Talking

18th December
2011
written by Bstefan

Within the upcoming EMCSR 2012 European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research in April 2012 in Vienna, Austria, the Change the Game Initiative invites you to be part of an exciting gathering, a symposium in co-operation with the InCo Movement and the Giordano Bruno GlobalShift University:

“Enabling organizations for thrivability: New perspectives on form, structure and process in favor of human and societal prosperity.”

Participants:

  • will be invited from the academic areas of natural, biological, social, and technological systems to enrich these knowledge realms.
  • will be invited from the practical areas of design, creative industries, integral development, management, experiential psycho-therapy, and applied social anthropology to inform and be-informed by each other’s perspectives.

Content:

This symposium invites the participation of creative transdisciplinary thinkers and practitioners from all fields of inquiry and practice. Thinkers, designers, practitioners and researchers with experience in the sciences of life, energy, matter, cognition, cosmology as well as the social sciences and the humanities are welcome. 

The reunion offers a unique opportunity to come together and share a variety of viewpoints on a broad range of issues relating to emergent patterns, processes and relationships of life and living systems. Our wish is to provide a playspace where we can jointly curate the emergence of more sustainable and even thrivable systems. (more…)

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18th December
2011
written by Bstefan

It is a unique opportunity. 2012 I was appointed as the conference manager for the upcoming European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research in April 2012 in Vienna, Austria. I am excited to be part of the relaunch of an event series that made history in the past and will certainly make future in the present 😉

For everyone who is interested in meeting, sharing, inspiring, getting inspired, co-creating, and … here is the call:

We invite you to submit your extended abstract to the 21st European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research. Visit the website at http://www.emcsr.net!

The meeting will take place from April 10 to April 13, 2012, in Vienna, on the CampusoftheUniversityofVienna, Austria.

The time has come to reflect on the aims, the scope and the tools of a multitude of approaches. Platforms for the self-understanding of the whole field of cybernetics, systems research, the sciences of complexity are needed now more than ever. (more…)

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11th October
2011
written by Bstefan

I had a wonderful, but short experience giving my first online presentation to students at the Adelphi University, New York. I was invited by Pamela Buckle to introduce the Change the Game Initiative as well as some trends in social responsible business and sustainability in Europe and the global major shifts to her BA students in organizational behavior. While some of the students looked pretty puzzled at me (thanks to this wonderful technologies bridging the world) there are some trends developing in the midst of New York that even puzzle me.

Who could have ever imagined the development of the Occupy Wall Street Movement as it is covered in online as well as mainstream media? I followed the analysis on Fast Company.

And soon after I followed the profile of the documentary director Alex Mallis and watched another puzzling documentation. I never thought that there would be a food coop in New York making 40 million USD in 2010 (which is according to the documentary 10 millions more than an average Whole Foods) and providing the neighborhood with healthy and affordable food.

I guess, if necessary we people are not only innovative but also entrepreneurs “by nature”. It seems, that all we need are some like minded fellows sometimes to create the new models that will make the existing models obsolete.

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24th May
2011
written by Bstefan

April was indeed a great month. Next to the invitation from the 31st PODIM Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation “Driving forces of creating global ventures”, I also enjoyed an invitation from the InCo movement Slovenia on April 21st.

The International InCo Conference 2011 “THE POWER OF INNOVATIVE ECOSYSTEMS” was held in the the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia. This was the second opportunity to meet inspiring people in this extraordinary environment after our coop-event InCo/Change The Game initiative in the National Council 2010.

It was an honor to be amongst the speakers Violeta Bulc, MBA, Vibacom and INCO movement initiative; Blaž Kavčič,  President of the National Council of the Republic of Slovenia; Andreja Kodrin, Challenge: FUTURE; Madan Mohan Rao, P.Hd; David NordFors: Innovation Journalism; and many more. My talk on “The Conscious Need for Innovation and Design. Why Ethonomics is crucial locally and globally” is available at prezi.com and videolectures.net.

UPDATE: The Proceedings have been published online (ISBN 978-961-91806-1-7)

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2nd May
2011
written by Bstefan

April was a great month. I visited Slovenia the second time. Together with my co-author and friend Prof. Thomas Wallner from the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences I enjoyed an invitation from the 31st PODIM Conference on Entrepreneurship and Innovation “Driving forces of creating global ventures”. On April 21st our talk and paper on “Innovative entrepreneurship education: From aversion to excitement – how to win over students who see themselves as future employees” was well received.

The paper argues the necessity of new ways of educating entrepreneurship in an environment that is, and with students who are averse to entrepreneurship. We need to shift our focus from business administration or management responsibilities and tasks to the business innovation and design process, which is at the core and the critical success factor of every new venture. By offering learning designs that stimulate our students reasoning and touch their emotions, we strengthen their capabilities to express their desires and find radical innovations to meet unexpected desires of others. The paper summarizes the design of an ongoing learning experience that walks the talk and thus succeeds in bringing back the mojo to the class room; a class room which is transformed into an innovation hub by the students.

The paper describes this design in detail and reflects our personal learning experience with the prototyping of our own learning lab. Our most important learning: The design itself is not restricted to the class room environment. We have now elaborated a pattern language from this three years experience to transfer the design principles and methods to any venture design. I am looking forward to elaborate this pattern language further more and publish a field book in the near future.

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