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Cybernetics of Self-organisation, The

Self-organisation is a fact in the world we live in. This is a relational world in which agents'? natural asymmetrical complexities are warped by the Law of Requisite Variety. For as long as these relations remain requisite variety will assert itself mostly through self-regulation and self-organisation. This was the intended theme of the Sixteen Congress of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC 2014). WOSC 2014's title highlighted 'Our Self-organising World: From Disruption to Reparation'. WOSC together with the Universidad de Ibague, Colombia, organised this Congress in October, 2014. This was a most successful event with more than 200 participants from all over the world. Dr Alfonso Reyes, Rector of the University, supported the event with resources, care and quality; the activities and Proceedings of the Congress are documented in the website http://wosc-congress.unibague.edu.co.

With this publication WOSC is fulfilling its purpose of fostering international collaboration in Systems and Cybernetics towards a deeper appreciation of the management of complexity in today's troubled society. Contributions range from global to local issues. Their epistemologies go from the constructivist approaches of second order cybernetics to the positivistic approaches of mathematical modeling. Some of them offer scalable transdisciplinary knowledge that supports today's global concerns of mankind as well as the pressing local problems of particular communities. This issue brings together authors with experience in a wide range of global issues, from energy policy, sustainability of natural resources and cities to the governance of eco-systems and the digital regulation of societal processes. Their encounter in the conversational space provided by the Universidad de Ibague increased the opportunities for sharing methodologies and overcoming intellectual fragmentation, indeed, through this publication WOSC is contributing to the dissemination of systems thinking and cybernetics across the world."


A Cybernetic view on Learning Curvesand Energy Policy,Collective intelligence: Analysis and modelling,Community-based research: enabling civil society’s self-organisation,Decentralization and Heterogeneity in Complex Adaptive Systems,Good social cybernetics is a must in policy processes,Governance for Sustainability: learning from VSM practice,Guest Editorial,Integrated Sustainability Management for Organizations,Navigating through an ‘ecological desert and a sociological hell’: a cyber-systemic governance approach for the Anthropocene,Organizing for Lean: autonomy, recursion and cohesion,Organizing for Sustainability:A Cybernetic Concept for Sustainable Renewal,Performance for viability: complexity and variety management,Proposing a Basic Methodology for Developing Balanced Scorecard by System Dynamics Approach,Requisite Variety, Autopoiesis, and Self-organization,Rethinking Algorithmic Regulation,Sharing business partner behavior,Stafford Beer and the Legacy of Cybersyn: Seeing Around Corners,Testing One Developed Model by the Parametric Control Theory Methods,The Application of Organizational Cybernetics and ICT to collective discussion of complex issues,The influence of moral sensitivity on organizational cooperation,Towards a Non-trivializing Education,Towards a Simple Dynamical Model of Citizens' Perception,Utility-based Models and Decision Making Problems for Selected Network Processes

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