Designing Governance

The Third Metaphorum Conference
VSM as a tool for effective and liberatory governance

May 5th & 6th 2005
Institute for the Study of Social Change,
National University of Ireland Dublin
Belfield, Dublin 4

Directions on getting to UCD. Please also refer to the map of the Belfield Campus of UCD.

The meeting will take place in the seminar room of the Institute for the Study of Social Change/Geary Institute, which is area 51 on the campus map provided. Entrance to college for most participants will be at area 1.


Wednesday 4th May

7:00 -9:00 Senior Common Room, Room B104 in Area 14 on map, UCD Belfied: Salon Philosophique with Margeret Heath and Ruth Egan. Dinner at 9:30 at Donnybrook Fayre.

Thursday 5th May

9:00-9:30: Registration at the Institute for the Study of Social Change/Geary Institute, Ground Floor Seminar Room. Conference fee will be €70 for members and €130 for non-members, payable in cash (€). For waiver please contact Dr Paul Stokes. Membership details can be had from Leonie Solomons.

Chair: A. Moscardini 9:30 - 12:30
Session 1 Governance
Paul Stokes Designing Governance
Steve Wright Looming struggles over border control
Luc Hoebeke Representative democracy vs. participation: system 3 and system 5 characteristics
Angela Espinosa Designing self governed communities with the VSM
Lunch 12:30 - 2:30 in the Norah Green Room, UCD Belfield
Chair: P. Stokes 2:30 - 5:30
Session 2 Applications
Leonie Solomons & Alfredo Moscardini Reflecting Sri Lanka's peace quest in VSM iconographic language
Andrey Sergeyev Using the VSM to Understand an Emergent Post-Soviet Economy
Leonid Ototsky Stafford Beer's work in Russia and beyond
Rod Thomas Plans for reform versus utopian blueprints: On the difference between diagnosis and design
Dinner in Eden, Temple Bar, Dublin City from 7:30PM
Friday 6th May
Chair: A. Leonard 9:30 - 12:30
Session 3 Epistemology
Ern Reynolds Political Physics: or, How Westerners Think
Margeret Heath Cybernetics and Utopia: The Role of Imagination (??)
Stephanie Heuer Somebodies and Nobodies, overcoming the abuse of rank
Maurice Yolles Knowledge Cybernetics
Lunch on Campus at a variety of venues
Chair: M. Yolles 2:30 - 4:30
Session 4: Issues of Organization
Allenna Leonard Accountability, Risk and the Systems Approach
Stefan M. Wasilewski Rationalising Communication & Decision-Making as an Enterprise Risk Metric
Ralf-Eckhard Türke RET_eGovernance-Balancing Interactions
Raul Espejo Towards Inclusive Governance
4:30 - 5:15: Metaphorum Wrap-Up
Dinner in Ragazzi, 6.00 PM, Dalkey, County Dublin.

Please note: Lunch and refreshments will be served as part of the conference programme on both days. Dinner expenses are not covered and must be met by participants.

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