We’re putting together the memories of the conference, and we would like to ask for your help with the following topics:
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- 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
It seems like yesterday but almost 3 months have passed since our meeting in San Francisco. I’d like to share my experience and invite you to send us your own reflections. We would love to share them with the rest of the members of the Socio Technical Systems Roundtable.
You’ll find my reflections, as well as Adam’s and Sonja’s insights in this file, which can also be found with the rest of the reflections, on this page.
All the best to you in this 2017!
“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.
A group of students and graduates from the Human Systems Intervention M.A. program at Concordia University in Montreal attended the 2014 Meeting of the Global Socio-Technical Systems Network and met several times after the conference to discuss their learning and experiences.
They selected a number of striking moments — moments when something struck them as profound, exciting, insightful or emotional, something they will remember — and wrote a short description of that moment and what it meant to them. In this way they captured as much as possible of the whole experience, getting at the essence of why the Global Network is of such high value.
We will be posting their reflections weekly here on this blog site, in the sequence of the unfolding of the conference.
The topics of the students’ reflections were:
If you attended the conference, please feel free to enrich the posts with your comments and share with us what you enjoyed of our meeting.