AMERIN Associates

Each member of the AMERIN team has completed extensive training in Open Systems Theory and has widespread experience in applying OST tools and concepts in many different organisations and communities.

Also, all team members have been actively involved in OST action research, producing published and unpublished papers, and teaching leaders to be able to apply OST processes to develop sustainable futures for their own organisations and communities.

Mr. Peter Aughton

Peter is Managing Director of Amerin Pty Ltd and a founding member and director of DNAsoc Pty Ltd, which was established to deliver systems-based Organizational Development (OD) and OST products and services via the Internet.

Since 1993 Peter has been a systems-based OD practitioner specialising in the application of the Search Conference (SC) for large group participative strategic planning and the Participative Design Workshop (PDW) for transforming slow moving costly bureaucracies into highly productive enterprises. Both methodologies have been translated from Open Systems Theory (OST).

Peter has worked with local and overseas corporations, SMEs and all levels of government. Some of his projects have involved working with large complex businesses such as Telstra, Westpac and Cisco, through to smaller enterprises like Sydney-based J Robins & Sons Pty Ltd (the only remaining large footwear manufacturer in Australia). He has conducted SCs for the Victorian, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmanian and Western Australian State Governments to produce their respective IT and Education strategies. He has also conducted SCs and developed unique OST processes to help communities become more vibrant and healthy.

Along with his colleague, Professor Merrelyn Emery, Peter initiated the Sustainable Future Planning (SFP) program to help organizations and communities mitigate and adapt to climate change. Further details about this program can be found here: www.adaptivecommunities.com

Peter's other professional experience includes research and management positions with the Exxon and Mars Corporations. Peter holds a Bachelor of Applied Science (Chemistry) and Post Graduate qualifications in Education and Business Science (Operations Research) from the RMIT, Melbourne and Victoria Universities.


Bohdan Durnota

Bohdan Durnota is also a founding member and director of DNAsoc Pty Ltd. Before establishing DNASOC, Bohdan was the Managing Director for Decisioneering Pty Ltd, which specializes in analytics, IT and complex systems modelling.

Bohdan recently returned from Shanghai China where he was the Technical Director of DeciSci Co. Ltd. for the last 7 years. DeciSci was associated with Decisioneering. DeciSci specialized in delivering software related projects using leading edge modelling, analytics and business intelligence and often working as part of interdisciplinary teams. The application areas for the projects ranged from supply chains to urban infrastructure to crime to environmental management, and clients included WestPac and the World Bank. A specialty of DeciSci/Decisioneering is the fusion of multiple perspectives/domains, including the human element, to produce integrated models. Such models/solutions would be delivered to clients in different ways, including via the cloud.

Bohdan has also worked as an academic at Monash University in the Computing faculty, and is still doing collaborative work with a number of academics at the University of Melbourne in the areas of cloud computing and modelling. He currently also acts as a consultant in project management and modelling for commercial projects undertaken by the SMART Infrastructure Facility at the University of Wollongong.

His previous experience has included general management in a technical startup, systems architecture, and analytics/operations research.


Professor Merrelyn Emery

Merrelyn is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Applied Human Services, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada where she led the development and analysis phases of a large Canadian project focusing on identifying and measuring the factors that cause mental health problems in the workplace.

Merrelyn obtained her first class honours degree in psychology from the University of New England in 1964 and her PhD in marketing from the University of New South Wales in 1986. Merrelyn has worked in Psychology, Education Research and Continuing Education, mainly at the Australian National University. Since 1970 she has worked specifically to develop open systems theory as a practical conceptual framework.

This work has involved working collaboratively with innumerable organizations and communities around the world. This ensures that open systems methods work reliably in every culture and that basic concepts are easily understood by ordinary people who are working toward their desirable and adaptable futures.

Merrelyn has published numerous articles together with a host of institutional research reports and 15 books, the latest of which is 'FROM TUNISIA TO OCCUPY AND BEYOND: THE NEW WAVE OF SOCIAL CHANGE, PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE'. She is currently working on two research projects, the first of which will result in practical strategies for organizations and communities to more effectively address the causes and effects of climate change. The second will result in a book documenting the need for science in general to move from closed systems and reductionism to the reality of phenomena as open systems.


Dr John Barton

John Barton is Melbourne-based strategy consultant and educator and an Adjunct Reader in the School of Integrative Systems at the University of Queensland. His work emphasises the role of systemic thinking and system dynamics simulation modelling in business.

John Barton is a Melbourne-based consultant and educator. His work emphasises the role of systemic thinking and system dynamics modelling in business. He has previously held senior management positions in industry and in education.

John's current and recent consulting assignments include:

  • The development of an audit instrument for measuring knowledge management capabilities and the identification and modelling of relationship capital as a driver of business performance for a large Australian utility;
  • As a Director of AssetEconomics, a New York-based think-tank, John has developmed new tools and techniques for measuring intangible asset drivers of business performance for Accenture's Centre for High Performance Business;
  • The modelling of industry dynamics and knowledge structures relating to the development of a 25 year outlook for the Australian grains industry;
  • Undertaking supply chain mapping and a balanced scorecard rollout for an international car manufacturer; and
  • Producing and implementing an executive development program for a number of South East Asian organisations.

John's recent teaching engagements involve graduate programs in systems thinking and Knowledge Management at the University of Palermo, Sicily; the Norwegian School of Management (in conjunction with the AIM); The Australian National University (ANU); and Monash University.

John's academic background is in mathematics, economics, econometrics, and management. He has also undertaken executive development in Corporate Strategy at the Sloan School of Management, MIT. He is a Visiting Fellow at the National Graduate School of Management at the ANU and is a visiting Professor at the University of Palermo.


Aurelia Roman

Aurelia Roman is a Montreal-based research consultant and educator and a North American Colleague of the Sustainable Future Planning (SFP) development program.

Since 1998, when she obtained her law degree, Aurelia expanded her education in human relations, intervention in human systems and collaborated on multidisciplinary research and consulting projects.

Grounding her work in the socio-ecological body of knowledge known as Open Systems Theory, she currently teaches in the Applied Human Sciences at Concordia University and conducts research on social innovation, participatory governance and civic engagement.


Rod Sarah

Rod Sarah is an OD professional with an extensive background in strategic and operational management in the public sector, which he has successfully combined with a teaching and consulting role. Based in Melbourne, he currently lectures in systems thinking and theory as it relates to strategic foresight, organzsation and business dynamics, knowledge management and sustainability at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He also delivers corporate and public education programs in this field.

With qualifications in Economics, Business Management and Organizational Systems, Rod is due to complete his PhD later in the next few months. His research draws on open systems theory and explores leveraging systems thinking and action research principles for organizational development as a part of a corporate strategic renewal program.

His passion is in helping people improve their own practice whether in organizational or community settings by increasing self-awareness and becoming more self-reflective practitioners. His recent work includes working with disadvantaged and unemployed teenagers and young adults to help them re-engage with the formal educational system.