Russell Ackoff: systems thinking and brain surgery

I stumbled upon this really cool post on Jason’s Montague blog, talking about systems thinking – a fascinating subject that I’m really into lately. On his post, Jason talks about Russell Ackoff, and Ackoff’s approach to systems thinking. I’ve been familiarized with Russell’s work for a while, and  I have three videos that I’d like to share about his work. They’re part of one lecture Russell gave a while ago, and while the audio quality is miserable, I found a transcribed version of the whole thing online, so it’s easier to follow (thanks for the unknown soul who took the time do to it). So, here we go:

Part 1:

Transcription of part 1

Part 2:

Transcription of part 2

Part 3:

Transcription of part 3

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