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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
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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 →
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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 →
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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 →
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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
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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 →
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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