Moving from systems theory to systems practice means befriending uncertainty and ambiguity
International Society for Systems Science (ISSS) webinar with Dr. Daniel C. Wahl
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This webinar hosted by the International Society for Systems Science will start with a thirty minute presentation of my own reflections on nearly 20 years of experience in trying to apply whole systems thinking to the field of design for sustainability and more recently regenerative development practice.
I will briefly explore some of the most common mistakes made in intervening in complex adaptive systems and highlight the need for embracing the fundamental unpredictability of such systems as we move from being detached observers to being engaged participants of such systems.
To illustrate some examples of this approach from my own work, I will present the applied systems thinking behind the ‘SDG Implementation Flashcards’ and ‘Training of Multipliers I developed for Gaia Education and UNESCO, which now successfully used on 5 continents and translated into 6 languages.
Time permitting I will provide some reflections on the ‘bioregional regenerative development’ process I have been engaged with on the island of Majorca (as a whole systems prototype of the transition towards increased sustainability and regenerative cultures) since I moved here in 2010.
This series of ISSS webinars on ‘Topics in the field of systems science’ is hosted by Deeanna Burleson, Ph.D., RN, IMC, CEO. Full Spectrum Solutions
Dr. Daniel Christian Wahl works internationally as a consultant and educator in regenerative development, whole systems design, and transformative innovation. He holds a BSc. in Biology with Honours in Zoology (University of Edinburgh), an MSc. in Holistic Science (Schumacher College & Faculty of Environmental Science, University of Plymouth), and his 2006 PhD in Design (Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee) was on ‘Design for Human and Planetary Health: A Holistic/Integral Approach to Complexity and Sustainability’.
He was director of Findhorn College between 2007 and 2010, and is a member of the International Futures Forum since 2009 and Gaia Education since 2007. He has collaborated with UNITAR and UNESCO, many large NGO, and as a consultant his clients included companies such as Camper, Ecover and Lush, as well as, local and regional governments and UK Foresight.
Daniel is a Findhorn Foundation Fellow, a member of the advisory council of the Ojai Foundation, the Ecosystems Restoration Camps Foundation, the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and the Overview Institute (Australia) as well as the research group of the Global Ecovillage Network. He is a co-founder of Biomimicry Iberia (2012), and has been collaborating with ‘SmartUIB’ at the University of the Balearic Islands since 2014. Daniel currently works part-time as Gaia Education’s head of innovation and programme design.
His book Designing Regenerative Cultures was published in 2016 by Triarchy Press and has already reached international acclaim. The ‘SDG Community Implementation Flashcards’ he developed for Gaia Education have been taken up enthusiastically by UNESCO and have been translated into 6 languages.
Register in advance for this webinar here and reserve a slot in your calendar to join us on April 15th, 2019, 12pm to 1:30pm Eastern Time, 6pm to 7:30pm CET
(Apologies for having to delay the webinar from March 4th to April 15th, I lost my voice as part of a chest cold I am recovering from).
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