International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS)
2003 ISSS Annual Meeting and Conference

Agoras of the Global Village, Crete

The Forty-Seventh Meeting of the
International Society for the System Sciences
July 7th - 11th, 2003
Iraklion, Crete, Greece

Conference Committee Biographies

Alexander Christakis

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Dr. Christakis has served on the faculties of Yale University, Georgetown University, University of Athens, and the University of Virginia. He also spent five years at George Mason University as the Director of the Center for Interactive Management. A keynote speaker at several international symposia, he is also the co-author of two books on "Technology Assessment," and the co-founder of the Club of Rome. He has published over 100 papers on the management of complexity in refereed journals.

He serves on the Editorial Boards of Systems Research and Behavioral Sciences, Systems: Journal of Transdiscplinary Systems Science, and the Journal of Applied Systems Studies. He has received numerous awards and distinctions including the "DEMOSOPHIA Award," the "Creative Programming Award" from the National University Continuing Education Association, to name a few. He is currently serving as an Advisor to "The Technology of Social Systems Design," a new Certificate Program of the Saybrook Graduate School, and the Ambassadors Program of the Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO). He is also a Founding Board member of the Institute for the 21st Century Agoras.

Dr. Christakis was recently elected President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Evelyne Andreewsky

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Evelyne Andreewsky was born in Paris - France - Europe. She earned an engineering degree in Electronics from E.S.E., Paris, and a "Docteur ès Sciences" degree (Phd) in Computer Science (Neurolinguistic Modeling), from Pierre & Marie Curie University, Paris VI. She is Senior Researcher at the French National Research Institute I.N.S.E.R.M.

She has switched from (a straight) Computer Scientist career (as research engineer, chief of information processing public labs, consultant for government's policies, UNESCO expert...) to (pure) Research, trying to develop new multidisciplinary systemic approaches to Cognition and Language (over 150 papers in scientific international journals, books, chapters of books + books editor, guest editor of journals).

She is president of UES, the Systems Science European Union (by the way: the fifth congress of this Union -"Nicholas Paritsis, chair"- will be held in Crete, October 16-19, 2002, see: Evelyne Andreewsky is actively involved in the board of scientific societies, namely Afscet (French Systems Science Society) and MCX (European Program for Modeling Complexity). She belongs to the editorial board of scientific journals, namely "Cybernetics and Human Knowing", Res-Systemica. She has organized or co-organized a number of national and international congresses, symposia and summer schools, has been elected (1999) to Honorary Fellowship of the World Organisation of General Systems and Cybernetics, and has been invited to give courses or lectures in various countries.

Her hopes for Crete 2003: full success! Let us request the auspice of Europe (not Brussels, but rather, given we are in Crete, the wife of Zeus!) to favor the creativity of this event, this modern agora, i.e. the emergence -"out of the melting pot of people, disciplines and nationalities characterizing this congress"- of stimulating new ideas on social issues, that globalization indeed strongly needs!

Nikitas A. Assimakopoulos

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Dr. Nikitas Assimakopoulos is a Professor of the Department of Informatics at the University of Piraeus, Greece. His research interests include Systemic Methodologies, Systems Approaches to Management and Computer Systems, and Applied Operations Research Techniques. He has been lectureing at Chelsea College, University of London, England, and at the Athens University of Economics and Business, Greece. Dr. Assimakopoulos was a consultant of the British Post Office and of the Agricultural Bank of Greece, and also holds the professional title FOR of the British Operational Research Society. He has published about 70 papers in refereed journals and has participated in about 65 conferences with papers. Also, he is Associate Editor in five international journals and reviewer in 12 well-known journals which are associated with the four International Societies he serves as active member. He has been invited frequently to give talks at national and international conferences and research organizations. Dr. Assimakopoulos is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Applied Systems Studies (JASS) published in England which is supported by the International Society for Systems Sciences (ISSS) and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal "Operational Research, an International Journal" published by the Greek Operational Research Society.

Oguz N. Babüroglu

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Oguz Babüroglu earned his B.Sc. with honors in industrial engineering from the University of Sussex, UK. He did post-graduate work in operational research at the university of Lancaster, UK; and earned his Ph.D. in strategy and organizational development from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Dr. Babüroglu is founder and consultant in Turkey for Arama (Search) Participatory Consulting Ltd., which specializes in long-term relationships. He has worked as strategic and participatory management consultant for many organizations such as large and small corporations, industry associations, national and international foundations and various government ministries and agencies. His clients in the United States include the Georgia, Pennsylvania and Vermont state parliaments , Mohican and Seneca tribes and many NGOs. In Turkey, he has applied his Search (Arama) methodology to numerous major corporations and organizations including Sabanci University. Internationally, he has worked with the likes of Fiat Auto, Workplace Australia, and Telecom Italia.

Dr. Babüroglu's main research domain is participatory management and planning. He is a member of the editorial committee of John Benjamin's Publishing House in the Netherlands for the Work and Dialogue book series as well as journal of Concepts and Transformation: International Journal of Action Research and Organizational Renewal.

In addition to his published works in various international scientific periodicals and books, Babüroglu received the AACSB (American Accreditation Committee of School of Business)'s EXXON Award on the Innovation of Management Education in 1989. Among his other awards are the NATO doctorate scholarship by TÜBITAK (The Technical and Scientific Research Council of Turkey) (1978-1982), the Best Paper Award given by the Society for General Systems Research, Goodland (England) Public Speaking Award (1974) and OPOS scholarship for the last two years prior to undergraduate study in the boarding school in England (1972-1974). Dr. Babüroglu recently co-edited with M. Emery the volume, Educational Futures: Shifting Paradigm of Universities and Education, Sabanci University Press, Istanbul.

Béla Antal Bánáthy

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Dr. Bánáthy's research interests include the general theories of systems, theories of evolution, the foundations of information science, design of information systems, and design of social systems. Dr. Bánáthy has been an active member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), serving as Chair of the ISSS Council, Chair of the SIG on Information Systems Design, and as President of ISSS in 1999. He is a Research Fellow of the International Systems Institute, a member of the General Evolutionary Research Group, and is working with the Foundations of Information Science research group.

Dr. Bánáthy joined Saybrook Graduate School as an adjunct faculty member in 1993; and teaches courses in Systems Inquiry.

Dr. Bánáthy received his Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of California, Berkeley (1991); M.S. in Information Science from Washington State University (1969); B.S. from California State University, Fresno (1965). He has published numerous articles in systems related publications including: Behavioral Science, BioSystems, Cybernetics and Systems, Information Systems Architecture and Technology, Systems Practice, Systems Research, and World Futures. Dr. Bánáthy has served on the Editorial Board of Behavioral Science; and is currently on the Editorial Boards of Systems, and the Journal of Applied Systems Studies.

Bela H. Bánáthy

Dr. Bánáthy's is a researcher, author and educator. A graduate of the Hungarian Royal Academy (1940), he earned a master degree from San Jose State University (1963) and a doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley (1968).

The early "40's, he was on the faculty of the Hungarian Royal Academy, in Budapest. After WWII, he served as minister for youth among Hungarian refugees in Austria and was President of the Collegium Hungaricum at Sell am See, Austria. He came with his family to the US in 1951. During the '50s, he chaired the Hungarian Department of the US Government'' language school in Monterey, CA. During the '60s, he was Dean of ten language departments. During the '60s and:'70s, he taught graduate courses and seminars in the systems and design sciences at San Jose State University and the University California Berkeley. Since the early '80s, he developed and guided a systems and design science doctorate program at the Saybrook Graduate School where he is now Professor Emeritus.

Over the last several decades his R&D work have focused on the application of systems and design theories and methodologies in social, governmental, educational, and human development systems. The '70s and '80s, he was Program Director, Senior Research Director, and Associate Laboratory Director of the Far West Laboratory Research and Development in San Francisco, where he directed over fifty R&D project, several involved the design of large scale complex systems.

He is President of the International Systems Institute, a non-profit research agency, which has held over twenty international research conferences in several countries. A Past President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, he is now on the Board of Trustees of the Society. During the '80s, he served on the Executive Committee of the International Federation of Systems Research and since 1994 he is President of the Federation which has a membership of twenty-five national systems societies. He is a co-founder of the General Evolutionary Research Group.

Over the decades, he chaired conferences of various national/international professional associations, edited numerous compendia and conference proceedings, and co-chaired a NATO Advanced Workshop on Comprehensive Systems Design. In the course of the last decade, he has focused his research and publications on comprehensive systems design and its application in social and societal systems.

He has authored several books, many chapters in books, and over one hundred articles and research reports. Three of his recently published books; Systems Design of Education (1991), A Systems View (1992), and Designing Social Systems in a Changing World (1996) are used as textbooks at several graduate schools. His Systems Design of Education and Systems View books has also been published in Korean and Polish. He is honorary editor of Systems Research and Behavioral Science, serves on the International Advisory Committee of Systems Practice and is on the Board of Editors of World Futures. He is a contributing editor of Educational Technology.

Surinder Batra

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Dr. Surinder Batra is Director and Principal Consultant, Centre for Interactive Management India (CIMI), a management consultancy and research firm based in New Delhi, and providing services in the fields of environment, education, training and technology since 1994. He has worked for international client organisations such as ILO Geneva; ILO-SAAT (South Asia Advisory Team); ILO-APSDEP (Asian Pacific Skill Development Programme); UNDP; GTZ (German Agency for Technical Cooperation); DfID, UK; SDC (Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation); INFRAS Consulting Group, Zurich; and ASEAN Secretariat, Jakarta, amongst others. Earlier, for about ten years, he was Senior Consultant and Group Leader for Systems Engineering & Cybernetics and Management Consultancy with Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), New Delhi India; Before that he was a senior faculty with Administrative Staff College of India.

Dr. Batra is a doctorate from IIT Delhi; MBA from Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University; and an engineering graduate from Delhi University. His country experience covers Canada, Ghana, Japan, Pakistan, Switzerland, Thailand, Uganda, UK and USA, besides India.

Dr. Batra has been adopting interactive management methods in addition to other approaches for analysis and problem solving in his sphere of activities. Some of the interactive management applications made by him have been on themes such as (a) strengthening national capabilities to cope with the demand for ecological refrigeration servicing practices in India; (b) strengthening linkages between producers and users of technology in Ghana; (c) Impact Analysis of Information Technology on Organizational Effectiveness: A Diagnostic Study in the Indian Environment" and (d) Effectiveness of Apprenticeship System of Training in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Malaysia.

Dr. Batra has authored three books, two of which relate to vocational training, and have been published by ILO; the third one is on Organization Development, co-authored with Prof. Vinayshil Gautam, IIT Delhi, and published in India.

Ken Bausch

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Ken has a voracious appetite for complex challenges. In the course of 40 years of inquiry into the human condition, he has delved intensively into philosophy, orthodox theology, Eastern religions, social and political ideology, psychology, sociology, and systems theory. He began his professional life as a Catholic priest of the Franciscan Order. In his career, he has been a pastor, a high school teacher, an inner-city organizer working with street gangs and community groups, a counselor, a social service administrator, a real estate agent, a homebuilder, a contractor, a university professor, a research director, and an organizational consultant. He is a fellow of CWA and executive director of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras, which is formed to promote Crete 2003 and is work of establishing agoras in our globalizing world.

Ken received his BA in Philosophy from Duns Scotus College. He completed four years of intensive theological studies at St. Leonard's College. He earned his MA in Psychology at the State University of West Georgia and his Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook Institute. In his book, The Emerging Consensus in Social Systems Theory, (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Press; 2001), he synthesizes the thoughts of 30 major systems t thinkers in five areas: the practice and ethics of design, the structure of the social world, communication, cognition, and epistemology. His plans and hopes for Crete 2003 are spelled out on


Sabrina Brahms

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Sabrina Brahms contributes an extensive background in social systems design to the Crete Coordinating Committee. As the director of systems research in a marriage and family therapy graduate institute, she has developed contributions not only to the theoretical advancements in systems science, but the practical applications of systems research to the betterment of individuals, families, communities, and work place environments.

Sabrina is currently completing her doctoral degree and has moved into the social systems arena of peace and conflict resolution. She has participated in the use of Interactive Management as a conflict resolution method between Palestinians and Israelis, as well as conducted research on the application of Interactive Management in the bicommunal peace work between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots.

Currently serving as the coordinator and facilitator of the International Systems Institute's annual conference on social systems design, Sabrina works in a large international network of fellows, and has published in Italy, Japan, and Austria, as well as the U.S. She has recently completed work as a guest editor for an issue of World Futures.

With a master's degree in marriage and family therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute and a bachelor's degree in Jewish philosophy from Yeshiva University, Sabrina weaves her understanding the human condition with the ability to think critically and broadly. These skills are integrated with her deep commitment to social systems redesign.

Dimitri Christakis

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Dimitri Christakis, MD MPH is a pediatrician and health services researcher with advanced training in epidemiology and biostatistics. He is a graduate of Yale University and the University of Pennsylvania Medical School. He is currently an associate professor at the University of WA school of Medicine and Director of the Child Health Institute (CHI). The CHI ( is a joint research effort comprising faculty from the University of Washington's Division of General Pediatrics and the Maternal and Child Health program within the School of Public Health and Community Medicine. Established in 1998, CHI is dedicated to improving children's health through the rigorous evaluation of the structure, process, and outcomes of health care for children. These efforts span multiple delivery systems including: a staff model HMO, suburban primary care practices, inner-city clinics, emergency departments and hospitals. CHI's particular areas of interest include: clinical effectiveness, community-based research, evidence-based medicine, quality of care, and health informatics.

Nicholas A. Christakis

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Dr. Christakis has built a distinguished academic career encompassing faculty appointments at prestigious universities, and has more than forty published peer-reviewed articles and monographs. He has taught at Harvard University and the University of Pennsylvania, and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine and Sociology at the University of Chicago. He is on the editorial boards of several medical journals, including the British Medical Journal. Christakis' academic credentials include a B.S. degree in Biology from Yale University, an M.D. from Harvard Medical School, an M.P.H. from the Harvard School of Public Health, and a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania.

In addition to his academic activities, Nicholas has been a founding Director of three privately-held, successful, high technology companies, and has served as a consultant for several corporations, university panels, and government agencies.

As a member of the CWA CogniScopeTM Facilitation Team, Dr. Christakis serves as a content expert (e.g., in the fields of medicine, epidemiology, statistics, sociology, public health) supporting the development of ideas leading to comprehensive solutions for the complex issues being addressed.

Reynaldo Trevino-Cisneros

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Born in 1942 in the industrial city of Monterrey, in the State of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, Reynaldo grew up in a very competitive environment. He received a B. S. degree in Chemical Engineering and Management from ITESM, campus Monterrey, and a M.S. degree in Systems and Planning from Universidad Iberoamericana, campus Mexico, D. F. At the age of 22, he traveled to Germany to study Polymers Science in the Johannes Gutenberg Universität in Mainz, bettering by this his cognition of the German language, but after a year and eight months he decided to come back to his country and enter the Jesuit Order in the North Province. With the Jesuits he stayed for eight years and made a second career in philosophy, being a teacher of chemistry and philosophy advanced courses at the Universidad Iberoamericana during the same time lapse. Since 1968 he has been interested in philosophy and epistemology and made an original contribution in regard to the worldviews and the basic concepts implied by General Systems Theory in 1984 through his post-graduate dissertation.

In ITESM, campus Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico, he became a member of the Leon Team, who was responsible for the advanced regional development project named Guanajuato, Siglo XXI. There he discovered his fascination for prospective studies, and designed and prepared the conceptual branch of a pioneering event identified as the First Interloquium, where foreign and Mexican experts in many different disciplines gathered to analyze and intertwine a group of relevant mega-trends, factors and events impacting the world and Mexico to 2010, achieving as a result a set of three maps of plausibility that give an impressive insight of the future we might expect for both entities, as reflected by the expertise of the participants. A specific methodology, created by Dr. Alexander Christakis and the Leon Team, was designed and used for the occasion, and Reynaldo supervised it in detail during the conduct of the Interloquium. Afterwards, he built a set of four world, four Mexican and four corresponding Guanajuato scenarios to 2010 displayed in four coherent families, all of which appear in the third volume of the Guanajuato Siglo XXI Final Report. It has been said that these materials enlightened Vicente Fox Quesada´s campaign when he became elected governor of the State of Guanajuato in 1995, and that he is still inspired by them now that he is the President of Mexico.

Reynaldo has published many articles in political journals and in newspapers. His last editorial assignment referred to Building an Information and Knowledge Society for Mexico, in a well distributed in Mexico refereed journal named Este País. Now he works as an advisor for the Presidential Office for Public Policies in Mexico City. He is facilitating the coordination of the many involved agencies and entities in the national project e-Mexico, and with a team of fellows he is designing the Results Strategic System, which will deploy, for the entire Mexican society, a set of permanently actualized indicators related to the development of the whole country, in this way promoting the accountability of the Mexican federal government as a whole.

Diane S. Conaway

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Ms. Conaway is currently serving as Executive Vice President for CWA, Ltd. As a member of the CWA facilitation team, she is responsible for the overall flow in the application of the CogniScopeTM system approach during workshops. Her organizational and project coordination skills allow the facilitation team to perform smoothly when dealing with complex issues. She has trained others in the use of the CogniSystem® software which is an integral component in the application of the CogniScopeTM process.

As Executive Vice President of CWA, Diane is responsible for the quality of services and products delivered by the company to its clients. She joined CWA Ltd. In 1992 and has been responsible for major process and product improvements in the practice of Interactive Management. She brings twenty years of experience and has coordinated over 60 applications of the CogniScopeTM system with private and public sector clients. In the last five years, she has been responsible for applications in large-scale interorganizational, interagency initiatives involving scores of constituencies in domains such as "Scenario for Regional Energy Efficiency Futures," "Sustainability of Patient Assistance Programs," and others.

Diane is a member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences ( and the Chair of the Organizing Committee for the ISSS 2003 Conference.

Cesar D'Agord

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Cesar D'Agord holds a full-time position as Senior Research Associate with the Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center (GLARRC), at the Ohio State University, since 1994. With a bachelor's degree from a Brazilian University, he came to the United States in 1987 and earned a Master's degree in economics. His expertise is derived from a combination of his academic learning, his work experience at GLARRC, and his continuous training and consulting experience with program evaluation, interactive management and strategic planning.

With respect to interactive management, Cesar D'Agord is an associate of CWA Ltd. where he has been trained in the CogniScope process and, through CWA and GLARRC, he has been involved in the planning and execution of dozens of CogniScope applications. In terms of planning, besides graduate courses on planning, Cesar D'Agord has been trained and licensed by Global Business Network to plan and implement Scenario Planning applications. Cesar is an advocate of Scenario Planning applications as a process tool to increase the awareness of groups toward global and organization specific emerging trends. He is also an advocate of the use of CogniScope as a participative and emancipating planning process for groups of stakeholders who commit to act on complex and systemic situations.

For the ISSS Crete 2003 meeting, Cesar wishes participants to work collaboratively, through defining and understanding Globalization from its several stakeholder perspectives, to achieve a common language about Globalization. On a second stance, Cesar expects the participants would be willing, in all their discussions and planning activities, to take in consideration the "human value-based and ethics" deep driver of change approach identified by Christakis and Özbekhan in their "Predicament of Mankind" work for the Club of Rome.

Quan-Yang Duh

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As an Associate with CWA, Dr. Duh brings considerable experience and expertise in Interactive Health Care Management and related areas. Currently, Dr. Duh serves as the Assistant Chief, Surgical Service, at the VA Medical Center, San Francisco, California. He is also an Associate Professor in Residence at the San Francisco Medical School, University of California. A graduate of Yale University (B.S., Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry), he received his M.D. degree from the University of California, San Francisco. Identified as one of the "Best Doctors in America," Dr. Duh has been an invited speaker and conference presenter at numerous scientific and professional meetings. He serves (or has served) on the editorial review board of over a dozen professional medicine/health care journals, and currently is on the Editorial Board of Surgery. A prolific author, Dr. Duh has published three books, over seventy (70) refereed articles, fifteen book chapters, as well as other written works in the medical and health care fields.

Professor Jifa GU

Jifa GU

B.Sc. in Peking University (1957), majoring in computing mathematics
Ph.D. in Institute of Mathematics, Academy of Sciences, USSR (1963), majoring in Operations Research

Professor in Institute of Systems Science, Chinese Academy of Sciences (1987),Professor in School of Knowledge Science, Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology.(1999-) President of Systems Engineering Society of China(1995-1999,1999-), President of International Federation for Systems Research (2002-)

Metasynthesis methods My current research is to find the methods, which may synthesize the data, information, model, knowledge and the decision-maker's judgment and wisdom in solving the social and economic system problems using the human-machine co-operation.

System methodology I am also interested in conducting research on system methodology, especially emphasized on Oriental culture and philosophy. Dr. Zhu and I had proposed the Wuli-Shili-Renli system approach, now wish let it be more operable and practical.

Dr. Gu is the author of numerous books and articles on Giant Systems, Operational Research, and Cross-Cultural Learning. He has organized and chaired several international symposia on Systems Engineering, Cybernetics, and the Knowledge Sciences, and helped with Chinese coordinator for Shanghai 2002.

LaDonna Harris

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Ms. LaDonna Harris is a national leader in the areas of civil rights, the women's movement, environmental protection, and world peace. She is most well-known for her consistent and ardent advocacy on behalf of Native Americans. Harris is founder and President of Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO), a national Native American advocacy organization located on the Santa Ana Pueblo Indian Reservation in New Mexico, USA. For 32 years AIO has specialized in federal/tribal governmental relations and Native leadership development. Harris helped to develop the Tribal Issues Management System, a CogniScope™ based process, to assist Native American communities in addressing complex contemporary issues as a means to developing future strategies.

Harris was a founding member of the National Urban Coalition and Common Cause. She was an original convener of the first Women's Political Caucus and helped organize the Global Tomorrow Coalition and Women for Meaningful Summits. She also served on many U.S. Presidential commissions, including Carter's Commission on Mental Health and Johnson's National Council on Indian Opportunity. She was appointed by Vice President Gore to the Advisory Council on the National Information Infrastructure. In 1999, President Clinton appointed Harris to the Commission on the Contribution of Women to American History.

Harris has made numerous international presentations on the need for Indigenous peoples to maintain cultural and political autonomy in the face of globalization and to share the Native American experience of co-existence. Most recently, Harris was a key presenter regarding the importance of diversity in building civil society at the Civil Society and Durable Development Conference held in Fez, Morocco. Currently, she is engaged in the development of an international emerging Indigenous leaders exchange program which will help build an transnational alliance of Indigenous peoples. Harris looks forward to contributing indigeniety (Indigenous values and philosophies) to the International Systems Institute 2003 Conference.

Aretusa Ieronimaki

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Aretusa has a self deprecating sense of humor. She says, "My knowledge is proofless. So my bio is poor even if my heart may be rich... (probably poorer than Aleco's) and my spirit humorous, as you may start realizing."

She has studied French Literature in Athens, Unity, the School of Archeological Guides, and has been working with '' All People of Israel '' as an archeological guide and interpreter for 32 years on Crete. She has absorbed many art seminars in Greece and seminars on Cognition, Emotions, Art and Developmental at the University of Crete. She speaks good Greek, French, and Italian. She reads Spanish and is "doing somehow pretty well in English too. She also knows Ancient Greek. She has represented Crete in exhibitions in Milan and Helsinki. She writes poetry and paints. She says, "I have been studying Minoan Culture all my adult Life and trying to understand it slowly... through Cretan folk tradition and Othodoxy (personal perspective).

"I find it a blessed coincidence that the Agora meeting is taking place on Crete given that the courtyards of Minoan Palaces are the earliest agoras of the western world. Aleco does not know this. I keep it as a secret surprise for his summer arrival!"

Michael C. Jackson

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Michael C. Jackson, born 1951, is Professor of Management Systems and Director of the University of Hull Business School. After studying Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Oxford University, he spent 4 years in the civil service before returning to academic life. He has since studied and taught at Lancaster, Warwick, Lincolnshire and Humberside and Hull Universities, being appointed a full professor in 1989. He is a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Professor Jackson is a past chair of the UK Systems Society and has served on the Council of the Operational Research Society. He is currently Vice President of the International Federation for Systems Research and President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.

Professor Jackson has written 3 highly regarded books in systems and management science: Systems Methodology for the Management Sciences (Plenum, 1991), Creative Problem Solving: Total Systems Intervention (with R.L. Flood, Wiley, 1991), Systems Approaches to Management, (Kluwer/Plenum, 2000). He has also edited 6 other books in this field and published over 100 articles in refereed journals. Professor Jackson edits the international journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science, (Wiley), and is on the editorial board of 5 other journals. He has received research grants from the ESRC, EPSRC, Leverhulme Trust, British Council, The European Union, and from organizations in the private and public sectors. He has supervised 13 Ph.D. students to successful completion and, over the past 3 years, has delivered plenary addresses at 18 international conferences.

Professor Jackson has undertaken many consultancy engagements with outside organisations, both profit and non-profit. These assignments have included the introduction of systems thinking into British Telecom at the senior management level; the development of I.T. strategy with P.A. Management Consulting Group; a national project to design evaluation systems for Councils for Voluntary Service; evaluation work with Humberside Training and Enterprise Council; and a study of organisational change in prisons.

Richard Jung

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Richard Jung was born 19 June, 1926 in Cáslav, Czechoslovakia. At present, he holds the following positions:
Director, Center for Systems Research, Czech Republic
Chair of the Board, Czech Aspect, a Publicly Beneficial Association, Czech Republic
Professor Emeritus of Sociology and Theoretical Psychology, University of Alberta
Professor at Large of Systems Studies, Center for Innovation and Cooperative Technology (CICT) at the University of Amsterdam

He earned his Ph.D. In social relations at Harvard university and his doctor of laws degree at Charles University in Prague. He is fluent in Czech, English, French, German, and Norwegian languages; and has reading ability in Latin, Slavic, Germanic and Italic languages. His current research is in the following areas:
General systems theory: An attempt at a comprehensive formulation
Theory of experience and action: A phenomenological and cybernetic formulation of psychological and sociological theory
Metatheory of living systems: Classification and description of transformations between fundamentally different ways of analyzing living systems
Complex systems research: Application of systems analysis to individual and aggregate human behavior

He has taught a variety of courses on all levels from first year undergraduate to post-doctoral and faculty seminars. Among his many consulting and professional assignments, he is on the editorial board of RES Systemica (Revue Européenne de Systémique), Journal of the System Science European Union (UES), and a council member of Czechoslovak Interuniversities Program for the Study of the Future. He is also an active member of 27 American, Canadian, Czech, and international associations.

Marie J. Kane

Marie J. KaneMarie J. Kane is President of Executive Evolution and Kane & Associates, a corporate consulting and coaching firm she established in 1981. She is a published author, as well as having a background as a psychotherapist. As an executive coach, she addresses leadership and management development, strategic thinking and high level personal development. Marie also works in productivity improvement, specializing in employee selection, retention and development that can be systemically integrated with performance measurement, management and rewards. She is the creator of the TEAMS software based team development and continuous improvement process published in 1997. Marie is also the creator and facilitator of “The Leader’s Way - Discovering the Inner Art of Leadership” which addresses the challenges of leaders and encompasses both personal and professional growth using unique settings and experiences as catalysts.

Over the last 20 years, Marie has worked with organizations from small to Fortune 500 corporations in both the public and private sectors in a variety of industries. Her focus is to help companies and their people to build the foundation to be vibrant, adaptable, satisfied and successful. Marie also volunteers her consulting services to specific non-profit organizations as a contribution to the community.

George Kokkinis

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George Kokkinis has studied economics in Berlin, Germany. He is currently the head of the Department for Development and Training at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Iraklion, Crete. His contribution to the establishment of a Center for Entrepreneurial and Technological Development for Crete has been highly significant. The Center is a nongovernmental organization created by the four Chambers of Commerce and Industry, the two co-operative banks and the University of Crete. He has been assigned the management of the Center, which is expected to be in full operation in September.

Through the conference he aspires to convey the message that collaboration and strong international institutions are needed to regulate global problems, especially those regarding poverty, environment and wealth creation.

Alexander Laszlo

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Alexander Laszlo is Co-Founder and Executive Director of the international offices of Syntony Quest and tenured Core Faculty member of the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership at ITESM. He is Senior Research Fellow of the International Network of the Center for Knowledge Systems and former Director of the ITESM Doctoral Program in Management. He serves as Consulting Research Faculty member for the Consortium Schools of California, as adjunct Full Professor at the California Institute of Integral Studies in the Learning and Change in Human Systems doctoral program, and on several Dissertation Committees at various universities internationally. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Unity Foundation, on the Sages Advisory Panel of the Council for Global Education, and as Co-Chair of the Special Integration Group on Evolutionary Learning Community of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, of which he is past Vice-President and Board Member. He has worked for the UNESCO Regional Office for Science and Technology for Europe and the Italian Electric Power Agency, and has held visiting appointments with the London School of Economics and the European University Institute. He is on the Editorial Boards of Systems Research & Behavioral Science, World Futures, and Latin American Business Review, recipient of the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and author of over thirty journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, with The Syntony Quest: Evolutionary Vision for Change in Your World forthcoming. Born in Fribourg, Switzerland, he is holder of a Ph.D. in the interdisciplinary field of Science and Technology Policy from the University of Pennsylvania from where he also received his M.A. in History and Sociology of Science. His B.A. is from Haverford College, with a major in International and Comparative Political Science and a minor in Human Physiology.

Kathia and Alexander Laszlo share their time between San Francisco and Monterrey, Mexico, with their daughter Kahlia Paola.

Syntony Quest is an educational nonprofit organization dedicated to facilitating learning processes in communities searching for a more sustainable way of living. It provides learning environments where people can learn together about the interconnected nature of our world, the ecological impact of our individuals and collective choices, and the joy of finding a meaningful way to contribute to the emergence of sustainable and evolutionary futures. Its activities include the design of evolutionary learning communities; provision of learning resources; action-research on new educational models; and workshops and seminars on systems thinking and its application to social and environmental concerns.   Web:

Kathia Castro Laszlo

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Kathia Castro Laszlo is Co-Founder and Executive Director of Syntony Quest, A.C., in Mexico. She is tenured Core Faculty member of the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership at ITESM (the Monterrey Institute of Technology), Mexico, where she also serves as Associate Research Fellow of the International Network of the Center for Knowledge Systems, a transnational innovation, research and development organization. She has been involved in research on the design and implementation of learning systems with transnational corporations and communities in Mexico, and has served as instructor and facilitator of courses on educational change and individual responsibility for social evolution. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Unity Foundation, on the Sages Advisory Panel of the Council for Global Education, and as Fellow of the International Systems Institute where she serves as Mexican Representative to the TransCultural Council. She Co-Chairs the Special Integration Group on Evolutionary Learning Community for the International Society for the Systems Sciences, of which she is past Vice-President and Board Member. She is now working on her third book, and has published in the areas of values in education, future trends in education, technology and learning, and systems thinking. She completed her doctoral work as a Fulbright Scholar from Mexico at the Saybrook Graduate School in the area of Human Science with a focus on social and institutional change. She won the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award in systems science, and is holder of a Masters Degree in Education with specialization in Cognitive Development, and of a B.A. in the field of Marketing.

Larry A. Magliocca

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Dr. Magliocca is currently a full-time Associate Professor at The Ohio State University, College of Education; Charter Faculty Member of the Primary Care Institute of the College of Family Medicine; and Executive Director of an interdisciplinary research center at OSU. His background and training are in education and management science. He is committed to research and practice in systems design and facilitation of complex systems challenges within private and public agencies. He believes in stakeholder-based design by organizations to face their unique organizational complexities through their collective intelligence and social capital.

Dr. Magliocca is a founding member of the International Facilitators Association. He has served in various capacities with The Ohio State University, including Executive Director, Center for Special Needs Populations, Associate Professor in the Department of Education Services and Research, and Project Director for the Great Lakes Area Regional Resource Center.

Earlier in his career, Magliocca was a Research Fellow for the National Empowered School District Project of the Danforth Foundation, Project Director for the Ohio Education Deans' Task Force, and Coordinator, Office of Elementary Special Education for the Baltimore City Schools. He has also been a visiting lecturer at the University of Melbourne, Australia, and an adjunct faculty member at Johns Hopkins University.

Larry holds a Ph.D. in Education and Management Science from The Ohio State University, an M.E.D. from the University of Pittsburg, and a B.S. in Education from Slippery Rock State College. He has authored numerous professional papers, textbooks, and monographs, as well as received various education grants and awards. Here is a select group of his publications:

Magliocca, L.A. & Minati, G. Transforming leadership through coalitions: Building the ethics of sustainable development in globalization. Second Conference of the Italian Systems Society, November 9, 2001.

Magliocca, L.A. & Christakis, A.N. (2001). Creating transforming leadership for organizational change: The CogniScope System approach. Systems Research & Behavioral Science, 18, 259 - 277.

Magliocca, L.A. & Christakis, A.N. (1999). The transformative leadership process through the voice and spirit of the people. Journal of Management Systems, 10 (4).

Magliocca, L.A. & Sanders, K.A. (In press). The critical role of dialogue in systems design. In B.H. Banathy & P. Jenlink (Eds), Searching Together, Plenum Press.

Dr. Gerald Midgley

Dr. Gerald MidgleyDr. Gerald Midgley is Director of the Centre for Systems Studies, a research institute in the Business School at the University of Hull (UK). He has had over 150 papers published in international journals, edited books and practitioner magazines, and has developed his thinking about systemic intervention through engagement in a wide variety of community development projects. He is the author of Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer/Plenum, 2000); co-author of Operational Research and Environmental Management: A New Agenda (Operational Research Society, 2001); and editor of Systems Thinking (a four-volume set of books to be published by Sage in 2003).


Gianfranco Minati

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Gianfranco Minati was born in Milan, Italy on August 12th, 1951. He earned his doctorate in Mathematics at the University of Milan in 1976. He is Distinguished Consulting Faculty at the Saybrook Graduate Institute, San Francisco (CA) (, president of the Italian Association for Systems Research (AIRS) (, and a member of the Interuniversity Center for Research on Cognitive Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems (E.CO.N.A.) ( at the University "La Sapienza" of Rome. He is a member of many scientific and professional associations in USA, France, and UK; co-president of the 'Union Européenne de Systémique (UES; association of some Systems European Societies), Italian representative of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) He is author of many publications in the field of Systemics; and has held many seminars in Italy and abroad. His activity focuses on research, giving lectures and scientific managerial support. His active research interests are in the fields of Systemics, Ethics, Collective Behaviors, Ergodicity, Modeling, Virtual Systems. He is member of the editorial board of the journal Systems Research and Behavioral Science ( He is the Italian representative at the International Federation for System Research (IFSR) (

Regarding the conference, he says:
The project of the ISSS 2003 conference has been presented and discussed in the national meetings of the Italian Systems Society. I introduced the project to define a knowledge-base for participants and contributors in order to try to establish a consistent, open, on-going "glossary" of the conference. I hope the conference will have the unique characteristic to not only share knowledge in the classical way, but to also practice, prototyping some core topics by using some special techniques (such as Interactive Management, Cogniscope, Transforming Leadership).


Hasan Özbekhan

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Dr. Özbekhan is currently Professor Emeritus of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. During his twenty-two years' tenure there he was Professor of Operations Research and Statistics, then Professor and Chairman of the Social Systems Sciences Department. In 1986 he became Professor of Management. Concurrently with these positions he held the Chairmanship of the Graduate Group in Social Systems Sciences.

Born in Turkey into a diplomatic family he completed his Baccalaureate at the Lycée Chateaubraind in Rome, then studies Law and Political and Administrative sciences at the Faculte de Droit and the Escole Libre des Sciences Politiques in Paris, and terminated his graduate studies with First Class Honors at the London School of Economics, which during World War II had merged with the University of Cambridge where he undertook his postgraduate work after being elected to the Leverhume Fellowship.

He has been a Fellow of the Royal Economic Society, and held membership in the Economic Club of New York, the American Economic Association, the National Academy of Economics and Political Science, The Society of Business Advisory Professions, the Comité National Belge de l'Organisation Scientifique, the American Society for Political and Legal Philosphy, Mankind 2000, Futuribles, etc.

He is a member of the Editorial Board of FUTURES Journal, England, of the Advisory Board of Technological Forecasting and Social Change, and the Academic Advisory Board of the Center for International Business Studies, Webster University, Leiden, The Netherlands.

Before being invited to join the Wharton School Professor Özbekhan acted as management consultant to large multinational corporations -- e.g. CIBA-GEIGY in Switzerland, the VAN LEER GROUP OF COMPANIES in The Netherlands. The work he did for governments includes Science Policy design for Turkey and a large study for the French Government analyzing the nature of present events that, most probably, will shape the future of Paris. The recommendations derived from these analyses currently constitute the basis of the policies adopted by the French Government with respect tot he city's long-term development.

Concomitant with some of the above Professor Özbekhan was appointed Principal Scientist and Director of Planning of the System Development Corporation (SDC) in Santa Monica, California. It was during this period that he conceived of the joint venture that resulted in the formation of Doxiadis-SDC Inc., and was elected a member of that corporation's Board of Directors.

Karen E. Sanders

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Dr. Sanders has an extensive background in the field of public education, with experience at the local, regional, and state levels-and with particular expertise in initiatives addressing the interests of at-risk children, youth, and families. Most recently Karen served as the director of the Office of Partnerships & Public Engagement for Ohio's Department of Education. Also while employed by ODE she held posts with the divisions of Early Childhood Education and Special Education. From 1996-99 Karen was assigned to Ohio's Office of the Governor working on a cross-agency reengineering project addressing children and family issues, the streamlining of state management operations, and the redirecting of funds toward prevention and early intervention policy priorities. This work supported the collaborative leadership of a state-level Cabinet Council (comprised of the Governor and directors of eight state agencies and the superintendent of public instruction) as well as the work of 88 local collaborative councils. A major product of this work was a results-driven continuous improvement model for planning and evaluating community based initiatives.

Karen has specific interest and expertise in the use of consensus methodologies for addressing complex systems problems that require agreement among diverse stakeholders. As a member of an Interactive Management & Design Team with The Ohio State University , Karen has been involved in several large scale applications including work with the Holmes Partnership of American Research Universities, U.S. Food & Drug Administration, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, and National Mental Health Association. Currently Karen serves as a senior partner with The COMP ACT -an independent consulting group specializing in the application of advanced technologies for facilitating group solutions to contemporary problems.

Karen has been an invited speaker nationally and internationally on a variety of topics, and has received several awards on behalf of professional organizations in recognition for her contributions. She has served as an evaluator of U.S. Department of Defense Schools in Japan, and has been involved in a partnership with educators from the widely acclaimed Italian schools of Reggio Emilia to translate some of the best early childhood practices in the world to schools in the United States.

Dr. Sanders earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University with a major in Educational Policy & Leadership. Her bachelor and masters degrees are from Bowling Green State University in the area of special education. In addition to her work in public policy and administration, Karen's early professional experiences involved teaching young children with disabilities, as well as extensive experience in training and development.

Eva Stavrakaki

I was born and brought up in Herakleion. I studied Economical & Political Sciences at the University of Thessaloniki. After having worked for 15 years on the subject of my studies, I decided to change into more self-fulfilling interest.

Together with a team of scientists we planned the operations of a prevention center in the Municipality of Herakleion to face the drug dependence problem. In that connection, I attended to one-year training course. I've been working there ever since and have the scientific responsibility for its operation. The methodology and tools we use in our center are based on system science approach. In our work frame, we had the opportunity to follow the CogniScope method, presented by Dr. A. Christakis. Participants were all most interested.

In the present, I attend a seminar on "administration and social planning for toxic dependence" organized by Greek University factors and therapy center for dependent individuals (kethea), the University of California (San Diego), and Boston College.

I had English and French courses during my high school years, but I haven't practiced them usually.

Markus Schwaninger, Prof. Dr. rer. soc.oec.

Markus SchwaningerProfessor of Management at the University of St. Gallen, CH-9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland.
Research focus: Systems thinking, especially Organizational Cybernetics & System Dynamics, applied to the study of complex social systems (e.g. strategy/integrative management, organization design, management systems, organizational transformation and learning, sustainability issues).

Management consultant and former head of development, St. Gall Management Centre, the leading consulting and training institution in Switzerland based on a systemic framework.
Courses and consulting assignments in four continents. Guest lectures and seminars at universities in Austria, Brazil, Canada, England, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Poland, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.S.A. Visiting professorships at Fundação Getúlio Vargas/São Paulo School of Management, Brazil; Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia; Universidad de las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain;

Research projects for the Swiss National Research Foundation and the E.U. Visiting scholar at Universities in the U.K. (Aston), U.S.A. (M.I.T.) and Canada (U.B.C.).

Member of the International Society for the Systems Sciences, the System Dynamics Society, the Society of Cybernetics for the Social Sciences , Germany, and chairman of the Advisory Board of OIKOS, a students' initiative for ecological management . Founding member of the PLATO Network for Sustainability (Club of Rome/UNESCO/ EU).

Roughly 150 publications, in 6 languages, including articles in Long Range Planning, KYBERNETES, System Dynamics Review, Systems Research and Behavioral Science, Cybernetics and Systems, Systemic Practice and Action Research. Seven books published including 2 in English: co-author of Organizational Transformation and Learning (Wiley 1996); and co-editor of Organisational Fitness, (Campus 1993). He is also author of a CD in honor of Stafford Beer, which came out with Carl-Auer-Systeme-Verlag (To Be and not to Be that is the System, 1998)

Ioanna Tsivacou

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Ioanna Tsivacou was born in Athens, Greece. She earned degrees in Greece and Italy, receiving her doctorate from the University of Athens, Department of Economics. Her dissertation was entitled "An Evolutionary, Systems Design." She followed that with academic courses in systems methodologies in the United States and United Kingdom. For many years she taught systems thinking, systems design methodologies, and organizational behavior at the University of the Aegean and the University of Athens. Today she teaches as visiting professor at the Panteion University of Athens, department of Communication and Mass Media.

During her career, she has worked as a consultant to multinational companies and Greek public agencies focusing on problems of training, planning and leadership. She has published scientific papers in Greek and international journals on social systems, organizational issues and social design. She is editor of a book in English, A Challenge for Systems Thinking: The Aegean Seminar (1993), and of a book in Greek, Action and Systems: Contemporary Approaches for Organization Theory (1995). She is also the author of two books in Greek, which she considers her best accomplishments: Under the Gage [Gage or Gaze?] of the Observer: Description and Design of Social Institutions (1997), and The Itinerary of the Self in the Workplace (2000). She is presently preparing a new book in Greek concerning "The Theory of Social Differentiation /Integration in the Epoch of the Organizational Networks".

As for the conference, she says the following:
Globalization for our societies means profound structural and cultural changes such as the increased individualization and anomie. According to my opinion, if the latter will not be accompanied by a collective action focused on a democratic culture and the recreation of the public space, such changes, as the previously mentioned, will leave human beings unhelpful in front of the technological risks. I hope that the topics of the conference as well as the scientific orientation of the participants will open the field to similar questions.

Evan C. Vlachos

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Dr. Vlachos has over 30 years of experience in university teaching and administration, applied research, and consulting. He has worked on a variety of projects nationally and abroad on aspects of urban planning, water resources planning and management, forecasting and futurism, technology assessment and demography. Between 1979-1984, Dr. Vlachos served as Director of the Environmental Resources Center at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado where he is also Professor of Sociology and Civil Engineering and Associate Director of the International School for Water Resources. He has served as Member and Chairman of the Environmental Advisory Board, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1982-1987. Currently he is also serving as member of the Advisory Panel on Environmental and Earth S&T in NATO, Brussels (Eastern Europe and Russia). He is also a member of UNESCO's Committee on "Water and Civilization."

He is the recipient of the Army's Outstanding Civilian Service Medal (1987), the CSU Oliver Pennock Distinguished Service Award (1988), and the American Water Resources Association's Icko Iben Award (1993). He has served in a variety of national and international commissions, especially on water resources and the environment.

The author of a large number of books, monographs and articles on water, demography and futurism, Dr. Vlachos holds an LL.B. from the School of Law, Athens (1959), an M.A. in Sociology (Indiana University, 1962), a Ph.D. in Sociology (Indiana University, 1964) as well as a Certificate of Russian Studies (Indiana University, 1964).