Systems: Transition to a sustainable World
The need for a transition to a more sustainable world is widely accepted but it cannot be assumed that understanding what sustainability is, is a given. Isolated efforts to tackle what are perceived to be key issues do not always yield anticipated outcomes, they may even be counter-productive. What we should recognise is that what we have is a network of interconnected problems, described by Ackoff as systems of problems or messes . To make sense of these messes we need to adopt a
holistic perspective. Systems thinking provides the intellectual framework and systems practice the lessons which enriches the theory. The conference is designed to promote and capitalise upon such thinking and will provide examples of how these ideas might contribute to sustainability.
Keynote speakers Rodney Irwin and Ray Ison. Rodney Irwin is Chief Operating Officer and a member of the Senior Management Team at the
World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Professor Ray Ison is Professor of Systems at the Open University and currently President of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR).
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