LIGHTNING RELEASES: Mukilteo, WA (5/30/2014)– In the 21st century, our society faces critical problems regarding its sustainability. Population growth and aging, shortage of clean water, diminishing energy sources, corruption on rise, failing institutes, failing states, increasing gap between rich and poor, and environmental issues are critical factors related to various societal systems, which are essential for sustainability. All these factors are driving an increased need for a more broad knowledge-based integrative solution; the solution should address these global challenges which are highly complex due to their interdependent, transnational, and trans-institutional nature.
In order to develop solutions for these great challenges and societal problems, we need a framework and models that are as complex as reality, a holistic approach that integrates any variable that affects a societal system in use to help engineer a more sustainable society.
The World Organization of Societal Systems Engineers (WOSSE) claims to have developed such a framework that integrates various models for sustainable societal systems development. Dr. Dieter Feldmann and his partner Naseer A. Choudhry, both from WOSSE, have developed the methodology of Societal Systems Engineering to address the problems of societal and business sustainability in today’s era of dynamic globalization.
WOSSE’s model can be applied to solve societal systems problems, including sustainability, addressing socio-economic, socio-ecological, socio-technological and socio-cultural aspects, all critical for a sustainable society in the age of global commonwealth. In the past, starting from Industrial Age specifically, on one side engineers and scientists have gone to great lengths to ignore the societal system soft parameters, the variables you can’t quantify or account for, and on the other hand, social scientists, and economists have not paid attention to technology-based solutions and their impact on sustainability. For the 21st century these two different solution domains must be integrated with new skill sets of Societal Systems Engineering based on Societal Systems Thinking.
“All these elements which affect business as well as societal sustainability are constantly in flux, that’s why we call it the dynamics of globalization,” says Dr. Feldmann. “The mistake many people make is they wish to be stable, not dynamic, because dynamics are too difficult to digest and predict.”
The most important thing, says Dr. Feldmann, are that all these elements are mathematically and conceptually interdependent. If we set up a power station, we have to look at a horizon of 30-50 years. WOSSE’s model offers businesses a tool with which to assess long-term risks and solve societal systems problems
“We have only just begun to apply Societal Systems Engineering to long-term investment risk analysis,” says Dr. Feldmann “If you have a customer that wants to look ahead long term with risk management, our model gives you a guideline for strategic decisions. It gives you a clearer picture. This applies to the supply chain, the logistics and even the people who use it.”
Close-Up Talk Radio will feature Dr. Dieter Feldmann in an interview with Jim Masters on June 3rd at 11am EST.
Listen to the show www.blogtalkradio.com/closeuptalkradio If you have a question for our guest, call (347) 996-3389.
For more information on World Organization of Societal Systems Engineers, visit www.wosse.org