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- Towards an anarchist cybernetics: Stafford Beer, self-organisation and radical social movements
- Stafford Beer
- Cybernetics and Management
- Peirce and Beer
Towards an anarchist cybernetics: Stafford Beer, self-organisation and radical social movements
Beer was born in Putney , London in At age 17 he was expelled from Whitgift School and enrolled for a degree in philosophy at University College London. But in he left to join the army, first as Gunner in the Royal Artillery , but he soon received a commission first in the Royal Fusiliers , and then as a company commander in the 9th Gurkha Rifles. He saw service in India and stayed there until In , he was demobilised, having reached the rank of captain. He dropped the use of his first name "Anthony" when he was about twenty-one and persuaded his brother, Ian Beer, to sign a statement that he would not use the name Stafford which he also was given. In he joined United Steel and persuaded the management to found an operational research group, the Department of Operations Research and Cybernetics, which he headed.
In the early s, a number of anarchist writers showed an interest in cybernetics, in which they saw the tools for better articulating radical forms of self-organisation. Discussions on the connections between anarchism and cybernetics did not advance very far, however, and by the s the topic seems to have fallen off the anarchist radar. With an increase in interest in cybernetics over the last few years, this paper picks up where these debates left off and highlights some key points of contact between cybernetics and anarchism that have the potential to advance radical accounts of self-organisation. Based on a theoretical appraisal of the core texts and arguments in the debate around anarchism and cybernetics, the paper shows that the way in which hierarchy is formulated in cybernetic thought has a crucial impact on anarchist theory and practice and aids both academic approaches to social movements and, importantly, anarchist and radical left praxis. In addition, it provides a response to the critique of cybernetics in critical management studies that stands as a barrier to taking cybernetics seriously as a contribution to radical understandings of organisation.
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PDF | This paper uses Stafford Beer's Viable Systems Diagnosis (VSD) to suggest that the development of a model for actionable theory in.
Cybernetics and Management
This paper is written in memory of the late Stafford Beer. The paper engages with only one dimension of the whole man: Stafford Beer as the diagnostician and prognostician of the social conditions that he so keenly observed. The paper concludes with some brief personal recollections of Stafford Beer as a friend and as a teacher. The paper finds Stafford Beer's managerial cybernetics to be a useful tool in understanding many of the problems that have beset NHS information management strategies: lack of operational research, problems in the commodification of information, financial scandal, and bureaucracy.
He was extraordinarily sensitive to his surroundings, able to perceive and make sense of the minutest signals, beyond the perception of most people. He could sense moods and emotions and see deep into people even in the simplest exchanges. His wonderful holistic mind allowed him to make connections where most people would only see unrelated events.
Sociologists are usually seen as the principal developers of organisational theory and it is not always realised that some very convincing explanations of how organisations work and suggestions on how they might work better are to be found in the science of control systems — cybernetics. Cybernetics provides us with a general systems theory; that is a theory which can be applied to any kind of system where there are control functions.
Peirce and Beer
In a general sense, our work discusses the VSD theory base in the development of a model for actionable theory in organizations. We contend that the philosophical background underpinning these principles is important. We relate the Peirce methods to previously reported problem solving exercises involving the VSD ideology, which we will develop individually at a later date. This paper reflects our desire to express the interpretation of VSD theory in a language that the well-informed manager may readily translate into the third step of testing theory in practice. This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution. Please try refreshing the page.
Presents a personalized biographical note of reminiscences and reflections about Stafford Beer. Contains detailed references to his early days in cybernetics, his work at Sigma, a consultancy firm in science and general management, and the important phase in Beer's life in Chile. Looks at its aftermath and comments on his activities in recent years. Discusses Beer's contributions to science together with ethics and his sense of mission. Includes notes on the subject's approach to mysticism, poetry, and his artistic creativity. Lists some criticisms and a brief concluding summary. Andrew, A.
Ну и проблема! - засмеялся Хейл. - Думаю, коммандер мне его откроет. Разве не так, коммандер. - Ни в коем случае! - отрезал Стратмор. Хейл вскипел: - Послушайте меня, старина. Вы отпускаете меня и Сьюзан на вашем лифте, мы уезжаем, и через несколько часов я ее отпускаю. Стратмор понял, что ставки повышаются.
PDF | This paper explores the history of Stafford Beer's work in management cybernetics, from his early conception and simulation of an.
- Ее слова словно повисли в воздухе. Все-таки он опоздал. Плечи Беккера обмякли. - А на этот рейс были свободные места. - Сколько угодно, - улыбнулась женщина. - Самолет улетел почти пустой. Но завтра в восемь утра тоже есть… - Мне нужно узнать, улетела ли этим рейсом моя подруга.
Как это странно, подумал Стратмор, что насчет вируса Чатрукьян был прав с самого начала. Его падение пронзило Стратмора холодным ужасом - отчаянный крик и потом тишина. Но более страшным стало то, что он увидел в следующее мгновение. Скрытые тенью, на него смотрели глаза Грега Хейла, глаза, полные ужаса. Тогда Стратмор понял, что Грег Хейл должен умереть.
Она все еще не могла свыкнуться с мыслью о шифре, не поддающемся взлому. И взмолилась о том, чтобы они сумели вовремя найти Северную Дакоту. - Поторопись, - крикнул ей вдогонку Стратмор, - и ты еще успеешь к ночи попасть в Смоки-Маунтинс. От неожиданности Сьюзан застыла на месте.
- Сегодня здесь все идет кувырком. В чем. - Пусти меня, - сказала Сьюзан, стараясь говорить как можно спокойнее. Внезапно ее охватило ощущение опасности.