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Our Conferences / Events

Careers Open Day
Millennium Point in Birmingham
15 November 2017

Blackett Lecture
IET London
23 November 2017

Beale Lecture
The Royal Society, London
22 February 2018

SW18 Simulation Workshop
Ettington Chase Hotel, Stratford
19 - 21 Mar 2018

OR60 Annual Conference
Lancaster University
11 - 13 September 2018

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OR60 Stream - Community OR

Stream Organisers

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo 

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Email: evilaltaperdomo@lincoln.ac.uk


Martha Vahl 

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Email: martha@cict.demon.co.uk


Rebecca Herron

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Email: rherron@lincoln.ac.uk


 

Stream Definition

A bit tongue-in-cheek it seems reasonable to claim that the core difficulty of OR is not modelling, i.e. finding an abstract description of some aspects of people and of what they do. Creating a model is useful and indispensable to deal with the variety of what happens in our environment. The core challenge, however, is to find a model that can be used to deal with that variety even if those intending to use the model create the variety.

This kind of second order challenge is well recognised and has provoked many efforts to deal with it. They may be framed by various metaphors, for example a mother helping a baby. She is in a position of power. She positions what may help the child grow and find the resources to become an agent able to survive its parents. A second metaphor is that of a doctor helping a patient to restore a functional situation, i.e. health.

Mothers and doctors do not necessarily mix well. Doctors often have models and mothers often don’t. Even so there are many situations where one prefers a mother’s type of care. A typical example is a community where individuals wish to cooperate without being able to replace bad or otherwise undesirable contributors. Many efforts aim to support each member to act like a mother to the community.

Many of these efforts are criticised as they impose collective objectives. This means that they exclude activities that are comparable to those of Daniel Kahneman’s System 1. They include those of the mother rather than those of the doctor. Although difficult to model, they can be facilitated. This involves supporting community members to recognise and use soft resources – those that serve personal functions.

We like to invite thoughts, contributions and examples of systematic ways that mimic the activities of the mother rather than those of the doctor – as provided in many disciplines including cybernetics and analytics. Examples include community OR, talking mats and appreciative inquiry. The aim of the meeting is to explore how and where new and improved methods can be developed.

Topics include methods that support sustainable development, deal with challenges to the ‘swamp of bureaucracy’ or help avoid failures of the social services like those of judges, police and members of parliament, living in global economies, etc.

We look forward to your submissions.

Bio

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo 

Eliseo Vilalta-Perdomo is Senior Lecturer in Operations and Logistics Management at the Lincoln International Business School (LIBS). His research explores challenges on the development and maintenance of collaborative environments that support individual and collective performances. His practical research aim is to identify contributions from different languages and devices to support sustainable human action in areas such as entrepreneurship, and logistics and supply chain.

Martha Vahl 

Martha Vahl trained as an adult education worker and studied Social Science (community work, social support, adult education) at the University of Amsterdam. She worked as a researcher for the University of Amsterdam, the University of Hull, Nyenrode University, and the University of Lincoln. She is specialised in community development, evaluation research in the third sector and social innovation with local authorities, NHS, Community Development Foundation and various others in the UK and abroad with Kennisland (Netherlands). As a volunteer she is active in various organisations, e.g. Community Assets Plus, and volunteers as a Parish Councillor/website coordinator for her village in rural Lincolnshire. Her main hobby is gardening and she also likes playing Backgammon in the Lincoln Backgammon Club.

 

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