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Date/Time Organisation & Location Description
25/06/2018 -

18:30 for 19:00 start to 20:30
Bristol Local Group

Atkins, The Hub 500 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol BS32 4RZ
The Viable System Model & Moral Modality Framework– How Organisations Really Work

The Viable System Model (VSM), created by Stafford Beer over 40 years ago, has become one of the best known and widely used cybernetic and systems thinking approaches.  It is a powerful tool for the practical process of diagnosing problems in organisations, and helping to improve their functioning. 


Trevor Hilder, our speaker, is a long time Systems Thinker and VSM practitioner and has worked in, owned and managed businesses in the field of ICT since 1974.  He has applied the VSM in a wide variety of roles; ranging from training programmers, systems programming, creating one of the first database products to run on PCs, writing manufacturing systems, to building an Enterprise Resource Planning system for a convenience store chain.


Trevor had the good fortune of knowing Stafford Beer well, and was given the great complement of being told he is among the finest communicators of the concepts that underpin the model; including Ashby’s Law of Requisite Variety.


Building on and going beyond the VSM, Trevor has developed his own approach to understanding organisational and individual behaviours and relationships he has called the Moral Modality Framework.   This talk is an opportunity to learn about this powerful new approach as well as the VSM and to gain practical insights into their application.


Title Author Doc Type Doc Date File Type View
The Viable System Model & Moral Modality Framework– How Organisations Really Work  Tim James  Flyer  20/06/2018  pdf.   Open 
How Organisations Really Work - VSM and MMF  Trevor Hilder  Presentation  24/06/2018  PDF   Open