Announcing The 23rd Annual Systems Thinking In Action Conference!
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Announcing The 23rd Annual Systems Thinking In Action Conference!


Dear friends of STIA,


Greetings!  I am honored to inform you that Temenos, LLC has acquired the assets and title of the conference we all know well as Systems Thinking in Action. I am humbled, and will strive to be a diligent steward of our community as we continue the path of building our work together.  I look forward to receiving guidance from you during this journey.


I have a simple vision for this conference …"accessibility for everyone, everywhere."

Toward that vision, I am pleased to announce the 23rd Annual Systems Thinking In Action ® Conference, to be held at The National Conference Center (NCC) in the Washington DC Metro Area, November 14th-16th, 2013. The conference theme for this year is "STIA Mashup - Systems Thinking + Temenos + Individuation + Agility."


The STIA 2013 conference will be a container of experiments, planned to test our hypothesis about how to create conferences that are vibrant, useful and sustainable for our communities.


  • Temenos: STIA 2013 will be a fully residential conference and all attendees, speakers and sponsors will be part of a deep, community-building experience that will result in the creation of a compelled shared vision for the STIA community.  This vision will be presented during the conference closing.


  • Moving Keynotes: STIA 2013 will showcase some of the most prestigious and memorable keynote speakers that have engaged previous STIA audiences. Cliff Kayser has graciously offered to be our opening Keynote speaker! (His powerful speech and poetry recital moved attendees of 2012)!


  • STIA Mashup: STIA 2013 will feature a creative mixture of tracks / sessions from knowledge areas that surround, enhance and complement Systems Thinking. “STIA Mashup = Systems Thinking + Temenos + Individuation + Agility”.


  • Accessible Pricing: The STIA 2013 registration fee will be $99 for the first month only to enable anyone to participate! (There is an additional $800 residential fee which is inclusive of lodging and meals for all registrants.)


  • Open Space: Most of the speakers and topics will be selected by the attendees using Open Space technology.


  • Truly Open Space: STIA 2013 sessions will be truly open - 18 minutes of presentation followed by 42 minutes of Q&A and discussion, followed by 30 minutes of action. Remember 18+42+30!


  • Breathing Space: STIA 2013 will have a sustainable pace. We will have a 30 minute break between each session for debriefing and relaxation.  There will be no need to rush between sessions and meeting rooms. This conference will promote the enjoyment of networking and afford attendees the time to take in the outside nature.


  • Open Pre-Conferences: All participants are welcome to create, market and facilitate Pre-Conference Workshops, Events, Seminars, and Labs, keeping in mind the agreement of a $99 registration fee per participant.  



Attendee Registration


HURRY! The first registration wave of Early Bird Pricing for $99 is now open and will last only through August 30.  Please register here STIA 2013 registration.  All special requests will be considered for meals and lodging and should be referred to our conference planner, Michelle at who will do her best to accommodate your needs.



Contact us at to register interest and participate in the Open Space speaker / topic selection. You may also reach out to our Conference Planner, Michelle Dosa at to share your ideas.  Michelle will be your main point of contact once you are confirmed as a guest speaker.  Compensation is limited, consisting of waived registration and residential fee inclusive of lodging and meals. If you would like to read more about Open Space Conferencing, please refer to this wikipedia page link.  



Sponsors / Partners:

Please contact us at to discuss unique sponsorship arrangements for this amazing and dynamic conference. We will not “template” sponsor packages, thus each sponsorship consideration is viewed as a unique arrangement with us to maximize attendee - sponsor engagement and value.


Calling all future STIA hosts:

I am inspired by the format of TED, where I see very few global events organized by the organization and most of the action is local / regional by the licensees of TED.  It would bring me great joy to see an STIA event in every country of the world! If you are interested in organizing a local STIA event, please reach out to me personally, to share your hypothesis about a useful conference in your community, and to discuss which experiments you would like to run on behalf of your community.


Thank you very much and I look forward to seeing you at STIA 2013!


My very best,


Siraj Sirajuddin

Founder, Temenos LLC

Member, Society for Organizational Learning

Temenos, LLC.

1934 Old Gallows Road, Ste 350

Vienna VA 22182



Conference Planner

Michelle Dosa

Chase Productions, LLC



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