THE UNIVERSITY OBSERVATORIUM
The Great University can become an institutional role model. In this regard, and in
recognition of the complexities inherent in all sectors of life, the Great University
should set an example of how to be effective in terms of the Work Program of
Complexity (Description, Diagnosis, Design, and Implementation).|
One highly effective and innovative way in which the Great University can do this is to augment substantially the manner in which it presently conveys itself to the public. The Great University will develop, demonstrate, and maintain in an up-to-date way, the University Observatorium.
The University Observatorium will be a primary part of the university infrastructure, through which it shows (a) what the Great University has to offer, (b) how the Great University is self-regulating (like a "free market"), (c) its learning values, and (d) its addiction to openness, trust, and responsibility.
What is the University Observatium? It is a building, organized along the lines of an art museum, aiming to serve a variety of functions. Its inspiration comes from the writings of the late Harold Lasswell(1), who understood the importance of providing large displays to serve public interests in learning and discussing, as opposed to small, restricted displays, incapable of presenting adequate representations of complexity; and the writings of Sir Geoffrey Vickers, who presented clearly the distinctions between human systems and mechanical systems(2).
Among the many purposes that the University Observatorium can serve are the following:
The presence of the University Observatorium will have many benefits, including the following:
1. Harold Lasswell (1971), A Pre-View of the Policy Sciences, New York: American Elsevier.
2. G. Vickers (1983), Human Systems are Different, London: Harper and Row; G. Vickers (1983), The Art of Judgment: A Study of Policy Making, London: Harper and Row (originally published by Chapman and Hall, 1965); G. Vickers (1980), Responsibility--Its Sources and Limits, Seaside, CA: Intersystems.
3. An example of one way this can be done for sociology (and as a prototype for other academic programs, see M. M. Baldwin (1975, Ed.), Portraits of Complexity, Battelle Monograph No. 9, Columbus, OH: Battelle Memorial Institute.