Stuart Umpleby: The Triple Bottom Line & Current Challenges

The triple bottom line — people, profits, planet — is a recent business concept.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Triple_bottom_line. We are now facing major issues on all three: 1.  People.  The safety of people is threatened by a)  vulnerable cyber infrastructure.  See the National Geographic video American Blackout; and b) inequality leading to lower standards of living for …

Stuart Umpleby: Event 7 August DC 1415-1530 Internet of Things – Internet of Everything – Industrial Internet – But Still Not the Internet of True Cost

I have no connection to the below, thought it worth sharing. INNOVATION | TECHNOLOGY | POLICY SHAPING THE INDUSTRIAL INTERNET Sponsored by Center for Policy on Emerging Technologies (C-PET) Our next DC event offers a high-level briefing and discussion of questions of profound significance to both policymakers and corporate America. Join us on Wednesday August …

Stuart Umpleby: Role of Cybernetics in Intelligence — Extrapolation

Downloadable Document:  2011 AAAS Security Policy & Cybernetics Dr. Stuart Umpleby As I understand it, the fundamental problem with secret intelligence is too much self-reference and too little peer review.  Stated differently, any advice from a subordinate to a superior has two components — describing some observed system and wanting to please the boss.  Peer …

Stuart Umpleby: US Making Strategic Mistake in Science and Management Education — Robert Steele Connects to OSA, OSE, & M4IS2

RM 130212  Cybernetics Management and Security Policy I think the U.S. may be on the verge of making an important strategic mistake in science and in management education.  Here are three stories to illustrate the historical background. 1.  The Macy Foundation conferences in 1948-1953 led to founding the field of cybernetics.  See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macy_conferences  The Am. …

Stuart Umpleby: Social Sciences Differ from Physical Sciences

Here is a fragment from a listserve that is related to reflexivity.  It explains how social science is different from physical science.  Assuming that an approach developed for physical systems can also be used for social systems will miss a key feature of social systems. Very interesting paper on application of science to agriculture, in …

Stuart Umpleby: “Ambidextrous Organization”

Interesting term: “ambidextrous organization.” It seems the basic idea is an organization that can both produce a current product and create the next product.  In the 9 page wikipedia article there is no mention of Stafford Beer’s work on management cybernetics and the Viable System Model. Beer’s Viable System Model (VSM) lies at the heart …

Stuart Umpleby: Deliberate Mis-Information is Anti-Cybernetic

Of possible interest consistent with the information pathologies threat, not my views but worthy of reflection. Misinformation and Its Correction: Continued Influence and Successful Debiasing A successful democracy requires well-informed citizens, but what if the information at their disposal is not accurate?  Examples of misinformation are widespread and range from inflated advertising claims and political …

Stuart Umpleby: Europeans Rocketing Past Americans in Cybernetics

Americans are not inclined to create general theories.  Europeans are. 2009 CONVERGERS AND DIVERGERS: A Dimension of Cultural Difference between the United States and Europe In 1988 the US was the leader in cybernetics.  Now we are tied for third with the Middle East, behind China and Europe. 2008 HOW RESEARCH IN CYBERNETICS IS MOVING …

Stuart Umpleby: Limitations of Hand-Held Dashboards + Cyber-Brain RECAP

Before Fruit Ninja, Cybernetics By WILL WILES New York Times, November 29, 2012 EXTRACT (Conclusion) The No. 10 Dashboard taps into the same desire to master available information — a desire that has only grown as the amount of information in circulation has increased. Where Cybersyn needed dedicated national infrastructure and rooms full of equipment, …

Stuart Umpleby A Constructivist University: Farewell to the Paukmaschine*

Attached is an abstract for a talk given today in Vienna, Austria, for the Heinz von Foerster Society.  This Society, which has become a leading center for cybernetics research in Europe, celebrates the work of Heinz von Foester, who was born in Vienna and taught for many years at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  …

Stuart Umpleby: Second Order Science

Here is my recent lecture on Second Order Science. It was given in January at a dinner meeting for Cafe Scientifique.  The location was a restaurant on the ground floor of the NSF building. There are implications for how dissertations are done. See Also: Event: 15 Mar GWU DC Open Source Everything, Coping with Complexity …

Stuart Umpleby: Papers on Reflexivity, Soros Reviews

2010 “From Complexity to Reflexivity: The Next Step in the Systems Sciences” 2009 with Emil Nedev, “A Reflexive view of a Transdisciplinary Field: The Case of Cybernetics” 2007 “Reflexivity in Social Systems: The Theories of George Soros” 1990 “A Preliminary Inventory of Theories Available to Guide the Reform of Socialist Societies” Many Other Papers See …

Who’s Who in Earth Intelligence: Stuart Umpleby

Stuart Anspach Umpleby (born March 5, 1944) is an American cybernetician and a professor in the Department of Management and Director of the Research Program in Social and Organizational Learning in the School of Business at the George Washington University. He is a past president of the American Society for Cybernetics (ASC). In 2007 Stuart …