Metaphorum was established to continue the work of
Stafford Beer, the founder of managerial cybernetics. It is based in the UK
and Ireland but involves participants from six continents.
In this paper I will set out the principle features of the deliberations of
Metaphorum to date, one of which is that Beer's work has been rediscovered
as cybernetics of identity. As identities are the very stuff of social
life, this understanding allows a major breakthrough in terms of the
application of his work and cybernetics to the social sciences and
sociology, specifically under the auspices of the cybernetic formulation of
governance, an issue that Beer addressed later in his career.