#NewMacy ACT I: Redefining Stability (RSD11)

Pille Bunnell, Carlos Castellanos, Damian Chapman, Kate Doyle, Xiao Zoe Fang, Mikal Giancola, Michael Lieber, TJ McLeish, Paul Pangaro, Eve Pinsker, Larry Richards, Eryk Salvaggio, Frederick Steier, Mark Sullivan, Claudia Westermann

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This introductory session provided a contextual framing for #NewMacy and the #NewMacy “Acts” at RSD11. We began with an overview of #NewMacy — its emergence in 2020, the principles for action that evolved, and our current activities. We then moved forward by looking back to an excerpt of the now infamous interview of Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead by Stewart Brand. By performing this historical piece, we invoked participants from the original Macy Meetings of the 1940s and 50s to establish our lineage with those also committed to a second-order cybernetic epistemology. Next, we explained our construction of ontogenetic resilience as a framework for approaching today’s wicked challenges and a framework for the #NewMacy activities at RSD11. Act I closed with a Batesonian metalogue that provided a conceptual foundation and instruction for the Act II Studios.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD11)
Subtitle of host publicationPossibilities and Practices of Systemic Design
EditorsCheryl May, Ben Sweeting, Paul Jones, Goran Matic
PublisherSystemic Design Association
Number of pages6
VolumeRSD11 | 2022
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2023
EventPossibilities and Practices of Systemic Design, 11th annual symposium of the System Design Association - University of Brighton, Brighton, United Kingdom
Duration: 13 Oct 202216 Oct 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
PublisherSystemic Design Association
ISSN (Electronic)2371-8404


ConferencePossibilities and Practices of Systemic Design, 11th annual symposium of the System Design Association
Abbreviated titleRSD11
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
Internet address


  • pandemics
  • second-order cybernetics
  • wicked challenges
  • systemic change
  • ontological security
  • conversation
  • ontogenetic resilience
  • recursive feedback


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