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January 28, 2014

Message from System Dynamics Society

18 books now available through the Society

Are you a book collector? Back in August, Jay Forrester, Bob Eberlein, and numerous Society officers and members convened to discuss how to keep the important publications previously sold by Pegasus Communications in circulation. We are very excited to announce the new home for these books is at the System Dynamics Society. These are some of the best teaching books in the field. The Society’s goal is to keep these books available – they are now on sale at here: http://www.systemdynamics.org/books-for-sale/.

We see this as a huge benefit to the field. To celebrate the launch of the sale of these books through the Society, we are auctioning off a rare first edition signed copy of your favorite author’s book, World Dynamics. It is a great book, but a signed first edition is even better. Have this unique book on your library shelf and help support the System Dynamics Society!

Please visit the Books For Sale site to see the list of the eighteen titles and to learn how to participate in the auction.

Best, Roberta

Roberta Spencer, Executive Director
System Dynamics Society
300 Milne Hall, 135 Western Avenue
Albany, NY 12222
[email protected]

Posted by ACASA on January 28, 2014 at 04:47 PM in Announcements | Permalink | Comments (0)

January 08, 2014

Thinking About the Future

By Russell L. Ackoff

This is the transcript of the talk given by late Russell Ackoff at the Tällberg (Sweden) Forum 2005:

"I am not the right person to have been assigned the topic, “Thinking about the Future.”  I am a presentologist, not a futurologist.

So much time is currently spent in worrying about the future that the present is allowed to go to hell.  Unless we correct some of the world’s current systemic deficiencies now, the future is condemned to be as disappointing as the present.

My preoccupation is with where we would ideally like to be right now.   Knowing this, we can act now so as constantly to reduce the gap between where we are and where we want to be.  Then, to a large extent, the future is created by what we do now.  Now is the only time in which we can act."

To download the transcript click on: Download Ackoff's Tallberg talk DOC copy 1

Posted by ACASA on January 8, 2014 at 02:21 PM in Classics | Permalink | Comments (0)