"Mind the Gap!" - Modelling for what isn't

Patrick Hoverstadt
21 January 2008

Mostly we tend to think about what "is", or what we think we think should be. This carries over into both problem solving and to analysing and designing organisations. Many modelling approaches have this bias towards modelling what is and I'd argue that this is true of both SSM and most approaches to VSM.

In some other traditions of looking at the world, there is a deep vein of thinking focusing instead on what is not and seeing this as being equally important. This session takes this apparently esoteric approach and argues that it is practical, extremely important and relevant to our work with systems.