Webinar: Systems Philosophy and its Relevance to SE
The Systems Philosophy webinar by Dr David Rousseau on "Systems Philosophy and its Relevance to SE." (previously live on May 6th) is now available online. The presentation is 35 minutes long followed by 20 minutes of Q&A.
ISCE has created a survey for the Second Order Science event in Berlin (see http://secondorderscience.org) to help put the concepts into perspective. ISCE and ASC and IFSR encourage you to complete the survey and circulate the weblink
ANZSYS Affiliated to IFSR
ANZSYS is now an affiliate of the International Federation of Systems Research (IFSR). IFSR is an established organisation with its own press and journal (Systems Research and Behavioural Science). The contact person for IFSR in ANZSYS is Victor MacGill (
Proceedings: Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2014 Symposium
The Relating Systems and Design 2014 proceedings are from a symposium organised by the Systemic Design Research Network, published by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design and edited by Birger Sevaldson and Peter Jones.
Book: Systems Concepts in Action
The book Systems Concepts In Action : A Practitioner's Toolkit by Richard Hummelbrunner and Bob Williams is focused on the practical use of systems ideas. It describes 19 commonly used systems approaches, complete with case studies, variations and discussion of each approach's pros and cons. Each chapter begins with a set of questions that the particular method addresses.
Ashby aphorism cards
Ross Ashby left a collection of cards with short pithy and often entertaining aphorisms or truth snippets. Fascinating and useful they give insight into Ross' thinking. The members of the Ashby Estate have collected them together into groups and transcribed them at:
DISCOUNT! Systems Thinking by Bill Hutchinson
Book Discount! Praxis Education is offering ANZSYS members and friends a 50% discount ($4.99) on the last of the original first edition copies of Systems Thinking and Associated Methodologies by Bill Hutchinson, one of the founders of ANZSYS. To buy use the coupon ANZSYS in the online bookshop at https://www.praxiseducation.com/index.php/product/10-systems-thinking-and-associated-methodologies-book
Soft Systems - Dr John Mackness
Video of Dr John Mackness discussing Soft Systems Methodology. John is a colleague of Peter Checkland
Complex Systems Society
The Complex Systems Society promotes complex systems research, advises on complex systems education, and the relationships between complex systems and society by linking complex systems scientists of different countries. CSS also contains the Complex Systems Registry.
Insight Maker Free Online Software
Insight Maker is a free online systems modelling software. The online software provides a variety of systems modelling tools and is particularly strong in Systems Dynamics and Agent-based modelling. The website also contains many useful sample models and simulations. The cost is your model/simulation is available to Insight Maker.