Online presentation and discussion 28 April 2022 more details at ANZSYS Events

Professor Emeritus William J. Reckmeyer, PhD

Bill will share updates from his current research project on Homo Cyberneticus,

which is examining the science and history shaping the unprecedented increase in human cyberneticity that has occurred over the past 500 years and its formative role in creating the Anthropocene. 

His talk will focus on how significant evolutionary changes in human autonomy and agency have led to exponential progress and problems for our species and Spaceship Earth as a whole, which are increasingly evident in a variety of interconnected people-centric and planet-centric challenges, and close with some suggestions for how we can systemically manage our collective future more effectively and responsibly.


Dr. Reckmeyer is an interdisciplinary cybernetician-systems scientist whose career as a professor and practitioner based in Silicon Valley and Washington DC over the past 50 years has focused on integrative approaches to strategic leadership, collaborative change, and public policymaking in a variety of complex institutional, community, national, and international settings. 

These include responsibilities as the advisor for 30+ multi-year systemic change projects and systemic leadership programs.  Primary areas of expertise and experience include cybernetics & systems science, leadership, higher education, global affairs, and national security. In addition to holding a variety of visiting positions at 20+ leading universities, government research institutes, and foundations in the United States and abroad, he has also served as a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, Salzburg Global Fellow, Fulbright Scholar, and AASCU Global scholar. 

A former President of the American Society for Cybernetics (1983-1984), he was selected as a Life Fellow by the ASC (2009), has also received its Norbert Wiener Gold Medal (2016); and was recently elected as a member of the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (2021). Details about his career can be found in his CV (