Open Meeting and AGM - Spring 2017

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Event date: 
Monday, April 24, 2017
09:30 - 17:00 (09:30 is an introduction to the viable system model. Whole day starts at 10:00)
Open Meeting
Room 1.035, Dover Street Building, Manchester Business School, Manchester, M13 9PL
(All Welcome)
Event Details: 

An open meeting where a series of presentations of general interest regarding systems practice will be given - this will include 'craft' and active sessions, as well as introductions to theory.

Please note that the AGM will follow on from the open day (for members)


Session: Michael Walker - From Maidstone to Vilnius: A practitioner’s journey into theory with the VSM

Mike is a currently a consultant supporting ‘transformational’ projects in UK local government.  His previous career has included roles in the Civil Service, Higher Education and a range of Local Authorities, including as Head of Performance & Risk at Swindon Council and Senior Business Change Manager at Trafford Council.  Mike has also followed the well-trodden path of the Open University STiP course, due to complete the MSc this April.

Mike will be speaking about various transformations in local government which he believed closely aligned with the VSM, and which formed the basis of his paper, ‘The Search for Viability: A practitioner’s view of how the Viable Systems Model is helping transform English local government (and how it has passed unrecognised)’, which Mike presented in August 2016 to a symposium in Vilnius, and which is due to be published in Systems Research and Behavioural Science

As well as exploring these examples of transformation, and also why the model might still not be viewed positively in local government, Mike would like to consider with the group his personal journey from working in a Kent council to presenting at a conference in Lithuania, and how we might look again at the age-old tension between theory and practice.


Session: Arthur Battram - Title to be confirmed
Session: Natalie Marguet - title to be confirmed

Session: Sam Williams - title to be confirmed

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Pauline Roberts
Pauline Roberts