We enter proudly the 17th year of the existence of this Newsletter. But – please send more material ! It is YOUR Newsletter: Feel free to report on conferences, on events, on your projects.
But before doing this, enjoy your Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The Holiday Season–dedicated to Peace and Good will–and the approaching New Year offer an opportunity to reflect upon the contribution of the systems movement to the advancement of peace and good will among men. The founders of the systems movement defined as the overall goal the development and advancement of systems scholarship in the service of humanity. Systems scholarship and systems service are our obligations. Reflecting upon this two-pronged obligation many of us find that often–only too often– we retreat to the comfortable domain of scholarship saying that there is so much to do there and anyway, and we are not ready yet to engage in service. Let us reflect upon this and ask two questions: What is the value of systems scholarship without its use in systems service? and What is the value of systems service which is not grounded in systems scholarship? IFSR is dedicated to both systems scholarship and systems service. We suggest that our member organizations and IFSR as a whole take time the coming year to reflect upon the question of how can we use the insight gained from systems science for the betterment of the human condition? With these thoughts we wish you peaceful holidays and an enriching and satisfying new year.
Bela H. Banathy
Table of Contents
New Trends: Interaction in Robots, MANFRED BENEDER…2
- Conference Announcements …3
- News from the Book Market …4
- Journals: Systems Research and Behavioural Science Merge…4
- Internet News …5
- What is System(s) Engineering?…6
- News from the IFSR …7
- Calendar of Events …7