INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference 2017 – Systems Literacy

Workshop: Creating a Systems Literate World
Saturday 14th October 2017
INCOSE Great Lakes Regional Conference – Twin Cities
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This one day event is an invitation to participate in the developing systems literacy initiative to create a systems literate world.  You can learn more about systems literacy and help build on  the work completed so far to develop Systems Literacy. A special emphasis of this one day event is application for systems engineers and system engineering projects, with a case study approach focused on natural catastrophes.

The day will begin with a review of the ocean science, earth science, atmospheric science and energy literacy work completed by the workshop organizers since 2004.  The evolution to systems literacy over the past two years will be reviewed. The three workshops held at the 2015 and 2016 INCOSE IW’s and the 2016 INCOSE IS will be summarized.  Also to be presented will be a summary of the Systems Literacy Report Cover” target=”_blank”>International Federation for Systems Research 2016 week long “Conversation” conducted in Linz, Austria, as well as work completed at the 2016 and2017 International Society for the Systems Sciences Annual conferences

A review of the broad field of systems will review the work of  of Charles Francois who produced the International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics in 1997. We will  review the work of Dr. Eric Shwarz who mapped “Some Streams of Systemic Thought”.  He color-coded twelve streams of historic development: general systems, cybernetics, physical sciences, mathematics, computers and infomatics, biology and medicine, symbolic systems, social systems, ecology, philosophy, systems analysis, and engineering. The large map demonstrates the density and complexity of the systems field and can be seen at

Preliminary Agenda
1. Review project to date
2. Attendee expectations and interests
3. Present ocean, earth, atmosphere and energy literacy projects as models
4. Present, review and discuss USA Next Generation Science Standards, especially cross cutting concepts.
5. Map relevant systems stakeholders and literacy principles
6. Case Study discussion
7. Relevant themes and vectors for systems engineers
8. Contributions to overall vision for systems literacy
9. Specific action steps possible
10. Review and reflect.

More details about this program will be posted here over the next few weeks.

Last edited Sep 7, 2017