We are striving to create a Center of Excellence in "Systems
Thinking" in collaboration with a number of schools at the University of
Pennsylvania and a number of corporate partners.
We believe that ACASA should:
Dedicate itself to education, research, service, and outreach programs
for the purpose of personal, organizational, and community development.
Represent a focal point (i.e., knowledge and competency bank) for all
Systems- Thinking-related academic activities, research, and practices that
are scattered around the globe.
Provide continuity to the pioneering work guided by the philosophy
created at Penn by Edgar Arthur Singer, Jr. and practiced by a number of
luminaries at Penn including Russell Ackoff (in honor of whom the Center is named: the Ackoff
Center for Advancement of Systems Approaches).
Develop a critical mass of integrated ideas and approaches that will
enable the Center to evolve into a world-class institution through mutually
beneficial and cooperative relationships with other centers interested in
the advancement of Systems Thinking and systems education.
Bridge the gap between the "soft" and "hard" sciences as it relates to
systems science, and between engineering and the humanities.
Extend its offerings beyond the walls of the University. Through the
application of information technology and the Internet, the Center should be
able to offer distance and distributed learning.