Corporate Seagulls, Smart Alecs, & Enterprise Antics in a Cybernetic Lens

Written by Angus Jenkinson · 2 min read >

February 23


08:50 pm - 08:50 pm

Event Category:

CybSights Insights Series

A live research conversation about cybernetics, biz and models (etc) between Hon Fellow Stephen J. Brewis and the Secretary, Angus Jenkinson

The Insights Series is an eclectic and learned collection of monthly events on the 4th Tuesday of each month. There will be lectures, seminars, conversations, debates, participation, all advancing our knowledge of cybernetics and its applications to real world needs.

It is the science of achievement, the great meta-discipline of our time.

Events are normally curated and hosted by the Secretary, Angus Jenkinson, FCybS. Get in touch of you ahve an idea. Attendance is free. Non-members are invited to make a donation or Join.

The Cybernetics Society has been hosting conversations and lectures since the late 1960s. We also have an Annual Conference. Videos are shared on our YouTube Channel.

Seagulls? Smart Alecs? What is this about?

Corporate Seagulls: wiki says: The seagull style of management may be indicative of a manager who is untrained, inexperienced or newly-appointed.

Smart Alecs: opinionated cyberneticians who think they know better. Maybe they do?

Inquiry: Both approaches may lack the praxis, the glue that joins the two together i.e. Theory without practice is useless, practice without theory is dangerous. And expertise that does not reach those who need it is wasted.

This is a conversation between Stephen Brewis HonFCybS and Angus Jenkinson FCybS with audience participation.

It will flow freely to and fro, questioning and probing, exploring and researching together around such vital questions as:

  1. How can cybernetic language become accessible and more powerful?
  2. How does cybernetics solve significant enterprise problems?
  3. What do companies need to work more effectively?
  4. How do we improve both the freedom of individuals and the performance of enterprises?

Stephen J Brewis

Stephen Brewis is an honorary fellow of the Society, a former chief scientist at BT whose cybernetic modelling made huge financial difference, improved quality, and enhanced the working life of people. He now runs his own consultancy as well as having academic fellowships.

Angus Jenkinson FCybS

Angus Jenkinson is the Secretary of the Society, a former Professor, tech entrepreneur, consultant, and business leader. He is researching a new theory of organisations, called propriopoiesis.

Stephen and Angus have regular collegiate research conversations and think that it could be an interesting stimulus to share. Together they have rethought certain ideas, found new language, and challenged each other to go deeper — join in!

Interspersed with audience discussion and Q & A

Cybernetics Society – a learned society to join?

Cybernetics offers a distinct “go” — techniques — to address local and global challenges of the 21st century.

The Cybernetics Society promotes and offers education and research opportunities in the rich field of cybernetics. It is a specially authorised learned society regulated by the FSA and established by a 1974 Act of Parliament. To join visit our membership system or pick the Join ticket. We give MCybS and FCybS postnomal awards.

Cybernetics and the Society seek understanding of the vast domain of active causation, internally controlled behaviour towards outcomes of value in living organisms, people, ecosystems, societies and firms, and non-living machines. We cultivate the principles and praxis required to design policies, interventions, and innovations for social and ecological weal.

Cybernetics plays into and strongly influences many scientific and practice fields including design, epistemology, ecology, biology, psychology and living behaviour, technology and engineering, social policy, and business practice. Many feature in the wonderfully aware and successful designers and thinkers of this series.

We are interested in people who are learners, advisers, researchers, academics, designers, leaders. Those involved in policy and practice — think tanks, central and local government, enterprises, foundations, academic and civil society institutions. These may range from Rowntree to RSA, Royal Society to the Royal Institute of British Architects, the local housing association to the UN. We place great importance on the value of cybernetics for better business. From startups to global giants, cybernetics offers powerful insight and tools for enterprise.

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