Category Archives: Conferences

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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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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Are you interested in one of these topics?

We want to invite you join the conversation. 

Purpose and meaning of Designing Social Ecosystems – Bernard Mohr, Don de Guerre, Jung ook KIM


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 want to know what’s going on, and learn more about these exciting topics, stay tuned, webinar dates will be announced!

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Last call for Early Registration fees

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Socio Technical Systems Roundtable in Rutgers University: New Brunswick, NJ.   If you wish to take advantage of the reduced fee for early registration, you must register by June 30th, 2017.

Please visit the registration page and get ready to join us in September 12 -15 !

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Reflections from the STS Roundtable Conference

“As a student, it was an amazing experience to be exposed to all of the attendees, their experience and knowledge and their thought processes. As one of our faculty stated, we were “drinking learning through a fire house” which is totally how I feel. I’m still processing all I learned!”  

 Sonja Drown, a Masters candidate in Organization Development from Sonoma State University

Please, send us your reflections or add them directly here.



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Adam’s Experience of the STS Roundtable

We’re happy to share the link to Adam Redshaw‘s account of the STS Roundtable meeting in San Francisco. Please, click here to read it and recall the great moments and discussions we shared.

Also, if you want to send us your reflections, insights or any other comments, please, contact us!

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New reading material has been added


We have added more Recommended Reading for San Francisco:

One for the pre-Meeting ½ day Workshop on “An Appreciative Review of Socio-Technical Systems Thinking”:

  • North American Design of Nonroutine Work Systems (1980s—1990s) – Douglas Austrom and Carolyn Ordowich

And 2 new case studies to the Deliberation C section.

  • Minimalist Design in Complex Adaptive Systems: A Case Study in a Consumer Co-Op  by Dave Roitman
  • Satellite Healthcare: Case Study in Digital Strategy & STS Design by  Stu Winby and Dean Hovey

Please, visit the  Recommended Reading page to find them.

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Are you ready for San Francisco?

The date is getting closer and we’re excited to see the list of our colleagues that have already registered for our meeting in September!

Here is the link to several interesting articles and material that will help you prepare for the different activities of our meeting. 

If you haven’t registered yet, please, do it soon and help us make of this event an amazing experience!

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This is the  ‘GLO.WIN’—the Global Organization for Work Innovation Manifesto, signed in September of 2015, by members of the Global STS Design Network, EUWIN, IWOT, the European Organization Design Forum (EODF), and individual practitioners in Appreciative Inquiry, Lean Organization and other methodologies.

Click on the icon to download the complete document (PDF).


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Sorry to resend again, this time with a correction.

Testimonial by Ray Dyck

The Leuven Festival was a great opportunity to become aware of and explore new approaches to workplace innovation across  multiple  industry sectors. So many passionate people, new concepts and stimulating discussions in various forums made this a very energizing experience for me. New possibilities for the work I do came into focus.

The launch of GLOWIN was a crowning event, realizing dreams established many years ago. Finally,  having the opportunity to meet up with old friends and make new ones from across the world, connected by our passion – very special indeed.

Many thanks to all of those who had  a hand in organizing the Festival!

P.S. Have you registered for our next webinar on December 10th, 12.00 pm EST?  Don’t miss the chance to discuss how Social Media can be used for Organizational Transformation!

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