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SIG: Evolutionary Development

SIG Chairs: Alexander Laszlo and Judith Rosen

You are cordially invited to participate in the annual meeting of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS). Specifically, we hope you will consider contributing a paper and/or poster for presentation in the Evolutionary Development SIG (Special Integration Group) that it is our pleasure to co-chair. We have held more than a decade of productive meetings as an intact line of inquiry, the first four since 1998 under the name of the Evolutionary Learning Community SIG, and subsequently as the ED SIG. We will continue to focus our efforts on issues of timely relevance to which ELCs may best be dedicated.

Each year, the conference theme and focus provide an exciting platform upon which to catalyze the collective explorations of the ED SIG.

Inquiry in the area of Evolutionary Development involves revision of development notions and strategies, from a systemic and evolutionary perspective, in order to integrate the often isolated areas of human, economic, social, cultural and sustainable development. Doing more with less, promoting living simply and meaningfully, and creating prosperity where present and future human needs can be met without compromising the natural environment, are some of the concrete objectives of Evolutionary Development. Evolutionary Learning Communities, as learning environments where people can learn together about the interconnected nature of our world, the ecological impact of our individual and collective choices, and the joy of finding a meaningful way to contribute to the emergence of sustainable and evolutionary futures, are the social units where Evolutionary Development can be set in motion for the ongoing self-organization of human societies in syntony with the planetary life support systems upon which they depend.

We invite both theoretical analyses relating to the principles and constructs of Evolutionary Development, as well as presentation of explorations and practical applications that foster Evolutionary Development. This SIG welcomes treatment of themes that include, but are not limited to, consideration of the following topic areas:

◦ Holistic Being

◦ Curated Emergence (an aspect of conscious evolution)

◦ Transcendent Consciousness (involving an expansion of the identity of “self”)

◦ Systemic Thrivability (also known as apithology; patterns of synergetic symbiosis)

◦ The relationship between sustainability, thrivability, and flourishing

◦ Community empowerment and participatory/anticipatory democracy

◦ Design of ELCs as evolutionary guidance systems

◦ Evolutionary Systems Design as praxis

◦ Syntony as an organizing force in societal evolution

◦ Evolutionary Leadership for Thrivability

While all of the topics listed above are within the domain of consideration of the ED SIG, of particular interest are explorations that consider the question of WHAT ARE THE SYSTEMIC LEVERAGE POINTS AND NURTURANCE SPACES FOR CURATING THE EMERGENCE OF A GLOBAL ECO-CIVILIZATION? Such explorations would involve inquiry on the pragmatic ideal of integrating the economic, ecological, social, cultural, and spiritual aspects of evolutionary development through considerations that include:

  • evolutionary thinking and envisioning a thrivable society or protopia
  • personal leadership and taking transformative stands
  • systems thinking and understanding the dynamics of complexity
  • socio-ecological intelligence and the evolution of consciousness
  • thrivability principles and their application to organizations and communities
  • coherence of intrapersonal, interpersonal, trans-species and trans-generational relationships
  • language, metaphor, and narrative in service of strategic conversations that shape reality

The ED SIG is run as follows: During the conference itself, no formal paper presentations are made, even though acceptance of both abstracts and full papers and/or posters is required. In order to be congruent with the general theme of the conference and the specific focus of our inquiry, our sessions are conducted as learning conversations focused on the intersection of, and emergent insights derived from, the presentations made. In order to maintain this focus, we ask presenters to be brief (5-10 minutes maximum, using no more than 3-5 slides, if any), with each presentation concluding with the question(s) the researcher is currently asking themselves. In this manner, after a half hour of generative conversation in which participants have the opportunity to share the core ideas of their work with each other and the group attains a basic collective cognitive map of the research and constructs represented in the room, we divide the remaining hour into a strategic conversation (to identify areas of synergy, common themes and directions) and an evolutionary conversation (to create new knowledge and insights, and propose further collaborations).

Of course, if there is anything we can help clarify for you with respect to the above, please do get in touch with us.

For further information, please contact:

Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D. - Co-Chair, ISSS ED SIG — 12797 Dupont Road, Sebastopol, CA 95472 - U.S.A. — Tel: ++415/845.8025 (USA) — eMail: — http://www.syntonyinternational.com

For historical background on the ED SIG, visit The ELC Archives.

See other Special Integration Groups

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