Friday, February 28, 2014

The worldwide systems movement is gaining momentum?

As posted a few days ago there is a lot happening in the cybersystemic world this year.  Is this a sign of a new momentum?  Folk running EMCSR this year claim this is the case.

Other events this year include:


A marvellous programme is already shaping up for the European Meetings on Cybernetics and System Research EMCSR 2014, 22-15 April 2014 in Vienna.

The keynotes by Mario Bunge, John Collier, and Markus Schwaninger are confirmed. Three theme chairs will open the meetings and lead into the themes of Sustainability & Development, Emergence & Design, and Complexity & Strategy. Three theme speeches will set a special focus in these storylines. Distinguished lectures are confirmed in diverse symposia. Diverse Demonstrations like the Evolutionary Learning Labs, a movie screening (Population Boom) and discussion with the acclaimed Austrian director Werner Boote (Plastic Planet) and Systems Analysis for Informing Policy by the renowned International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis will showcase impactful systems thinking and practice.

Do not miss the opportunity to become a contributor and participant, too. The deadline for the
call for papers and participation is still open until 28 February 2014. Choose among the symposia to meet your interests and submit your contribution.

Tell your colleagues and friends. They might want to receive the
newsletter of the EMCSR, which will be the meetings magazine in the upcoming two months, featuring you, the particpants, organizers, and your research and practice.

Join the EMCSR 2014 community. We are looking forward to welcome you in Vienna from 22-25 April 2014. 

At EMCSR organised by University of Maribor, Slovenia

Eva Schernhammer, Matjaz Mulej, and  Simona Krajnc   are organizing a Symposium on Systemic approaches to hunger and obesity: discoveries, innovations, and policies for the global food & health system. We would be delighted if you/your colleagues would participate. Especially the link to social responsibility, innovation, climate change, public policy, transdisciplinarity, agriculture, etc. would be very much welcome. See the EMCSR website.

2. WOSC Event in Colombia, October 2014

Our self-organising world: from disruption to reparation

Systems and cybernetics applied to technology, design, governance and power

WOSC's 16th Congress: Organised by the Universidad de Ibagué, Colombia and the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics, 15-17 October, 2014

Call for Abstracts

Instructions for abstract submissions to the Congress themes are given below:

The call is for extended abstracts of about 1000 words with the 31st March as a deadline. The deadline to submit full papers, of about 5000 words, is 30th September; however the focus for now is extended abstracts. 

Calls for papers for symposia are open until 31 March 2014. Please be aware of the time deadlines! Refer to the Congress website:

Submitters will be notified of acceptance or rejection no later than the 30th of April. The earlier you submit, the earlier you can be notified, since the review of your abstract is an ongoing process.

Detailed submission instructions are available at the

Accepted abstracts will be accessible to all authors on the Congress website

sincerely yours
WOSC team

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

'Systems Practice' Traineeships

Louis Klein from the SystemicExcellence Group advises that:

"we are currently looking for professionals to join us at the SEgroup Intelligence Hub in Berlin. Please circulate this call to people who are looking for a new rewarding opportunity."

Call for Traineeship in Berlin
Systemic Change and global responsibility in management and advisory practices lie at the very heart of your professional interest. You want to know how change projects work, how social complexity in politics and culture can be met and what the next level of organisational excellence looks like. You are a professional, driven by an entrepreneurial spirit looking for the opportunity to make a difference. You have a master’s degree or equivalent and would describe yourself as someone of high integrity and reliability. You are eager to learn from every theoretic and practical encounter. Reflection in action is your second nature. And, most importantly, your friends like you as a supportive and caring person.

The Systemic Excellence Group is an independent think & do tank in the field of systemic change with over 12 years of experience. As a global cooperative we feature offices in nearly all parts of the world. Our members are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit to realise change excellence – not only in organisations, but aiming at changing the change towards more efficientpractices, based on global responsibility.

The goal of the traineeship is to give professionals the opportunity to experience this challenging and unique approach. Situated in SEgroup’s Global Intelligence Hub in Berlin, trainees are given the chance to manage SEgroup development projects, learning and applying SEgroup knowledge & expertise in genuine change projects. This approach allows our trainees to face all challenges of a client project in a supportive and save environment. At the same time they become an essential part of the continuous learning journey of SEgroup, hence we encourage our trainees to challenge our perspectives and practices.

After the six-month traineeship, trainees have the opportunity to apply for a Consortional Partner role and become a member of the cooperative. For the traineeship a moderate remuneration will be granted.

Current Projects Looking for Support

  • Sharing our knowledge, revisiting SEgroup’s action research based learning journey, conceptualising and implementing ways of sharing our knowledge with a larger stakeholder community.
  • Co-creating discourses in the field of project management, consulting and leadership by building communities driven by a systemic mind-set and a sense of global responsibility.
  • Growing SEgroup as a global cooperative refining our operating model and cascading its procedural, structural and personal implications towards a desirable next practice.
If you are interested in applying for a traineeship with the SEgroup, please contact Ms. Vivien Rupp via email: Vivien.  rupp@

New Elinor Ostrom Prize

A prize of £1000 is awarded each year for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in the preceding calendar year.

Each annual prize competition will be judged by an international committee of experts in the field of institutional research. The award is funded by the Foundation for European Economic Development. Approval to use the Ostrom name has been obtained from the Indiana University Foundation

The first Elinor Ostrom Prize will be awarded in 2014 for the best full-length article published in the Journal of Institutional Economics in 2013. The award will be made at the conference of the World Interdisciplinary Network for Institutional Research, in Greenwich, London, UK on 11-14 September 2014.