Moscardini on Metaphorum

viable syntegration

Last updated 2nd March 2004

Denis Adams Rosemary Bechler, Harry Beer, Jenna Bishop, Steve Brewis, John Clarke, Wayne Conrad, Chris Cullen, Angela Espinosa, Nick Green, Roger Harnden, Brian Hilton, Patrick Hoverstadt, Mike Jackson, Allenna Leonard, Alfredo Moscardini, Annamaria Moscardini, Ian Perry, Ern Reynolds, Andrey Sergeyev, Leonie Solomons, Rod Thomas, Joe Truss, Stefan Wasilevski.


Prof Alfredo Moscardini writes:


Metaphorum is a society that provides a structure that enables its members to associate and work together to further their interest in sharing and developing their work and ideas. Metaphorum’s areas of interest include but are not limited to: the theory and practice of systems and managerial cybernetics, and specifically preserving and developing the work of Stafford Beer. The purposes of the organisation will be determined by its membership and may change over time. Members will form sub-groups within metaphorum to address issues and projects that are of interest to them. Metaphorum is an open society, people wishing to join must apply to the Secretary for membership, pay the annual subscription and agree to abide by the constitution.


Metaphorum will have three officers elected by the membership: Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. These officers will be signatories to the bank account. First tenures will be voluntary and thereafter, annually in July, there will be an election, by nomination and electronic ballot. There will be a council made up of the officers and a representative of each sub-group developing main Metaphorum tasks. The council will act as an executive body and will be responsible to the membership for the efficient running of Metaphorum. The council will discuss and recommend policy to be referred to the membership for ratification.

& in VSM speak….

The primary activities are teams that will form and dissolve through time. They will be formed by members to pursue particular interests and will be run by and for the subgroup. Some were suggested at our inaugural meeting at Scarborough in 2003. Some of them have one way or another carrying conversations and meetings to progress in agreed purposes or tasks. We may call them:

  1. Syntegration: Six degrees of freedom replication of Syntegration in the web.
  2. S. Beer Tools Repository.
  3. Management Disease: Identification and classification of management disease
  4. Unpublished work: Publishing unpublished work from S. Beer
  5. Artefacts: inventory of materials and artefacts
  6. Connections to other approaches: S. Beer connection to cybernetic founders and other approaches
  7. Algedonics Signals Group: Alerting and pain in management.
  8. Video-documentary: Documentary team’s support.
  9. Conflict Resolution and Pacification
  10. VSM and TS: The Via-systant prototype
  11. Governance and Politics’ group.