The program of ISI is carried out by Institute Fellows who pursue the work of ISI in their own organizations as well as in several ISI program areas and research teams.
Historically, the Institute’s Program has operated in two organizational contexts:
1980-87 : The Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development in San Francisco, California
In this context, ISI carried out R&D projects and technical assistance work that applied systems and design theories and methodologies in the context of educational and social service systems.
1982-Present : The International Federation of Systems Research
In this context - in cooperation with IFSR and other systems societies and international agencies - ISI has organized and coordinated more than twenty international conferences. These conferences, most notably the annual Asilomar Conversation and the bi-annual Fuschl Conversation, are concerned with the betterment of the human condition through the creation of a broad-based “design culture” based on democracy, integrated diversity, dialogue, and idealization.
The bi-annual Fuschl Conversation was first held in 1982. The Asilomar Conversation was inaugurated in 1989 and was held annually until 2006. The interest in holding another is under study.
The current research program is “Designing Effective Dialogue in Organizations.”