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Presentations from 11th Annual Ansys Conference, 2005 Dec.
Posted by: daviding (Moderator)
Date: March 02, 2006 05:46PM

David's note: I received this e-mail from Kurt Richardson, which provided a link to the conference presentations (to those of us who may prefer drawings and big fonts to more chapters to read!) There's some names that should be familiar to teh ISSS community. (Small world).

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Here's the original note from Kurt.

"Kurt A Richardson"

New collection of (complex) systems papers - Systems Thinking & Complexity Science: Insights for Action

Dear Colleague

I am writing to you today to let you know of a new (complex) systems publication: an edited ebook called "Systems Thinking and Complexity Science: Insights for Action" (ISBN 0976681447) which represents the proceedings of the recent 11th ANZSYS / Managing the Complex V conference held in Christchurch, New Zealand last December. An editorial extract follows:

Following the success of the previous ANZSYS conferences and "Managing the Complex" events, it was a pleasure to announce the 11th Annual ANZSYS/Managing the Complex V Conference. The conference was held in the city of Christchurch in New Zealand from 5-7 December 2005, and was co-hosted by the Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR), New Zealand, and the Institute for the study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE), USA.

A lively forum for discussion and debate was provided for a wide range of academics and practitioners in the fields of systems thinking, complexity science and management. People from other disciplines who have an interest in the application of systems thinking and complexity approaches were also invited to participate. We brought together thinkers and practitioners in the fields of systems and complexity as it seemed to us that there has been a significant international resurgence in these areas in recent years. It would appear that this has been driven by at least four simultaneous forces:

1. people right across the public, private and voluntary sectors looking for new ways to manage or deal with increasingly complex and multi-faceted problems;

2. the obviously systemic character of many high-profile issues that transcend national boundaries, from global warming to international violence;

3. the popularization of a number of systems approaches in the mid-1990s, especially among managers and policy makers;

4. and the simultaneous popularization of complexity science, sparking major interest in new approaches to managing uncertainty.

The fields of systems and complexity have many similarities, yet they are being developed by two (overlapping( research communities that have unique insights to bring to bear on the management of ‘wicked’ problems. We believe that, by providing forums, such as this conference, in which people working at the frontiers of complexity and systems thinking can learn from one another, significant new insights for action can emerge. At the end of the day, it is important to the vast majority of those working with complexity and systems ideas that they are able to make a positive difference in people’s lives. It is therefore vitally important that we share our insights and build a community of practitioners that can take the research agenda forward. Our aim is to bring together as many people as possible who are engaging with complex environmental, social and business issues, with the intention of promoting an intense and lively debate with real implications for systems and complexity practice. Our hope is that this conference was a step in the right direction.

If you are interested in this collection you can find a list of the papers contained in the ebook here (along with some of the powerpoint presentations given, rather than the published papers themselves):


The collection can be purchase through Amazon for US$45.99 here:
or directly from ISCE Publishing at a discounted price of US$32.99 here:

The collection contains a wide variety and new and original papers. I hope you find at least some of them of interest.

Kind regards,
Kurt Richardson

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