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Monday, July 25
 

8:29am

Plenary I: The Challenge of System(s) Sustainability
Description: This year’s conference focuses on what it means for a system to be sustainable (“systemic sustainability”): exploring more holistic science and thinking to understand, manage, and create sustainability in complex socio-ecological systems. We are intentionally stepping outside traditional comfort zones to explore new territory and possibly find new answers. For this we recognize the importance of empowering students; removing philosophical and institutional blocks to their inquiry into such questions, and providing them with the best tools to guide their research and practical experiences. From development of new theories and practices to integration of existing ones, our challenge is to determine what will lead society into the transformations needed for a sustainable future and beyond to even greater symbiotic and innovative opportunities; and how we as a society can help initiate those changes. [Chair: John Kineman]

Speakers
avatar for John Kineman

John Kineman

SIG Chair: Relational Science, International Society for the System Sciences
Senior Research Scientist, CIRES, University of Colorado | Stellenbosch Research Fellow (2016), Stellenbosch South Africa | Adjunct Professor, Vignan University, Vadlamudi, India | President (2015-2016), International Society for the Systems Sciences | ISSS SIG Chair: Relational... Read More →
avatar for Gunter Pauli

Gunter Pauli

Director and Chief Technology Officer, Blue Economy Holdings, Inc.
Gunter Pauli (1956) graduated as an economist with an MBA ant then established ten companies of which two failed. He has never had a job and has always worked independently. Inspired by Aurelio Peccei, the founder of the Club of Rome, he set out to pioneer and be the change he wanted... Read More →
avatar for Peter Tuddenham

Peter Tuddenham

College of Exploration, Executive Director, College of Exploration
Incoming International Society for the Systems Sciences President 2019, Mr. Peter Tuddenham is a co-founder of the College of Exploration, which over the past 20 years has engaged over 15,000 learners worldwide in online collaborative learning environments. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines and countries meet online to explore, learn and create with each other on a variety of ecosystem topics especially... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Wilby

Dr. Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
In 1978 Wilby started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing. From 1994-97 she worked as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull and then from 1997-99 at the University of Lincoln. From 1999 to 2004... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2016 8:29am - 8:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado

10:29am

Plenary II: Towards Holistic Systems Thinking
Description: Although every environmental agency today is calling for ways to manage whole ecosystems, we do not know how to do that. Our theories and methods to address the question of whole-system sustainability are incomplete and as a result our actions regarding individual processes, sectors, and resources can contribute to problems as much or more than to solutions. How can systems thinking help us move to another level of understanding where we can address the pressing complex systemic issues of inter-related socio-ecological systems to resolve the dysfunction of their often contradictory sectors and components? [Chair: Judith Rosen]

Speakers
avatar for Judith Rosen

Judith Rosen

CEO, Rosen Enterprises
SIG Co-Chair: Relational Science | | Judith Rosen is a writer, researcher, and artist who, through interaction with her father, the mathematial biologist Robert Rosen, has a comprehensive understanding of his scientific work. She traveled on numerous scientific trips with Robert... Read More →
avatar for David Rousseau

David Rousseau

Founder & Managing Director, Centre for Systems Philosophy
SIG Chair: Research Towards a General Theory of Systems | SIG Chair: Systems Philosophy | | Dr. David Rousseau is the Founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require... Read More →
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Prof. Shankar Sankaran

Professor, University of Technology Sydney
Vice President Research and Publications, International Society for the Systems Sciences.SIG Chair: Action Research (see below for information)Shankar Sankaran specialises in project management, systems thinking and action research. He is a Core Member of a UTS Research Centre on... Read More →


Monday July 25, 2016 10:29am - 10:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado
 
Tuesday, July 26
 

8:29am

Plenary III: Connecting Human and Natural System(s) Research
Description. Current ecological trends present a dramatic picture of potentially catastrophic change in the world. At the same time, our human and societal response mechanisms seem poorly designed for coping with complexity, and science seems unable to address systemic problems and systems as a whole. What are the challenges in science, policy, and ethics to become a sustainably healthy civilization with creative options for the future? [Chair: Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey]

Speakers
avatar for Josh Tewksbury

Josh Tewksbury

Global Hub Director, Colorado, Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth
Josh Tewksbury is the Director of the Colorado Global Hub of Future Earth. Josh is an ecologist, conservation biologist and planetary health scientist with experience both in academia and in civil society. Before joining Future Earth as the Director of the Colorado Global Hub, Josh... Read More →
avatar for Carol Wessman

Carol Wessman

Professor and Director of the CIRES Ecosystem Sciences Division and CU Boulder Environmental Studies Program, University of Colorado, CIRES
Ecosystem ecology, landscape ecology, regional and global biogeochemical cycling, ecological applications of remote sensing and geographic information systems. Current research includes studies of ecosystem controls over biophysical fluxes (CO2, water and energy) within global grasslands... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2016 8:29am - 8:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado

10:29am

Plenary IV: Crisis Science; Anticipatory, Real-Time, and Preventive
Description: Adequate resilience and appropriate response (interventions)  to crises and disasters and continuous improvement thereof is a growing global need and a social responsibility in view of the seemingly growing number of disasters endangering a growing number of people and even our civilization. Can we do a better job of anticipating, systemically  understanding and mitigating the   cycles of crisis and recovery   by combining exploratory ‘crisis science’ with long-term ‘sustainability science’? Can we unravel the antithesis of incompatible response systems and find new ways to integrate scientific, technological, cultural,  ethical, political and  economic influences? Preparedness must systemically consider the  often emergent interplay of supporting and obstructing factors.   Actual interventions (responses)  must holistically evaluate the total situation and make decisions, unfortunately to be performed under high uncertainty, extreme  stress and time pressure. Despite the often singularity of disasters we have to identify similarities and powerful abstraction in order to support scientific analysis and improved mitigation. A long range target could be an interdisciplinary ‘Strategic Crisis Science’.

The panel of international experts will discuss these issues from their different backgrounds and national priorities with respect to preparedness and interventions.  We will attempt to esablish common grounds and basic solutions.

Chair: Gerhard Chroust

Speakers
avatar for Gerhard Chroust

Gerhard Chroust

Prof. Emeritus, Systems Engineering, Johannes Kepler Univ. Linz
Gerhard Chroust is an Austrian systems scientist, and Professor Emeritus for Systems Engineering and Automationat the Institute of System Sciences at the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria. Chroust is an authority in the fields of formal programming languages and interdisciplinary... Read More →
avatar for Rick Dove

Rick Dove

Paradigm Shift International, Inc. and Stevens Institute of Technology
Rick Dove is a leading researcher, practitioner, and educator of fundamental principles for agile enterprise, agile systems, and agile development processes. In 1991 he initiated the global interest in agility as co-PI on the seminal 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Nancy Maraboy

Nancy Maraboy

President and Founder, Indigenous Education Institute
Nancy C. Maryboy, Ph.D. is the President and Founder of the Indigenous Education Institute, a non profit organization with a mission of preserving, protecting and applying indigenous knowledge. She is also President of Wohali Productions, Inc., consulting in areas of indigenous science... Read More →
avatar for Roberto Poli

Roberto Poli

roberto.poli@unitn.it, University of Trento
Roberto Poli is Associate Professor of Philosophy of Science at the University of Trento (Italy). He graduated in Sociology (B.A., with honors) at the University of Trento (Italy) in 1980 and obtained a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Utrecht (Netherlands) in 2001. | Poli... Read More →
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Jai (James) Syvitski

Professor / Director, International Geosphere-Biosphere Program, University of Colorado, INSTAAR
Professor James “Jai” Syvitski received doctorate degrees (Oceanography & Geological Science) from the University of British Columbia in 1978, where he developed a quantitative understanding of particle dynamics across the land-sea boundary. He held a variety of appointments within... Read More →


Tuesday July 26, 2016 10:29am - 10:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado
 
Wednesday, July 27
 

8:29am

Plenary V: Making Sense In Economics, Ethics, and Policy
Description: We need to examine the foundation of our global economic system that assumes unlimited growth in a finite world, to consider the paradigms of regenerative capital, steady-state economics, and innovation. This means considering no-growth and negative-growth models, and perhaps shifting our concept of growth from quantity to quality, from extraction to investment in natural and human capital.

Chair: Alec Tsoucatos and Mila Popovitch

Speakers
avatar for John Fullerton

John Fullerton

jfullerton@capitalinstitute.org, Capital Institute
John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, “a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance.” Through the work of Capital... Read More →
avatar for Mila Popovitch

Mila Popovitch

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Researcher, University of Colorado
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder | Mila Popovich is an interdisciplinary scholar, an awarded performing artist in multiple dance forms, and a bilingual poet. With expertise in Comparative Literature and Humanities ,her current work... Read More →
avatar for Alec Tsoucatos

Alec Tsoucatos

Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Economics and Business, Regis University and Metro State University
Alec Tsoucatos, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Economics and Business, Regis University and Metro State University. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt on December 6 1941 (a day before Pearl Harbor) of Greek parents. Alexandria then was a cosmopolitan city that embraced English, French, Italian... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2016 8:29am - 8:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado

10:29am

Plenary VI: Multi-Cultural Worldviews on Sustainability
Description: We need to examine the foundation of our global economic system that assumes unlimited growth in a finite world, to consider the paradigms of regenerative capital, steady-state economics, and innovation. This means considering no-growth and negative-growth models, and perhaps shifting our concept of growth from quantity to quality, from extraction to investment in natural and human capital.

Chair: Alec Tsoucatos and Mila Popovitch

Speakers
avatar for John Fullerton

John Fullerton

jfullerton@capitalinstitute.org, Capital Institute
John Fullerton is the Founder and President of Capital Institute, “a collaborative working to explore and effect the economic transition to a more just, regenerative, and thus sustainable way of living on this earth through the transformation of finance.” Through the work of Capital... Read More →
avatar for Mila Popovitch

Mila Popovitch

Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Researcher, University of Colorado
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Researcher at the University of Colorado Boulder | Mila Popovich is an interdisciplinary scholar, an awarded performing artist in multiple dance forms, and a bilingual poet. With expertise in Comparative Literature and Humanities ,her current work... Read More →
avatar for Alec Tsoucatos

Alec Tsoucatos

Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Economics and Business, Regis University and Metro State University
Alec Tsoucatos, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor, Economics and Business, Regis University and Metro State University. He was born in Alexandria, Egypt on December 6 1941 (a day before Pearl Harbor) of Greek parents. Alexandria then was a cosmopolitan city that embraced English, French, Italian... Read More →


Wednesday July 27, 2016 10:29am - 10:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado
 
Thursday, July 28
 

8:29am

Plenary VII: Engineering Sustainable Systems and Technology
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Speakers
avatar for Rick Dove

Rick Dove

Paradigm Shift International, Inc. and Stevens Institute of Technology
Rick Dove is a leading researcher, practitioner, and educator of fundamental principles for agile enterprise, agile systems, and agile development processes. In 1991 he initiated the global interest in agility as co-PI on the seminal 21st Century Manufacturing Enterprise Strategy... Read More →
avatar for Anand Kumar

Anand Kumar

Systems Achitecture and Engineering
Anand Kumar has more than 20 years of Industrial experience in Systems architecture and engineering. He has been a researcher in Architecture and Business systems for more than a decade. His interests are in Business Systems, Architecture and Digital Product-Service Systems. He has... Read More →
avatar for Diana Mann

Diana Mann

Principle Systems Engineer, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation
Diana Mann is Principle Systems Engineer at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corporation. She provides Systems Engineering and Project Engineering support to multiple programs and technology development projects, encompassing architecture and system-level analysis and design, requirements... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 8:29am - 8:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado

10:29am

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

Panelists:


  • Bill Shindel - The S* minimal general systems meta-model, and its prospects as a general modelling foundation for Systems Engineering.

  • Len Troncale - Systems Processes Theory (SPT) , and its prospects as a general theoretical core for a science of systems and sustainability.

  • John Kineman - The PAR/Holon Relational Framework, and its prospects as a general methodology for Systems Research

  • Jennifer Wilby - Systemic methodologies and the prospects for enhancing them on the basis of emerging general systems theories and models.

  • David Rousseau - Systems Philosophy and the prospects for employing scientific general systems principles as the foundation of a systems worldview.


Chairs
avatar for David Rousseau

David Rousseau

Founder & Managing Director, Centre for Systems Philosophy
SIG Chair: Research Towards a General Theory of Systems | SIG Chair: Systems Philosophy | | Dr. David Rousseau is the Founder and Managing Director of the Centre for Systems Philosophy, which promotes the use of Systems Philosophy as a methodology for addressing problems that require... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for John Kineman

John Kineman

SIG Chair: Relational Science, International Society for the System Sciences
Senior Research Scientist, CIRES, University of Colorado | Stellenbosch Research Fellow (2016), Stellenbosch South Africa | Adjunct Professor, Vignan University, Vadlamudi, India | President (2015-2016), International Society for the Systems Sciences | ISSS SIG Chair: Relational... Read More →
avatar for Bill Shindel

Bill Shindel

Co-lead of two global industry teams, System Patterns Challenge Team and INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life Cycle Model Project
​William D. (Bill) Schindel is co-lead of two global industry teams: (1) the System Patterns Challenge Team, part of the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) Initiative of the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE), and (2) the INCOSE Agile Systems Engineering Life... Read More →
avatar for Len Troncale

Len Troncale

SIG Chair: Systems Biology and Evolution, SIG Chair: Systems Pathology, California State Polytechnic University
SIG Chair: Joint Session(s): Systems Pathology and Systems Biology & Evolution (see below for information)Dr. Len Troncale is Professor Emeritus of Cell and Molecular Biology, and past Chairman of the Biology Department at California State Polytechnic University. He is also Director... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Jennifer Wilby

Dr. Jennifer Wilby

Vice President Admin, ISSS
In 1978 Wilby started working in urban planning, followed by database programming and textbook publishing. From 1994-97 she worked as a Research Assistant in the Centre for Systems Studies at the University of Hull and then from 1997-99 at the University of Lincoln. From 1999 to 2004... Read More →


Thursday July 28, 2016 10:29am - 10:30am
MATH 100* Math Academic Building, University of Colorado
 
Friday, July 29
 

8:29am

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

Invited Speakers:


  • Pamela Buckle (The Challenge of Graduate Research in systems science and practice)

  • Delia McNamara (Ranulph Glanville Memorial Talk) – Importance of collaboration and connection for student research.

  • Student Award Papers (Vickers, Rappoport, Mead)


Chairs
avatar for Dr. Pamela Buckle

Dr. Pamela Buckle

SIG Chair: Systems and Mental Health, Adelphi University
Secretary and Vice President for Protocol, International Society for the Systems SciencesSIG Chair: Systems and Mental Health (see below for more information)Pamela Buckle Henning She is an Associate Professor of Management at the Robert B. Willumstad School of Business at Adelphi... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Delia Pembrey MacNamara

Delia Pembrey MacNamara

SIG Chair: Science, Spirituality and Systems Science, International Society for the System Sciences
Vice President Memberships and Public Relations (2013-2019), International Society for the Systems SciencesSIG Chair: Science, Spirituality and Systems Science (See below for information)Consistently ahead of her time, Delia's Enterprise 2.0 training programs for business began in... Read More →



Friday July 29, 2016 8:29am - 8:30am
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10:29am

Plenary X: Systems Literacy Education and Outreach
Description: Achieving sustainable and more synergistic futures requires education in systems thinking and connection with new modes of social communication. Our highest priority should be to legitimize whole systems research and to provide adequate guidance to student/expert collaborative learning within a program of Systems Literacy. How do we ‘train the trainers’ and launch this program? [Chair: Peter Tuddenham]

Speakers: 


  • Peter Tuddenham Systems Literacy Education

  • Graduate Course Student Report (introduced by Ray Ison)


Chairs
avatar for Peter Tuddenham

Peter Tuddenham

College of Exploration, Executive Director, College of Exploration
Incoming International Society for the Systems Sciences President 2019, Mr. Peter Tuddenham is a co-founder of the College of Exploration, which over the past 20 years has engaged over 15,000 learners worldwide in online collaborative learning environments. Participants from a wide variety of disciplines and countries meet online to explore, learn and create with each other on a variety of ecosystem topics especially... Read More →

Friday July 29, 2016 10:29am - 10:30am
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