2016/07/29 09:40 Delia Pembrey MacNamara, “Connection and Collaboration in the Networked World (for Systemic Purpose/Action)”, ISSS 2016 Boulder

Plenary @ISSSMeeting Delia Pembrey MacNamara @DConstructed01, Keynote #isss2016USA, 60th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences and 1st Policy Congress of ISSS, Boulder, Colorado, USA

Day 5 theme:  Education, Communication, and Capacity

Plenary IX: Human Capacity, Communication, and Student Research

  • Description: Systemic Sustainability and Systems Literacy ultimately involve transformative changes at the personal and social level. What individual competencies are needed and how will student researchers navigate the treacherous waters ahead for ‘out-of-the-box’ thinkers? We emphasize the importance of integrated personal skills and effective collaborative and innovative networking to build transformative communities.

Chair: Pamela Buckle Henning, Adelphi University

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Delia Pembrey MacNamara, University of Hull, presenting for the Ranulph Glanville Memorial Lecture

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Delia Pembrey MacNamara, Friday plenary

Several people in the room who knew Ranulph Glanville

  • Cybernetician
  • Designer
  • Orator

Put science, cybernetics and design together

Wasn’t big into slides, so this presentation will mainly do pictures

The importance of collaboration and connection for student research

What is a student?

  • Student group at last year’s meeting, we all want to be a part, we’re all students

How to collaborate, if you haven’t connected first

In 2014, put first abstract into ISSS and ASC

  • Once abstract was accepted, put on web site, everyone could read and comment
  • Ranulph was the only one who commented

Hadn’t come across the laws of form, George Spencer Brown

  • Was looking at critical systems thinking, stuck in own bubble
  • Ranulph, connected and opened up the world

Thanked for comments, connected to say would keep in touch

What’s a network?

  • Looks static

LinkedIn Network connections of Kris Hoet, coloured by expertise

  • Looks static

Systems thinking says must establish a boundary.  Where’s the boundary?

Boundary may be key, Gerald Midgley, Systemic Intervention and Practice 2000

  • What happens when you create that boundary?
  • How to boundaries come to life?  (Boundary triage)

We are bounded in so many different ways

  • Not just bounded by thinking
  • We’re bounded by our physiological boundary
  • Time bounded

Also, emotional system

  • Cybernetics helps to look beyond, to the purpose and the action

Australia Digital Explorers:  Love as sea

  • Emotions can change how you value, how you think, how you relate, how you are

Dilbert:  I have uncontrollable urges to show people better ways of doing things

  • Stop to listen, stop to ask questions

Phil Gough:  if systems thinking is about reducing boundaries, why do they put them up in the first place?

Love is a great thing.  How do I do love?  How do you show love?

  • Embracing the world
  • Being open, dissolving the boundaries that we hold within ourselves

What happens when we’re scared?  Can we show love?

When not feeling safe, what do we tend to do?

  • Boundaries

We are a system.  We put up boundaries.  We fight or flight.  We stop understanding, valuing what others have to say.  Need to talk to myself.  Not just a network, a system, helping me to become a person.

If we’re going to do love, we need to listen to other people without judgement, without an agenda.  Be quiet, ask questions.  Create dialogue, which is something that Ranulph really did.

Perception is reality?

  1. As a systems thinker, how does physiology connect to …

Ranulph Glanville sketch, Patricia Kambitsch, Delia Pembrey MacNamara

Sketch by Ranulph Glanville by Patricia Kambitsch

  • A way of being in the world
  • Having a self-awareness, being part of the system
  • The model is not the road itself

With action, we become an us

  • An us-ness is more powerful than a we-ness

Serieis of GIFs:  dots of light that get brighter


How you do a network graph?  LinkedIn password, forgot.  Own boundary of forgetting passwords.  Love.  How about terrorists, who are determined to destroy the civilization.  How do we build up the boundary?

  • Need to look at other perspective
  • At Hull, have people from Libya
  • Practical way of doing love is to ask questions, and listen
  • What we see on tv, and what is reported, is not real, it’s only partial
  • CIA agent on interviewing terrorists, it’s like an empire bombing, they’re rebels trying to save their freedom
  • In the network world, we have more responsibilities to find out, and perspectives

Networks being static.  Visualize as journeys.  Where I go in the future may be the result of talking, relationships.

Fuller:  all systems are parallelograms. Find something that works for everyone.  Terrorism, the world isn’t working for everyone.

Lines, meshwork in Bateson extension.  Tim Ingold.

Endocrine system.  Thoughts are energy.  Words are energy.  With energy, we can create love.


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