Allenna Leonard

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Allenna Leonard at "Stafford Beer’s Fifty Years of Applied Epistemology Or, what else besides the VSM?" meeting at Hull University Centre for Systems Studies, 2015

Allenna Leonard is an American cyberneticist, consultant and director of Team Syntegrity International, specializing in the application of Stafford Beer's Viable System Model and Syntegration.[1] She was president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences in 2009–2010,[2] and led the organization of its 54th annual meeting in Waterloo, Canada.


She received a B.A. Classic liberal arts curriculum from the St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland, a M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, in administration with a concentration in cybernetics.[3]

Leonard is consultant under auspices of The Complementary Set, especially applications of the Viable System Model, a part-time University Teacher, Licensee T.S.I. and a representative of Cwarel Isaf Institute.[3] Currently she is Director of Team Syntegrity Inc. of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She was president of the American Society for Cybernetics from 2002 to 2004, and was elected president for 2009–2010 of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.[4]

Allenna Leonard was Stafford Beer’s partner in life and in work from 1981 until his death in 2002. She states on her web page that she is committed to continuing to use and publicize his work, and that her special interest is using Syntegration as a forum for democratic dialogue, especially on issues of public importance.[3]

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Allenna Leonard has published several works on cybernetics and the work of Stafford Beer. A selection:

  • — (1994). Roger Harnden (ed.). How many grapes went into the wine : Stafford Beer on the art and science of holistic management. New York: Wiley.
  • with Stafford Beer (2001). The Systems Perspective: Methods And Models For The Future.
  • with Angela Espinosa (2006). Cybernetics and Public Administration.

Articles and papers, a selection:


  1. ^ ABOUT THE ASC OFFICERS Archived 2008-05-09 at the Wayback Machine. American Society for Cybernetics. 2008.
  2. ^ "Presidents of ISSS – International Society for the Systems Sciences". Archived from the original on 2012-02-17. Retrieved 2011-12-04.
  3. ^ a b c Leonard's personal web page at Staffordian Syntegration. Accessed 31 Oct 2008.
  4. ^ Board of Directors Archived 2008-05-16 at the Wayback Machine at Accessed 3 Nov 2008.

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