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Unformatted text preview: damned inefficient that freedom is not even threatened. We have to become efficient in order to solve our problems; and we have to accept the threat to freedom that this entailsand handle it. Stafford Beer, Designing Freedom, Canadian Broadcasting Company. Two extracts from the 6th lecture given in 1973 called ''The free man in a cybernetic world". 5.1 Introductio n The viable system model (VSM) of Stafford Beer is a thorough working out of ideas from the science of organisation, or cybernetics. There are some similarities with a system dynamics approach in that both employ techniques of systems modelling, and both types of modelling can be realised as complex networks of interrelated mathematical formulae. From our point of view, however, we shall only deal with the qualitative < previous page page_87 next page >...
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