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Designing Freedom

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"Stafford Beer is undoubtedly among the world s most provocative, creative, and profound thinkers on the subject of management, and he records his thinking with a flair that is unmatched. His writing is as much art as it is science. He is the most viable system I know." Dr Russell L Ackoff, The Institute for Interactive Management, Pennsylvania, USA. "If anyone can make it ...more
Paperback, 108 pages
Published February 14th 1995 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (first published January 1st 1974)
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Stafford Beer still is a great name in the systems thinking-world. Beer had the merit of introducing this approach in the world of management, for example through his “viable systems model”, which apparently still inspires people. But perhaps this book is not the ideal introduction to his thinking. It bundles 6 radio lectures he gave for Canadian Radio, in 1973: as such the texts are very volatile and painfully reveal how dated his thinking is (but that is hardly a reproach, we are now 40 years ...more
Beer’s Designing Freedom offers an interesting but wayward introduction to cybernetic (systems) thinking. In some respects the book looks quite dated. Contemporary readers may wonder why Beer makes such a fuzz of computers, still a relatively rare phenomenon in 1974 but more than ubiquitous in our world today. Also the author’s rather hectoring, messianic tone doesn’t fit the superficially genteel mood of our times. However, the book is still highly topical for readers today as it introduces a n ...more
Bricoleur  (David) Soul
I finally got my own copy of this book (which I've been looking for it since about 1990)...

I'd forgotten just how great it is.

I've been angered lately about the number of absolute falsehoods spread by ALL sides on both current election campaigns (USA and Canada) - sometimes on purpose, often because they simply "don't get it." This book covers some of the reason this is endemic in our societies and at least gives me some hope that someday the leaders of our systems of governance will discover th
Ed van der Winden
Gets better on rereading. I think because my understanding on cybernetics is still growing.
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