The Donella Meadows Project

Project is to preserve Donella (Dana) H. Meadows’s legacy as an inspiring leader, scholar, writer, and teacher; to manage the intellectual property rights related to Dana’s published work; to provide and maintain a comprehensive and easily accessible archive of her work online, including articles, columns, and letters; to develop new resources and programs that apply her ideas to current issues and make them available to an ever-larger network of students, practitioners, and leaders in social change.


In a world filled with ever-more-complex technological, sociological, ecological, political & economic systems… a tool to make interactive simulations may not be that much help. But it can certainly try.

It’s the ancient, time-honored way of learning: messing around and seeing what happens. Play with simulations to ask “what if” questions, and get an intuition for how the system works!


Deming en cybernetica

Naar aanleiding van de presentatie over het systeem van Deming bij de december bijeenkomst van de vereniging van Systeem Denkers, zocht ik naar een link tussen Deming en cybernetica. Die blijkt er te zijn!

Want Deming zelf is geïnspireerd geraakt door Statistical Method from the Viewpoint of Quality Control van Walter Shewhart, dat ook als editor Deming zelf heeft. Het boek zelf stamt uit 1939 en was er dus eerder dan de cybernetica. 

Hier is een interessant artikel dat de overeenkomsten tussen beide systemen beschrijft: The Cybernetic View of Quality Control.

Decision and Control – Stafford Beer

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor stafford beer decision and control

Decision and Control is Stafford Beer’s tweede boek. Hij schreef dit boek nog voordat hij het Viable System Model (VSM) had ontwikkeld. Het interessante aan dit boek is juist dat het VSM model nog ontbreekt. Decision and Control gaat dus veel dieper in hoe je een organisatie modelleert, los van het VSM.

Dit is de inhoudsopgave:

1 An Initial Posture
2 On Fixing Belief
3 Some Dangerous Precedents
4 The Wedged Bear
5 The New Look

6 About Models
7 Models in Aspic
8 The Formal Languages
9 A Walk in the Ramified System
10 Apollo’s Gift

11 About Systems
12 Coping with Complexity

Hier is een PDF van Decision and Control. 


SCiO is a community of systems practitioners who believe that traditional approaches to running organisations are responsible for many of the problems we see today. We believe that systemic approaches to designing and running organisations offer radically new and better alternatives.

SCiO has three main objectives:

  • Developing practice in applying systems ideas to a range of organisational issues
  • Disseminating the use of systems approaches in dealing with organisational issues
  • Supporting practitioners in their professional practice 

Many systems practitioners can feel isolated in their organisations. SCiO provides a way to talk to and get support from a wide range of like minded people and see how they are addressing similar challenges.
SCiO is a charity and social enterprise – SCiO started in the UK, but there are now groups based in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.

Designing Freedom

Distinguished cyberneticist Stafford Beer states the case for a new science of systems theory and cybernetics. His essays examine such issues as “The Real Threat to All We Hold Most Dear,” “The Discarded Tools of Modern Man,” “A Liberty Machine in Prototype,” “Science in the Service of Man,” “The Future That Can Be Demanded Now,” “The Free Man in a Cybernetic World.” Designing Freedom ponders the possibilities of liberty in a cybernetic world.

De serie lezingen is te beluisteren via de website van CBC
Het boek is online te lezen via
Te bestellen, bijvoorbeeld via