Designing Freedom: The Real Threat to All We Hold Most Dear | Stafford Beer

The 1973 CBC Massey Lectures, “Designing Freedom” https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-1973-cbc-massey-lectures-designing-freedom-1.2946819 Stafford Beer – Designing Freedom (The 1973 CBC Massey Lectures) https://mega.nz/file/4RwlSJJT#NerKltNrbuynkIhX5eUEtYQbU1Edcu2ybQo-qpWsYN4 “Stafford Beer (born Anthony Stafford Beer, 25 September 1926 – 23 August 2002) was a British theorist, consultant and professor at…

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The 1973 CBC Massey Lectures, “Designing Freedom”
https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/the-1973-cbc-massey-lectures-designing-freedom-1.2946819

Stafford Beer – Designing Freedom (The 1973 CBC Massey Lectures)
https://mega.nz/file/4RwlSJJT#NerKltNrbuynkIhX5eUEtYQbU1Edcu2ybQo-qpWsYN4

“Stafford Beer (born Anthony Stafford Beer, 25 September 1926 – 23 August 2002) was a British theorist, consultant and professor at the Manchester Business School. He is best known for his work in the fields of operational research and management cybernetics.

[…] `Beer was the first to apply cybernetics to management, defining cybernetics as the science of effective organization.` In the 1960s and early 1970s `Beer was a prolific writer and an influential practitioner` in management cybernetics. It was during that period that he developed the viable system model, to diagnose the faults in any existing organizational system. In that time Forrester invented systems dynamics, which `held out the promise that the behavior of whole systems could be represented and understood through modeling the dynamical feedback process going on within them.`

[…] During the administration of Salvador Allende in Chile, in the early 1970s, Beer was closely involved with a visionary project, Cybersyn, to apply his cybernetic theories in government. The project’s ultimate goal was to create a network of computers and communications equipment that would support the management of the state-run sector of Chile’s economy; at its core would be an operations room where government managers could view important information about economic processes in real time, formulate plans of action, and transmit advice and directives to managers at plants and enterprises in the field. However, consistent with cybernetic principles and the ideals of the Allende government, its designers aimed to preserve worker and lower-management autonomy instead of implementing a top-down system of centralised control. The system used a network of about 500 telex machines located at enterprises throughout the country and in government offices in Santiago, some of which were connected to a government-operated mainframe computer that would receive information on production operations, feed that information into economic modelling software, and report on variables (such as raw material supplies) that were outside normal parameters and might require attention. The project, implemented by a multidisciplinary group of both Chileans and foreigners, reached an advanced prototype stage, but was interrupted by the 1973 coup d’état.”

– Wikipedia, “Stafford Beer”
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stafford_Beer

Lectures:
1. The Real Threat to “All We Hold Most Dear” ✨
2. The Disregarded Tools of Modern Man
3. A Liberty Machine in Prototype
4. Science in the Service of Man
5. The Future That Can Be Demanded Now
6. The Free Man in a Cybernetic World

Stafford Beer – Designing Freedom (PDF)
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Related podcasts:

Swampside Chats: “Designing Freedom” w/ General Intellect Unit
https://soundcloud.com/swampsidechats/102-designing-freedom-part-1-w-general-intellect-unit

General Intellect Unit: 031 – Designing Freedom
http://generalintellectunit.net/e/031-designing-freedom/

General Intellect Unit: 038 – The Viable System Model
http://generalintellectunit.net/e/038-the-viable-system-model/

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