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Monday, August 3
 

13:30 CEST

Collective Intelligence, Connective Intelligence, and Social Systems of Syntony

Collective Intelligence is the grail of social systems science.  It is key to harnessing the neural power of the human intellect in order to augment human problem-solving capability in ways that are commensurate with the levels of complexity and entanglement of today's wicked problems and VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous) environments. And beyond that, collective intelligence holds the promise of an emergent level of consciousness, one that arises at the level of the collective and validates the ontological integrity of expression of wholeness of collective being. The former aspect of collective intelligence, known as weak CI, is more concerned with the measurable aspects of IQ in social systems while the latter, known as strong CI, is more concerned with the manifestation of qualities of sentience, though both focus at trans-personal and meta-organismic systemic frames. This paper explores the relationship between the performance criteria of collective intelligence and the systemic state of collective intelligent being.  In doing so, it posits that a precursor for any form of collective intelligence is what can be called connective intelligence, that is, the ability to identify and establish feedback links with relevant and leveragable information sources and enablers in ones environment, be they other human beings, networks, or specific technologies of information processing and communication.  By effectively, efficiently and efficaciously creating linkages that enable and empower collective problem solving and decision taking, connective intelligence creates the operational platform or substrate upon which collective intelligence is brought into play. However, connective intelligence is not a guarantee of collective intelligence for it is quite possible for a rich ecosystem of connective intelligence to be constructed but either only passively engaged or underutilized by the social system(s) that access it. In order for high levels of synergy among the component parts of a given socio-technical system to be realized, a pre-condition of conscious, intentional and purposeful will to seek and create meaning interdependently must also be present.  This collusion or "con-spiration" for the joint creation of meaning is a hallmark of social systems of syntony wherein aligning and tuning with emerging patterns of meaning making is considered an essential characteristic of collective engagement.  Interestingly enough, while the condition of syntony is essential to the establishment of connective intelligence that serves life affirming, future creating and opportunity increasing expressions of collective intelligence, it is just such collective intelligence that, in turn, fosters higher level social systems of syntony capable of manifesting both weak CI and strong CI. 

Keywords:  Collective intelligence, connective intelligence, syntony, synergy, social systems design.

 


Presenter / Artist
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →



Monday August 3, 2015 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00 CEST

Wiener's Paradox – We Can Dissolve it Together
Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Speakers
Presenter / Artist
avatar for Dino Karabeg

Dino Karabeg

dino@ifi.uio.no
Global issues such as the climate change, or the 'world problematique' as the Club of Rome called them, call for new ways of thinking and acting. Results in physics and cognitive science challenge the foundations on which the academic tradition has developed. Information technology... Read More →
avatar for Sasha Mile Rudan

Sasha Mile Rudan

PhD Student, University Of Oslo
mprinc@gmail.comDesigning Collaboration across disciplines: www.CollaboScience.comDesigning Sustainable socio-technical systemsEngaged Art: Designing creative dialogue between Science and Art: www.CollaboArte.com


Monday August 3, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

16:00 CEST

Anthropocene? Yes, but Stratified: Measuring Existing Societies with Civilization Level Index
Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Speakers

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

16:30 CEST

Reprogramming Anthropocene – Crowd-sourced Governance of Trans-Technical Systems
Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Sasha Mile Rudan

Sasha Mile Rudan

PhD Student, University Of Oslo
mprinc@gmail.comDesigning Collaboration across disciplines: www.CollaboScience.comDesigning Sustainable socio-technical systemsEngaged Art: Designing creative dialogue between Science and Art: www.CollaboArte.com


Monday August 3, 2015 16:30 - 17:00 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Tuesday, August 4
 

13:30 CEST

Living Systems-Inspired Innovation

Biomimicry is an emerging transdisciplinary genre — a living systems-inspired approach to innovations. The Biomimicry Framework and Practice offer theory and application for innovating form, process, or system with nature as a model, mentor, and measure. The framework is composed of three essential elements: a) a practice of (re)connecting with nature, b) the Biomimicry Thinking Design Process for emulating strategies various organisms use for surviving and thriving, and c) the Biomimicry ethos which has a strict sustainability mandate embedded and is wrapped around 26 life principles (deep patterns in nature) that need to be met in order for a design to be considered a biomimetic innovation. At the core of the practice is the belief that life always creates conditions for life, and that human systems must be designed to do the same if we are to continue to thrive as a species on this planet.

In this paper, both the framework and the practice are introduced in order to draw attention to the interrelationship of system thinking, design thinking, and biology in this innovation approach. Secondly, this paper will be focused on potential application for leadership development. While Biomimics have mastered the design process when it comes to mimicking forms (product design) and processes (technology-driven innovation), and even complex business systems, what might perhaps come online now is the application of Biomimicry to the evolution of self & community. What does it mean to create conditions for life in one’s own life and to co-create these conditions with one’s local community so that co-evolution is the result? What models in nature exist from which people can learn? What are, for instance, the secrets of the precious interrelationships in ecosystems, such as the collective intelligence of coral reefs or mangroves, that cause these systems to co-evolve from the bottom up and thrive through self-organization? What is the delicate balance between the ecosystem relationships that keeps the system optimized? How might we expose and apply these secrets to the human world, in particular, to the development of self in community with others?

Keywords: Biomimicry, living systems, innovation, system thinking, design thinking, nature’s genius, ecosystem intelligence, co-evolution, collective intelligence.

To learn more about the Biomimicry Framework, the four-phased Biomimicry Thinking Design Process, and the creative engagement methodologies used for innovation, please visit: http://www.reginarowland.com/bio-innovation/ and thumb through the subpages on scoping, discovering, creating, and evaluating.


Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Speakers

Tuesday August 4, 2015 13:30 - 14:00 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:00 CEST

Harnessing IHRD Trainers' Integral Capacities for Problem Resolving and Possibility Emergence: The Case Study of an Integral Action Learning Program Designed in World Café 2.0

In the past decade, claim for unleashing organizational capacities no longer  focuses on explicating the nature of problem structures and the way problems being framed. More and more emphasis is placed on uncovering the levels of organizational consciousness or cultivation of organizational spirit. While applying systems archetypes to depict the structural patterns underlying most organizational problems, organizational leaders and HRD trainers might be led to problem-focus or outcome-focus, instead of emergence-focus, from which possibilities and opportunities might arise. They tend to neglect the fact that what prohibits most organizational development or social transformation is not the problems themselves, but how we, the stakeholders of the whole society, relate to one another and the problems. Through a deeper understanding of the complexity of problem would help clarify how problems could be transformed into possibilities. Furthermore, clarifying our roles in the making of problems and how our mentalities shape these roles would help uncover the causes of these problems.

Adam Kahane, who is a gifted facilitator specializing in cross-sector dialogue and scenario building, proclaims three types of increasing complexity as the root of organizations’ and societies’ toughest problems. They are dynamic complexity, social complexity and generative complexity, which could be observed in profit, non-profit, and most governmental organizations. Once we could not see the relationship between cause and effect of any of our decision, we would lose insight into such “dynamic complexity” and feel powerless, helpless or hopeless when the problems keep emerge and distance in time and space still block our relating cause to effect. He contends that “social complexity” often emerges in an organization of diverse stakeholders with different agendas and worldviews. Especially in the globalizing society when multiplicity is highly embraced and divergence advocated, conflicting differences could be either disguised under the value of plurality or resolved with superficial dialogues. Most important of all, when we face the emergent realities wherein solutions from the past no longer fit, we will be seeing realities with old, existing mental frames and locked in “ generative complexity”.

However, how could people with different mentalities, visions and paradigmic thinking work together to facing the various types of thorny problems? When power struggle is disguised in democracy, how could the government engage divergent stakeholders to listen to each other? How could the government identify the numerous constellations of minds and souls in the public?

In this presentation, the author suggest that one of the most critical approaches to bridge the gap between government effectiveness and public needs is to create a new dialogical platform, allowing a new language for communication and negotiation. Indeed, there are many approaches to harnessing such an enabling langue for collaborative inquiries for intercultural or cross-organizational learning, such as appreciative inquiry, open space, future search, whole scale change and world café. Instead of taking any of these forms, the author integrates the Chinese Golden Circle Philosophy, Theory U, and Integral Theory to design an integral form of collective thinking and dialogue, coined as the World Café 2.0. The World Café 2.0 is designed to harness the IHRD trainers’ systems thinking and integral capacities to transform problems into possibilities or searching opportunities inherent in these problems. To achieve this, the author will juxtapose problems and possibilities in cross-cultural and cross-organizational contexts and design a holistic model for integral action learning to bridge gap between government and public. Below are the strategies of such a holistic design model:

Enabling the deep questioning abilities through U Journey

Resolving value conflicts through both Chinese and Western Golden Circle

Uncovering the world views inherent in collective thinking and action

Engaging in holistic design through collaborative inquiry with integral spirit

The author will demonstrate how such a holistic model could be applied to foster creative dialogue and envisioning action in the context of divergent contexts. Indeed, the unique challenge of today is to articulate such an underlying integrative culture, and enact its cultivation for global creativity and prominence.

Although we may not know well how such an integrative culture might actually develop and work in the long run, it seems clear that a deep integrative model must emerge, at least in part, from synthesizing across diverse wisdom traditions-west and east, north and south, indigenous and contemporary. For example, more and more cross-cultural and cross-civilization dialogues are occurring in different fields. Synthesizing different cultural traditions characterizes the works of more and more renowned artists, scholars, writers, scientists and creative managers in multinational enterprises.

Keywords: Integral Theory, Theory U, Action Learning, Collective Dialogue, World Café 2.0


Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Speakers
ML

MingFen Li

ISSS Regular


Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:00 - 14:30 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

14:30 CEST

Environmental Mindfulness Enacted in the Green Silk Road Initiative

Prime Maison Fujimidai 410 1-25 Fujimidai Chikusa-ku Nagoya, Japan 464-0015 iroth@saybrook.edu

This paper will concern itself with rites of passage, in particular focusing on those embedded in various schooling and educational systems and used to signify initiation.  It will investigate how, as educational elements, such rites exist, are practiced, and remain significant in an increasingly anthropocentric world.  The paper will begin by discussing a particular case: that of Japan’s entrance examination system.  It will show how this system once served as an initiatory rite of passage, playing an important role in the mental and emotional health of individuals as well as in the functioning of the society at large.  The paper with then move into an investigation of contemporary Japan exploring how, over the last two decades, entrance examinations have fallen ever further into disuse.  This trend will then be shown to correlate with the development of overly dependent, asocial, and/or self-destructive behavioural trends among young Japanese.  The possible connections between Japan’s disappearing rite of passage and its growing troubles with its younger generations will be explored and interpretations based on a framework rooted in anthropology and existential psychology will be offered.   In order to develop a richer and more complex understanding of the trends in question, the paper will then compare Japan to both Korea and the United States applying the same framework to further explore how initiatory rites of passage can act as leverage points in the production of social trends. It will conclude by inquiring as to whether an active approach to the design and implementation of initiatory rites of passage would be an ethical and advisable strategy for reforming education. 


Moderators
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →

Speakers
ML

MingFen Li

ISSS Regular


Tuesday August 4, 2015 14:30 - 15:00 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

15:00 CEST

Paper Session 4
Tuesday August 4, 2015 15:00 - 15:30 CEST
Reindeer Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany
 
Thursday, August 6
 

13:30 CEST

Part II: Education for Anthropocene Governance
Continuation of Sunday Workshop. It is not necessary to have attended Sunday. All Welcome.

Presenter / Artist
avatar for Pavel Luksha

Pavel Luksha

pavel.luksha@gmail.com, SKOLKOVO School of Management / Global Education Futures
Dr. Pavel Luksha said the following about Kinematic Self­Replicating Machines The book provides a relatively good review on theory of self­reproduction. I found the book a very comprehensive study on possible designs of kinematic self­replicators. One thing the book has successfully... Read More →
avatar for Prof. Alexander Laszlo

Prof. Alexander Laszlo

SIG Chair: Leadership and Systemic Innovation, Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires
SIG Chair:    Curating Emergence for Thrivability Board of Trustees' Representative, International Society for the Systems SciencesAlexander Laszlo, PhD, is the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS),  Director... Read More →


Thursday August 6, 2015 13:30 - 15:30 CEST
Copenhagen 2 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany