Gianfranco Minati

 
(last updated on October, 2013)

 

 

 

Contents:

1. BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

2. CONTACT

3. FIELDS OF INTEREST AND

    RESEARCH

4. PUBLICATIONS

 

 

1.BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES

 

Gianfranco Minati graduated in Mathematics from the University of Milan, Italy. He has switched from a position as executive in a large industrial-financial Italian group (1979-1984) to Research. He is founder and president of the Italian Systems Society, vice-president of the Systems Science European Union and doctoral lecturer at the Polytechnic University of Milan. He is author, co-author and editor of several academic publications. His current research interest focuses on modelling processes of emergence by using Meta-Structures (see the meta-structures project in progress at http://www.meta-structures.org/   ); the Dynamic Usage of Models (DYSAM), Logical Openness,  and Architecture and Design as the design of social meta-structures to influence processes of emergence in social systems (see the ADAHS project at http://www.best.polimi.it/index.php?id=644 ). He is

 

2. CONTACT

s-mail:   Italian Systems Society (AIRS)

              via Pellegrino Rossi, 42       20161 Milan, Italy.

 

Email: gianfranco.minati@(1)

substitute (1) by AIRS.it
phone/fax +39-02-66202417,  mobile phone +39-328-8789042

 

Skype: gminati

3. FIELDS OF INTEREST

 

Theoretical issues on Systems Science, such as: Logical Openness, Collective Behaviour, Emergence, Ergodicity, Dynamic Usage of Models, Meta-structures, Multiple-Systems and Collective Beings.   

 

Current research projects relate to

§  Experimenting “Meta-structure in collective phenomena - Methodologies for modelling and managing processes of self-organisation and emergence”;

§  Architecture and Design as the design of meta-structures to influence processes of emergence in social systems. Self-architecture: influences of Architecture on social systems and influences of social systems on  Architecture ;

§  Establish a managerial culture consistent with science of complexity. Management for corporations, medicine, families, schools.

 

4. PUBLICATIONS


chapters in books

 

1.      Minati, G., Licata, I, and Pessa, E., (2013), Meta-Structures: The Search of Coherence in Collective Behaviours (without Physics), In: Alex Graudenzi, Giulio Caravagna, Giancarlo Mauri and Marco Antoniotti: Proceedings Wivace 2013 - Italian Workshop on Artificial Life and Evolutionary Computation (Wivace 2013), Milan, Italy, July 1-2, 2013, Electronic Proceedings in Theoretical Computer Science 130, pp. 35-42       http://rvg.web.cse.unsw.edu.au/eptcs/paper.cgi?Wivace2013.6

2.      Minati, G. (2013), Note di sintesi: novità, contributi, prospettive di ricerca dell’approccio sistemico. In: Strutture di mondo. Il pensiero sistemico come specchio di una realtà complessa -Volume II-, (L. Ulivi, Ed.), Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, pp. 315-336. http://www.mulino.it/edizioni/volumi/scheda_volume.php?vista=scheda&ISBNART=24636

3.      Minati, G. (2012), Scelte manageriali: dal far funzionare dispositivi sociali all’emergenza, Reti, Saperi, Linguaggi, Corisco pp.15-38. http://www.coriscoedizioni.it/reti-saperi-linguaggi/

4.      Minati, G. (2011), Trans-disciplinarity and meta-structures to meta-model complexity of social systems. In: Proceedings of the 8th European Union for Systemics (M. Bonami, P. Bricage, A. Piecq and A. Steenhout), Acta Europeana Systemica, 1, On Line Journal of The European Union for Systemics (EUS), http://aes.ues-eus.eu/aes2011/enteteAES2011.html

5.      Minati, G. (2012), First draft of an experimental protocol for research into Meta-Structural properties in simulated collective behaviour. Research issues and possible applications. To be published in: Methods, Models, simulations and approaches towards a general theory of change, (G. Minati, M. Abram  and E. Pessa, eds.), World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 95-112.

6.      Licata, I. and Minati, G., (2010), Creativity as Cognitive design - The case of mesoscopic variables in Meta-Structures, In: Creativity: Fostering, Measuring and Contexts (Alessandra M. Corrigan,  ed.), Nova Publishers, New York, pp. 95-107 http://cogprints.org/6637/1/CreativityasDesign-NOVA.pdf

7.      Minati, G. (2010), Sistemi: origini, ricerca e prospettive. In: Strutture di mondo. Il pensiero sistemico come specchio di una realtà complessa, (L. Ulivi, Ed.), Il Mulino, Bologna, Italy, pp. 15-46, http://www.mulino.it/edizioni/volumi/scheda_volume.php?vista=scheda&ISBNART=13985

8.      Minati, G, (2009), The Dynamic Usage of Models (DYSAM) as theoretical-based phenomenological tool to manage complexity and research framework. In: Cybernetics and Systems Theory in Management: Tools, Views, and Advancements, (Steven E. Wallis. Ed.), IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania , USA, pp. 176-190.

9.      Minati, G., (2008), Acquired emergent properties, In: Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference of the Italian Systems Society (AIRS), Processes of emergence of systems and systemic properties. Towards a general theory of emergence (Minati G., Pessa E. and Abram M, eds.), World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 625-640.

10.  Minati, G., (2008), General theory of emergence - Beyond Systemic Generalization., In: Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference of the Italian Systems Society (AIRS), Processes of emergence of systems and systemic properties. Towards a general theory of emergence (Minati G., Pessa E. and Abram M, eds.), World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 241-255.

11.  Minati, G. and Magliocca, L.A., (2008), Inducing Systems Thinking in consumer societies, In: Proceedings of the Fourth National Conference of the Italian Systems Society (AIRS), Processes of emergence of systems and systemic properties. Towards a general theory of emergence (Minati G., Pessa E. and Abram M, eds.), World Scientific, Singapore, pp. 283-297.

12.  Minati, G., (2007), Émergence dans les Systèmes Complexes. In: La Gouvernance dans les Systèmes. Polimetrica Publisher, Italy, pp.73-74. http://www.polimetrica.com/index.php?p=productsMore&iProduct=12&sName=la-gouvernance-dans-les-systèmes-(afscet)

13.  Minati, G., (2006), Emergence of Collective Beings, Systemics, Collective Behaviours, Dynamic Usage of Models, In: Seventh International Conference on Computing Anticipatory Systems (Casys’05), Liège, Belgium, August 8-13, 2005, pp. 326-341.

14.  Minati, G., (2006), Towards a Second Systemics, In: Systemics of Emergence: Applications and Development (G. Minati, E. Pessa and M. Abram, eds.), Springer, New York, pp. 667-682.

15.  Minati, G., and Vitiello, G., (2006), Mistake Making Machines, In: Systemics of Emergence: Applications and Development (G. Minati, E. Pessa and M. Abram, eds.), Springer, New York, pp. 67-78.

16.  Bruno, G., Minati, G., and Trotta, A., G., (2006), Uncertainty and the role of the observer, In: Systemics of Emergence: Applications and Development (G. Minati, E. Pessa and M. Abram, eds.), Springer, New York, pp. 653-666.

17.  Minati, G., (2005), General systems theory  as  theory of emergence, In: Proceedings of the 6th Systems Science European Congress, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers (ENSAM), Sept. 19-22.

18.  Minati, G., (2002), Ethics as emergent property of the behaviour of living systems. In: Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (EOLSS), Vol. 1, Physical Sciences Engineering and Technology Resources, Systems Science and Cybernetics: The Long Road to World Sociosystemicity, (Parra-Luna F. ed.),  EOLSS Publishers, Oxford, UK.

19.  Minati, G., (2002), Music and systems architecture, In: Proceedings of the 5th European Systems Science Congress http://www.afscet.asso.fr/resSystemica/Crete02/Minati.pdf , Creta Maris Hotel, Hersonissos, Iraklion, Crete, Greece, October 16-19.

20.  Minati, G., and Brahms, S., (2002), The Dynamic Usage of Models (DYSAM). In: Emergence in Complex Cognitive, Social and Biological Systems (G. Minati and E. Pessa, eds.), Kluwer, New York, pp. 41-52.

21.  Minati, G., (2002), Emergence and Ergodicity: a line of research, In: Emergence in Complex Cognitive, Social and Biological Systems, (G. Minati, E. Pessa, eds.),  Kluwer, New York, pp. 85-102.

22.  Minati, G., and Ricciuti, A., (2002), Balancing and compensating equilibrium deficits in beings provided with cognitive processing capabilities. Applications for disables, In: Emergence in Complex Cognitive, Social and Biological Systems, (G. Minati, E. Pessa, eds.), Kluwer, New York, pp. 323-333.

23.  Magliocca, L. A., and Minati, G., (2002), Transforming leadership through coalitions: building the ethics of sustainable development in globalization, In: Emergence in Complex Cognitive, Social and Biological Systems, Proceedings of the Second Italian Conference on Systemics, Kluwer, pp. 235-250.

24.  Minati, G., (2001), The Concept of Emergence in Systemics. In: General Systems Bulletin, International Society for the Systems Sciences, Cookeville, USA, Vol. 30: pp. 15-19.

25.  Minati, G., (1998), Conceptual Frameworks for the Representation of Growth, Development and Sustainable Development, In: Proceedings of the first Italian Conference on Systemics (Editor: G. Minati), Apogeo, Milan, pp. 93-105.

26.  Minati, G., Penna, M. P., and Pessa, E., (1997), A conceptual framework for self-organization and merging processes in social systems. In: Systems For Sustainability: People, Organisations and Environment, (F. A. Stowell, R. Ison, R. Armson, J. Holloway, S. Jackson and S. McRobb,  eds.), Plenum, New York, pp.271-275.

27.  Minati, G., Penna, M. P., and Pessa, E., (1996), Towards a general theory of logically open systems. In: Proceedings of the 3rd Systems Science European Congress, (E. Pessa, M. P. Penna, A. Montesanto, eds.), Kappa, Rome, Italy, pp. 957-960.

28.  Minati, G., and Resconi, G., (1996), Detecting Meaning, In: Proceedings of the 3rd Systems Science European Congress, (E. Pessa, M. P. Penna, A. Montesanto, eds.), Kappa, Rome, Italy, pp. 1097-1101.

29.  Minati, G., (1995), Detecting Ethics in social systems, In: Critical issues in systems theories and practice, (K. Ellis and A. Gregory, eds.), Plenum Press, New York, pp. 697-701.

edited books

 

1.      Minati, G., Abram, M. and Pessa, E., (eds.), (2012), Methods, Models, simulations and approaches - towards a general theory of change. World Scientific, Singapore http://www.worldscientific.com/worldscibooks/10.1142/8352

2.      Minati, G., Abram, M. and Pessa, E., (eds.), (2009), Processes of emergence of systems and systemic properties. Towards a general theory of emergence. World Scientific, Singapore.

http://www.worldscibooks.com/chaos/6763.html

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ti8jaTnVnyEC&pg=PA561&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=lqYOUfWZKsvOswbi5oGIBQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwADgy

3.      Minati, G., Pessa, E., and Abram, M., (eds.), (2006), Systemics of Emergence: Research and Applications. Springer, New York. http://www.springer.com/west/home/business/organization?SGWID=4-40522-22-72684205-0

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=dD-mf5Ut7bUC&pg=PA681&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=0qUOUdD7OIrWsgbOsoHIBw&ved=0CC8Q6AEwATgK

4.      Minati, G., and Pessa, E., (eds.) (2002), Emergence in Complex Cognitive, Social and Biological Systems. Kluwer, New York. http://www.springer.com/west/home/business/organization?SGWID=4-40522-22-33336272-0

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ksZO5Bw5MU0C&printsec=frontcover&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=qKQOUe3rI9DFtAbTooDADQ&ved=0CE0Q6AEwBg

5.      Minati, G., (ed.), (1998),  Proceedings of the first Italian Conference on Systemics, Apogeo scientifica, Milan, Italy. http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/scienza-sistemi-progettare-uno-sviluppo/libro/9788873034322

6.      Di Battista, V., Giallocosta, G., and Minati, G., (eds.), (2006),  Architettura e Approccio Sistemico, Polimetrica, Milan, Italy. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=RP74FlO5S6EC&printsec=frontcover&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=qKQOUe3rI9DFtAbTooDADQ&ved=0CFMQ6AEwBw#v=onepage&q=minati&f=false

7.      Von Bertalanffy, L., General System Theory: Foundations, Development, Applications. New York, George Braziller, 1968 - Preface by Minati G. to the republication of Italian edition, Oscar Saggi Mondadori, (2004). http://www.webster.it/libri-teoria_generale_sistemi_fondamenti_sviluppo-9788804533429.htm

 

authored and co-authored  books

 

  1. Minati, G., (2008), New Approaches for Modelling Emergence of Collective Phenomena - The Meta-structures project, Polimetrica, Milan.   Open Access Publication http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=N4cdlzV1sSMC&printsec=frontcover&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=qKQOUe3rI9DFtAbTooDADQ&ved=0CEgQ6AEwBQ  
  2. Guberman S. and Minati G. (2007), Dialogue about systems”, Polimetrica, Milan, Italy, Open Access Publication

http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=xUSxSLveQGUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=7qMOUbGhKcqLswaGp4CICw&ved=0CDcQ6AEwAg

  1. Minati, G., and Pessa, E., (2006), Collective Beings. Springer, New York. http://www.springer.com/west/home/philosophy/philosophy+of+sciences?SGWID=4-40399-22-173664727-0

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-0-387-35941-0#section=323670&page=7&locus=0

  1. Minati, G., (2004), Teoria Generale dei Sistemi, Sistemica, Emergenza: un’introduzione. - Progettare e Processi Emergenti: Frattura o Connubio per l’Architettura?, Polimetrica, Milan, Italy. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=gi5WKl2Dq5wC&printsec=frontcover&dq=minati&hl=it&sa=X&ei=qKQOUe3rI9DFtAbTooDADQ&ved=0CC0Q6AEwAA   
  2. Minati, G. (2001), Esseri Collettivi, Apogeo scientifica, Milan, Italy. http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=08wVcL1kkkkC&printsec=frontcover&dq=%22esseri+collettivi%22+minati&source=bl&ots=zWvZta92yt&sig=VPWJhuhfkpLp6WMXFPYoUkpvG4A&hl=en&ei=QOuJTIfXDIvFswbI7u2iAg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CBoQ6AEwAQ#v=onepage&q&f=false  
  3. Minati G. (1999), Introdution à la Systémique, French edition of the book "Introduzione alla sistemica (translated by Evelyne Andreewshy), http://www.afscet.asso.fr  select res-systemica.
  4. Minati, G., (1998), Sistemica, Apogeo scientifica, Milan, Italy. http://www.libreriauniversitaria.it/sistemica-etica-virtualita-didattica-economia/libro/9788873034131
  5. Minati, G., and Collen A., (1997), Introduction to Systemics, Eagleye Books, San Francisco,  http://www.amazon.ca/Introduction-Systemics-Gianfranco-Minati/dp/0924025069/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199559278&sr=8-3 .
  6. Minati, G., (1996a), Introduzione alla sistemica, Kappa Edizioni, Rome.
  7. Minati, G., (1996b), Introduction  a  la  systemique, (traduit par Evelyne Andreewsky), available by clicking on http://www.res-systemica.org/afscet/resSystemica/sysminat1.html
  8. Minati G., (1989) La Complessità Aziendale, Eurosystem-Gruppo San Paolo di Torino, Milan. http://opac.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/opac/controller.jsp;jsessionid=8D715F6B8902CDAFAAB7B76415C6DC68?action=notizia_view&notizia_idn=cfi0177334&query_action=search_bydeweysearch&query_filterterm=&query_position=7858&query_maxposition=8081&query_orderby=&query_filterterm=&query_querystring_1=658*&query_fieldname_1=coddewey  
  9. Minati G., (1986), Knowledge, Management, Computer, Ipsoa-scuola d’impresa, N° 7 , Milan.
  10. Minati G., (1983), Le tecnologie dell’informatica nell’era del discontinuo, Soiel International, Milan.

 

a selection of papers (1994-2013)

 

  1. Minati, G. and Licata, I., (2013), Emergence as Mesoscopic Coherence, Systems, 1(4), 50-65. http://www.mdpi.com/2079-8954/1/4/50
  2. Minati, G., (2012), Introduction to the meta-structures project: prospective applications, World Futures, Vol. 68 (8), 558 - 574. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02604027.2012.730431
  3. Minati, G., (2012), Approaches and principles of the Meta-Structures Project: the mesoscopic dynamics, -Notes for software and models designers- arXiv:1201.1475v2 .
  4. Minati, G. and Licata, I., (2012), Meta-Structural properties in Collective Behaviours, The International Journal of General Systems, Vol. 41 (3), pp. 289-311. http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/03081079.2011.651136
  5. Minati, G., (2012), Knowledge to manage the Knowledge Society, Learning Organisation, The, Vol. 19 (4), 352 – 370. http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?articleid=17032136&ini=aob&

http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=0969-6474&volume=19&issue=4&PHPSESSID=gsvptli18nlnin8uajia98vsv7

  1. Collen, A. and Minati, G., (2011, unpublished), Creative Living as Health, Health as Creative Living, and the Case Study of Seemingly Insurmountable Challenge. http://www.arnecollen.com/tributes/gianfranco-minati/
  2. Minati, G., (2011), Quale conoscenza per gestire la complessità della società della conoscenza?, Riflessioni Sistemiche, pp.122-137,  http://www.aiems.eu/files/minati_5.pdf
  3. Minati, G. and Licata, I., (2010), Meta-Structural properties in Collective phenomena. http://arxiv.org/abs/1011.5573
  4. Minati, G., (2010),  Lettera alla Materia,  http://www.bethshalom.it/2010/09/23/letter-to-matter-g-minati/   -  Letter to Matter  http://www.bethshalom.it/2010/09/23/letter-to-matter-g-minati/lang-pref/en/ .
  5. Licata I. and Minati G, (2010), Creativity as Cognitive design-The case of mesoscopic variables in Meta-Structures, in “Creativity: Fostering, Measuring and Contexts” edited by Alessandra M. Corrigan, Nova Publishers, New York. Draft available at http://cogprints.org/6637/
  6. Minati, G., (2009),  Steps of the meta-structures project to model general processes of emergence (1)- Theoretical frameworks, the mesoscopic general vector, future lines of research and possible applications- http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0910/0910.1753.pdf
  7. Di Battista, V., Giallocosta, G. and Minati, G., (2010), L’auto-architettura dei sistemi sociali, In: Ricerche ISTea Verso un’edilizia ‘ragionevole’, a cura di Pietro Capone, Ed. Medicea, Firenze. http://www.deastore.com/libro/ricerche-istea-verso-un-edilizia-%C2%ABragionevole%C2%BB-p-capone-medicea/9788890174483.html

13.  Minati, G., (2009), L’incertezza nella gestione della complessità, Riflessioni Sistemiche, http://www.aiems.eu/Minati.pdf .

14.  Minati, G., (2009), The meta-structures project, http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0903/0903.0592.pdf 

15.  Minati, G. and Collen, A., (2009), Architecture as the Cybernetic Self-Design of Boundary Conditions for Emergent Properties in Human Social Systems, Cybernetics & Human Knowing, 16, (1-2):101-123 http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/imp/chk/2009/00000016/F0020001/art00007

16.  Minati, G., (2008), Systemic Properties: acquisition and persistence over time, In: Proceedings of the 7th Congress of the UES, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008. Available at www.afscet.asso.fr/resSystemica/Lisboa08/minati.pdf

17.  Minati, G., (2008), Processes of structured and non-structured interactions, phase transitions, self-organisation and emergence, In: Proceedings of the 7th Congress of the UES, Lisbon, Portugal, 2008. Available at http://www.afscet.asso.fr/resSystemica/Lisboa08/MinatiLisboa08SelfEmergence.pdf

18.  Minati, G. (2008), Cities as Collective Beings. World Futures 64(8): pp. 577–589.

  1. Minati, G., (2007), Verso una scienza costruttivista, Dedalus, Anno 2(2-3): pp. 80-88.
  2. Minati, G., (2007), Some new theoretical issues in Systems Thinking relevant for modelling corporate learning, The Learning Organization (TLO), Emerald, Vol. 14(6): pp. 480-488.
  3. Minati, G., (2006), Multiple Systems, Collective Beings, and the Dynamic Usage of Models, Systemist, Vol. 28(2): pp. 200-211.

22.  Minati, G., (2006), Some Comments on Democracy and Manipulating Consent in Western Post-Democratic Societies. In: Systemics of Emergence: Research and Applications, (Minati G., Pessa E., and Abram M. eds.). Springer: New York, pp.569-584.

  1. Pessa, E., Penna, M.P. and Minati, G. (2005b), Collective phenomena in Living Systems and in Social Organization, Chaos and Complexity Letters, Vol.1(2): pp. 179-189.
  2. Minati, G., (2004), Buying consensus in “free markets”, World Futures, Vol. 60(1-2): pp. 29-37.
  3. Minati, G. (2004), From evolutionary consciousness to conscious evolution. Are we in control?, World Futures, Vol. 60(8): pp. 567-575.
  4. Della Torre, S., and Minati, G., (2004), Conservazione e recupero del costruito, Il Progetto Sostenibile, Edicom Edizioni, Vol. 2(2): pp.12-17.
  5. Minati, G., Penna M. P., and Pessa E. (1998). Thermodynamic and Logical Openness in General Systems. Systems Research and Behavioral Science, John Wiley and Sons Ltd., Vol. 15(3): pp. 131-145.
  6. Collen, A., Minati, G., and Ciapessoni, E., (1994), Logical openness in systems, Systems Research, Vol. 11(2): 65-72.

 

Lectures 2011-2013

 

  1.  European Systemics Seminars 2013 - Knowledge for the future of the knowledge society    http://www.ues-eus.eu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=46&Itemid=172&lang=en
  2. Polytechnic University of Milan/Department 'Building Environment Sciences and
    Technology', 2012 doctoral lectures on systems science http://www.best.polimi.it/index.php?id=2348
  3. Catholic University, Milan, 25 November 2011, Metastrutture nei comportamenti collettivi: il progetto metastrutture  http://dipartimenti.unicatt.it/filosofia_1700.html
  4. 8ème congrès de l'Union Européenne de Systémique, Bruxelles, 20 October 2011, Trans-disciplinarity and meta-structures to meta-model complexity of social systems http://aes.ues-eus.eu/aes2011/enteteAES2011.html