Translational Systems Sciences

Social Systems and Design

Editors: Metcalf, Gary S. (Ed.)

  • Summarizes and compares the ideas of a number of systems theorists who incorporated design principles into their work through the latter half of the 20th century
  • Provides current thinking about systems design theories by the original authors and other professionals who worked directly with them
  • Demonstrates how systems design is being applied to projects around the world, creating democratic and sustainable structures in organizations and communities
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About this book

We live in the worlds that we help to create every day. Every activity either supports an existing system or effects some change, however small. But is it possible to consciously create the worlds in which we want to live?

This volume brings together systems theorists and practitioners who have worked on that question for decades. It explores connections between design and systems ideas to explain why some efforts have been more successful than others, and what is needed if we are to move forward. It offers reflections on early and large-scale attempts at impacting societal systems, as well as proposals for taking those ideas into the future. Examples date back to the Club of Rome in the 1960s and look forward to the creation of ecologically sustainable systems in the future. They address the need for collaboration and inclusion in settings from communities to corporations. And while theories are presented as support for the examples, they are explained in practical ways meant to be accessible both to students and to general readers.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Creating Social Systems

    Metcalf, Gary S.

    Pages 1-36

  • An Epic Learning Journey: From the Club of Rome to Dialogic Design Science and DEMOSOPHIA

    Christakis, Alexander N.

    Pages 37-69

  • Cybernetics of Governance: The Cybersyn Project 1971–1973

    Espejo, Raul

    Pages 71-90

  • Systemic Design Principles for Complex Social Systems

    Jones, Peter H.

    Pages 91-128

  • The Theory and Practice of Third Phase Science

    Bausch, Kenneth C.

    Pages 129-145

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eBook $109.00
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Hardcover $139.00
price for USA
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  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $139.00
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  • Due: October 21, 2016
  • ISBN 978-4-431-56164-4
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Social Systems and Design
Editors
  • Gary S. Metcalf
Series Title
Translational Systems Sciences
Series Volume
1
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer Japan
Copyright Holder
Springer Japan
eBook ISBN
978-4-431-54478-4
DOI
10.1007/978-4-431-54478-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-4-431-54477-7
Softcover ISBN
978-4-431-56164-4
Series ISSN
2197-8832
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 238
Number of Illustrations and Tables
13 b/w illustrations, 16 illustrations in colour
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