Stafford's Work

The Cybersyn Project

September 29, 2023


In this contribution Raul relates Cybersyn’s vision to a democracy, beyond its current denomination closer to a capitalist democracy. Cybersyn’s vision was that of a world of communications and information in real time, a world of conversation spaces to balance the short and long term. It offered a utopian form of governance aimed at an egalitarian and non-bureaucratic society. It wanted participation, democracy, and accountability. It was a utopia for democratic viability rather than for democratic capitalism. After half a century we can reflect upon its meaning taking into account social, economic and technological developments since 1973.

Professor Raul Espejo

Former Professor of Systems and Cybernetics at the University of Lincoln, UK, and currently president of the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics -WOSC. He has chaired scientific committees of WOSC’s most recent world congresses in 2014 (Colombia), 2017 (Italy) and 2020/21 (Moscow online).

His research is focused on organisational cybernetics and systems and has published and co-published over 120 papers, seven special issues of journals and five books. This published work includes the book: “Organizational Systems: Managing Complexity with the Viable System Model” (published with A Reyes in English in 2011 and 2016 in Spanish) and a special issue of the Futures journal: Futures of Society; the interactions revolution (2018). Under the scientific direction of Professor Stafford Beer he was operations director of the CYBERSYN project – organised in the context of the Chilean government to manage the country’s industrial economy Cybersyn, economics, and technology.

Recent Webinars

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The Sapient Paradox as the consequence of a cybernetical bifurcation in the evolution.

Dr. Peter Robertson

Why did humankind create such a moral and ecological mess of this world, and why have we done that for only about 10,000 years? This question might be related to the Sapient Paradox, which emerged after decades of archeological and neurophysiological research.

Metaphorum Webinar 03.04.2024 Pickering


Cybernetics and the Environmental Crisis

Professor Andrew Pickering

Foreshadowing the disasters of the Anthropocene, in the late 1960s Gregory Bateson developed a cybernetic analysis of the environmental crisis which was then starting to be recognised. He argued that its roots lay in dualist fantasies of control of nat …

Language as an enabling constraint


Language as an Enabling Constraint for Viability

Pille Bunnell

We are usually unaware that language imposes constraints on how we perceive, think and act, even as it is central to all that we do. What language enables is clearly apparent: all the cultures, technologies and designs we humans have created are ground …