J.W. Forrester

On the night of November 16th died at 98 years Jay W. Forrester, founder of system dynamics, discipline pioneer in computer modelling of behaviour. As stated in the obituary published in the New York Times on November 17th, J.W. Forrester grew up in an isolated ranch in Nebraska, which made him “practical-minded by necessity”. He first studied electrical engineering at the University of Nebraska and then at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he developed all his professional and academic career.

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Representing systems

Rosa had put it clear during the last class when she said I understand everything but I can’t see where are you heading to. So, after two tough conceptual classes we devoted our third session to think and represent systems.

We talked about four representation tools. Read more


Consciousness and complexity

We started our second walk with E. Morin and his definition of Complex Thinking. We quoted Morin on the second entry of the blog, Woven Together, defining complexity as “the essential thing we are losing in repeated partitioning (of knowledge)”.

N. Packard introduces the link between evolution of living organisms and the ability of processing information. Processing information as a measure of complexity. Read more


The parts and the whole

Under this title, borrowed from the biography of the physician W. Heisenberg, we started NoAnalitzeu (see Analysing Reality) at Nollegiu bookshop, on the 10th of May as planned.

The first session is a story through five stages reflecting the changes in our approach to reality as a culture (as a social paradigm, using the words of F. Capra). Read more


A conversation about economy

On Saturday, April 30th the first event organized by Ansky Papers took place. It was a talk with Miren Etxezarreta, after the recent publication of her last book What is economy good for?.

Miren is an economist, Applied Economy Professor at the Autonomous University of Barcelona, and she has written widely on this matter. I got to know her ideas years ago through her writings on rural development. Read more

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Analysing reality

From de classic’s list we go to the workshops to analyse reality. We present a series of four workshops to deepen in the analysis of what is happening around us. An approach to systemic thinking, its vision proposal and the tools that allow us to express it.

Following a non-written Nollegiu’s rule we title the series as NoAnalitzeu or Don’tAnalyse and they will start next Tuesday may 11th at half past seven in the evening. Read more


A handful of classics

So here we are. Ansky is already more than a blog. Now it’s also a vinyl in the Nollegiu bookstore showcase and a handful of classics in a bookshelf inside the shop. Come in!

These are the proposed titles to be the classics. They are, in any case, my classics. Some of the books that brought me here and made me see things the way I see them now. They are chronologically ordered by year of publication. Read more


A portrait of cooperation as a system


A new digression, this one based on some facts that took place at the end of 2015, describing a collaboration history.

The objectives. To show how systems are rather a vision than some reality perfectly enclosed waiting to be described; and to verify the importance of purpose in the birth and continuity of a system, as it was described in the October 2015 blog entry.

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The feedback view

Already five entries and we didn’t say a single word about feedback. Let’s just introduce the concept and some graphical signs, so that we may complete the blog entries with nice graphs representing what it has been said. Read more


Integration and systems


A system is an object made up by a set of parts among which some form of relationship is stablished. The relationship articulates the parts in a unit, which is precisely the system.

1st Stop – A system is an object, we can treat it as a unit, it is in fact a unit. The only difference with classical objects, the ones we are used to, is the fact that we don’t detect systems straight through the senses, we have to think them. Read more