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December 12, 2005

Participation and Development: The Mexico of the Future

Mexico City 2006: Celebrating Russell L. Ackoff’s 87th Anniversary, February 14 – 15, 2006Russcart

Russ Ackoff has a long history of collaboration with Mexican scholars and professionals since the early 60’s. His planning methodology has been put into practice in several instances along a variety of institutions and corporations. All of the projects he has been involved in are unmistakably geared towards development with emphasis in stakeholder participation. His books in systems thinking, organizational design, development and other topics are widely used in Mexican universities. Many Mexican students as well as professionals have benefited from his thought by directly interacting with him as graduate students, in seminars, consulting or through personal communication.

The National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) through the Institutes of Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), Engineering (II) and The School of Engineering (FI) is proud to invite you to this Symposium honoring Dr. Ackoff, focused on participation, development and the Mexico of the future.


Guest speakers. In addition to Dr. Ackoff , Dr.  John P. van Gigch and Dr. Paul Kleindorfer.

Mexican speakers. University authorities, Government officials and ex-officials, professionals, alumni of Russell Ackoff.

Organizing Committee

Jaime Jiménez, Institute of Applied Mathematics and Systems (IIMAS), National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), jjimen@servidor.unam.mx. Tel. (52 55) 5622 3597, mobile 044 55 2174 6929

Raúl Carvajal, The United States – Mexico Foundation for Science (FUMEC), Mexico. carvajal@fumec.org.mx . Tel. (52 55) 5524 5150, mobile 044 55 1800 0224

Symposium Venue

Auditorium of IIMAS, School Circuit, University City, UNAM, Mexico City.


Hotel Paraíso Radisson, Cúspide 53. Colonia Parque del Pedregal, cp 14020. Delegación Tlalpan. Tel. (52 55) 5606 4211. At 10-minute drive from University City. Please contact and inform Jaime Jiménez your intention to attend the Symposium. A two-week advance notice prior to the event entitles you to a special hotel fare of approx. 100 US dls, single or double room.

Program --1/feb/2006.



14-15 DE FEBRERO DE 2006


14 de febrero.

10:00 – 10:10 Bienvenida del Dr. Demetrio Fabián García Nocetti, Director del IIMAS.

10:10 – 10:20 Bienvenida del Dr. Sergio M. Alcocer Martínez de Castro, Director del Instituto de Ingeniería.

10:20 – 10:50 Palabras del M. en I. Gerardo Ferrando Bravo, Director de la Facultad de Ingeniería, sobre el impacto de Russell Ackoff en la planeación universitaria.

10:50 – 11:30 Raúl Carvajal. “Russell Ackoff: dos paradigmas y un poco más”.

11:30 – 12:00 Paul Kleindorfer. “A Net-centric Perspective on the Nature of the Firm”.

12:00 – 12:15 Café.

12:15 – 12:45 Bernardo Bátiz. "A más de 40 años: Qué ha significado la presencia de Russ Ackoff en México"

12:45 – 13:15 Jaime Jiménez. “El diseño idealizado del sistema de comunicaciones científico y tecnológico a 30 años de su formulación.”

13:15 – 13:45 Roger Díaz de Cossío. Los años 60: comentarios de Roger.

 Enrique Jiménez Espriú. Los años 70. Comentarios de Enrique.

14:00 – 15:00 Vino de honor.


17:30 – 19:00 Conversación con Russell Ackoff.

 Los asistentes tendrán la oportunidad de plantearle preguntas y hacerle comentarios a Russell Ackoff en una reunión informal.

15 de febrero.

10:00 – 10:30 John P. van Gigch. "Using the Ackoff--Churchman Inquiring System To Change Mistrust into Trust and Enmity Into Friendship."

10:30 – 10:40 Guillermo Soberón. “Ackoff en la UNAM: perspectiva desde la Rectoría”.

10:40 – 11:00 Fernando Solana. Comentarios de Fernando respecto a su relación con Ackoff.

11:00 – 11:30 Miguel Szekely. “El enfoque sistémico: creatividad en la diversidad”.

11:30 – 12:00 Russell Ackoff. Conferencia Magistral: “Qué es lo que pueden hacer los aquí presentes por el desarrollo de México?”.

12:00 – 12:15 Café.

12:15 –13:45 Mesa redonda: “México en el año 2020 a la luz de la Conferencia Magistral de Ackoff”.

Russell Ackoff, John P. van Gigch, Gerardo Ferrando, Bernardo Bátiz, Roger Díaz de Cossío, Enrique Jiménez Espriú, Fernando Solana, Miguel Szekely, Raúl Carvajal. Moderador: Jaime Jiménez.

13:45 – 14:00 Entrega de un diploma de reconocimiento a Russell Ackoff.

14:00 – 15:30 Almuerzo en los jardines del IIMAS.


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