Open Meeting - Summer 2015

£10 - pay via eventbrite please
Event date: 
Monday, June 15, 2015
9.30am - 5.30pm (PLEASE NOTE EXTENDED END TIME) - 9.30am start is for intro to the viable system model, whole day starts 10am
Open Meeting
London, BT Centre (please book for full joining instructions)
(All Welcome)
Event Details: 
An open meeting where a series of presentations of general interest regarding systems practice will be given - this will include 'craft' and active sessions, as well as introductions to theory.
There is a fee of £10 for all attendees for these meetings (plus a small eventbrite fee), and booking is required via
If you do not wish to pay through eventbrite, it is still possible to book via and pay on the door.


Session: Barry Oshry - What are human systems? Consequences of system blindness and possibilities of system sight

Barry has a unique understanding of human systems, based on four decades of work with the power lab and the organization workshop, experiential educational programs which have also served as his window into human systems. His presentation will focus on the costs of system blindness and the creative possibilities of system sight. He is the author of seeing systemsleading systems, and in the middle.

Session: Dr Niki Jobson - Survival of the fittest (how understanding complex systems can provided insights to a Defence scenario)
Niki Jobson is a Defence Analyst working for the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, an agency of the Ministry of Defence. The presentation will cover a number of concepts from Complex Systems Science (so includes some general systems concepts!) and how they were used as tools for thinking in a complex and highly dynamic Defence problem and to challenge existing ways of thinking. A key area of discussion will be the role of adaptation in driving system behaviour.


Session: Siôn Cave - Quantifying strategy using system dynamics
System dynamics (SD) is an approach that enables the behaviour of complex systems to be better understood and simulated.  SD has been extensively applied to studying and managing complex feedback systems, such as business and other social systems, over the last 50 years.  SD models represent changes in system behaviour over time by using the analogy of flows accumulating and depleting over time in stocks.  Often these flows and stocks will be highly interdependent and will be linked through feedback processes.  Developing SD models enables the unintended consequences policy action to be revealed and explored.
During the presentation, Siôn Cave will discuss the SD approach, the benefits of its application and how he has used it to quantify strategic decisions for public and private sector organisations.
Siôn has been applying systems modelling and simulation techniques within the public and private sectors for the last 15 years. Siôn has worked across numerous organisations including the Home Office, Ministry of Justice, technology companies, financial institutions and pharmaceutical companies. Siôn is a fellow of the Operational Research society, and was awarded the Steer Davies Gleave award for system dynamics in 2013 for his work with the Centre for Workforce Intelligence modelling the supply and demand of doctors and dentists.
Session: Ed Straw - why organisation and systems theory and practice will solve the enduring problems of government, and politics and more democracy (by itself) will not.
Ed Straw says:
Having spent a working lifetime in and around government in various roles, I became more and more frustrated with its capacity - regardless of the party in power - to produce much beneficial change. I’ve watched able, well-meaning people themselves frustrated by Westminster and Whitehall. With a consultant’s eye it became evident that the problems lay with the system of government - problems common to most democratic countries. Analysing government as an organisation - albeit a very large one - produced the insights as to why it fails, and the basis for designing a new system. Melding constitutional and political theory with this, a ‘Treaty For Government’ should provide vastly better government than that on which many have turned their backs, taken to independence as the answer, protest voted, or become once again briefly hooked on politicians’ promises.
The website is here: . I’d welcome all at the event prodding, poking and testing the Treaty.
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