Researchers at the Open University who have made major contributions to a discipline called systems thinking have just celebrated 40 years of achievement and marked the occasion with a conference at the London School of Economics (LSE) (June 2012).
Helen Wilding one of the Open University’s first Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) alumnus, gave an inspiring talk on using systems approaches for the double-stranded process of helping groups to work together to understand and seek to improve wellbeing and health and then to extend this to wider partnership working.
“Yesterday, I got to meet a number of systems thinkers in the flesh. It was at a joint event arranged by Professor Eileen Munro of the LSE and Professor Ray Ison at the OU…partly to mark 40 years of systems teaching at the OU.
“There were about 30/35 people there – mostly handpicked through systems and public sector networks. Eileen and Ray had designed it as a systemic inquiry using conversational mapping in small table groups. It is easy to get enthused in a room like that – the energy levels were amazing – and the mark of any good meeting is that people didn’t quickly dash off at the end.”
Find out more:
- Read Ray Ison's blog
- Study for a qualification in Systems thinking and practice
- Listen to the OU podcast on iTunes: Rio+20 - United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development