Abstract: Why systemics? Are systemics relevant any more? Are there alternatives and/or complements?
Pragmatic questions for systemicists include:
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(College on Medical Ignorance)
In modern times, the systems movement has been linked to the founding of the Society for General Systems Research.
Focus on interconnections between thing – system dynamics
Thinking about potential futures, including unlikely ones
Identify and mitigate risks
From social systems design through architecture and urban planning
Christopher Alexander, through to Software Design Patterns
Mostly about social change or changelessness
Communities of practice
Less a search for the truth than a bridge between the two
Back to the Greeks?
Like sociotechnical systems to socioecological systems
A signal that systemics is becoming a discipline is when it becomes the hammer looking for the nail.
Reductionism is based on analysis, but over-emphasis on analysis results in brittleness or lack of robustness in a changing environment.
Expansiveness draws in the environment, to the point at which nothing can get done in a world with finite resources and finite time.
Putting a label on something as “non-systemic” is arrogant in itself.