Wed April 11 10-12 at Media Factory Auditorium…

Wed. April 11, 10-12, at Media Factory Auditorium, Taik, Helsinki, David Ing on “Service Systems, Natural Systems: Systems Thinking with Scientists, Managers, Engineers and Designers”.

An open invitation for a presentation at Aalto University on April 11, 2012.


Systems thinking frames the world as wholes and parts. This includes part-whole relations, part-part relations, and even whole-whole relations. The definition of a system of interest can vary with perspectives aligned with roles, e.g. of scientists, managers, engineers and/or designers.

Within the systems community, two major domains of current interest are (i) service systems, and (ii) natural systems.

The service systems sciences focus on the value cooperatively created and shared in human activities. Service systems support basic needs such as food and water, develop social potential through education and healthcare, and advance our societies through businesses, governments and social enterprises working in a globalized, networked world.

The natural systems sciences focus on the sustainability and diversity of life on our planet. Social ecological systems balance competing interests of human well-being, social development and economic progress. Maintaining resilience of natural capital and resources across temporal and spatial scales challenges policies, governance and stewardship.

The 2012 annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences will bring together interests in service systems and natural systems in a knowledge-creating dialectic. This theme will be a continuation of activities in collaboration with the INCOSE (the International Council on Systems Engineering) Systems Science Working Group meetings at Florida in January, and IFSR (International Federation for Systems Research) meetings at Austria in April. Scientists, managers, engineers and designers are invited to join the week-long learning activities of the ISSS in San Jose, California, July 15-20.


David Ing is president (2011-2012) of the International Society for the Systems Sciences. In Finland, he was the original author of two courses in Systems Thinking in the foundations of the master’s programme in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University. David is also a visiting fellow at the University of Hull (UK), and an itinerant scholar at the Tokyo Institute of Technology. He has had a 27-year career with IBM, and resides in Toronto, Canada.

Hosted by the Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability, Aalto University.
Creative Sustainability, Aalto University