2016/07/28 11:10 Len Troncale, “Systems Processes Theory (SPT) , and its prospects as a general theoretical core for a science of systems and sustainability”, ISSS 2016 Boulder

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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Len Troncale, Professor Emeritus, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona


[Len Troncale]

Len Troncale, Thursday plenary

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

SPT Fundamentals

  • 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

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