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Title: Global Agoras for Creating a Knowledge Society : The Example of the Center of Excellence (COE) Boundary-spanning Dialog Approach (BDA) Project at International Christian
Authors: Paul, Hays
Jacqueline, Wasilewski
Keywords: boundary spanning dialogue
conscious evolution
global agora
indigeneity
structured dialogue
Issue Date: Nov-2005
Publisher: JAIST Press
Abstract: Any attempt to create a knowledge society must include global agoras. Knowledge only arises from the interaction of people in a group, culture or society. Knowledge is not in us, but between us. The global agora [1] is a space where knowledge can be created. The concept derives from the ancient Greek agora which was a public space where citizens congregated and discussed common issues. The agora was a foundational concept for early democracy and the beginnings of civilization in Europe. Developing global agoras is a key requirement for a peaceful and prosperous future for the human race. Global agoras are an increasingly applied systems science tool for balancing the divergent needs and interests between nations and cultures of various levels of development and differing worldviews. Global agoras through their inclusive approach to dialogue enable us to avoid potential conflict by using systems science techniques to analyze the complexity of the issues and to provide understanding of the root causes and develop action plans for the conscious creation of a better future. The ICU-COE North East Asia Boundary-spanning Dialogue Approach (BDA) Project [2] is an attempt to create an agora for the people of Northeast Asia. Systems science tools such as structured dialogues facilitate complex conversations between diverse participants who may have no mutual socialization. The structured dialogue process creates social worlds, or rather creates a common space in which a social world can emerge. Conversation creates community and with the rise of the community, knowledge is created as well. A knowledge civilization arises out of dialogue between all. Using the tools of systems science it is possible to build a just and peaceful civilization as a future for our children. This was the purpose of the ICU-COE Boundary-spanning Dialogue Approach Project at International Christian University this year.
Description: The original publication is available at JAIST Press http://www.jaist.ac.jp/library/jaist-press/index.html
IFSR 2005 : Proceedings of the First World Congress of the International Federation for Systems Research : The New Roles of Systems Sciences For a Knowledge-based Society : Nov. 14-17, 2048, Kobe, Japan
Symposium 6, Session 2 : Vision of Knowledge Civilization Tradition versus Globalization
Language: ENG
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10119/3838
ISBN: 4-903092-02-X
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