systems thinking: what’s it for?

October 15th, 2011 by hofkirchner

due to funding, the Bertalanffy Center is now in the position to hold its very first face-to-face experts’ meeting. it’s a symposium to be held on the outskirts of vienna, a place which provides shelter but room enough so as to leave behind the plains of everyday life and let a bigger picture emerge. the place is also famous for good vines and a cuisine with traditional austrian roots. about a dozen international guests have confirmed their participation. the Bertalanffy Center, set up for facilitating reflection upon the development a variety of systems schools have taken, organises that event on the occasion of Ludwig von Bertalanffy’s 110th birthday.

another event is a talk given by the author of Bertalanffy’s ultimate biography on how the General System Theory was constructed.

for both events click here.

– distinguished academics joined recently the scientific council of the Bertalanffy Center: Mario Augusto Bunge, the most important representative of “emergentist systemism” (so Poe Yu-Ze Wan in his “reframing the social”, ashgate 2011);

Mario Bunge (photo: McGillReporter 40, 06)

Klaus Kornwachs, a systems philosopher who is famous for his pragmatic information concept;

Klaus Kornwachs (photo: Jürgen Bauer)

Gerald Midgley, well-known author of a 4 volumes anthology of systems thinking, now in hull;

Gerald Midgley (photo: Gerald Midgley)

and Rainer E. Zimmermann, the most prominent representative of onto-epistemology working in the field of evolutionary systems.

Rainer E. Zimmermann (photo: Rainer E. Zimmermann)

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