2016/07/25 09:40 Peter Tuddenham, “Systems Literacy Education Goal”, ISSS 2016 Boulder

Plenary @ISSSMeeting @PeterDTuddenham, Keynote #systemsliteracy #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Day 1 theme:  Systems Thinking for Systemic Sustainability

Plenary I – The Challenge of System(s) Sustainability

  • Description: This year’s conference focuses on what it means for a system to be sustainable (“systemic sustainability”): exploring more holistic science and thinking to understand, manage, and create sustainability in complex socio-ecological systems. We are intentionally stepping outside traditional comfort zones to explore new territory and possibly find new answers. For this we recognize the importance of empowering students; removing philosophical and institutional blocks to their inquiry into such questions, and providing them with the best tools to guide their research and practical experiences. From development of new theories and practices to integration of existing ones, our challenge is to determine what will lead society into the transformations needed for a sustainable future and beyond to even greater symbiotic and innovative opportunities; and how we as a society can help initiate those changes.

Session chair:  John Kineman

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Peter Tuddenham is President and Executive Director of the College of Exploration, Vice-president of Beta Resources Inc., and Vice-President for Systems Education of the ISSS.

[John Kineman]

  • We need thousands to do this, where do we get them?
  • Focusing on systems literacy.
  • Currently punishing teachers for teaching holistically

Peter Tuddenham, Monday plenary

[Peter Tuddenham]

  • Had meetings last year in Berlin
  • Ocean Literacy as a model
  • This week
  • Systems literacy future #systemsliteracy

Last year, went to Berlin

  • Theme was governing the anthropocene
  • Took guides on ocean literacy
  • Work in the U.S., making a difference in the next generation, and to influence the educational system
  • Did some video streaming
  • Discussions on needs of systems community working together:  ISSS, INCOSE, IFSR
  • A clarification of systems foundations:  what do we mean when we say systems?
  • NSF is concerned with systems science, at depth

Ocean Literacy:

  • An understanding of the ocean’s influence on us, and how we influence the ocean
  • A process to come up with 7 key principles on oceans, and then built a network
  • Started in 2002 http://oceanliteracy.net
  • Education is ossified, goal was ocean sciences in K-12 education
  • Challenge: how to change the system, teaching oceans where it’s not easy to change
  • Had worked with National Geographic, gave frameworks for geography
  • Was important to get video interviews with influencers, key statements

Even though the ocean is a topic, specialists live in stovepipes

  • They hadn’t agreed on what is important
  • Online surveys, mind maps, concepts
  • Maps into guides, in 720 nodes in a learning progression
  • 18-month process
  • Build on existing organizations
  • Focus on shared language, shared ownership

Have to change the educational system, not a small task

  • Top-down, bottom-up, sideways, networked

Program has been picked up in Europe and the Pacific

  • Recognition of clear principles

Literacy not easily translated into other languages, e.g. Spanish

Development on systems literacy with INCOSE Systems Sciences Working Group

Systems Literacy in Chinese, on Vimeo, recorded at IFSR Conversation

By end of week, working towards an action plan

[Questions for Gunter Pauli and Peter Tuddenham]

Systems thinking versus systems literacy?

  • [Tuddenham] Literacy as a way of thinking about systems, so that you can understand influences, make informed decisions, and communicate clearly
  • Could take the work of the ocean, earth science, and atmospheric science, grounded into real systems
  • Systems literacy as a sense of empowerment

Systems literacy as an outcome of systems thinking education?

  • [Tuddenham] Absolutely

Changing business models.  Literacy.  Create a system in this conference to promote both?

  • [Tuddenham]  Indeed.

Blue economy has outgrown pilots.  There’s no right right and wrong wrong.  Economics.  To what extent can these examples be restricted in economics, with an inability to scale?

  • [Pauli] 10 years ago projects $10M-$20M
  • Now projects are $250M
  • Hitting the base:  farmers, fishermen
  • Macroeconomics is a hoop around microeconomics
  • Too much given to too big to fail
  • Need to turn economic upside down
  • Project in Brittany, 65% of fish to the UK, will be dead in 10 years
  • Have been close to IIASA, since the time when Russians were leading it, but they’ve always been too macro
  • Can’t expect the president of an reserve bank to make a difference
  • Have been working on K-12 education
  • Belgian government hasn’t given access to schools

Deep systems change.  Possibilities.  Showcase.  Deep systems change needs addressing root causes.  Governance systems, planning not delivering as it can.  Business models.  Aren’t there already some business models working?  Reinforcing a system that doesn’t change.

  • [Pauli] We don’t use business plans
  • We only do projects in periphery, where there is crisis
  • Need to go to periphery to change
  • From systems theory, autopoiesis needs to creates disturbances
  • Want people to be uncomfortable
  • Need disturbances based on systems modeling
  • Key partner in systems model has been Germany army, they have systems models, people who were at Santa Fe Institute, tapping in Slovakian mathematicians
  • 3000 equations for the stone paper factory
  • Know impacts from models, but no business plans

As world changes on energy source, need to help enable those who are displaced.  Coal miners, while moving to cleaning?

  • [Pauli] Coal isn’t the problem, the business model is
  • Producing spirulina from the byproducts of the coal
  • Can use the emissions for spirulina
  • People thinking in core business models, i.e. coal, not spirulina
  • In Brazil, had a program where children get spirulina for free
  • In nature, there’s not good and bad
  • [Tuddenham]: careful about coastlines, whole centres of countries falling apart



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