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Steier: Confluencing reciprocity, reflexivity and flexibility in systemic design

Format: Keynotes & Talks, RSD13, RSD13 Programme, RSD13 Speakers, Topic: Culture & Society, Topic: Health & Well-being

Frederick Steier

A tripartite of RSD13-ONLINE talks builds from each part, using reciprocity, reflexivity, and flexibility as a shared point of reference. Pille Bunnell, Frederick Steier, and Ben Sweeting articulate the metaphor of rivers coming together in conversations from their verdensanskuelse [weltanschauung/worldview]. The key ideas in the confluence are reciprocity, reflexivity, and flexibility in systemic design.

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Frederick Steier is currently on the faculty of the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida, where he previously served as Director of Interdisciplinary Studies Programs. He is also a Scientist in Residence at the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) in Tampa, Florida. A past president of the American Society of Cybernetics (ASC), he has also served on the Board of the ASC. He is also on the Editorial Board of the journal Cybernetics and Human Knowing and has recently been named to the Advisory Board of the International Bateson Institute. His research focuses on systemic approaches to the understanding of, and transformation of, social systems of diverse kinds, with special attention to issues of communication and design, learning, and quality of life. He has also focused on participatory methodologies, including action research and the use of World Café processes for collaborative learning in and design of social systems. His publications include the edited volume Gregory Bateson: Essays for an ecology of ideas (2005), in celebration of the Gregory Bateson centennial, and the edited volume Research and Reflexivity (1991),

Dr Steier received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Social Systems Sciences, in 1983. In 1985, he had the honour of being named King Olav V Fellow by the American-Scandinavian Foundation. This fellowship created an opportunity to do research and teach at the University of Oslo and also allowed for the establishment of collaborative relationships with researchers at the Work Research Institutes in Oslo and the University of Oslo. Prior to coming to the University of South Florida, Dr. Steier held appointments in a variety of academic and research settings. These have included the Philadelphia Child Guidance Clinic, where he served as a program Research Director, the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Oslo, and Old Dominion University (where he also served as Director of the Center for Cybernetic Studies in Complex Systems).

Dr Steier has directed or been involved in cybernetics and systems research programs in a wide variety of settings, ranging from government institutions, including NASA, to family therapy based organizations to science centres, such as the Museum of Science and Industry (Tampa), where he has led programs exploring the relationship between informal learning institutions and communities.

Pille Bunnell
Frederick Steier
Ben Sweeting




Citation Data

Author(s): Frederick Steier
Year: 2024
Title: Steier: Confluencing reciprocity, reflexivity and flexibility in systemic design
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD13
Article No.: pre-release
Host: Oslo School of Architecture and Design
Location: Oslo, Norway
Symposium Dates: October 12–26, 2024
First published: 12 July 2024
Last update: no update
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404