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.
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)”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.