Un Carnevale diVerscio dal solito

Il progetto Riportiamo Bacco al Carnevale di Verscio è un’iniziativa per un carnevale diverso dal solito da supportare e a cui partecipare.

Segue l’invito dell’artista Mahdi El Ghomri a diventare parte dell’opera!

124 anni dopo il carnevale di Verscio del 1900, il 18 Febbraio 2024 nella stessa piazza ricreiamo il corteo e la stessa inquadratura come da foto (questa volta però non solo maschi 👀) Poi scendiamo tutti insieme portando l’idolo nei vigneti di Agarta a continuare i festeggiamenti con musica e buon vino. Mi spiego: Nel Museo etnografico delle Centovalli e Pedemonte si può vedere la testimonianza di un carnevale a Verscio datato 1900. Nella foto il corteo di cittadini in abiti da festa segue un carro con sopra una rappresentazione di Bacco. Agli abitanti delle Terre di Pedemonte di uno due secoli fa era quindi chiaro il legame del carnevale con la tradizione pagana pre-cristiana, si può ipotizzare quasi un onda romantica – post illuminista. Bacco (o Dioniso per i greci) è un Dio ibrido dalla multiforme natura maschile e femminile, animalesca e divina, tragica e comica. Incarna nella sua ebbrezza l’istinto primordiale presente in ogni essere vivente; istinto che permane nell’uomo “civilizzato” e non espresso correttamente può sfociare in violenza. E proprio per quest’ultimo motivo la questione diventa rilevante per la nostra società. La cultura della violenza, la demonizzazione della follia e la paura del caos sono così fortemente radicate dentro ognun* di noi. Per questo quell* di noi che hanno il privilegio di vivere in un tempo storico di pace, non possono ignorare l’urgenza di riprogettare la propria vita e la propria comunità includendo la libido ed il piacere tra i valori fondamentali regolatori. Senza questa base non si può imparare il rispetto. Perché celebrare il piacere dell’ebrezza vuol dire celebrare una parte fondamentale di noi stess*. Vuol dire imparare ad avere rispetto. E pensate che questa è solo una delle innumerevoli sfumature dell’archetipo del dio loco.

Il progetto è interamente creato in collaborazione con Jelena Sucic e il CSRP Institute grazie all’amorevole ospitalità dell’azienda agricola bio Agarta di Cavigliano e grazie anche all’aiuto di chiunque voglia partecipare 👇 perchè grazie all’indispensabile contributo del CSRP si sta facendo una campagna di crowdfunding – per cui se vuoi aiutare a realizzare questo sogno questo è il link https://www.lokalhelden.ch/it/bacco-a… C’è del buonissimo vino della fattoria Agarta in palio per chi ci sostiene. La stessa fattoria dove si svolgerà l’afer party del Carnevale per intenderci Canton Ticino”

Si trova anche in formato Reel su Instagram 😉

The Let’s bring Bacchus back to the Verscio Carnival project is an initiative for a different-than-usual carnival to support and participate in.

It follows the invitation of the artist Mahdi El Ghomri to become part of the artwork!

124 years after the Verscio carnival of 1900, on Feb. 18, 2024 in the same square we recreate the procession and the same framing as in the photo (this time, however, not only males 👀) Then we all go down together taking the idol to the vineyards of Agarta to continue the festivities with music and good wine. Let me explain: In the Ethnographic Museum of the Centovalli and Pedemonte you can see evidence of a carnival in Verscio dated 1900. In the photo, the procession of citizens in festive dress follows a float with a representation of Bacchus on it. To the inhabitants of the Terre di Pedemonte one two centuries ago, the carnival’s connection to the pre-Christian pagan tradition was thus clear, one can almost assume a romantic-post-Enlightenment wave. Bacchus (or Dionysus for the Greeks) is a hybrid god with a multifaceted nature-masculine and feminine, animalistic and divine, tragic and comic. He embodies in his intoxication the primordial instinct present in every living being; an instinct that lingers in “civilized” man and not properly expressed can result in violence. And for this very last reason, the issue becomes relevant to our society. The culture of violence, the demonization of madness and the fear of chaos are so strongly rooted within each* of us. Therefore, those* of us who are privileged to live in a historical time of peace cannot ignore the urgency of redesigning our lives and communities by including libido and pleasure among the regulating core values. Without this foundation, respect cannot be learned. Because celebrating the pleasure of drunkenness means celebrating a fundamental part of ourselves*. It means learning to have respect. And just think that this is just one of the countless shades of the archetypal loco god.

The project is entirely created in collaboration with Jelena Sucic and the CSRP Institute thanks to the loving hospitality of the Agarta organic farm in Cavigliano and also thanks to the help of anyone who wants to participate 👇 because thanks to the indispensable contribution of the CSRP a crowdfunding campaign is being done – so if you want to help make this dream come true this is the link https://www.lokalhelden.ch/it/bacco-a… There is some great wine from Agarta Farm up for grabs for those who support us. The same farm where the Carnival afer party will be held to mean Canton Ticino.”

It can also be found in Reel format on Instagram 😉

Reframing Systems Thinking for Systems Changes: Sciencing and Philosophizing from Pragmatism towards Processes as Rhythms | JISSS

David Ing and Gary S. Metcalf, “Reframing Systems Thinking for Systems Changes: Sciencing and Philosophizing from Pragmatism towards Processes as Rhythms.” Journal of the International Society for the Systems Sciences 67: 4154. https://journals.isss.org/index.php/jisss/article/view/4154.


Systems thinking rose in 20th century industrial society largely from post-WWII research. Psychologists Eric L. Trist and Fred E. Emery were early in human relations, later turning towards sociology. Philosophers C. West Churchman and Russell L. Ackoff were cofounders of Operations Research, applying pragmatism to problem-solving of complex issues. The texture of Socio-Technical Systems (STS) and Socio-Ecological Systems (SES) perspectives interweaves with management science and inquiring systems.

In the 21st century, the Service Economy and Ecological Anthropocene followed advancement of the Internet and globalization through the 1990s. Resurfacing Trist-Emery and Churchman-Ackoff for a new generation not only revisits their sciencing, but also philosophizing.

Trist-Emery Socio-Psychological Systems (SPS) and STS perspectives extended the structuralist psychology of Gestalt, through Andras Angyal and Kurt Lewin. The SES perspective built on the pragmatist metaphilosophy of Stephen C. Pepper. Sciencing by Churchman-Ackoff encouraged Operations Research beyond mathematics towards collaborative decision-making. Postwar applied philosophizing built on the experimentalism of Edgar A. Singer Jr. This lineage traces from the Metaphysical Club circa 1890, through the 1980s.

Philosophizing in the 21st century provides new lenses for the systems sciences. Through ecological anthropology, Tim Ingold depicts the lives of lines, and texture in weaving. Through Classical Chinese Medicine, Keekok Lee distinguishes yin qi and yang qi. In post-colonial constructionist program of Rethinking Systems Thinking, principal concepts of (i) rhythm, (ii) texture, and (ii) propensity have become the core of Systems Changes Learning practices, theory, and methods. A new world hypothesis of (con)textural-dyadicism is proposed, combining STS and SES features. The associated systems theory foregrounds time-space changes over the defining of space-time systems and boundaries. Philosophizing across Western and Classical Chinese traditions requires deeper inquiry and education.

Keywords: Systems change, philosophy of science, pragmatism, Chinese philosophy, socio-technical, socio-ecological

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RSD12 – The Here and Now – The process of building the discussion around the perciveable misalignments between technology and society in the Industry 5.0 era

Presented on Oct. 14 in Pre-Release online Panel Innovation: Entanglements of Interest during Relating Systems Thinking and Design (RSD12) Symposium | October 6-20, 2023

THE HERE AND NOW The Process of Building the Discussion Around the Perceivable Misalignments Between Technology and Society in the Industry 5.0 Era

Jelena Sucic, Susu Nousala, David Ing, Gary Metcalf


This presentation focuses on a “moment in time,” at the end of a four-year research process to study Industry 5.0. The research had been funded through an EU Horizon 2020 grant, to the IN4ACT team at Kaunas University of Technology, and the results were to be incorporated into a book describing what was learned. During an intensive five-day workshop with the IN4ACT team, a number of challenges became clear. First, even the definition of Industry 5.0 had evolved during the time of the research. Definitions ranged from mitigating the negative effects of technology on people to implications for global sustainability. Second, the technologies had evolved rapidly during the time of the investigation, most particularly aspects of artificial intelligence and machine learning, including Large Language Models. During the research project, the team had to work through and crystallize the dynamics and range of views covering capabilities of automation, robotics, Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing to AI-driven technologies driving the techno-economic yielding, contrasting the impacts of ecosystems and landscapes of the human-centric approaches. Ultimately, the research created a snapshot (a momentary view) of a human-centric response to technological development which appears, at times, to be beyond current regulation or control. This presentation summarizes the lessons learned from the research, including the need to address the ethical and social implications of AI and other currently developing technologies.

KEYWORDS: Industry 4.0, Industry 5.0, Digital industrial transformation, Sustainable technology governance, Ecosystems, Circular economy, Society 5.0, artificial intelligence, GPT.

Sustainable, Smart and Systemic Design Post-Anthropocene: Through a Transdisciplinary Lens

The Special Issue announced in the past years is published and public! The project was carried out by our CSRP Editorial Team: Marie Davidová, Susu Nousala and Thomas J. Marlowe. The contributing Authors are David Ing, Yannis Zavoleas, Xiao (Bella) Hu, Magda Sibley and Ana Zimbarg. The process was warmly supported by Dr Nagib Callaos and Jelena Sucic.

Follows the abstract of the editorial introduction and the full document with the links to the papers.

Abstract: Sustainability as related to the environment is now just over 50 years old. In that time, especially in regard to human artifacts such as architecture, it has largely focused on human priorities, and how they need to be modified to address or rectify environmental and ecological challenges. A new, post-anthropocene view suggests that it is also important to consider the environment as more than a backdrop whose state and appearance must be maintained, but rather as an actor in its own right, with its own interests, including the interests of the living non-human actors in the local ecology. This special issue seeks to explore this wider notion, and the editors view our introduction as an opportunity to present the journal theme, to introduce the authors and place its papers in context, and to welcome researchers and practitioners to explore this topic further.

The Special Issue – Volume 20 – Number 7 – Year 2022

Editorial Introduction – Sustainable, Smart and Systemic Design Post-Anthropocene: Through a Transdisciplinary Lens
Marie Davidová, Susu Nousala, Thomas J. Marlowe
(Pages: 1-10)

Systems Changes Learning: Recasting and Reifying Rhythmic Shifts for Doing, Alongside Thinking and Making
David Ing
(Pages: 11-73)
Evaluating the Impact of Preconditions for Systemic Human and Non-human Communities
Susu Nousala
(Pages: 74-91)
Post-Anthropocene_2.0: Alternative Scenarios through Nature/Computing Coalition Applicable in Architecture
Yannis Zavoleas
(Pages: 92-120)
Applying a Systemic Approach for Sustainable Urban Hillside Landscape Design and Planning: The Case Study City of Chongqing in China
Xiao Hu, Magda Sibley, Marie Davidová
(Pages: 121-153)
Rethinking Sustainability: Mapping Microclimatic Conditions on Buildings as a Regenerative Design Strategy
Ana Zimbarg
(Pages: 154-172)

Special Issue Transfer from JSSB to JSCI

Due to the problem with the publisher, we are transferring the special issue from the Journal of Sustainable Smart Behaviour to the Journal of Systemics Cybernetics and Informatics.

more about the special issue project:

The special issue will be released soon, stay tuned!

Announcement on Researchgate by Marie Davidova

After Development Lectures: Food Systems

The audio recordings of the After Developments Lectures in Food Systems held by ERASME with the Observatory of Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology are now available!

Listen to CSRP Institute’s contribution with Susu Nousala in:

3. Social acceptance and societal evolution for novel technologies

4. Round Table: Social acceptance of artificial intelligence technologies in the food system: the way forward for research

at the following link:


At the Observatory of Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology

Our Susu Nousala was pleased to contribute with her lecture Social acceptance and societal evolution for novel technologies to the space held by the Observatory of Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology! 


https://www.linkedin.com/posts/creative-systemic-research-platform-institute_digitalization-ai-sustainability-activity-7012451366086262784-EUDj?utm_source=share&utm_medium=member_desktop: At the Observatory of Circular Economy and Industrial Ecology

After Symposium straight to Classroom

David Ing lecturing on “Knowing Better Via Systems Thinking” for Ryan Armstrong, Ph.D. third year class on International Operations Management at Universitat de Barcelona Business School.

Access to the lectures:

2022/10/10 Knowing Better via Systems Thinking: Traditions and Contemporary Approaches

2022/10/10 Reifying Systems Thinking towards Changes: Rhythmic Shifts, (Con)Texture, and Propensity amongst Living Systems

Symposium 2022 – Thought Pieces Schedule

CSRP Institute Symposium 2022 call collected nine Thought Pieces! The discussion schedule of the thoughts follows below:

Thu, Oct 6 (Spanish time currently CEST)

10.00 – 10:10 am: Welcome & Introduction

Slot 1: Susu Nousala, Creative Systemic Research and future developmental directions, Publication and Communication thought piece

Slot 2:  Marie Davidova, The Systemic Approach to Architectural Performance (SAAP)

12:30 – 14.00 pm: Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:05 pm: Brief Summary of the morning thoughts

Slot 3: Thomas Marlowe, Integration & Dis-Integration

Slot 4: Petra Johnson, the matter ecologic

Slot 5: Dan Zhu, Patterns methods: design future hybrid spaces for creative learning and working

17:00 pm: End Thursday session

Fri, Oct 7 (Spanish time currently CEST)

10:00 – 10:10 am: Brief Summary of yesterday thoughts

Slot 6: Yi-Heng Cheng: Prosperity in Resilience

Slot 7: Marco Cataffo: articulating design decisions post-consumerism

12:30 – 14.00 pm: Lunch Break

14:00 – 14:05 pm: Brief Summary of the morning thoughts

Slot 8: David Ing, Systems changes as when+where: Crossing thresholds or animating propensity?

Slot 9: Jelena Sucic, What/How/Why makes us move forward? The Nature of Behaviour

16:00 – 17:00 pm: Summary discussion per each speaker and end Friday session

Learn more about the call

To partecipate in the discussion contact us via email and we will share the zoom link with you

Symposium I Diversity in systemic practice and thinking: the program

We are happy to announce the CSRP Institute’s First Symposium program, keeping in mind the current restrictions, we have figured out a time and place where at least some of us will manage to gather together on the 7th November 2021 from Bruxelles!The intent for this year is to have a small gathering to catch up on research and projects, and to more easily organise the CSRP Institute’s next steps. The participation is open also to interested non-members within this years limited holding capacity. We have programmed 7 short talks within the Symposium’s theme “Diversity in systemic practice and thinking” from people among us, including of course an Open Discussion session in the afternoon. All of them will be accessible from a Zoom meeting link you will receive for participation.  

For more info or to register