Systemic vision of the crises: From optimization to change strategy?

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM, 15-17 October 2018 Sunium was present at the 10th congress of the European Union for Systemics (UES-EUS2018). The Congres’ focus was to develop a systemic representation inherent to crises during interdisciplinary meetings. The systemic representation and the tools provided shall help society to reach a higher level of sustainability for generations to come. 

Speakers from all over the world came together to discuss the different aspects of crises, which ranged from supply chain issues and the financial crisis to the changing aspects of the labour market. On the first day, a keynote speech was held by Raul Espejo the Director-General of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics, on the “Non-systemic interactions need to be overcome by interactions with requisite variety”. Espejos keynote was followed by the International Academy for Systems and Cybernetic Sciences (IASCYS) that updated the participants on the most recent discoveries. On the second and third day, the topics discussed were under the framework of Professional Systemics, meaning that existing crises were taken as examples and possible solutions were presented. One of the examples discussed was the financial crisis in 2008. 

During the concluding plenary, IASCYS awarded the Charles Françoise prize to the best submitted papers. Three brilliant minds won the second place: Harmsen Tjorven from Germany, Mick Ashby from Germany and Daniela Terrile from Italy. The winner of the Charles Françoise prize was Julio Laborde from France. 

The concluding remarks of the congress were that it is worth exploring the ‘limit and autonomy’ of models and theories. The question raised in this regard is: Could we not propose that to associate Limit & Autonomy allows the overcoming of the sanction to go towards freedom (liberation)?

Daniela Terrile’s thoughts about the congress: ‘Growth of presence and growth of awareness; because I truly believe that systemics is really the way to question the ‘human being’. Therefore, it is more important to focus on the questions than the answers.’

The congress is held every three years and the 11th edition will take place in Athens, Greece. 

Sunium is a social enterprise that engages in training, research and facilitation of conflict resolution and negotiations activities. Our mission is to foster and safeguard the open and informed society by promoting participatory democracy through new ways of thinking and new tools for governing.

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