The Centre for Systems Studies 2019 Annual Mike Jackson Lecture on Systems Thinking
The Centre for Systems Studies invites you to the third Annual Mike Jackson Lecture on Systems Thinking to be delivered by Professor Debora Hammond, the eminent American historian of science.
This year’s lecture will continue to explore ideas and ways of thinking that have evolved for tackling the complex challenges of our times. Effective responses to things like climate change and economic inequality need to take a holistic approach, harnessing diverse bodies of knowledge to attend to the social, economic, geo-political and environmental aspects of the problem domain. In her Lecture Professor Hammond provides a window into that trans-disciplinary way of thinking, based on her widely acclaimed research into the history of General System Theory (GST). GST emerged in the mid-twentieth century amid a flowering of trans-disciplinary schools of thought, and it sought to unify the physical, biological and social sciences by identifying organisational principles underlying all kinds of systems. In a fascinating journey through time, bringing to life the constellation of individuals, institutions, and initiatives at the nexus of GST, Dr Hammond will explore its potential for addressing some of the most pressing challenges of the modern world, including climate change, economic inequality, and immigration.
The Annual Mike Jackson Lecture has been endowed by University of Hull honorary graduate, Dr Andrew Chen. It is in recognition of the work of Professor Mike Jackson OBE, founding Dean of Hull University Business School, who served from 1999 until 2011. Professor Jackson is world-renowned for advancing the application of systems thinking to management, and he was the founder and first Director of the Centre for Systems Studies.
About the Speaker
Debora Hammond is Professor Emerita of Interdisciplinary Studies in the Hutchins School of Liberal Studies at Sonoma State University in Northern California. She is internationally acclaimed for her research into the history of General System Theory, published in The Science of Synthesis: Exploring the Social Implications of General System Theory. She was President of International Society for the Systems Society in 2005-2006, hosting its 50th annual conference in 2006. In both her teaching and research Professor Hammond is concerned with issues of social justice and ecological sustainability, and she has many publications on the history of systems thinking, focusing specifically on philosophical and ethical implications. She has always been active in the local community on food policy and sustainability, and since her retirement has championed climate-related initiatives, including the transition to clean energy and public banking.
About The Centre for Systems Studies
The Centre for Systems Studies is an international centre of excellence for ground breaking research on systems thinking and practice. The Centre’s research is concerned with advancing the understanding of complex phenomena in our inter-connected world– from the emergence of local community action and business ecosystems through to the impact of global policy interventions and climate change. This work is critical for addressing complex problem situations and anticipating the (often unintended) consequences of interventions, and for designing structures, actions and strategies for innovation, resilience and sustainability in dynamic contexts. The increasingly networked world and the digital economy present novel challenges and opportunities to business and society. The Centre hosts research meetings, seminars and workshops for academics and practitioners to explore and address these challenges and opportunities.
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