ACADEMIC COMMITTEE OF THE
 

INTERNATIONAL ENCYCLOPEDIA
 
OF
SYSTEMS AND CYBERNETICS

2nd  Volume, 2004

 

 

EDITOR IN CHIEF :  

CHARLES FRANÇOIS

Mieczyslaw BACEWICZ, Wroclaw, Poland
Polish Systems Society, University of Technology

Matjaz MULEJ 
President of the Slovenian Society of Systems, University of Maribor, Slovenia

Heiner BENKING Berlin, Germany 

Pls. see also entries in the Encyclopedia

Nicolas PARITSIS

Vice President of the European Union of Systems, Heraklion, Creta, Greece

Gerhard CHROUST

General Secretary of the International Federation for Systems Research, University of Linz, Austria

Francisco PARRA LUNA 

Facultad de Sociologia, Universidad Complutense, Madrid

Daniel DUBOIS 

President of CHAOS, Centre for Hyperincursion and Anticipation in Ordered Systems, Institute of Mathematics, University of Liège, Belgium

Ricardo RODRIGUEZ ULLOA 

President of the Instituto Andino de Sistemas, Lima, Perú

John van GIGCH

Professor (Em.) of Management, California State University, Sacramento, USA

Markus SCHWANINGER  

Institute of Management, University of Sankt Gallen, Switzerland

Ranulph GLANVILLE 
Cybernethics Research, Southsea, United Kingdom

G. A. SWANSON 
College of Business Administration, Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, TN, USA

Ernesto GRÜN

President Asociación Argentina de Cibernetica y Sistemas, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eric SCHWARZ 
Centre Interfacultaire d’Etudes Systémiques, Universit: de Neuchatel, Suisse

Michael JACKSON
Editor of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, University of Hull and Humberside, United Kingdom

Robert TRAPPL 

President of the Austrian Society for Cybernetics and Systems, University of Vienna, Austria

Anthony JUDGE       "Anthony J.N  Judge"

General Secretary of the Union of International Associations, Brussels, Belgium

Stuart UMPLEBY 
Center for Social and Organizational Learning, George Washington University, Washington, D.C., USA

Magdalena KALAIDJIEVA 

Institute for Control and Systems Research, Bulgarian Academy of Science, Sofia, Bulgaria

Robert VALLÉ

Director of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics, Universit: de Paris- Nord, France

Gianfranco MINATI

President of the Associazione Italiana per la Ricerca sui Sistemi, Milano, Italia

John N. WARFIELD 

Director of the Institut for Advanced Study in the Integrative Sciences, Fairfax, Virginia, USA.


The Numbers behind each COMMITTEE Member deserve some explanation and clarification.

But before let me assure you that beside the "old boys" of the past Editions there will we "new boysand girls" and the usage of some new and old tools like WIKI and peer review editorial boards. Pls. visit 
ESCO in WIKI MEDIA   or see IFSR  and the IFSR Newsletter expected 10/04.
So lets return to the "Numbers":  They represent the HITS by google in Nov 2004. Such searches we have done a lot with SCHOOL CHILDREN and LIFE-LONG LEARNING classes to show that "full text research" or GOOGLE search is sensitive to the "propper" spelling AND if the argument leads to non-unique subjects, you might ony  get lots of noise without "signal".  – pls. see the Encyclopedia if this sound cryptical.

I recommend to visit the lecture:

The need for an integrated systemic-cybernetic language for concepts and models in complex and vague subject areas: "fields" such as humanities, cultural-, anthropological- and environmental- studies, education,… and last not least: governance of Charles Francois when introducing the 2nd Edition of the Encyclopedia: http://benking.de/systems/encyclopedia/concepts-and-models.htm

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some pondering by Heiner Benking:

EMINENT of  NOT!?   Searchable or NOT!?
if you are called after your fathers name for 7 generations - and GOOGLE and all accessible files would contain 7 generation data - the results would be quite different. But as we have the INTERNET - WEB just since a few years, the results can be only a narrow view and biased, by spelling, accessibility, focus, episode, .... and and .. arbitrary and often misleading.
The problem is the technological - nearly "mesmerised" - belief in what GOOGLE "presents".  Unaware that results may be different by factor 4 or 10 or more, within days and months - depending on factors beyond our scope (as computing produces more and more data without, context, values, proportions, and consequences to be assessed or explored, nore to be communicated !! as we have no means to communicate complexity and scales !!   MAYBE visit the opening talk by CHARLES FRANCOIS when
we introduced the 2nd edition.


In a nutshell: Systems and Schema - if we do not understand the frames and grids then teh sheer volume can "dumb us down"....  What is needed is to see the bigger picture and the long view !! and understand what filter and brokers present to us !

SEARCHING with the INNOCENT MIND:
When asking SHOOL CHILDREN and ELDERS what things are about, they often give another - often different picture, differnt than than what wecan expect with peer-reviews and scientific inquiery.  They question pragmatically the context and relecance, values behind and general purpose. This is close what we expect. namely to understand information with their sources - Information in an agreed - upon "grid".
we could tell you more about this afforts to go beyond certain keywords and categories, or which grids can help for a bigger shred picture.
MAYBE the entries of
my work in the Encyclopedia for themes such as education, cognition or policy/ethics will bring further some other ideas and directions wherer to go in "complex subject matters".
In tests with School Children in various contries we tried the bigger picture: having them mark what certain issues are "about". This can be seen when we let people mark their Concerns, Interests, Considerations/Believes, in a certain "grid".
see
Interest Grid or Know Grid . Of interest is to see issues in perspective, their proportions and consequences....  maybe a good reason to start here and ecplore knowledge patters that connect... (in the sense of C. Alexander and G. Bateson) and mybe come to a shared exploration of knowledge whch keeps differences, values, trusts, and ethics in mind and pursues action towards common goals. I feel that the above Ecyclopedia is a robust fundament for such endeavors...

Pls. see also: entries to my work in the Encyclopedia