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Time goes fast

And November is here already.  We’re still working on the memories of the conference, and both in the virtual and in the real world,  your presence and contribution is critical for our community.

Don’t forget to send us your information and, if possible, some of the pictures that you took.  Here is where we need your help.

  1. Ongoing Learning groups: if you’re coordinating one, please, send us the relevant information (project description, members and plan) as soon as you can. We have only received one. Thanks Charles and Bert for sending it so soon.   If you need help or have any questions, please, contact us!
  2. Directory:  we’re almost finished with the 2017 members’ directory .  If you haven’t sent us your bio, picture and contact information, or if you want to update them, please, email me.  Email me if you cannot see this file.
  3. Memories: If you have pictures or reflections you would like to share with the world, please, send them to us.

We also want to take this opportunity to send our best wishes for recovery to our friend and colleague Jac Christis and share with you this picture we took thinking of him.





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Some requests and a gift

We’re putting together the memories of the conference, and we would like to ask for your help with the following topics:

  1. Ongoing Learning groups: if you’re coordinating one, please, send us the relevant information (project description, members and plan) as soon as you can. We have only received one. Thanks Charles and Bert for sending it so soon.   If you need help or have any questions, please, contact us!
  2. Directory:  we’ll be updating the 2017 members’ directory during the next couple of weeks.  If you haven’t sent us your bio, picture and contact information, or if you want to update them, please, email me.  Email me also if you cannot see this file.
  3. Memories: If you have pictures or reflections you would like to share with the world, please, send them to us.

Finally, a great gift from  Chris Lawer: His video about  the Value Design Framework. You will find it here.

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2017 Reflections and Ongoing Learning Groups

Here is Bernard Mohr’s reflection on the 2017 Meeting:

The 2017 Roundtable/Global Network meeting was one of the best yet. The content and process was provocative and happened to be spot on for the new book Ezra Dessers and I are co-editing “Designing Integrated Care EcoSystems: A SocioTechncal Perspective”


We both learned a lot and left with many great questions ( good thing !)
My sense is that we continue to evolve well as a learning community.


 The input of new voices (e.g. Chris Lawer) along with voices from our past (e.g. Bill Pasmore) and the use of virtual connection (e.g. with Peter Aughton) are wonderful additions to the inter-continental relationships that continue to evolve! Also, the contribution of the PhD level students was extraordinary – and frankly quite different qualitatively from past North American student participation – perhaps a factor of student level (PhD vs Masters) and also that they come from research and study frameworks  more closely aligned than past student participants? In any case, I greatly support our pursuit of graduate student participation on an ongoing basis. And of course the linkage to content related academic institutions is quite a wonderful evolution for us. The campus location, the low cost of housing and the excellence of the meeting facilities contributed a great deal also. Kudos to the design team of all the great work in making this all happen!
The difficulty we had coming to meaningful agreements and products (e.g. about what is a value versus a principle vs a design element) in our small group work sessions  continues to bedevil us somewhat but the struggle seems to be moving forward – even if incrementally so. Certainly the lack of shared meaning around key topic s such as what is a social ecosystem and what does to mean to :design: a social ecosystem was reduced if not solved during the time together. I suspect that as long as we have these sorts of cutting edge dialogues, with significant time constraints, we will will always leave feeling somewhat incomplete.
My hopes for taking the quality of our shared experience to the next level include:
  1. Do more of what we have been doing i.e. cutting edge themes, related cases, new and old voices, student participation, low cost housing, meeting facilities that have relevant scale and warmth (vs hotels), small integration sessions, etc.
  2. I LOVED the idea of ongoing zoom sessions and very much hope that the design team or someone will orchestrate these session – they have so much potential for us.
  3. My one BIG BIG request is to somehow ensure that accessibility of presenter slides PRIOR TO THE PRESENTATIONS. There is so much great content in the slides of presenters and it is agonizingly frustrating to try and capture it in notes during the presentation. Also, having the slides readily available IMMEDIATELY after the session would be enormously helpful in APPLYING the ideas within post session dialogues –  both within and outside of the Roundtable
  4. Also, having a easily accessible (i.e. on the website) compilation of community products/outputs/decisions within 24-48 hours after the session would be enormously helpful in advancing and energizing the dialogues

Thank you to all who made this a great session !


Please, send us yours and we’ll be happy to post them.
Also, here is the page where we will post the links to webinars, articles, reflections and all the material generated by the Ongoing Learning Groups. If you want to add something, please email me!


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Save the date: Leiden 2018

What is going on in “Technology @Work in the 21st Century”?
Find out more in Leiden, The Netherlands  during our next conference. 
Save the dates:
   Pre-conference workshop: Tuesday Sept. 4, 2018
   Global STS Network Meeting: Wednesday Sept. 5 – Friday Sept. 7,  including STS RT AGM
Conference theme: “Technology @Work in the 21st Century”
In the pipeline: Festival week in cooperation with IWOT (community on teamwork) and EODF (community of organization designers)
Stay tuned for more information!
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Keep the conversation going – Working Groups

There are so many more things to discuss regarding ecosystems!

We want to keep the conversation going. These are the final topics (and some of the people that discussed them) that emerged on Friday, September 15th, and we would love to continue exploring them:

Purpose and meaning of Designing Social Ecosystems – Bernard Mohr

Exploring the Design of & broader impact of the Gaming Ecosystem – Joe Norton

Reducing Complexity to deal with Complexity – Dealing with Power Interventions vs Redesign – Merijn Zee, Matthijs Moorkamp, Eric-Hans Kramer, Chris Sels

Supply Chain Ecosystem – Kevin Boyle, Sam Pless, Phela Townsend, Carolyn Ordowich

Food Justice Movement New Roots – Karyn Moskowitz, Rick Vanasse, Heather Hayden

Hosting conversations across political lines – Charles Heckscher, Hao Gong, Daniel Laskero

If you were in one of these groups, please, let us know and we’ll add your name.

1. Contact the people in your group, either by using our directory (you will find the 2016 on the left side menu of our homepage) or by leaving a comment in this post. Marcela will put you in contact with the people in that group.

2. Find a good time for a call or zoom meeting. Use Doodle to find a time that works for your group. Use Skype or Zoom to invite them (Zoom offers you 40 min meetings for free. If you need more than that, contact Marcela to schedule a longer meeting using the STS account).

3. Take notes in a collaborative platform: Google Docs or Polynote

4. Share your work with us. Either writing a post or reflection, or inviting everyone for a Zoom session. Contact us for more details.



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We want to hear from you!

As you know, last week we met at Rutgers University in NJ during 4 days to learn and deliberate about “Designing Collaborative Ecosystems”. We had more than 40 participants from different countries and we enjoyed every minute of the conversation.

We’re putting together people’s reflections  while ideas are still fresh. Please, write about what you learned, heard, new ideas or anything that you would like to share with the rest of the community and send it to us.

There are also new presentation files. If you haven’t shared your presentation yet, please also  send it to us.



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More Recommended Readings

Are you ready for our annual conference at Rutgers University next week?  We are!

Please, find more recommended readings in our website, as they will help you better understand and discuss the topics of the sessions.

We’re looking forward to meeting you and have great conversations on how to Design Collaborative Ecosystems!

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Social Media made simple

How do I start connecting with people on Social Media?

What is the best Social Media channel for me?

How many times should I tweet per day?

Why do I need a YouTube channel?

How do I connect with my audience?

Get some answers in our next Webinar

on July 26th, 12.00 to 1.30 EDT!

Webinar Invitation


Join the Socio-technical systems community and explore how Social Media can help you!







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Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time

Don’t miss the celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Tavistock Institute! 

TIHR 70 Festival programme – live

We are delighted to launch the website for ‘Reimagining Human Relations in Our Time’, a festival celebrating 70 years of the Tavistock Institute.

At the heart of the festival is the Institute’s archive which over the last two years has been intricately and delicately catalogued at
Wellcome Library. These two things coinciding – our anniversary and the launch of the archive – are a great cause for celebration because the insights of our forebears as they tackled past societal challenges are now available to you. How might we take inspiration from their learning as we grapple with today’s major concerns, such as an environment at tipping point, ageing and social care, displaced people and populations, crises in faith, identity and leadership, and our wellbeing at work?

The festival website is the starting place for you to join us in these questions with access to a rich programme offering opportunities to take part, reflect, dream, debate, consider, listen and observe, and perform.

With its online booking system and easy to view programme you will be able to curate your own festival experience, keep in touch with festival news, and access recordings, reflections, and photographs posted following each event via the festival’s ‘ArchLive’.

We look forward to seeing you in October.

Juliet Scott, Festival Director

Eliat Aram, CEO TIHR

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Social Media Webinar

Do you have a Social Media strategy? Would you like to connect better with your clients and potential clients? Or would you like to create a community that connects with people locally and globally?

Social Media will allow you to connect with millions of users, keeps growing constantly and allows you to support different areas of the organization: from customer service to brand awareness,  Social Media can help you position yourself as an industry expert and expand your professional network.

Join me on July 26th for our next webinar and discover How can Social Media help you & us?


Together, we will explore what Social Media can do for you and organization, as well as how can it work for the STS Roundtable in this interconnected world.


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