About SCiO

Group of participants in training What is SCiO?

SCiO (Systems and Complexity in Organisation) is a community of systems practitioners who believe that traditional approaches to running organisations are responsible for many of the problems we see today. We believe that systemic approaches to designing and running organisations offer radically new and better alternatives.

SCiO has three main objectives:

  • Developing practice in applying systems ideas to a range of organisational issues
  • Disseminating the use of systems approaches in dealing with organisational issues
  • Supporting practitioners in their professional practice 

Many systems practitioners can feel isolated in their organisations. SCiO provides a way to talk to and get support from a wide range of like minded people and see how they are addressing similar challenges.
SCiO is a charity and social enterprise - SCiO started in the UK, but there are now groups throughout Europe.


Trainer teaching groupWhat does SCiO do?

SCiO provides opportunities for practitioners to learn and develop new practice, to build relationships and networks. We run a range of events and forums in the UK including:

  • Open Meetings - an opportunity to hear about skills, tools, practice and experiences
  • Development Days -an opportunity for members to discuss specific problems they bring along to the meeting on the day
  • A Master’s level structured Professional Development Programme (PDP) of courses and workshops, to embed principles and practice - open to members and non-members
  • Common Interest Groups, looking at new practice or developing learning about a particular area of interest, e.g. systems interventions in the public sector, or systemic approaches to enterprise architecture
  • A website and discussion forum

SCiO UK’s events are held in both London and Manchester. Events in the Netherlands, Belgium and DACH (Germany, Austria, Switzerland) have different formats - see the group pages for more details.


Benefits of Membership

Membership of SCiO offers a way to engage in developing new approaches to managing organisations. Becoming a full member of SCiO helps to support the community and its activities.
Membership provides access to a number of activities including:

  • Development days where you can draw on the resources, skills, experience and knowledge of other members to help you on problem issues
  • Common Interest Groups where you can work with others to develop systemic approaches to your particular area of interest or practice
  • Reductions on PDP courses and workshops
  • Members only PDP courses and workshops
  • Access to members-only material in Resources on the website (particularly videos of Open Meetings)
  • The SCiO online discussion forum

SCiO Global directors

  • Chair - Patrick Hoverstadt
  • Secretary/Treasurer/Membership/Online - Steve Hales
  • Jan Beyen (Belgium)
  • Jan de Visch (Belgium)
  • Michael Frahm (DACH)
  • Jurre Kesting (Netherlands)
  • Tony Korycki (UK)
  • Wolfgang Lassl (DACH)
  • Michael Pfiffner (DACH)
  • Benjamin Taylor (UK)
  • Ed van der Winden (Netherlands)

SCiO UK directors

  • Chair - Tony Korycki
  • Secretary/Treasurer/Membership - Steve Hales
  • Professional Development Programme/Minuting Secretary - Rob Young
  • Open Meetings - Parag Gogate
  • Development Days/SYSBOK - Lesley Rowan
  • CIGs & Outreach - Tony Korycki
  • Non-Executive Directors - Niki Jobson, Benjamin Taylor, Natalie Marguet