The 2015 International Conference on the Science of Dialogic Design: Symposia for Scientists and Practitioners

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Conference Dates: May 4-8, 2015
Post Conference School: May 9 May, 2015

Place: Limassol, Cyprus

Venue: Cyprus University of Technology[1], Amphitheater 2, and Workshop Rooms 1 & 2 at the Tasos Papadopoulos Building (Corner of Themidos/Ifigeneias - one street west of Anexartisias Av, or two streets east of the City Hall). See Map[2]

Format: The format is not the standard for a typical conference. Every day will have the same structure but a different focus. ; Many sessions will use the Structured Dialogic Design Process (SDDP) Methodology; some presentations; very short presentations for specific tasks; contributions to be sent before the actual symposion.

Five Minutes of Fame Five individuals every day give 5-min TEDx-like presentations about themselves and their key work.
Keynote Lecture Senior members of Global Agoras introduce the Theme and the challenges of the day.
Symposion Symposion on the Theme of the day; A few speakers and a lot of discussion.
Co-Laboratory Members of the Global Agoras will have a closed-door Co-Laboratory on the Theme of the day; Other conference participants may have the same Co-Laboratory in a parallel session.
Evening Lecture Lecture given over dinner; anecdotal and informal in nature. Memories and Reflections from an event related to focal subject of the day (By a senior member of Global Agoras)

Registration and Participation Fees:
In order to register, simply pay your fees wiring them to the account below

  • Local and International participants €200 (€175 if prepaid before 31 Dec 2014 )
  • Students €125 (€100 if prepaid before 31 Dec 2014 ); Or €25/day
  • SDDP School €45/daily session (€35 if prepaid)

Payment:
Name of Account Holder: Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology Institute
Address of Account Holder: 5 Promitheos, 1065 Nicosia, CYPRUS
Account Details
IBAN CY09 0020 0128 0000 0001 0186 1900
SWIFT CODE: BCYPCY2N010
Name of Bank: Bank of Cyprus, Branch 128
56 Corner Makariou and 1 Demofontos , Nicosia
Tel. 22127500
Fax 22750590


Organizers: The conference is co-organized by:

Organizing Committee:


Aims:

  1. Create an opportunity for scientists and practitioners of the Science of Dialogic Design (SDD) from across the world to get together for a whole week and engage in structured democratic dialogues that would help us all not only advance the science and plan its future, but also to get to know each other and become friends.
  2. Offer a unique opportunity for younger colleagues and people interested to learn more about the Structured Dialogic Design Process (SDDP) to engage in the science and/or the practice, to meet and interact with world pioneers, as well as to attend specially designed SDD Facilitators Training Schools that lead to Certification.
  3. Combine international efforts to achieve global consensus towards conscious evolution of the required social transformations.

Accommodation

Participants should take care of their own accommodation. The conference will take place in conference rooms that belong to the Cyprus University of Technology located at the center of the Limassol Old City. Limassol is a culturally rich city that offers visitors and tourists quality and plentifulness of options. Prices in the beginning of May are lower than during the tourist season. There are many Hotels inside the city and also along the shore for up to 10-15 Km East of the city. There are easy-to-get buses connecting the tourist zones with the centre.

You may opt for a Hotel close to the City Centre (using the filter in Booking.com) or an apartment even outside the city (much cheaper) to combine business with some vacations. The organisers will try to assign whenever possible Local Assistants to international visitors to help them with their transportation and moving around.
Participants are strongly advised to make their arrangements before the end of the year to benefit from best prices.

Suggested Nearby Restaurants for Lunch

  1. Famagusta Kebab House[3], Saripolou 64, Limassol 3041, Cyprus +357 25367138
  2. Kipros Souvlakia No.1[4] Tziamoudas "Alekos" Gladstonos 21A-B, Tziamouda, Lemesos, Cyprus +357 25363590
  3. Marios Snacks [5]10, Ayias Zonis, 3027, Limassol, Cyprus +357 25360116

Financial Support and Student scholarships

All participants will pay fees. The fees will be used towards supporting visiting scientists and practitioners who come from far away and may need some financial support.

Justification of the Need

The need for far-reaching social transformations in our world is now widely acknowledged. All stakeholders recognize the fact that social change requires participatory, democratic processes. The Structured Dialogic Design Process is positioned as a powerful tool in this context. The purpose of this timely international gathering in Cyprus is not to revisit the history of the past 40 plus years but to create the history of the future. The community of scientists and practitioners of the science of dialogic design has now expanded to include people from all parts of the world and a variety of languages and cultures. This dedicated community of scientists will gather for a whole week to deliberate formally and informally on how to evolve the process and retain its scientific credibility together with its cultural sensitivity.

We recognize the fact that our third millennium world needs new methodologies and new tools capable of harnessing the collective wisdom of people from all walks of life in order to protect its sustainability and foster up harmony into its evolution. The event will include sessions dedicated to identifying needs, recognizing challenges and exploring options for new features and new solutions. Each day will include a Keynote Lecture, a Symposion, a Co-Laboratory and a an Evening Lecture all focusing on the same challenge. Some sessions may be parallel offering opportunities for senior members of the Global Agoras to deliberate on their own and to other participants to present and attend a classic-type conference.

No claim is being made abour the superiority of the Structured Dialogic Design Process, even though there is substantial empirical evidence, from more than 1,000 applications in the arena, to this effect when dealing with the management of complexity. SDDP belongs to the Third Phase of Science, and as a consequence it is meant to be complementary to other methodologies originating from First and Second Phases of Science.

A Glimpse into the Design Aims of the Program

1. Get to know each other and what everyone is doing At the launch of ever day's program, five people will be invited to present themselves and their key work. We called it Five Minutes of Fame because we expect participants to make VERY short, TEDx-style, presentations. The presentations will be videotaped using quality systems. To prepare for the preparation people should be offering answers to questions like who s/he is, what s/he is doing, what are hers/his major interests, vision for the future, the ONE most important message to leave with the group for the theme of the day, etc. To be allowed to present, one should submit a video 3 months ahead of time. This is to ensure that people have truly prepared for such a short, but very rich presentation and not come unprepared.

2. Define future features of collective wisdom harnessing tools We plan to use the Structured Dialogic Design Process Methodology and Cognicope analogous software to define requirements and future features of collective wisdom harnessing tools as reflected by practitioners and students of the science. An analogous virtual SDDP was organised more than 4 years ago and has driven developments since then. The vision is for a new process to kindle developments for the next 3-4 years using the authentic needs, ideas, and wishes of the community of scientists and practitioners.

3. Scaling-up the dialogue to engage thousands or millions The next frontier. An SDDP on the challenges of scaling up and engaging thousands or millions in social change processes adhering to the laws of the science of dialogic design (on present state of realization of the idea of Demoscopio or Social Planetarium which would give citizens the opportunity to participate in deliberation and implementation of public policies in Crete see http://www.leregardcretois.blogspot.gr/2015/03/blog-post_8.html).

4. Coordinating and aligning our efforts Challenge: How do we coordinate our efforts in organising dozens, if not hundreds, of SDDPs around the globe, letting people world-wide know about the potentials of the Dialogic Design Science.

Positioning Dialogic Design Science within the framework of other systems science methodologies and approaches Important questions:
questions such as the following:

  • Is Dialogic Design Science the appropriate response at this time and necessarily the preferred over others?
  • Can Dialogic Design Science contribute towards reaching a global consensus?
  • When and how is Dialogic Design Science complementary to other approaches offering other insights?
  • How can we best interrelate complementary approaches, each with a tendency to consider that it is of primary value -- especially in seeking to reinforce that perspective through the gathering

-- Supposing that significant support for Dialogic Design Science emerged as a consequence of the exercise, how is it assumed that the cases for marginalizing other approaches (considered to be of lesser relevance) would be undertaken

-- How best to deal with advocacy of competing approaches and their constituencies

-- if it is possible that "different strokes are required for different folks", how is this consideration to be recognized and integrated, especially if those marginalized by SDD strenuously object in some way

-- What questions remain unasked in framing the SDD initiative -- as they are in the framing of initiatives by others -- and how do such questions constrain the wider appreciation of the outcome (some arguments in favor of hypothesis that it is the ontological questions concerning the structure and transformation of social systems which remain most often unasked are available to all interested at https://www.academia.edu/12128715/Ontological_questions_of_a_Structural_Dialogical_Design_apprentice_concerning_SDD_Axioms_from_sociology_of_knowledge_perspective ).

The deliberations at the gathering will address all four domains of the DOSM, i.e., the Foundation, Theory, Methodology, and Applications, in order to ensure the evolution of the science in accordance to the tenants of this model, as described in the referential transparency paper posted at the link: http://dialogicdesignscience.wikispaces.com/Laws+(7)

Preliminary Program

Day 1 Monday May 4

Main Theme: Contemporary Global Challenges

8: 30 - 9:00 Networking over coffee

9:00 - 9:20 Welcoming by Yiannis Laouris and Aleco Christakis

9:20 - 9:44 Five Minutes of Fame

  1. Person 1: Marios Michaelides
  2. Person 2: Norma Romm
  3. Person 3: Antigoni Parmaxi Panayiotis Zaphiris
  4. Person 4: Roxana Cárdenas

9:40 - 10:10 Keynote Norma Romm: The Epistemological Grounding of Structured Dialogical Design

  • Introduction to the Theme and the Challenges of the day. Chair of KMT introduces the background of the afternoon's SDDP

10:10 - 10:25 Marios Michaelides: Introduction to the Triggering Question.

10:25 - 11:00 Interactive Session over coffee and snacks. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE IDEA electronically:

Statement
Clarification as text
Clarification as video


11:00 - 13.00 Symposion 1: Contemporary Global Challenges
  • Open to all participants
11:00 - 13.00 Presentations (Conference style) and Panel Discussion
Marios Michaelides, Marios Constantinou, Yiannis Panayiotou: Stakeholders' Engagement
Roxana Cárdenas: The Century of the Cities: inequality and urban growth
Andreas Shoshilos: Engaging the citizens of a whole village using an adapted version of structured democratic dialogue
Antigoni Parmaxi: Technology in Education

13:00 - 14.00 Free Light Lunch at near-by restaurants (not covered by conference)

14:00 - 18.00 Co-Laboratory of Democracy: Stakeholders' Engagement
Triggering Question: What are the requirements of an ideal approach that secures authentic and effective engagement of all relevant stakeholders?
Dialogue Design Team

20:00 Dinner at http://www.mezetavernacyprus.net CYPRUS Meze - Please let us know if vegetarian
Evening Lecture: Memories and Reflections from Co-Labs in Cyprus by Marios Michaelides

Day 2 Tuesday May 5

Main Theme: Next Generation Tools, Approaches and Resources

8: 30 - 9:00 Networking over coffee

9:00 - 9:30 Five Minutes of Fame

  1. Person 1: Jeff Diedrich
  2. Person 2: Gayle Underwood
  3. Person 3: Andy Hegedus
  4. Person 4: Katerina Fotiou
  5. Person 5: Savia Christou

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote Yiannis Laouris, Kevin Dye and Jeff Diedrich: From face-to-face, small groups, small scale applications to world-wide impacts

  • Introduction to the Theme and the Challenges of the day. Chair of KMT introduces the background of the afternoon's SDDP

10:00 - 10:15 Jeff Diedrich: Introduction to the Triggering Question. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE Statements electronically

10:15 - 11:00 Interactive Session over coffee and snacks. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE IDEA electronically:

Statement
Clarification as text
Clarification as video


11:00 - 13.00 Symposion 4: Defining Features of SDD-type of engagements of Next Generation Tools, Approaches and Resources
  • Open to all participants
11:00 - 13.00 Presentations (Conference style) and Panel Discussion
Savia Christou and Eleni Philippou: Cogniscope v3 and beyond
Jeff Diedrich: Logosofia - Next gen. SDD software
Katerina Fotiou: IdeaPrism: A collection of Web- and App technologies to support scaling-up
Andy Hegedus: Growing What We Have Today
Gayle Underwood: We All Have Special Needs
Elina Antoniou: How we can use creative thinking processes taugh by kids, during an SDDP process


13:00 - 14.00 Free Light Lunch at near-by restaurants (not covered by conference)

14:00 - 18.00 Co-Laboratory of Democracy: Defining Features of of SDD-type mass engagements
Triggering Question: What are requirements for Next Generation Tools, Approaches and Resources to enable SDD-type of engagements of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of people?
Dialogue Design Team


Free Night

Day 3 Wednesday May 6

Main Theme: The Challenges of Scaling-up to engage millions

8: 30 - 9:00 Networking over coffee

9:00 - 9:30 Five Minutes of Fame

  1. Person 1: Kevin Dye
  2. Person 2: Paul Hays
  3. Person 3: Reynaldo Treviño
  4. Person 4: Constantina Spanoude
  5. Person 5: Maria Kakoulaki

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote: Yiannis Laouris: The Challenges of Scaling up

  • Introduction to the Theme and the Challenges of the day. Chair of KMT introduces the background of the afternoon's SDDP

10:00 - 10:15 Kevin Dye: Introduction to the Triggering Question. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE Statements electronically

10:15 - 11:00 Interactive Session over coffee and snacks. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE IDEA electronically:

Statement
Clarification as text
Clarification as video


11:00 - 13.00 Symposion 2: The Challenges of Scaling up
  • Open to all participants
11:00 - 13.00 Presentations (Conference style) and Panel Discussion
Paul Hays: The Economics of Scalability
Yiannis Laouris: Local micro SDDs resulting into global consensus
Kevin Dye: Actual Variety and Its Discontents: Techniques for Eliciting & Articulating Participant’s "Perfect Dissatisfaction" with Transitory Social Networks of Engagements
Reynaldo Treviño: From the Interloquium Experiment to the Millennium Requirements for Global Dialogues
Constantina Spanoude: The Wisdom Summator


13:00 - 14.00 Free Light Lunch at near-by restaurants (not covered by conference)

14:00 - 18.00 Co-Laboratory of Democracy: The Challenges of Scaling up
Triggering Question: What features are ideally required by a future social networking tool that will enable the authentic participation of millions without violating the principles of SDD? Dialogue Design Team


Evening Lecture: Memories and Reflections from the development of 20th Century Cogniscope tools - Kevin Dye

Day 4 Thursday May 7

Main Theme: Navigating Complexity using diverse Systems Methodologies

8: 30 - 9:00 Networking over coffee

9:00 - 9:30 Five Minutes of Fame

  1. Person 1: Nikitas Assimakopoulos
  2. Person 2: Ken Bausch
  3. Person 3: Janet McIntyre
  4. Person 4: Gerald Midgley
  5. Person 5: Peter Jones

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote by Gerald Midgley: Navigating complexity using diverse systems approaches.

  • Introduction to the Theme and the Challenges of the day. Chair of KMT introduces the background of the afternoon's SDDP

10.00 - 10:15 Peter Jones: Introduction to the Triggering Question. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE Statements electronically

10:15 - 11:00 Interactive Session over coffee and snacks. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE IDEA electronically:

Statement
Clarification as text
Clarification as video


11:00 - 13.00 Symposion 5: Navigating Complexity using diverse Systems Methodologies
  • Open to all participants
11:00 - 13.00 Presentations (Conference style) and Panel Discussion
Ken Bausch: Third Phase Science
Peter Jones: Bringing Design to Dialogic Design. Balancing the science of dialogic design with design thinking and design practices.
Janet McIntyre: Ecological footprint and planetary passport: design and prototype for alternative architectures for democracy and governance based on co-creation and co-determination
Nikitas Assimakopoulos and Demetris Varsos: Proffesional Systemics and SDD


13:00 - 14.00 Free Light Lunch at near-by restaurants (not covered by conference)

14:00 - 18.00 Co-Laboratory of Democracy: Navigating Complexity using diverse Systems Methodologies.
Triggering Question: What would be the requirements for achieving a transformation to more systemic policy-making, decision-making, and acting at all scales, from global to local?
Dialogue Design Team

Free Night

Day 5 Friday May 8

Main Theme: 21st Century Problématique and Global Democratic [R]evolution

8: 30 - 9:00 Networking over coffee

9:00 - 9:30 Five Minutes of Fame

  1. Person 1: Heiner Benking
  2. Person 2: Tom Flanagan
  3. Person 3: Elena Kalli Stelios Papapetrou
  4. Person 4: Marios Constantinou
  5. Person 5: Andreas Shoshilos

9:30 - 10:00 Keynote Aleco Christakis: Why do we need a design culture to reverse the triumph of technocracy over democracy

  • Introduction to the Theme and the Challenges of the day. Chair of KMT introduces the background of the afternoon's SDDP

10.00 - 10:15 Peter Jones: Introduction to the Triggering Question. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE Statements electronically

10:15 - 11:00 Interactive Session over coffee and snacks. Discussions in small groups. Each person submits at least ONE IDEA electronically:

Statement
Clarification as text
Clarification as video


11:00 - 13.00 Symposion 6: 21st Century Problématique and Global Democratic [R]evolution
  • Open to all participants
11:00 - 13.00 Presentations (Conference style) and Panel Discussion
Tom Flanagan: Deliberation: a path to catalysis, catharsis, or chaos
Sotos Shiakides: Epistemological and Methodological Reflections on Structured Democratic Dialogue
Elena Kalli & Stelios Papapetrou: Defining the vision of the youth board of Cyprus
Peter Jones: Beyond the Predicament. Rethinking Ozbekhan’s normative planning as a core practice of systemic design
Heiner Benking: (work-title) GLocal Harvesting and TakingStock. An Outlook towards FutureLab 2.0 - (Zukunftswerkstatt and New Librarians [as requested and envisioned by Futurist Robert Jungk]) revisted

13:00 - 14.00 Free Light Lunch at near-by restaurants (not covered by conference)

14:00 - 18.00 Co-Laboratory of Democracy: 21st Century Problématique and Global Democratic [R]evolution.
Triggering Question: What Challenges do we face in addressing the 21st Century Problématique and Global Democratic [R]evolution? > What actions should we, as a community of researchers and practitioners, take in order to take SDD to the next level?[6],
Dialogue Design Team


20:00 Dinner at Karatello Tavern[7]- Please let us know if vegetarian

Evening Lecture: The Club of Rome replayed: The triumph of technocracy over democracy. - Aleco Christakis

Day 6 Saturday May 9

SDD Facilitators Training School: Hands-on Training Opportunities for advanced and beginner SDD Facilitators to advance their skills through practical training. Interested individuals should register well in advance. The organisers will assign to them roles (i.e., Broker, Sponsor, Member of the Design Team, co-Facilitator, Lead Facilitator etc.) and mentor them throughout the process.

Day 7 Sunday May 10

Possible day trips for participants (free time)

A Historical Perspective: From the Club of Rome to the Digital Era

For the last 40 plus years there have been probably more than 1,000 applications of SDDP in Co-Laboratories of Democracy staged in a variety of settings around the world. For example in Cyprus, the location of this Symposion (it is a Greek word meaning drinking together), we have a history of more than 20 years of applications and more than 70 Co-Laboratories[8] with government agencies, such as the Ministries of Finance, Transportation, Interior, and many others, as well as bi-communal colabs involving Greek and Turkish Cypriots addressing issues of conflict resolution and peace building on the island of Aphrodite.

The first test of the Interpretive Structural Modeling (ISM) algorithm, developed by John Warfield[9] in 1971, was conducted by Dave Malone and Aleco Christakis on the table top of Warfield’s office at the Battelle Columbus Laboratories in Ohio, USA. The first application of ISM with real people was conducted by Brother Raymond Fitz, who later on became the President of the University of Dayton, with the City Council of Dayton in 1973. There is a video of this ISM session with the members of the city council deliberating on setting budget priorities for allocating the city revenue. The first Center for Interactive Management was established by Warfield and Christakis at the University of Virginia in 1982, and was moved to George Mason University in 1984. The first consultancy employing the Interactive Management methodology, a predecessor of SDD, was established by Christakis in Philadelphia in 1989, and it worked for 25 years with more than 50 clients in government agencies, corporations, foundations, and NGOs. The Institute for 21st Century Agoras was founded by Dr. Ken Bausch and Aleco Christakis in 2002, in preparation for the 2003 International conference of ISSS (www.ISSS.org) in Crete, when Christakis was serving as President of the systems society met Yiannis Laouris for the first time. Soon there after Laouris established the Future Worlds Center, which emerged as a leader in the evolution of SDD.

The purpose of this timely symposion in Cyprus is not to revisit the history of the past 40 plus years, but to create the history of the future on the foundation of past history. The community of scientists and practitioners of the Dialogic Design Science has now expanded to include people from all parts of the world and a variety of languages and cultures. This dedicated community of scientists will gather for the first time in this symposion for a whole week, and will deliberate formally and informally on how to evolve the process and retain its scientific credibility together with its cultural sensitivity.

The Framework of their deliberations will be the Domain of Science Model (DOSM) developed by Warfield and shown graphically here.

Examples of analogous efforts

Currently consideration is being given to the process of argumentation on the web and the only too evident weaknesses of current methodologies. Examples are documented below.


Confirmed International Pioneers (alphabetically)

  1. Aleco Christakis
  2. Andy Hegedus
  3. Gayle Underwood
  4. Gerald Midgley
  5. Heiner Benking
  6. Janet McIntyre
  7. Jeff Diedrich
  8. Ken Bausch
  9. Kevin Dye
  10. Maria Kakoulaki
  11. Nikitas Assimakopoulos
  12. Norma Romm
  13. Paul Hays
  14. Peter Jones
  15. Reynaldo Treviño
  16. Roxana Cárdenas
  17. Tom Flanagan

Confirmed Local Pioneers (alphabetically)

  1. Andreas Shoshilos
  2. Anna Pavlina Charalambous
  3. Antigoni Parmaxi
  4. Charalambos Solonos
  5. Constantina Spanoude
  6. Constantinos Tsiourtos
  7. Elena Kalli
  8. Elia Petridou
  9. Eleni Philippou
  10. Georgia Nathanael
  11. Katerina Fotiou
  12. Maria Georgiou
  13. Maria Loizou
  14. Mary Ioannou
  15. Marios Constantinou
  16. Marios Michaelides
  17. Savia Christou
  18. Sotos Shiakides
  19. Stelios Papapetrou
  20. Tonia Loizidou
  21. Yiannis Laouris
  22. Yiannis Panayiotou


Videos from SDDP Conference (2015)

Constantina Spanoude                   


Gayle Underwood


Andreas Shoshilos


Andy Hegedus


Heiner Benking


Jeff Diedrich


Katerina Fotiou


Ken Bausch


Kevin Dye


Ngam Leslie Timngum


Marios Michaelides


Nikitas Assimakopoulos


Norma Romm


Paul Hays


Reynaldo Trevino


Roxana Cardenas


Tom Flanagan


Maria Kakoulaki

Citations


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