fascinating and groundbreaking new volume: a must-read for students and researchers of critical media studies interested in the intersections of media, technology, and the digital economy.

Mark Andrejevic is Professor of Media Studies at Monash University where he heads the Automated Society Working Group in the School of Media, Film and Journalism. He is the author of Infoglut: How Too Much Information Is Changing the Way We Think and Know, iSpy: Surveillance and Power in the Interactive Era; and Reality TV: The Work of Being Watched, as well as numerous journal articles and book chapters on surveillance, popular culture, and digital media.

souce and podcast: Mark AndrejevicJun 24, 2022Automated MediaROUTLEDGE 2019

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System Diagrams: A Practical Guide – Bob Williams


System Diagrams: A Practical Guide

System Diagrams: A Practical Guide

Bob Williams

pdf is ‘contributionware’

Systems Diagrams: A Practical Guide. 

The past few years have seen increased use of system diagrams. System diagrams provide an excellent way of clarifying complex situations and help to address identified problems. Potential users are spoilt for choice – there are literally dozens of different diagram based approaches.

However, there are not many easily accessible publications that describe how to match and use appropriate diagrams to particular tasks. Which is why System Diagrams; A Practical Guide came to be written.

The discussion of each approach is accompanied by a worked example and a set of questions that that the diagram addresses. There are also chapters on the role of diagrams in general; what constitutes a systemic inquiry and the overall nature of system diagrams.

System Diagrams; A Practical Guide covers six diagram approaches that between them cover a wide range of uses;

Rich Picturing. Useful when trying to get to grips with the complexity of a situation and work out which aspects you should be focusing on.

Influence Diagrams. Useful when you want to have a snapshot of what is influencing a particular issue or topic at a particular moment in time.

Causal Diagrams. Useful when you want to explore the possible consequences of specific causal relationships within a particular issue or topic over a period of time.

Cynefin. A diagram that helps you to think about and respond to a particular situation, or intervention, through five different framings; simple, complicated, complex, chaotic and confused.

Viable System Model (VSM). A diagram that helps to assess and ensure the viability of a purposeful activity, given the range of competing demands from different components of that endeavour.

Cultural Historical Activity System Model (CHAT). A diagram that guides a series of questions about how to people with different motivations can work together creatively and effectively, especially when responding to changing and challenging events.

Source: System Diagrams: A Practical Guide

Bob Williams

System Diagrams: A Practical Guide

Upcoming People Need People session & Screening of the Bateson Approach to Learning

Invitation to the First Oceania People Need People Session and the Screening of the Bateson Approach to LearningDear Benjamin Taylor, We have two exciting events coming up soon, for you to enjoy.Firstly a People Need People session for all the Bateson Anniversary event attendees in the Oceania timezone and the screening of the most recent live Anniversary event – the Bateson Approach to Learning.Read on for registration links and share with your community! With endless warmth, Fiona, Lesley, April & Nora  

Upcoming People Need People session & Screening of the Bateson Approach to Learning

Relating systems and design – RSD11 Call for Contributions, University of Brighton UK October 13-16 20220


RSD11 Call for Contributions

There’s still time to submit papers and presentations for RSD11. This year the programme explores transdisciplinary connections and perspectives that augment systemic approaches. We plan to hold sessions online and in-person at the University of Brighton from October 13 to 16.

Here’s the brief – please share with your colleagues

RSD11: Possibilities and Practices of Systemic Design

As designers look to address systemic challenges, they must wrestle with tensions and conflicting requirements within their practices and the situations they seek to change. Systemic questions cannot be approached one at a time in isolation. Yet, it is inevitable that design is partial in its engagements – to address everything is implausible or uncritical to implicit boundary judgements and the privileges of dominant perspectives. Unpredictable interdependencies require a cautious approach, yet incremental strategies risk entrenching underlying errors and injustices by making the status quo more palatable. Profound, long-term changes are needed, but the urgency of the present also demands immediately achievable actions. 

At RSD11, we look to expand further systemic design’s modes of working:

Systemic design has thus far drawn primarily on methodological and organisational aspects of systems thinking as a way of handling complexity. In what ways might other perspectives augment systemic approaches?

The systems field is open to the creative arts, countercultural movements, enactive cognitive science, family therapy, posthumanism, and others. How might these transdisciplinary connections further enrich and critique systemic design research and practice?

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Perspectives on complexity | Research Festival 2022 – University of Plymouth with Schumacher College 29 June 2-6pm in person or on Zoom

Perspectives on complexity | Research Festival 2022

Rethink how you approach complex research challenges

Part of the Research Festival 2022

Event co-hosted with Schumacher College

29Jun 2022


Rolle Marquee, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus PL4 8AA and online via Zoom

Perspectives on complexity | Research Festival 2022 – University of Plymouth

A Ubiquitous Collective Tragedy in Transport

Complexity Digest

Rafael Prieto Curiel, Humberto González Ramírez, and Steven Bishop

Front. Phys., 16 June 2022

A tragedy of the commons is said to occur when individuals act only in their own interest but, in so doing, create a collective state of a group that is less than optimal due to uncoordinated action. Here, we explore the individual decision-making processes of commuters using various forms of transport within a city, forming a modal share which is then built into a dynamical model using travel time as the key variable. From a randomised start in the distribution of the modal share, assuming that some individuals change their commuting method, favouring lower travel times, we show that a stable modal share is reached corresponding to an equilibrium in the model. Considering the average travel time for all commuters within the city, we show that an optimal result is achieved only if the direct and…

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Seymour Papert – Wikipedia

Seymour Papert

Seymour Papert – Wikipedia

One of those interesting people – thanks to one of the cybernetics discussion list, I just heard about – indeed, saw – a short exchange of letters between McCulloch and Piaget expressing a desire to discuss their mutual interest in genetic epistemology, facilitated by Papert..


Also from wikipiedia (stub article)

In child psychologyPapert’s principle is often used to explain the results of Jean Piaget‘s experiments. It is named for Seymour Papert and states that:

Some of the most crucial steps in mental growth are based not simply on acquiring new skills, but on acquiring new administrative ways to use what one already knows.

— Marvin Minsky

Archive of his papers etc:

Complex systems for the most vulnerable

Complexity Digest

Elisa Omodei, Manuel Garcia-Herranz, Daniela Paolotti and Michele Tizzoni

Journal of Physics: Complexity, Volume 3, Number 2

In a rapidly changing world, facing an increasing number of socioeconomic, health and environmental crises, complexity science can help us to assess and quantify vulnerabilities, and to monitor and achieve the UN sustainable development goals. In this perspective, we provide three exemplary use cases where complexity science has shown its potential: poverty and socioeconomic inequalities, collective action for representative democracy, and computational epidemic modeling. We then review the challenges and limitations related to data, methods, capacity building, and, as a result, research operationalization. We finally conclude with some suggestions for future directions, urging the complex systems community to engage in applied and methodological research addressing the needs of the most vulnerable.

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Moses and Systems Thinking in Abuja Nigeria – Systems Thinking Marin

Moses and Systems Thinking in Abuja NigeriaThis blog entry includes a request for funding for the initiative discussed, systems thinking in Abuja, Nigeria. I review how I came to know Moses Agbara as his mentor. As the founder of Systems Thinking Marin, I have found only one other effort to promote systems thinking at a local level, a small group in Ontario, Canada. I am therefore very happy to support Moses and his work to bring systems thinking to his home city.

Moses and Systems Thinking in Abuja Nigeria – Systems Thinking Marin

System of Systems Thinkers – speaker serpies – Women in Systems Thinking – Systems Thinking Marin

Link may not resolve in wordpress so I am repeating it here:

Value for Money (VfM) Core Course and Modules on Evaluation, Complexity and Cost-Benefit Analysis – CECAN

CECAN Associate, Dr Stuart Astill (, has just released two series of dates for his very popular training programme exploring Value for Money (VfM) – with special half-day modules looking at VfM under complexity and VfM in evaluation as well as a one-day module on cost-benefit analysis. The next runs of this training series are taking place in September/October and November/ December – it is advisable to book early if you wish to guarantee a place.Value for Money (VfM) ‘core course’and modules on ‘evaluation’, ‘complexity’ and ‘cost-benefit analysis’

Value for Money (VfM) Core Course and Modules on Evaluation, Complexity and Cost-Benefit Analysis

Article: Coaching for Awareness-Based Systems Change — Illuminate Systems

Article: Coaching for Awareness-Based Systems Change

Article: Coaching for Awareness-Based Systems Change — Illuminate Systems

Behavior, Purpose and Teleology – Rosenblueth, Wiener, Bigelow (1943)

DOI:10.1086/286788Corpus ID: 16179485Behavior, Purpose and TeleologyA. Rosenblueth, N. Wiener, Julian BigelowPublished 1 January 1943PsychologyPhilosophy of Science

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Cybernetic governance of the Peruvian State: a proposal – Rodriguez (2022)

Cybernetic governance of the Peruvian State: a proposalRicardo Rodriguez-Ulloa AI & SOCIETY (2022)Cite this article2053 Accesses2 AltmetricMetricsdetailsAbstractThis paper aims to make a proposal to govern the Peruvian State under the umbrella of management cybernetics, following the paths of the viable system model (VSM), proposed by Prof. Stafford Beer, enriched with other soft and hard systemic methodologies and technologies, to cover the soft and hard issues that are part of the complex Peruvian reality at different levels of recursion. For doing this, four defined perspectives were adopted to understand the complexity of Peru: the sectoral view, the regions view, the river basins view and the macroregions view. Peru is seen as a system in focus, defining, for each of these four perspectives, the five systems that VSM has. The application of the VSM in each perspective serves to apply it in two modes: diagnosis and design, according to the respective perspective. Then an integrative analysis and reflection is done considering the four perspectives, to analyze the viability of the VSM approach in the governance of the Peruvian State to establish some conclusions and recommendations in relation to the proposal, appearing at the end of the paper.

Cybernetic governance of the Peruvian State: a proposal | SpringerLink