El sistemista australiano Ockie J. H. BOSCH (B.Sc. M.Sc D.Sc.), es experto en Ecología Cuantitativa y Administración Vegetal.
Es vicepresidente de
IASCYS & Social Responsibility
In our own work to establish Learning Laboratories for managing complex issues on a global scale, it has become very clear that “there are always humans behind the decisions and their actions. Thus, “social responsibility is a part of responsibility as a general concept”.
Recent years have seen a growing recognition of and attention to developing human capacity as a key leverage for sustainable economic, social, and ecological development. However, recent literature on the success of external actors and agencies in implementing effective change in (especially) developing countries shows poor outcomes across the board (Umaña 2002; Land et al. 2009; Thomas and Amadei 2010). Fresh and radically different approaches to interventions and capacity building, based on Systems approaches and complexity management, are emerging as promising breakthrough outcomes. The world-wide establishment of Learning Laboratories for dealing with complex issues (as part of the UNESCO/MAB Global LLab NET) is a demonstration case for these approaches (Work of me and my team in Integrative Systems at the
“Instead of pushing corporations to be socially responsible to "save the planet", you can argue that empowering human and community development (which, by definition, embodies social responsibility) is actually good for the long-term bottom line”. Thus, education/capacity building to educate future generations of citizens (local, national and global citizens) to manage information and make socially responsible decisions is of very high priority. We have found that capacity building in systems approaches for decision makers and managers help to ensure their involvement in the establishment and maintenance of Learning Laboratories for Managing Complex Issues. As Matjaz has said “People involved in the IRDO institute for development of social responsibility do not like the limitation to 'corporate', because all organizations are decisive tools for the humankind's fate”. Social responsibility goes far wider than the business world, and includes all managers and decision makers from all walks of life (environmental, sustainability, poverty alleviation, agriculture, health systems, governance, etc.).
I agree with
In relation to the call for “a team to work on the challenges and opportunities of global education, with particular reference to online modalities”: I would be most happy to collaborate and provide inputs towards building up such a team. As Vice President of the ISSS with the portfolio Systems education and Coimmunication, I am currently working with various people in developing a growing Systems Education Network of systems educators in University schools/departments and individuals in order to
- create an active group of systems scientists from around the world that could collaborate in activities such as the development of teaching material, sharing of knowledge and tools, addressing the different needs for systems education and overcoming the challenges of maintaining a Systems Education Network.
- create and nurture educational systems that serve human needs while also protecting our resources (intellectual, aesthetic, moral, cultural and natural resources) for future generations
I am happy to extend this network to include/integrate the concept of social responsibility into the mission of this network. If I have the support of the IASCYS members, I can initiate this “marriage” of ideas at the next ISSS conference in July. I need your advice on this matter and also how to make a marriage that will actually not end in a divorce!
These were just a few thoughts from my side. I am also enthusiastic about a workshop and the possibility to contribute towards a book as suggested by Matjaz and Pierre. I do believe that one of the best ways to think about this book, is to develop it as a text book that could be used by various fields in Universities, but also for capacity building courses in the workplace. Social responsibility is talked about a lot within our own University – while training in systems approaches remains to be regarded as a technical subject suitable for engineers, scientists, quantitative ecologists and mathematicians and hence beyond the reach of other disciplines. This is changing slowly through me getting more grey hair, but having an alternative way to bring systems into curricula through the concept of social responsibility seems like an excellent opportunity.
The future growth of systems and social responsibility education will depend on how well systems educators around the world are able to relate systems thinking to topical issues and complex challenges that managers and decision-makers are facing today.
Maybe, by focusing on social responsibility, which has to be linked to systems (the “technical subject suitable for engineers”), we as systems scientists can “infiltrate” the educational world without anyone realizing that we have done so! – and in that way make a very useful contribution to society