Plenary @ISSSMeeting Len Troncale, Keynote #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA
Day 4 theme: Systems Theory, Management, and Practice
Plenary VIII: Prospects for Scientific Systemic Synthesis
- Description: Recent times have seen the emergence of new theoretical insights that may help to establish the frameworks, theories and methodologies we need to understand, design, build, explain, communicate about, utilize or operate, maintain, and evolve resilient and sustainable socio-ecological systems. In this panel we bring together experts to present on such emerging developments in the areas of engineering, science, research, practice and philosophy, and to reflect on how these different stands can contribute to the formation of a new systemic synthesis that will make the ‘whole systems perspective’ scientific and practical. The panel presentations will be delivered in the last plenary before lunch, and be followed by an open discussion between the panellists and audience in a break-out session immediately after lunch.
Chair: David Rousseau, Centre for Systems Philosophy
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Bottom-Line Up Front: Introduce Systems Processes Theory (SPT) as a GST/SysSci
- A new scientific systemic synthesis
- SCI means testing
- Nature has tested systems for 14 billion years, we should develop some isomorphies that are already proven
- Huge value from adding vast natural science literature
- Opinion: not enough systems science, mostly system thinking
- Isomorphies: same form/function/action
- Interactions between isomorphies
Isomorphies: same form/function/action
- Never realized
Interactions amongst isomorphies called Linkage Propositions
- Never in original vision
Conventional sciences focus only on the local
- Systems Processes are minimal case for resources and maximal case for sustainability
- Sustainability not in local, they’re in the abstract
Most universities are in silo thinking
SPT finds and tests for isomorphy by comparing real systems
110 isomorphic systems properties
- SRBS article had 55, which lost too much resolution
Why study processes (and not structure)?
- Human beings are good at seeing structure, and interactions are difficult to see.
- Processes give us an ability to manipulate the world
Can prove isomorphies
Can use the framework to unify the systems literature
Isomorphies could become silos themselves, so use linkage propositions
Systems of Systems wicked problems could benefit from SPT