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February 10, 2009

Russell Ackoff's 90th Birthday!

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Systems Grand Master:

Greetings from Caracas, Venezuela

Posted by: Leopoldo Blanco at Jun 13, 2009 12:40:12 PM

It was my distinct pleasure and honor to work with Russ in a quality initiative he directed with the Texas Rehabilitation Commission in the early 1990's. The effort lasted three years and numerous consulting days were shared with our upper management. Then it was my pleasure to serve as Gov. Ann Richard's "escort" for Russ's for his keynote presentation at her first Quality in Education conference in Houston, Texas.

The sharing of knowledge with us during these events on system processes, quality pursuits and critical thinking made a lasting impression on me as a manager and as a person.

I have carried those principles learned from Russ forward in my own consulting practice (www.synergysolutions-tx.com) started in 1994. His principles and processes have served me well and have been shared with many others.

I look forward to sharing a celebration of the 100th.

John

Posted by: John A. Fenoglio at May 5, 2009 3:45:27 PM

I was exposed to Systems Thinking and Russ Ackoff's writings and ideas as part of my graduate education in Community and Environment Health Management at at Old Dominion University.

Gaining a systems awareness has led to my interest in good governance and my eventual involvement in politics. Very quickly, I learned that the current political process in government leads to more problems than solutions. After a short stint in the Republican party at a local committee level, I decided to opt out and work towards finding a better way.

I am reading "Redesigning Society". I am curious if there is a group of other "Systems Thinkers" out there who have a desire to actualize a new approach to government for our country. If not a group, is there any individuals working toward a restructuring of legislative representation?

The current economic upheaval and massive amount of poorly contemplated and quickly passed government intervention seems to be more damaging to liberty than helpful. Now, perhaps more than any other moment in U.S. History, the time has arrived to try and update the problematic structural problems in acheiving proper representation in government. I hate to label myself, but so that people get an idea of my political persuasion, I am in all likelihood, an emerging Libertarian.

Can you please spread my interest in this area to other Systems Thinkers who share a desire to fix government? I am not interested in there political persuasion, as my as I am interested in their true desire to redesign government so as to ensure Liberty in America for generations to come.

I can be reached at [email protected]. Thanks so much.

Posted by: Robert E. Lehman at Mar 8, 2009 8:57:38 AM

Happy Birthday and many more to come!

Posted by: Harold Nelson at Feb 11, 2009 8:22:39 PM

Happy Birthday Russ! :)

Posted by: Paul at Feb 10, 2009 5:42:01 PM

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