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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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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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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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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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Celebrating 70 Years of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

Celebrating 70 Years of the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations

Reimagining Human Relations in our Time


Tuesday 17th – Friday 20th October 2017

Taking place over four days, and with the opening up of the archive at its heart, Reimagining Human Relations in our Time will be a multi-site, multi-method event in the public domain.

Find more information here:

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For any questions, please contact Antonio Sama.

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