Posts Tagged ‘cybernetics’

Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)

Paul Pangaro, Ph.D.


To speak ‘Biological Computer Laboratory’ also speaks ‘Heinz von Foerster.’ To invoke von Foerster also invokes the BCL community that he gathered through his unerring identification of original thinkers and his unparalleled clarity about second-order cybernetics. Having chosen well his lab’s collaborators, von Foerster contributed seminal thinking that became foundations and superstructures for practitioners in the generations that followed.

Tags: conversations, cybernetics, Gordon Pask, humberto maturana

Lappeenranta University of Technology - 7th Wing
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Lappeenranta University of Technology
electrical engineering department
Arseniy Krasikov
The Viable System Model in the analysis of the project management
Master’s thesis
53 pages, 14 figures, 1 table and 1 appendix
Examiners: Professor Pertti Selvintoinen
Professor Tuomo K¨assi
Keywords: cybernetics, systems theory, the VSM, Viable System Model, project management, complex systems analysis

The paper is made to understand modern (especially cybernetic) methods of complex systems analysis and management, to explain scientific basis of the Viable System Model, to compare theoretical model with developed project management system in Company.

Tags: cybernetics, management, project management, Viable System Model, VSM

by Andriy Sergeyev and Alfredo Moscardini

CAST (Cybernetics and Applied Systems Thinking) Centre, University of Sunderland, UK

Key words: VSM, Governance, Transition Economies, Institutional Transformations.


Tags: Case study, cybernetics, Economic, economy, government

by Christos Dodis, Konstantinos Kitis, Demetrios Panagiotakopoulos

This paper is concerned with the organization and the operational viability of Solid Waste Management Authorities (SWMA). The frequently changing performance requirements, the continuous search for alternative technological, financial and institutional options, the unstable market of recyclables, the variations in waste characteristics, and the need for public-private partnerships are only some of the factors that shape and drastically affect the operating environment of a SWMA. Consequently, for any such Authority (be it a small
municipal department or a huge organization serving a megapolis), there is an emerging need for:

Tags: Case study, cybernetics, Environment, management, VSM, Waste management


Javier Livas’ videos on cybernetics

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in Management Cybernetics

Javier Livas’ videos on cybernetics in the sequence preferred by the author: all of them in YouTube:

Tags: cybernetics, model, Organization, Stafford Beer, Viable System Model

A Bayesian Approach to Short-Term Forecasting, P. J. Harrison and C. F. Stevens, Operational Research Quarterly (1970-1977), Vol. 22, No. 4 (Dec., 1971), pp. 341-362 (article consists of 22 pages); Published by: Palgrave Macmillan Journals on behalf of the Operational Research Society available through JSTOR: Stable URL:


A new approach to short-term forecasting is described, based on Bayesian principles. The performance of conventional systems is often upset by the occurrence of changes in trend and slope, or transients. In this approach events of this nature are modelled explicitly, and successive data points are used to calculate the posterior probabilities of such events at each instant of time. The system produces not only single-figure forecasts but distributions of trend and slope values which are relevant to subsequent decisions based on forecasts.

Tags: Bayesian Analysis, cybernetics, cybersyn, Operations research, Statistics, VSM


Cybernetics: History and Biographies

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in cybernetics

This entry is part 2 of 2 in the series Cybernetics - A Start Here Guide

[dhcs: May 2010 | note that this is essentially a mirror of a Squidoo Lens constructed while I was involved in their beta program.  It has not been kept up-to date since early 2006; with my recent  “rediscovery” of it I will be bringing it up to date here, refreshing it, including fixing or striking any connections that have suffered from “web link rot” and perhaps this refurbishment might even lead to reflecting it back to its original site to see if it can fulfill the original design intent….)

Tags: cybernetics


Cybernetics Landmarks – a Travellers Guide

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in cybernetics

This entry is part 3 of 2 in the series Cybernetics - A Start Here Guide

being an updated version of the…

Cybernetics – start here guide

by dsoul on Thu 12 Jan 2006 08:49 PM PST  |

[dhcs: May 28, 2010 | please note: this piece was originally put in place for a predecessor weblog ( as “Cybernetics – start here guide” and the original  page was still  under construction at the time that this new website was started…. in this new incarnation it is still,  unfortunately,  essentially a collection of “signposts”  rather than a travel guide, however annotations will be added over time to turn it into (a)  a true guide to the field and then onwards towards (b) the foundation of a “learning machine”The original concept of  the ‘start here guide’ will be replaced by a series of new posts on this site over the next several weeks]

Tags: autopoiesis, BAM, Business intelligence, CEP, Complex Event Processing, cybernetic, cybernetics, error, freedom, intelligence, management, Systems, Viable System Model, VSM


Cybernetics: An Introduction (10 minute videos)

   Posted by: Bricoleur    in cybernetics

History of Cybernetics and Systems Science
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From The Cybernetics Society

The UK national learned society
and professional body promoting
pure and applied cybernetics

Ten minute videos introducing cybernetics:

Javier Livas introduces cybernetics and its application to management, organization, the mind, the state, law, the financial system, chaos and the redesigning of Government:

Tags: crisis, cybernetics, management, Organization, requisite variety



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Tags: Bricoleur Systems, cybernetics, sport management