Open Meeting & AGM - Spring 2015

£10 - cash on the door please
Event date: 
Monday, April 20, 2015
10am - 4.30pm
Open Meeting
Alumnus common room - go past the reception desk in MBS West (the normal MBS building) straight ahead through the doors and into the Café Bar, and the alumnus common room is off to the left. It is the room closest to the bar. Manchester Business School West (normal building), Booth Street Manchester M15 6PB
(All Welcome)
Event Details: 
Please note that after the presentations, this day will include the SCiO AGM for members.
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: Joanne Tippett - Ketso: a technology for creative group systems thinking

Joanne will discuss key principles of effective workshops, with a focus on creativity, taking a systems perspective and learning from the wisdom of the group. Participants will then Ketso to explore these ideas, and the workshop will end with a discussion of the way that principles have been embodied in the physical toolkit (of Ketso).

Joanne is a Lecturer in Planning and Environmental Management, School of Environment, Education and Development at the University of Manchester.

She is also the Founder of Ketso, a social enterprise spin off. Ketso is a hands-on kit for creative engagement, which has been used in 48 countries, with over 20,200 participants. In 2013 Ketso was awarded a commendation by the Royal Town Planning Institute for 'positive contribution to community engagement' and in 2014 was a finalist in the Praxis Unico Impact Awards. See for more information.

Session: Trevor Hilder - personal reflections on Stafford Beer
I joined the ICT industry in 1974, teaching COBOL programming. By the early 1990's I had opened the first computer training department at Tesco head office, been a systems programmer, written one of the first database systems to run on the IBM PC, and generally had a lot of fun.
But I had also noticed that many of the best paid jobs I had done were on projects that either failed or were barely successful. My experience showed that the issues were always social and nothing to do with the technology, but nobody seemed prepared to admit this.
So I looked around for somebody who could explain why this was and tracked down Stafford Beer.
My session will tell the story of how I found Stafford, what I learned from him, the impact that has had on my life and what sense I have made of it.
I aim to make the session an exercise in "multi-dimensional cybernetics" attuned to the many dimensions of Stafford Beer, one of the most brilliant minds of the twentieth century.
Session: Pauline Roberts - systems thinking in the NHS: friend or foe?
NHS reforms have exposed leaders and staff to a scope and speed of change unlike anything they have experienced before. At a time when the NHS is still acclimatising to the most significant change since its establishment, we may pose a question, 'does the current context present a prime opportunity for new ways of thinking and working to emerge?” and “How does it feel to be a NHS manager trying to champion systems thinking in this new world?' 
Pauline Roberts will illustrate her experience of using systems thinking in the NHS, demonstrating the value it brought to understanding the situation of interest and some of the challenges that then arose. 
Pauline Roberts is a systems practitioner with management experience in the private and public sector. She has an MSc Systems Thinking in Practice and has worked for numerous NHS organisations, applying systems thinking to diagnose weaknesses in and develop health services.
Session: Angus Jenkinson - identity as an active organising factor in relation to feedback loops

Angus has a transdisciplinary biography that includes professor, entrepreneur, consultant, writer, meditant and photographer.

•        Most businesses have an intentional but inadequate and dysfunctional approach to managing identity. This session will propose that any organism or organization has its own organizational logic, which closes it off from being anything else, and anything else from being it.

•        A tool will be sketched that can help to describe empirically the distinct self-organizing pattern of patterns of an organization. The session will also describe the cybernetics – the go – of how identity operates functionally in what is distinctively done to create distinctive value in sufficient diversity to meet the evolving needs of customer community(s).

•        This approach may help to resolve many competing theories of strategy and performant management, and assist practices such as lean. In conjunction with ‘VSM 2.0’ and ternary cybernetics, it helps guide and co-ordinate end goals, organizing ideas (e.g. values, protocols, stories, i.e. process-value goals) and signals (e.g. dashboards, stigmergic behaviours, messages…). Brief reference to intentional control theory will be made.

•        It is hoped that further community research and experience will enhance not only narrow business results but also work itself, through healthy governance, increasing self-ordering autonomy, i.e. creative action that is also coherent, flexible, and where appropriate questioning, across the value ecosystem. 

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