Dr. Raghav Rajagopalan presented the fourth ANZSYS Conversation on Meta rational ways of knowing on the 18 November 2020.
Raghav is the author of Immersive Systemic Knowing: Advancing systems thinking beyond rational analysis.
He is an organisational and social development consultant from India, with experience in the diverse ways of knowing that the subcontinent has been famed for over centuries: practices such as yoga, meditation, various classical arts and handicrafts. Early in his career, his rural development practice required him to unlearn much of his formal professional training, and relearn significantly from diverse marginalized communities such as artisanal fisherfolk, tribal farmers, software nerds, artisanal craftspersons, and therukoothu dance-drama artistes; resulting in a discovery of the profound value of multiple ways of knowing.
Raghav is conversant in English, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam.
Raghav has a postgraduate specialization in Rural Management, followed by a doctorate in Systems Science, and is a Fellow of the Sumedhas Academy for Human Context, India. He was awarded the Margaret Mead Memorial Prize for an outstanding paper from his doctoral thesis at the 2014 International Society for the Systems Sciences Annual Conference in Washington DC.
Dr Terence Love presented the third ANZSYS Conversations session on Can you feel it? Yes we can! Human limitations in Systems theories and practices. on 4 November 1920.
Terence described the 2 Feedback Loop limitation on human system thinking abilities that emerged from his research and how this presents a significant challenge to the validity of many system thinking methods including Soft Systems Methodology and Beer's VSM as well as all approaches to participative, consultative or stakeholder-based systems methods.
Terence also drew attention to his research finding that many individuals have a deep self-delusion that they can understand, predict or intuit the behaviours and outcomes of systems with 2 or more feedback loops. The existence of this delusion is easily proven by testing individuals predictions against known outcomes for systems with 2 or more feedback loops. The widespread nature of this delusion also provides deep challenges to systems methods that involve consultation or participation in design of systems.
Professor Ray Ison presented the first of the ANZYS Conversations titled 'Systems Practice : How to Act?' on 7 October 2020.
His presentation draws on over thirty years of research and scholarship consolidated in his 2010 (republished 2017) book and subject of the interview of 25 Nov 2020 by Tom Scholte on New Books Network Systems Practice How to Act in situations of uncertainty and complexity in a climate change world available at https://newbooksnetwork.com/systems-practice-how-to-act
Dr Nam Nguyen presented the second ANZSYS Conversation on Malik SuperSyntegration® (MSS) on 21 November 2020.
Malik SuperSyntegration® (MSS) is a the systemic and innovative process for mastering complex challenges, achieving concerted solutions and effective implementation” (Syntegration = Synergy and Integration).