SYDIC coordinator of BRISWA Project

BRISWA PROJECT: IDENTIFY BETTER POLICIES TO FIGHT RACISM IN FOOTBALL

Nowadays, almost during every match we witness situations that see certain players of a team as targets of racist insults or worse, and the recent happenings in Serbia, in the match between Partizan and RAD is just the last example of a long queue of such events. The BRISWA project, on which SYDIC is Coordinator, is an EU-funded project (funded by the ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME - SPORT COLLABORATIVE PARTNERSHIP - GA 2016 - 3060) dealing with the problem of racism in football (and in Sports in general), trying to spread the message of equality among races, genders, religions etc. among football players, especially youngsters, and hence ultimately trying to “kick” racism out of all kind of courts, fields, stadiums and so on.

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In Memoriam

 

It is with great sadness that SYDIC report the System Dynamics Society announces that Jay W. Forrester, Professor of Management Emeritus at MIT, has died at the age of 98 on November 16, 2016.

Jay founded what became the field of System Dynamics in 1956 and has had a profound and lasting influence on it throughout its 60-year history. A lifelong innovator, Jay was a pioneer in digital computing and helped create the computer age in which we all live today. Trained in electrical engineering, Jay came to MIT in 1939, where he worked on feedback control servomechanisms during World War II. After the war, Jay directed the MIT Digital Computer Laboratory, where he led the design and construction of Whirlwind I, one of the world’s first high-speed digital computers. He invented and holds the patent for magnetic core memory, the dominant form of random access memory (RAM) for decades (even travelling to the moon with the Apollo astronauts), until it was eventually replaced by semiconductors. Whirlwind became the basis for many innovations, from numerically controlled machine tools to SAGE, the first integrated continental air defense system.

Invited to join the faculty of the MIT Sloan School of Management in 1956, Jay created the field of System Dynamics to apply engineering concepts of feedback systems and digital simulation to understand what he famously called “the counterintuitive behavior of social systems.” His groundbreaking 1961 book, Industrial Dynamics, remains a clear and relevant statement of philosophy and methodology in the field. His later books and his numerous articles broke new ground in our understanding of complex human systems and policy problems. Jay officially retired in 1989, but continued his work unabated, focusing on promoting the use of System Dynamics in K-12 education.

John Morecroft (London Business School) wrote “My life was changed by Jay Forrester. His influence came in two distinct ways, from personal encounters and from the research environment he created as founder and leader of the System Dynamics Group at MIT-Sloan. I spent a decade at MIT, first as a doctoral student and later as a member of faculty at Sloan. So there is much to remember.”

George Richardson, Professor Emeritus at the University at Albany, said “Jay opened a path that gave many of us voices we did not know we had. What a life of towering achievements, to have been crucial to the development of computing in its infancy, and then to show us how to use its power to help us make progress together on seemingly impossible problems. I am profoundly grateful for his presence and influence in my life. ”

Professor John Sterman, the Jay W. Forrester Professor of Management at MIT and Director of the MIT System Dynamics Group said “Like so many others, I was fortunate to be able to work with and learn from Jay. He constantly challenged us to think deeply, speak plainly, and work on issues that matter, not only to build understanding, but to act. And he always led by example.”

Roberta Spencer, Executive Director of the System Dynamics Society, remembers, “During a conversation Jay said to me ‘figure out a way to have courage.’ Jay said this to everyone—I took it to heart and it changed my life.”

Jay was married for sixty-four years to Susan (Swett) Forrester, who died in 2010. Survivors include one daughter, Judith Forrester of Concord, Massachusetts; two sons, Nathan B. Forrester of Boca Grande, Florida, and Ned C. Forrester of Falmouth, Massachusetts; four grandchildren, Matthew S. Forrester of Arcadia, CA, Julia D. Forrester of Bois, ID, Neil T. Forrester of Torrance, CA, and Katherine J. Forrester of Chicago, IL as well as two great grandchildren Everett Chen Forrester and Faraday Chen Forrester, both of Arcadia, CA.

Please visit the webpage dedicated to Jay and write about how Jay touched your life. A full obituary and funeral arrangement details will be available soon.

WOSC 2017 abstract submission deadline extension

The 17th Congress of World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics

on January 25-27, 2017 at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Wosc2017

Themes and tracks

Theme1: People, technology and governance for sustainability

1. Human aspects of managing systems

2. Smartness and sustainability

3. Smart technologies and big data

4. The Brain of the future

5. Governance in the Anthropocene: cybersystemic possibilities

Theme 2: Democracy, interactions and organisation

6. Community self-organization

7. Democracy and transparency

8. Interactions revolution: how to harmonise interactions within and between complex adaptive systems

9. Law, commons, social dynamics

10. Knowledge to manage the knowledge society: non explicit, non invasive and non directive management

11. The role of emergence within organizations

12. The role of Higher Education for Sustainable Development

Theme 3: Cyber-systemic thinking, modelling and epistemology

13. How can systems thinking help to bring solutions to humankind problems in the 21st century?

14. Think outside the box with Systems Dynamics

15. Quantum Modelling

16. Reflexivity, Second order science, and Context

 

Submitting an abstract:

Extended abstracts, presented at the congress will be published in the "WOSC 2017 Book of Abstracts".

In order to submit an extended abstract, authors need to consider Author Guidelines

Refereed Publication of Congress papers

Authors with an accepted abstract will be invited to submit a full research paper and attend the Congress. Papers, presented at the Congress, will be considered for the publication in one of the following journals:

Kybernetes,

International Journal of Systems and Society,

Futures,

International Journal of Markets and Business Systems

Further leading journals are under consideration for Special Issues. Please, follow updates on the website.

Instructions for full paper submission will be available in Instructions for Full Paper Submissions in the Submission option of the website.

Summary of Congress Schedule

• 30 SEPTEMBER 2016: EXTENDED ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION DEADLINE

• 30 OCTOBER 2016: NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

• 15 NOVEMBER 2016: EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE 

• 15 NOVEMBER 2016: REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTED AUTHORS

• 20 DECEMBER 2016: TENTATIVE CONGRESS PROGRAM

• 10 JANUARY 2017: FULL PAPERS SUBMISSION

• 15 JANUARY 2017: OFFICIAL CONGRESS PROGRAM

• 25-27 JANUARY 2017: CONGRESS

 

Please register on http://wosc2017rome.asvsa.org/

 

BSLab-SYDIC WORKSHOP

Model-based Governance for Smart Organizational Future

Organized by Business Systems Laboratory 

in cooperation with System Dynamics Italian Chapter

Hosted by: "Sapienza" University of Rome

Dipartimento di Ingegneria Informatica, Automatica e Gestionale "Antonio Ruberti"

Via Ariosto 25 I-00185 Roma, Italy

January - 23-24, 2017

 

More information via this file : BSLab-SYDIC Workshop

WOSC 2017 abstract submission deadline extension to 30th September, 2016

 Wosc2017

Themes and tracks

Theme1: People, technology and governance for sustainability

1. Human aspects of managing systems

2. Smartness and sustainability

3. Smart technologies and big data

4. The Brain of the future

5. Governance in the Anthropocene: cybersystemic possibilities

Theme 2: Democracy, interactions and organisation

6. Community self-organization

7. Democracy and transparency

8. Interactions revolution: how to harmonise interactions within and between complex adaptive systems

9. Law, commons, social dynamics

10. Knowledge to manage the knowledge society: non explicit, non invasive and non directive management

11. The role of emergence within organizations

12. The role of Higher Education for Sustainable Development

Theme 3: Cyber-systemic thinking, modelling and epistemology

13. How can systems thinking help to bring solutions to humankind problems in the 21st century?

14. Think outside the box with Systems Dynamics

15. Quantum Modelling

16. Reflexivity, Second order science, and Context

 

Submitting an abstract:

Extended abstracts, presented at the congress will be published in the "WOSC 2017 Book of Abstracts".

In order to submit an extended abstract, authors need to consider Author Guidelines

Refereed Publication of Congress papers

Authors with an accepted abstract will be invited to submit a full research paper and attend the Congress. Papers, presented at the Congress, will be considered for the publication in one of the following journals:

Kybernetes,

International Journal of Systems and Society,

Futures,

International Journal of Markets and Business Systems

Further leading journals are under consideration for Special Issues. Please, follow updates on the website.

Instructions for full paper submission will be available in Instructions for Full Paper Submissions in the Submission option of the website.

Summary of Congress Schedule

• 30 SEPTEMBER 2016: EXTENDED ABSTRACTS SUBMISSION DEADLINE

• 30 OCTOBER 2016: NOTIFICATION OF ACCEPTANCE

• 15 NOVEMBER 2016: EARLY REGISTRATION DEADLINE 

• 15 NOVEMBER 2016: REGISTRATION DEADLINE FOR ACCEPTED AUTHORS

• 20 DECEMBER 2016: TENTATIVE CONGRESS PROGRAM

• 10 JANUARY 2017: FULL PAPERS SUBMISSION

• 15 JANUARY 2017: OFFICIAL CONGRESS PROGRAM

• 25-27 JANUARY 2017: CONGRESS

 

Please register on http://wosc2017rome.asvsa.org/