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Monday, August 3
 

13:30 CEST

Balancing Individualism and Collectivism in an Australian Aboriginal Context

Epochs have occurred throughout the history of the earth. A move from one epoch to the next can be considered to occur when there is a major transition which has a geological impact on all of life. A transition from the Holocene to the Anthropocene is now considered to have occurred in about the year 1800 with the Industrial Revolution. Dramatic changes to global conditions have occurred in a little over 200 years since then, with the consequent impact on the environment and all living things. Along with a geological change, a cultural transition has occurred. An individualistically oriented style of thinking has come to prominence with an objectification and exploitation of the environment. Yet, amongst Indigenous cultures, this change has not taken place. They retain a collectivist style of thinking and behavior and a deep respect for the land and all it contains. One of the values we can gain as participants in the Anthropocene is a recognition of these different types of knowledge existing in cohabitation, a comfortableness with an individualistic and relational identity occurring alongside each other. How much more valuable for this epoch to become an inclusive era when the collectivist perspectives from Indigenous cultures are appreciated alongside individualistic perspectives of developed nations?

Keywords: Anthropocene, individualism, collectivism, Aboriginal, Indigenous, cultural transition 


Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

Speakers
KM

Keith Miller

Senior Lecturer, Flinders University
ISSS Regular


Monday August 3, 2015 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00 CEST

A Systemic View of the Value of Environmental Conservation: the Case of Bono Takyiman, Ghana
Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

Speakers

Monday August 3, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:30 CEST

Foregrounding Critical Systemic and Indigenous Ways of Collective Knowing Towards (Re)Directing the Anthropocene
Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa

Speakers
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.


Monday August 3, 2015 14:30 - 15:00 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

15:00 CEST

Contributing to Sustainability through Translation in Governing the Anthropocene
Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

Speakers

Monday August 3, 2015 15:00 - 15:30 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

16:00 CEST

Ecological Footprint and Governing the Anthropocene through Balancing Individualism and Collectivism
Moderators
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

ISSS Board & SIG Chairs
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa

Monday August 3, 2015 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Stockholm 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

16:30 CEST

Risks, Crisis and the European Law: Implications and Parallels for Addressing Financial, Energy Security and Environmental Catastrophe
Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

Speakers
Presenter / Artist
JK

Juliane Katherine Mendelsohn

Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin
ASC Student One Day (Wednesday)


Monday August 3, 2015 16:30 - 17:00 CEST
Stockholm 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

17:00 CEST

Analytical Framework for a Systemic Analysis of Drivers and Dynamics of Historical Land-Use Changes: A Shift Towards Systems Thinking
Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Claudia Stephanie Coral

Claudia Stephanie Coral

Phd candidate, Humboldt University of Berlin
Claudia Coral is a Ph.D. candidate in Agricultural Sciences at Humboldt University of Berlin, Faculty of Life Sciences, Department of Agricultural Economics. Additionally, she is currently completing the Doctoral Certificate Program in Agricultural Economics conducted jointly by numerous... Read More →


Monday August 3, 2015 17:00 - 17:30 CEST
Stockholm 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

17:30 CEST

The Anthropocene Problem As an Axiological Desequilibrium
Moderators
avatar for Janet McIntyre-Mills

Janet McIntyre-Mills

SIG Chair: Balancing Individualism and Collectivism, flinders university
I am based at Flinders And I am also linkd with Uni of Indonesia and Uni of South Africa
avatar for Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Norma Ruth Arlene Romm

Professor, Adult Education, University of South Africa
I am interested in how research activity (including professional and other research activity) impacts on the construction of our worlds ; and I am keen to reflect upon how researchers can take into account the potential impact of research activities.

Presenter / Artist
FP

Francisco Parra-Luna

Retired Professor
ISSS Retired


Monday August 3, 2015 17:30 - 18:00 CEST
Stockholm 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Thursday, August 6
 

13:30 CEST

Towards Systems Thinking: Strengthening the Bonds Between Operations Research (OR) and Health Services Planning & Epidemiology

The study proposes a dialogical approach between OR and Health Services Planning and Epidemiology based on the similarities of their own epistemological experiences, according to Habermas’ Theory of Knowledge. As a field of application, health services planning and epidemiology are Complex Societal Problems (CSP), requiring multidisciplinary and multi-dimensional approach. The paper suggests an agenda towards systems thinking to enhance the interaction between the disciplines to guarantee the implementation research´ results by decision makers. Multi-methodology and concept maps tools deal with CSP and may consider peacefully the coexistence of different paradigms. Structuring the problems by concept maps accomplish the systems thinking approach, by presenting the context with diverse levels, feedback loops and dependencies. The map is a real board upon which actors and stakeholders exercise their communicative skills and define collaborative loops towards concepts, meanings and practical implementation.


Presenter / Artist
MS

Maria Stella Castro Lobo

Physician, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/ University Hospital
ISSS Dev


Thursday August 6, 2015 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00 CEST

Thrive Human Beings

The Human Being is a complete sustainable thrive subsystem that can self empower and take care of himself, if he is aware.

This project shows, through experience, you can transform yourself: heal, rejuvenate and empower oneself. We, human beings, are complete thrive entities. We are the owners of our divine tools that have within. When we learn how to use them, how to create energy, redirect and nourish on our own, we can heal and empowered ourselves.

This paper shows a few of the many ways we, human beings, can use our inner powerful energy for heal and empower ourselves. Is an inter and transdisciplinary work. 


Presenter / Artist
avatar for Fabiana Crespo

Fabiana Crespo

Journalist, fabianacrespo@gmail.com
ISSS Student


Thursday August 6, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:30 CEST

Yin/Yang Cancer Treatment System: A Fundamental Shift in Cancer Management
Yin/Yang Cancer Treatment System: A Fundamental Shift in Cancer Management

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FUNDAMENTAL SHIFT IN CANCER MANAGEMENT PROGRAM     

Elior L. Kinarthy, PhD

elior.kinarthy@gmail.com

www.cancer-vcrc.org

Better cancer screening and advances in various treatments have increased the survival rate of the majority of cancer patients to over five years. The purpose of this pilot case study is to demonstrate that with a restructured cancer management system the survival rate of a male patient with bone metastatic prostate cancer can potentially exceed 15 years. The fundamental shift in the cancer management begins from ground zero, a practical integration of western and eastern systems of treating cancer.

This 15 year case study uses Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman’s “System 1 and System 2” decision making process (Thinking, Fast and Slow, Doubleday, Canada, 2011). These systems of thinking can be used for adjusting the doctors’ orders to fit the patient’s needs. The goal is to select the most effective treatment management for that patient in an optimal support environment. The focus is the patient as a client participant. The method for treating cancer successfully requires new proactive rules of behaviour at home and at clinics and hospitals. The functional framework for treating cancer successfully requires adopting new roles of behaviour for the patient as a proactive client, the physician as an effective communicator and administrator of treatments, and the family, friends and the patients as a socio-emotive support group.

The effectiveness of the new system requires participation by all practitioners in a cancer client advocacy workshop run by a trained holistic case management technician that ensures that complementary treatments such as CBD (Cannabidiol), DCT (Dendritic Cell Therapy), hyperthermia, meditation, infusions, Proton radiation, green tea (Gyokuro), Ginger, Turmeric and others are considered, that there is a balance in the use of Allopathic, holistic, alternative and complementary treatments. All treatments must be “designed” for the patient-client taking into consideration age, culture, sex, emotional state, knowledge and expectation. The system must assure that the patient-client financial concerns don’t add additional stress and the place of residency is adequate while receiving treatments.

The success of this complex new system of cancer management depends on professional advocacy.  The advocacy must be a Yin-Yang balanced and harmonious symbiotic mix of western and eastern medicine, allopathic-holistic and traditional and complementary treatments.  This practical application of this conceptual model of treating cancer patients as cancer clients was based on a 15 year case study by a psychologist. The criterion  validity of this case study was established by examining the relationship between various traditional-complementary treatment modalities and their outcome as measured by blood tests, MRI, CT, PSA, Testosterone level and other bio-markers. Reliability has been established by repeated measurements. The results of this case study show that the patient as a participating client improved self-confidence, assertiveness, spirituality and prognosis. The new treatment model worked to effectively arrest cancer growth although some of the allopathic physicians disagreed with the changes in the treatment protocol initiated by the patient.

At the beginning of treatment a large tumour appeared in the prostate and metastasised to spinal lumbar vertebrae 10, 11, and 12. The prostate tumour was gone with 9 weeks of proton radiation treatment in California and extensive acupuncture to reduce pain, the metastasis was gone with 4 yearly dendritic and hyperthermia treatments in Cologne, Germany and the spinal bone tumour was removed surgically in Canada. Remission was demonstrated by successive MRI reports for the last 5 years. PSA reduction from 60 mg/mL to 0.01 mg/mL was shown by successive blood tests. It took 10 years to get to remission. Follow up tests shows no reoccurrence of cancer after 5 years.


Presenter / Artist
PE

Prof. Elior Kinarthy

Professor of Psychology, Rio Hondo College
ISSS Retired



Thursday August 6, 2015 14:30 - 15:00 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

15:00 CEST

Quality of Primary Care in Buenos Aires. An Analysis from the Complexity Approach

It was realized a Qualitative Case Study of exploratory / descriptive type. The objective was to  evaluate the performance of a municipal Primary Care Network in view of the Strategies for the Development of Teams of Primary Care, proposed by the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO, 2008), and based on the theoretical and methodological elements that offers the Theory of Social Systems of Luhmann (Luhmann N., 1998).

The specific objectives were, to analyze and describe the distinction between the system (Primary Care network) and the environment (hospitals, other sectors of the public politics and the community), by which the system constitutes itself; to describe the autopoiesis of the decisions (the mechanism by which the decisions are connected and generates other decisions and actions); to identify difficulties to displace the paradoxes associated to the decisions; and describe different types of noises in the communications and autolysis within the PC network.

Twenty in Depth Interviews were realized (a representative of each one of 17 Primary Care Centers, the Director of Primary Care, the Director of the municipal hospital and a government representative) and 2 Group Interviews. Documents Revision (that the interviewees offered spontaneously) and multiple Informal Conversations were secondary sources of information also used.

Centered on the processes of decision making, our approach allowed to make clear dimensions relative to the services that quality evaluation tools of more frequent use do not allow to capture, specially the not-linear nature of the relations between human beings. It proposes a rationality of different type to think of Primary Care Networks as complex systems, and offers a perspective from where observing, in an iterative way, the global behaviour of the system, the qualities of his constitutive parts (individual and institutional actors), the emergent phenomena of the interaction between them, and the relation of the system with other systems of his environment.

Keywords: Primary Care. Quality of Health Care. Complexity. Niklas Luhmann


Presenter / Artist
FJ

Francisco Javier López

MD, Fundación FEMEBA
ISSS Two Day


Thursday August 6, 2015 15:00 - 15:30 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

16:00 CEST

Educating and Empowering Children for Governing the Anthropocene: A Case Study of Children's Homes in Sri Lanka

Educating children and young people on how to care for the environment is the focus of this paper. Today’s children will encounter the adverse effects of global population growth and subsequent pollution by adults at the expense of the environment. Thus it is important to draw children’s attention to carbon footprints and climatic changes. Through participation they will have opportunities to learn more about the implications of the way we choose to live our lives in the short, medium and long terms. Children learn about their rights and responsibilities by being given the opportunity to express their ideas and to translate policy into practice through small scale interventions that make a difference to this generation and succeeding ones. Such interventions can include lessons on recycling, use and re-use of resources, composting, organic and ethical farming, water and energy conservation techniques and much more.

The essence of this paper has been extracted from my Participatory Action Research (PAR) on the life chances of children and young people in institutional care in Sri Lanka. This PAR largely employs qualitative investigations to manipulate the information collected during the study in order to assess and evaluate the findings. During the PAR, it was identified that some children’s homes have initiated a few enhanced ecosystem governance practices that redress problems associated with the worst aspects of industrialisation. These practices promote the harmonious coexistence of humanity and nature and have adopted the concerns of critical systemic thinking with consequent improvement of human well-being and ecosystem health. The potential of these homes to provide education for these vulnerable children by improving their ability to deliver stewardship responsibilities towards the environment should never be underestimated.

Keywords: Anthropocene, children’s homes, participatory action research, ecosystems, critical systemic thinking, stewardship responsibilities, capacity building, capabilities.


Presenter / Artist
avatar for Eshantha Ariyadasa

Eshantha Ariyadasa

PhD Student, Flinders University, SA
ISSS Student.Interested in exploring approaches to enhance life chances and quality of life of children in institutional care.


Thursday August 6, 2015 16:00 - 16:30 CEST
Elk Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

16:30 CEST

A Wicked Methodology for the Analysis of Wicked Problems: Integrating the Analysis of Meetings and Networks

One feature of the Anthropocene is the rise of large-scale environmental problems produced by human actions.  A pressing problem is how to manage these environmental problems effectively.  Their governance is often challenging because different stakeholder groups disagree on what the appropriate course of action should be.  Furthermore, the problems are often complex, and scientific knowledge about them may contain significant gaps and uncertainties. We are interested in understanding the most challenging of these situations, which are often termed “wicked problems,” and what effective environmental governance might look like under those conditions.  In this paper, we report on a new, integrative methodology we have developed for analyzing governance processes by examining communications both within an environmental decision-making group and across the stakeholder networks within which the group is embedded.  Shaped by a systems perspective, our methodology weaves together multiple theoretical frameworks, methodological approaches, forms of data, and levels of analysis.  Very few previous studies have closely examined the actual decision-making process in participatory meetings, or situated these meetings in the broader stakeholder network interactions within which they are embedded. Our approach redresses this significant gap in the literature.  For our field site, we selected a commission that was formed to develop recommendations for a new municipal ordinance on hydraulic fracturing (fracking).  In order to preserve the anonymity of the commission, we do not identify the geographic region in which the commission was located, other than to say it was in the United States.  Fracking exhibits all of the features associated with wicked problems, including multiple stakeholders with conflicting values, scientific uncertainty, and political complexity.

 


Presenter / Artist
avatar for Prof. Christina Wasson

Prof. Christina Wasson

Professor, University of North Texas
Christina Wasson’s work is motivated by a passion for three Cs: communication, collaboration, and community-building. Her research investigates how technology can bring together people who are geographically separated. She applies her findings to the design of technologies and organizational... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 16:30 - 17:00 CEST
Elk Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

17:00 CEST

Systemic Resolutions for the Reductionistic Conflicts: A Case Study of the 2014 Hong Kong 928 Protest
Presenter / Artist
CH

Chris H. Hardy

ISSS Two Day


Thursday August 6, 2015 17:00 - 17:30 CEST
Elk Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

17:30 CEST

Open
Thursday August 6, 2015 17:30 - 18:00 CEST
Elk Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany