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The Open University celebrates 50 years of Systems education (now branded as STiP, systems thinking in practice) development and provision in 2021. The OU is perhaps the largest and most experienced provider of STiP education and scholarship in the world (with a substantial archive accessible to the public). A series of activities to celebrate this achievement have begun through the auspices of ASTiP (Applied Systems Thinking in Practice) group in the School of Engineering and Innovation – see ‘News’ for notice of future events and see YouTube for up-to-date recordings of previous events.

OUSTiP@50 marks a significant unique coupling in 1971 between provision of Supported Open Distance Learning at the OU (from 1969) with tertiary level teaching of systems thinking in the UK and beyond. A short history of OU systems thinking is available to download through the following link: Systems Thinking at the Open University: 50-year celebration (OU Systems @50) (Ison, 2021).

Most events are hosted through OU Zoom platform. To receive the live links for the talk, please register your intent to attend on Eventbrite link to the event.  There are a limited number of spaces available on Zoom. Overflow attendees will watch on YouTube or Facebook Live. Online conversations on social media are available using #OUSTiP and #OUSTiP50.