The worldwide systems movement is gaining momentum

Worldwide Systems Movement

While we are preparing the next EMCSR 2014 the worldwide systems movement is gaining further momentum. There are marvelous opportunities to connect this year in different locations all over the world. We are happy to announce some of the activities by our EMCSR partner organizations.

One of the largest systems science societies, the International Society of the Systems Sciences invites contributions from systems scholars and professionals — whether in the academic world, industry/commerce or professional practice — to engage with one another, to create a space where systems theory/modeling/simulation meets systems practice/living/being, to co-create a living network of institutions and individuals learning together how thrivability frameworks and practices help humanity tackle real world complex problems.

The 57th Meeting of the International Society for the Systems, Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet – Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization, takes place in Hai Phong City, Viet Nam — 14-19 July 2013. Join systems thinkers and systems professionals in a unique experience that will contribute significantly to making systems thinking more mainstream with hands-on experience in the UNESCO Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and at Hai Phong City, the first city in the world to be managed using an integral systems approach.

You will find all the detailed information on their website, including registration, the venue, the exciting social programs and roundtrip tours (, the opportunities to present your own work in this international context, and the special Student awards.

This Conference offers the experience of a lifetime to have systems scientists and systems practitioners in one exciting place to form a Global Evolutionary Learning Laboratory of systemic thrivability initiatives. Be a part of this world shifting initiative!


This conference is held in cooperation with the 2013 International Conference on Social Environmental Education for an Emerging Eco-Civilization, Enacting Unbounded Collaboration and Evolutionary Development for Glocal Eco-Communities: A New Paradigm of Public Engagement and Social Innovation, National Taiwan Normal University, July 21-22, 2013. The conference, which is free for all attendees of the ISSS 2013 conference, will provide a dialogue on the insight praxis and oneness mind of eastern perspectives with the systems thinking and wholeness mind of western perspectives.!page.htm?id=4539 The 2013 ISEE conference aims at bridging cultural, ethnic and national differences, transforming competitive ideology of national development, enriching coexistence among all lives and cross-sectoral collaboration, and cultivating green social innovation and manpower.


The Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies (HSSS) invites in collaboration with the University of Thessaly, Department of Economics to their 9th. HSSS National & International Conference, Systemics for Process Cohesion in Volos, Greece, 11 – 13, July, 2013. The main theme of the Conference, is to present the dynamic scientific area of “Systemics for Process Cohesion” with applications in organizations and enterprises across a wide spectrum of both service and production industry sectors, bridging the gap between theory and practice and promoting the use of effective Methodologies and Multi-Methodologies in managing today’s organizational complexity for Process Cohesion.


The Annual Conference of the American Society for Cybernetics, Acting – Learning – Understanding reflecting, collaborating, conversing, doing is held from 28 July to 3 August 2013 in Bolton, UK. This conference is designed around the exploration of understanding and acting as circularly conjoined. Acting and understanding will be given equal weight, with each framing the other. The processes of learning are a major means of moving between the two, and take place in an environment, often framed as formal or informal education. Discussion of these processes and context provide a means of relating practical proposals for interventions and theoretical debate. The fundamental position of the conference is based in circular causality, which was at the heart of the concerns of the Macy Conferences where cybernetics took its contemporary form. The conference will be a conversational conference.


The European Union for Systemics (EUS) invites to their European Systemcis Seminars 2013, Knowledge for the future of the knowledge society, September 20, 2013 in Charleroi, Belgium. In addition to the tri-annual congress of the EUS that is being held across Europe since 1989, the Union launches a new initiative: the European Systemics Seminars; a cycle of seminars that focus on leading edge topics, investigating the possible and necessary relationships between systems thinking in the broadest sense and the exponentially growing complexity of our modern societies.

The first seminar, in a cycle of three, “The post-industrial societies dealing with complexity: knowledge to manage the knowledge society” will be held on Friday, September 20, 2013, near Charleroi, in Belgium. This former industrial area for the production of iron, steel and glass is located in the center of a coal basin. The decline of the coal industry in the 1970s has left Charleroi in a bad economic shape: its unemployment and poverty rates were one of the highest in Europe during the 1980s and 1990s. Since the early 2000s, this ravaged area has opened itself to new horizons (health care, transportation and telecommunications) and reinvented itself. Therefore, we believe that Charleroi represents a highly symbolic and inspiring metaphor for the seminars: “Changing our paradigms to open new perspectives in a changing environment”.

The seminars’ main goal is to be a starting point for questionings and to promote new collaborations by bringing together researchers and practitioners with diverse backgrounds and fields of interest, mutually feeding a common reflection that should make practitioners’ experiences help theories evolve, and allowing the latter to improve the former.

Prospective authors for the first seminar are invited to contribute either full length articles (6000 words) or long abstracts (1000 words) that have to be submitted electronically through the Conference website. Contributions on all the areas of Economics related to studies on emergence of post-industrial society and systemic approaches to development (different from growth) focused on knowledge as primary resource, are accepted.

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