Michael Lissack


Michael Lissack is the immediate past President of the American Society for Cybernetics (2015 to 2020), Executive Director Emeritus of the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (1998 to 2018), and Professor of Design and Innovation, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University, Shanghai (2015 to present).

Dr. Lissack holds a doctorate from the Henley Management College (1999), a masters degree from Yale (1981), and a bachelors degree from Williams College (1979).

His academic work has focused on how cybernetics and complex systems help to better understand human cognition at both the individual and shared levels. .

Name :Michael R. Lissack
Email : michael.lissack@gmail.com
Phone : 617-710-9565




Dr. Lissack is available to speak to groups large and small on "How we Think", "The Dangers of Excess Simplification", and "A Guide to Better Understanding"



Dr. Lissack is available to give half day to three day seminars on these same topics to academic and corporate groups around the globe.


Real Estate

Michael helps people in the Greater Boston Area buy and sell homes . He is also the managing broker for the Virtual Realty Group in Oregon and Washington.


On-line Research

Please visit FindRelatedBooks.com to see an example of Dr. Lissack's Find More Like This technology at work


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Key Ideas

If you can discover what it is about a shortcut or simplification that allows its user to take it for granted, you are then prepared to innovate.

We are cognitively limited creatures.The world is more complex than we can cognize.

Insight comes from asking questions. Serendipity comes from preparedness. Ask questions to be prepared.

How the serendipity happened is key to understanding how to deploy its result

We depend on simplifications in order to cope. But we are the agents creating those same simplifications.

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