Cybernetics and Complexity Science

Patrick Hoverstadt
Peter Miles
25 January 2016

Patrick Hoverstadt is Chair of SCiO and has written extensively about systems thinking and in particular about the Viable Systems Model in his book, The Fractal Organisation. Peter Miles was a director of the Complexity Society and is also a member of SCiO, and has observed that there are strong common themes (although sometimes using different language). SCiO has an outreach programme, and has previously explored this situation with complexity practitioners such as George Rzevski. There have also been a number of online spats between more vocal members of each community along the lines of 'my thinking is better than yours'. The objective of this brief session is to examine what we think is common and what might be different, to set the scene for subsequent presentations.