Open Meeting - Summer 2016

£10 - pay via eventbrite please
Event date: 
Monday, July 11, 2016
09:30 - 17:00 (09:30 will be for an introduction to the viable system model. Whole day starts at 10:00)
Open Meeting
London - BT Centre, 81 Newgate Street, London, EC1A 7AJ
(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. Places are limited so booking through Eventbrite is recommended to avoid disappointment.

Session: Richard Pantlin - CareStellations: A systemic constellations approach for the health and care sector

Richard will give an introduction to the constellations methodology used in 1:1 coaching and with organisations to explore underlying dynamics of systems. It will include an experiential element. The technique was originally devised within psychotherapy and now has a wide range of applications. Richard will explain the CareStellations structural approach that he is developing specifically for the care and health sector.

Richard Pantlin is an independent expert on English Adult Social Care systems. As consultant to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) he supported councils and software suppliers with implementation of the Care Act and advised DH on system implications of policy.

His book “Making a difference in Adult Social Care – Release your leadership ambitions” includes exercises for people reviewing their career options within the sector and personal stories of existing leaders.

Richard is founder of SES Ltd – motto “Who Cares Wins” – dedicated to supporting local leaders across the health and care sector through coaching, multi-stakeholder engagement and systems consultancy:

Session: Willson Hau - The new transformational leadership mindset

We live in a world of digital transformation, where ongoing change is disrupting organisations and business models. It is challenging and disrupting us as leaders or agents of change. It can inspire a pioneer mindset, to be excited and energized to find and build the future. It can be stressful, with too much to do, and too little time. It’s a VUCA world - volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous.

In his talk, Willson will take a fresh look at the new leadership mindset that is required. He will talk about the need for leaders to become agents of change, to be authentic, and able to draw on new and different capabilities to work more flexibly and mindfully with the unknown, the emergent and unpredictable. He will draw on his insights from complexity theory, Theory U and transformational leadership, and integrate these with his direct experience as an OD and leadership development practitioner. The latest insights generated through his work with “smart mobs” will also be presented, to share the wisdom and knowledge of people working in digital transformation. The talk will explore key capabilities for leaders today - to be authentic, to inspire, to set ambitious goals, and to be empathic.

Willson Hau is a facilitator of change, leadership coach, and organisational development consultant, with an active interest in authentic and embodied leadership. He has 30 years’ experience of working in the technology and digital space with companies including BT, Reuters, Gartner Group, Samsung and Compaq, and brings multiple perspectives into the challenges of digital talent, leadership and digital transformation. He was educated at Cambridge University and completed his MBA at Cass Business School. He is co-founder and director of Digital Talent @Work, a change and leadership consultancy that puts people at the heart of digital transformation.

Session: Benjamin Taylor - System leadership - what does it mean to lead a system?

Benjamin will give a flying overview and critique some perspectives on 'system(s) leadership', including:
- collaborative leadership and influencing models
- living systems
- 'whole systems' and large group methods
- systems leadership theory
- Barry Oshry's power+systems approach
- adaptive leadership
- leading in complexity
- approaches based on behavioural and cognitive insights
- approaches based on the viable systems model (and Patrick Hoverstadt's forthcoming 'patterns of strategy')

He will frame his own synthesis of some of the above and facilitate a working session on 'what does it mean to lead a system?'

Session: Ray Ison - Governing in the Anthropocene: towards systemic governance

The talk will reprise themes associated with a number of international addresses given in 2016 that address the question of what does the field of cybersystemics have to offer for governing in the Anthropocene? A response to this question entails examining how the concept 'system' has gone feral and its implications as well as what a field of cybersystemics might look like, and why? Through groundings in his own research Ray will explore what ways governing might be understood and enacted into the future whether globally, nationally, organisationally or at the level of programme or project. Some of the framing considerations for a new book will be explored (Diamonds are not Forever?); this is a collaboration with Ed Straw that emerged from the SCiO meeting in London in 2015.

Ray Ison has an international reputation in, and has been a major contributor to, ‘cybersystemics’. What is this field you may well ask? Ray's rationale for using this term was explained in the presentation last year at ISSS2016 in Berlin of his Presidential Address for the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), and also in a special ‘systemic inquiry’ at Herrenhausen Palace, Hanover details of which can be found at this site:

Amongst other matters raised at these events was the significant institutional complexity in the cybersystemic field and the lack of intellectual and political influence for investment in and the furtherance of cybersystemic scholarship – particularly in key policy and research funding fora associated with the UN, Brussels, Washington and the like. This is depite the growing awareness that the issues of our time, the Anthropocene, if you will, are systemic in nature and thus require systemic responses, i.e., transformations.

Ray has been Professor of Systems at The Open University (OU), UK since 1994. Following many (ongoing) mergers OU Systems academics who number about 10 are now located in the School of Engineering and Innovation in a new STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Faculty. Within this broader structure Systems academics are organized as the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) group (see ). The group is responsible for a successful MSc in Systems Thinking in Practice (see ) which currently has just under 1500 alumni actively engaged in a LinkedIn community.

From 2008-15 Ray was also Professor at the Monash Sustainability Institute, Monash University, Australia where he developed and led the Systemic Governance Research Program, an interdisciplinary, systems-based research program focusing on water governance, climate change adaptation and social learning. At the Open University he has through various commissioned projects and initiatives, usually entailing collaborative research, demonstrated how social learning, including systemic inquiry, can be employed as an alternative governance mechanism for managing in complex situations such as water governance, program and project governance, climate change adaptation, food security research, social learning and the purposeful creation of communities of practice. He is the author of the book (2010): Systems Practice: How to Act in a Climate-change World (Springer & OU). Most of his major research publications can be seen or accessed here:

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