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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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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


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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Information overload

This new entry has its origin in the book by Yves Citton Pour une écologie de l’attention. Useful notes to new approaches of complexity, in this case under the appearance of information overload.

One of the ideas that I take from the book is the relationship between periods of information overload and social, artistic or political changes. Read more