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22nd June: third of 50th birthday celebrations of systems teaching at the OU

2021 is the jubilee year of Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) at The Open University (OU).

Professor Mike Jackson from Hull will present a webinar for our third event scheduled for 22nd June at 12 noon (UK time).  Mike’s talk will be on Critical Systems Thinking and Practice: What has been done and what needs doing.  Mike will be introduced by Dr Magnus Ramage from the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) group at the OU. An outline of Mike’s presentation is given below.

You are invited to join us on Zoom. To receive the live links for the talk, register your intent to attend on Eventbrite.

There are a limited number of spaces available on Zoom. Overflow attendees will watch Mike on YouTube or Facebook Live. We hope you will join us online for the talk, and/or on social media for the conversation using #OUSTiP and #OUSTiP50.

Mike Jackson presentation outline: Mike is known as a key figure in the development of ‘critical systems thinking’ - a topic on which he has published ten books and over 150 articles. His latest book ‘Critical Systems Thinking and the Management of Complexity’ was published by Wiley in April 2019. In 1979 the four UK universities that had groups or departments teaching ‘systems’ – Aston, City, Lancaster, and the Open University – established the UK Systems Society (UKSS). Mike Jackson was part of Lancaster University at that time and later did his PhD at Hull University.  Mike comments: “As my contribution to celebrating 50 years of systems thinking at the Open University, I would like to discuss the research programme in critical systems thinking and practice that developed at Hull in the early 1980s and has continued for 40 years. I will seek to assess what has been achieved and what still needs to be done. I will try to relate the work at Hull to what has happened in systems thinking elsewhere in the UK, particularly at the Open University”.

10th June 2021

Future events for the 50th birthday celebrations of systems thinking teaching at the OU

The next two events are being scheduled for 22nd June (with Professor Mike Jackson from Hull University) and 27th July (with Dr Sharon Pollard from South Africa). Details of registration will be available shortly including on the OU STEM Faculty page on Eventbrite.

3rd June 2021

25th May second of 50th birthday celebrations of systems thinking teaching at the OU

2021 is the jubilee year of Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) at The Open University (OU).

We welcome Dr Glenda Eoyang from Minnesota - Founding Director of the Human Systems Dynamics Institute -  at this second event to deliver a presentation on “Scale-free dissemination: local behaviours to systemic results". The  recording of this 25th May event involving Guest speaker Glenda Eoyang can be found on YouTube and Facebook.  Events are also advertised on the OU STEM Faculty page on Eventbrite.

3rd June 2021

27th April launch of 50th birthday celebrations of systems thinking teaching at the OU

2021 is the jubilee year of Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) at The Open University (OU).

We welcome Dr Andrew Mitchell from De Montfort University at this premier event to deliver a presentation on “Second-order perspectives on learning and practice under complex conditions”. 

19th April 2021

2021 is the 50th birthday of Systems Thinking teaching at The OU

In the wake of the pandemic, confronted by human-induced climate change and exposure to wide-ranging vulnerabilities within our societies, many commentators call for investment in thinking and acting differently, particularly with Systems Thinking in Practice, or STiP.

The Open University (OU, based in the UK) is well-placed to respond to this imperative of our times because it has been one of the significant investors in STiP education over the last 50 years.

19th April 2021

School of E&I receives Athena SWAN Silver Award

Athena SWAN Silver logo

The School of Engineering and Innovation, STEM is delighted to announce that it has received an Athena SWAN Silver Award following its recent submission to AdvanceHE.

22nd March 2021

School of Engineering and Innovation International Women's Day

Design workshop

 

 

Monday, 8 March 2021 from 20:00 to 21:00 (GMT) 

Online event:

Four academics from the Open University introduce four women in the field of engineering and innovation who chose to challenge with their innovative practice or research.

26th February 2021

The Conversation (web) 16 December

Dr Miguel Valdez, Lecturer in Technology and Innovation Management, is the lead author on an article published in The Conversation.

18th December 2020

Book chapter is having great impact - December 2020

One of the 'Most talked about articles of 2020' was written by Professor Stephen Potter, Dr Miguel Valdez and Professor Matthew Cook, entitled: 'Autonomous vehicles and the urban mobility ecosystem'.

18th December 2020