Ctrl+Shift+Del - Rebooting Society

Barchem, Netherlands

November 1st-4th 2019

This won’t be the first time that we’ve held a Metaphorum get-together to share experiences and knowledge on ways to apply and develop Stafford Beer’s original innovations, the Viable System Model and Team Syntegrity, as useful tools to support more conscious, self-evolutionary individuals, organisations and societies. This time, the challenges of our current international environment couldn’t be more demanding: the escalating impact of global climate change; the massive domination of global capitalism through trans-national corporations; the mind-boggling increase in inequality, continuing poverty for the majority of people in the southern half of the planet; and the escalating risk of wars, given the rising geo political tensions.

Everyone seems to be calling for massive, urgent and dramatic system change at all levels. New forms of economy need to be invented; new forms of businesses need to emerge; new ways of relating to each other inside organisations are in high demand; in other words, we need to reboot society! (Ctrl/Shift/Del!!) We need to invent a new (sustainable and equitable) economic model, new business models, and new ways of relating to each other.


A rich history, a beautiful Estate and a sea of rest and space. Woodbrooke Barchem is a ideal place to meet, think and have deep conversations. In the middle of the beautiful forests of the Achterhoek we have a lot of nature around us. 

The price varies depending on your preferences. If you want a meal on Friday night or Sunday night (served around 6 pm) or to stay an extra night or two, the prices are listed below.

In euro’s


1 person Hotel-room

2 p’s Hotel Room

Weekend package*




Friday Diner




Sunday Diner




Extra Night




Two Extra Nights




City Tax (per night)




Conference Fee

The fee is 70 EUR and must be paid cash at the conference.


We’ll start with a social gathering in the evening of Friday the 1st November, to recap on last year’s conference and to decide on details for the agenda of the following days. There will be food and drinks available at the venue combined with other social events.

On Saturday, all day, there will be a series of seminars, from those presenting a topic for discussion. Participants can choose between several topics, following the detailed agenda which will be provided before the event.

On Sunday, there will be an open forum, to develop core issues emerging from the previous conversations, in self organised teams. The methodology we will apply could be World Café or an adaptation of Open Space. Simple, adequate and flexible.


If you are interested to attend, contact Angela or Jon regarding further details: