Keynote Addresses

Professor Athanasios (Thanos) Kriemadis

Deputy Head of the Department of Management Science and Technology.
President of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee.
University of Peloponnese, Greece.

Dr. Athanasios (Thanos) Kriemadis is Professor of Strategic Planning in the Department of Management Science and Technology at the University of Peloponnese. He is Deputy Head of the Department, President of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Committee, and former Deputy Rector of Financial Management and Infrastructure. He received his B.Sc in Management from the American College of Greece, his M.I.B.A. in Strategic Management and International Business from The United States International University, San Diego, California, USA, under the guidance of Dr. Ansoff (The Father of Strategic Management), his M.A. in Sport Management and Marketing from Springfield College, Massachusetts, USA, and his Ph.D. from the University of New Mexico, USA, specialized in Strategic Planning in sport organizations and Business Administration. He was an active member of the San Diego Deming User Group where he was introduced to Total Quality Management (TQM) by Dr. Deming’s disciples (Dr. Deming is considered as The Father of TQM and Transformation of organizations worldwide). Dr. Kriemadis is Quality Auditor for Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001:2015) and Certified Lean and Six Sigma Black Belt. He was Quality Assessor of the EFQM Excellence Award promoted by the European Foundation for Quality Management (EFQM) specialized in Small and Medium Enterprises and the Public sector-Education. Before moving to academia Dr. Kriemadis held several management posts in both the public and private sectors in the USA and Greece. In USA, he worked in the Department of Quality Assurance in Motorola, Inc. using the Lean Six-Sigma methodology, a variety of Total Quality Management principles and practices, the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria, and the Deming Management Method. He also served as a quality and strategy consultant developing and auditing quality systems and strategic plans in Greece, European Union and USA. Research interests include TQM and Strategic Management issues applied to service organizations. He has written 7 Books in Management, 60 papers published in International Journals, and 200 papers presented in International Conferences.

Supporting the Creativity and Innovation Strategy in Contemporary Business

A critical part of the innovation process is the generation of ideas and creativity is the process that contributes effectively to the generation of these ideas. Creative ideas may come from the company’s stakeholders (employees, customers, suppliers, creditors, sponsors, competitors, partners, etc.). Organizations should develop processes and procedures in order to collect, organize, prioritize, pilot testing, evaluate, and finally implement the creative ideas that foster innovation and improve firm’s competitiveness. Moreover, the leadership of organizations should establish a management system that includes organizational strategy, structure and systems (a Knowledge Management system, a training and continuous education system, and an evaluation and reward system that support the creativity and innovation strategy of the organization. The purpose of this presentation is to: (a) examine the concepts and phases of creativity and innovation in contemporary business, (b) identify the strategies used in order to manage and continuously improve creativity and innovation, (c) demonstrate the implementation of a variety of different creative problem-solving techniques which cultivate the creativity and innovation process.

Professor Damien Claeys

General Secretary of the European Union for Systemics (EUS),
Laboratoire Théorie des systèmes en architecture,
Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain), Belgium.

Architect, systems scientist and PhD in building art and urban planning, Damien Claeys is professor at UCLouvain where he teaches architectural design, theory and drawing. He leads historical, critical and methodological research in architectural design, architectural theory and systems theory.

Between fiction, normalization and interaction: Creativity in architectural design

Architectural design is heuristically modeled as a research process in which designers must solve an ill-defined problem in a reflexive manner by alternating between periods of creative speculation and periods of logical reasoning. In other words, at the crossroads of art and science, the designer steers an architectural design process in response to a given context, in order to shape a solution, brought out in the form of an architectural project. To that end, he operates on an evolving mental model of the ongoing project.
Historically, creativity has been studied mainly from three theoretical paradigms: fiction (creatio ex novo, Muses, genius…), normalization (phrenology, psychometrics, intelligence quotient…) and interaction (flow, sociocultural context, artificial neural networks…).
Thus, creativity in architectural design can be understood through an analogy between these three theoretical paradigms and a circular relationship of three systems of reasoning (heuristic strategies, algorithmic reasoning, metacognitive feedback) associated respectively with three portraits of designers (magician designer, computer designer, self-organized designer).

Professor Peter Groumpos

University of Patras, Patra, Greece

Born in Greece in 1950. Educated at USA receiving the following degrees from the SUNY at Buffalo all in EE.: B.Sc. in 1974, a M.Sc. in 1976 and the PhD in 1978. While studying at the undergraduate and Master level he had to work at the same time to earn his living. Faculty member at the Dep. of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Cleveland State University 1979-1989. Returned to his motherland, Greece as a Full Professor, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras 1989 till 2018. Presently he is an Emeritus professor. He established and developed the Laboratory for Automation and Robotics in 1992 and served as its Director till Sept 2018. He served as a chairman of the Department of ECE in the period 1993 – 2003. A Fulbright Scholar 1997-78, visited the University of Patras in which he taught and perform research in the area of Systems and Control. His main research interests are: Modelling and Controlling Complex Dynamic Systems (CDS), Intelligent Control, Soft-computing techniques for CDS, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps (FCM), Cognitive Control, Knowledge Management, Simulation and Application of Informatics in the areas: Business, Economics, Health, Agriculture, Industry, Environment, International Relations and Social Studies. He has many publications (total of 350: books, editing books, invited chapters, plenary papers, conferences and workshops) with more than 5400 citations on his research results. He has been Plenary-Keynote speaker on more than 20 international conferences the last 10 years.

Can a Systemic Anthropocentric Thinking Help the Humanity to Survive and Prosper an a VUCA Environment?

Today the whole world is phasing with an unprecedented set of problems never had before. Challenging and difficult problems on all aspects of our Society. One of the greatest problems we face today is how to adjust our way of thinking to meet the challenge of an increasingly complex, rapidly changing, volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. In this keynote speech the issues and needs of the Society are addressed and examined when the components of VUCA are considered. VUCA was originally coined in the late 80’s by the US Army War College to characterize the post-Cold War era. They are discerningly foreseen and accurately captured four prevalent and inherent characteristics of our current world: Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous. This framework has been subsequently leveraged in the business field as it defines well today’s chaotic, turbulent, unstable, and rapidly changing environment.
Systems Thinking is a problem-solving approach that examines the relationships between functions and/or decisions in an organization and/or “scientific field” (health, business, energy, agriculture….). Systems Thinking is powerful because it enables you to predict the consequences of a “potential action”. However, it is still relatively unknown, very little studied, largely underused, and even less mastered by leaders, scientists, researchers, and organizations. This is unfortunate or a blessing opportunity to study these problems from a new method that of the “anthropocentric approach”, having the human in the center of “all activities”. The approach will be referred as the Systemic Anthropocentric Thinking (SAT) and brings four (4) complementary capabilities that together enable to address today’s challenges from a VUCA world. These are the ability to see a whole (holism), to integrate different points of view (pluralism), to reflect on fact and value judgements (criticism) and overall human supervision (humanization). Ultimately, the SAT approach empowers you to solve problems so that they stay solved. Instead of offering quick-fix solutions that work only in the short term, SAT helps you make decisions that benefit the society in the long run. The keynote speech will analyze all the above in a systematic way and emphasizes if and how the SAT approach can help the society and especially business to survive and prosper in a VUCA environment.

Professor Ray Ison

President of IFSR; ASTiP, The Open University, UK

Ray Ison has been Professor of Systems at the Open University since 1994. His research and scholarship spans the biophysical and social and is primarily interdisciplinary and collaborative. At the Open University, he was the head of the former Systems Department and Director of the Environmental Decision Making Program.  In addition to this he is also involved in: (i) managing and presenting the post-graduate program in Systems Thinking in Practice (STiP) and undertaking associated Systems scholarship; (ii) contributing to the activities of the Applied Systems Thinking in Practice (ASTiP) Group, including leading an initiative to create a Level 7 (Masters) Apprenticeship for the Systems Thinking Practitioner based on the UK Apprenticeship Levy and (iii) undertaking international research. His new book co-authored with Ed Straw and published by Routledge is: The Hidden Power of Systems Thinking. Governance in a Climate Emergency (2020).

Critical reflections on contemporary systems practice:  implications for scholarship and social impact

The systems, cybernetics (cybersystemics) and complexity fields can be understood in terms of lineages in which practitioners (researchers, scholars, educators, consultants etc) developed their sets of understandings and practices drawing variously on different intellectual traditions. Some lineages evolved institutional (e.g. as science, as consultancy, as praxis) and organisational form (e.g. ISSS; SDS; ASC; HSSS etc) or informed curriculum in both formal and non-formal education. In this talk I take SSM as initially conceived in the early work of Peter Checkland and colleagues and examine how bifurcations have emerged through different translations-in-practice and discourse. The inquiry is designed to highlight practical, conceptual and political considerations for the effective use and institutionalisation of cybersystemic praxis and governing.

Dr Yiannis M. Kalogerakis

CEO of JMK-Anthropocentric Corporate Training & People Development, Greece.

Dr Kalogerakis is an Engineer with masters in HRD & Production Management. After completing his Ph.D on Applied Industrial Robots, he returned to HR as he realized that the most important thing on this earth is the Human Being. So he decided to become Anthropocentric and abandon equations, technology, and machines. Dr Kalogerakis is identified as the expert on Anthropocentric, Experiential Training & Development, with 38 years of experience in the European and international market from Canada, UK, US to Iran and the M. East. With a comprehensive, lively, animating, playful and educational style, he manages to touch deeply the hearts of people, helping them discover the greatness within them. Today he does exclusively, Anthropocentric Training and Development Seminars, Workshops and Keynote Speeches in 4 continents.

Preparing the New Generations for the New VUCA World:
the Anthropocentric Systemic Thinking Approach

Each generation has been greatly influenced in their thinking by events of their time and by the teachings of teachers at all levels. As events differ greatly from generation to generation, so should the training of young professionals, both in academia and at their workplaces, must adapt and cater for the future. It is our obligation to draw from our experiences and equip the new generations with the required skills to excel personally & professionally. In this Keynote Address, several practical tips will be presented, all based on Anthropocentric Systemic Thinking, that will assist the young professionals to excel personally & professionally.

Dr Louis Klein

Secretary General of the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR);
Dean at the European School of Governance (EUSG)

Dedicated to systems change and the social design, in theory and practice, in research and consulting,

Dr Louis Klein is an internationally renowned thought and practice leader for systemic governance and change navigation. Dr Louis Klein is dean at the European School of Governance. He was president and founder of the Systemic Change Institute and the Systemic Excellence Group.

Educated as an economist and social scientist, Dr Louis Klein became a distinguished systems scientist and cybernetician. He served as director at the International Centre for Complex Project Management (ICCPM), as director at the World Organisation of Systems and Cybernetics (WOSC), as VP of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS) and as Secretary General of the International Federation for Systems Research (ISFR).

Dr Louis Klein is co-founder of Systemic Change Journal, member of the editorial board of the Project Management Journal (PMJ) and co-publisher of the German philosophical business magazine agora42. Dr Louis Klein grew up on a winery in the Mosel Valley in Germany. He is a long-distance runner and mountaineer, a wine lover and wannabe accordionist. He is the father of two children and lives in Berlin.

Systemic wisdom: A systems perspective convening ancient traditions of wisdom

The South African Ubuntu, the Chinese Tianxia and the Arabic Tamkeen are regarded as ancient and more or less indigenous wisdom traditions. They further an experience-based understanding of oneself in the flow of the world and explicate the practical and moral implications. Some wisdom traditions have come into fashion and explicitly indigenous wisdom is very much sought after. They promise the solutions to the challenges of the Anthropocene in the 21st century.

A critical systemic perspective shall enlighten not only if those wisdom traditions stand the test of time but also how they relate and eventually convene. This inquiry will lead us passing the distinction of knowing and understanding, of knowledge and wisdom. And it will embark on the notion of an experience-based, relationship-oriented co-created process of inquiry, learning, and understanding embedded in epistemic humility trusting our human potential and our humanity realising the existentiality of love.

The re-entry of spirituality and love into science may challenge the contemporary worldviews, however, it resonates with a prevalent unease that science as we know it does not help us to make the world a better place. Systems sciences and cybernetics have proven to overcome the challenges of complexity. Yet, they bear the potential to lead further into the long-forgotten realms of human understanding.

Dr. Yiannis-John Laouris

Lead Scientist of Ekkotek Ltd., Cyprus

Yiannis Laouris is a social, science, and business entrepreneur, a neuroscientist, and a systems engineer. He founded Future Worlds Center, the Cyprus Neuroscience & Technology institute, the Cyprus Society for Systemic Studies, and several high-tech companies, including Ekkotek and GNOUS Labs. He is a Member of the Board of the Institute for 21st Century Agoras, a national representative in several COST Actions, Insafe, Inhope, EU Kids online, ECSO, Cybercrime Centre of Excellence, ECTEG – Europol, etc. He is one of the 12 authors of the ONLIFE Manifesto. Laouris promotes the application of digital technologies and structured democratic dialogue as tools to harness the collective intelligence and collective wisdom of people. His team develops systems to scale up participatory dialogic processes to engage asynchronously thousands of participants in meaningful authentic dialogues, thus accelerating institutional and societal change. Laouris has a medical degree and a PhD in Neurophysiology from Germany and an MS in Systems and Industrial Engineering from the US. His work is published in several books, over 100 scientific papers, and honored with more than 12 distinguished awards.

How Structured Democratic Dialogue utilizes and capitalizes on the creativity of participating stakeholders

We will attempt, for the first time, to demonstrate through a point-by point analysis how the application of the Structured Democratic Dialogue (SDD) methodology utilizes the concepts and facilitates creativity that is focused towards solving complex socio-technical problems. For starters, we will demonstrate for example how structuring a problem, limiting speaking time, using electronic tools and electronic communication, developing shared visions, promoting self- and group responsibility, breaking the larger problem into tiny pairwise comparison of factors, and many other features of SDD find actual correlates to the theory and practice of creativity.The talk will conclude with the presentation of a constructed index capable of assessing and measuring group creativity in the context of SDDs.

Professor Gerald Midgley

Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, UK

Gerald Midgley is Professor of Systems Thinking in the Centre for Systems Studies, University of Hull, UK. He also holds Adjunct Professorships at Linneaus University, Sweden; theUniversity of Queensland, Australia; the University of Canterbury, New Zealand; Mälardalen University, Sweden; and Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. He has held research leadership roles in both academia and government, having spent eleven years as Director of the Centre for Systems Studies at Hull, and seven years as a Senior Science Leader in the Institute for Environmental Science and Research (ESR), New Zealand. Gerald has written over 300 papers for academics and practitioners on systems thinking and community operational research, and has been involved in a wide variety of public sector, community development, technology foresight and resource management projects.

He was the 2013/14 President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences; received the 2013 Helenic Society for Systemic Sciences (HSSS) Award; has been a Fellow of the HSSS since 2016; runs a Systems Thinking book series for Routledge; and has written or edited 11 books. These include Systemic Intervention: Philosophy, Methodology, and Practice (Kluwer, 2000); Systems Thinking, Volumes I-IV (Sage, 2003); Community Operational Research: OR and Systems Thinking for Community Development (Kluwer, 2004); and Forensic DNA Evidence on Trial: Science and Uncertainty in the Courtroom (Emergent, 2011).

Critical Back-Casting: Towards a More Ethical Systems Design

How can we liberate people’s creativity so we can move from incremental improvements to more fundamental change? When we design new services, policies or strategies, how can we ensure that the ethics of their impact on marginalized stakeholders is properly considered? This talk will discuss the development and trialling of a methodology and method that addresses both of these questions. It is called ‘critical back-casting’, and it has been tested in a series of projects, many of which have involved marginalized stakeholders: e.g., children living on the streets, older people in residential care, and people with mental health problems caught in the criminal justice system. Lessons have been learned about what works and what doesn’t. The talk will be illustrated with a range of practical examples.

Madam Andrée Piecq

Honorary General Secretary of EUS-UES.
Honorary President of Systemics & Organizations, Belgium.
Scientific Director of G.I.R.O.S. , Belgium.

2019: General Secretary of the EUS-UES – Scientific Director of G.I.R.O.S – Honorary president of S&O Belgium – Member of the « Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science » (BCSSS)

From 2014 until today: systemic teacher at the Open University of Charleroi

From 2000 until today: creation of G.I.R.O.S. – Independent Institute of Systemic applied to Organizations – development of training, interventions, supervisions and research activities

From 1990 until 1999: elaboration of the first courses of systemic at the Ergology school of Brussels

From 1989 until 1999: Supervisor for psychologists at the French Community; speaker in education at the FUB in the 3rd special systemic cycle; development of a systemic model of school intercultural mediation with the FUB.

1982 graduated from the systemic interventions on human systems (CUL)1971 Master degree at the FUB Psychology in Etiology and Clinical Psychology.
Main publication, in 2011 «De la pensée systémique à la pratique de l’organisation le “giroscope” », Paris, L’Harmattan. »

Working with the Systemic concepts without creativity is impossible.

Mr Gérard Donnadieu wrote: “…the representation of the reality is not free from the observer: the things, the situations, the events, the persons are taking the colours and the shapes he gives them, in the function of his vision of the world, of his intentions of the moment and the context in which all of those happen. We add: ” Working with the Systemic concepts without creativity is impossible”.

Creativity is often synonymous with imagination and the ability to produce something new. Generally, it is used when we speak about art. All researchers and practicians in Systemics need to have this ability to be efficient with their works. This communication presents some examples.

To work with systems, like organizations, it is necessary to elaborate hypothesises concerning their functioning. If the operations achieve their goal, the organizations will be conducted, in the same way through time. If the operations are dysfunctional, creativity is also necessary to elaborate some strategies to introduce the change.

To meta-communicate, that is to say, to have another look concerning what the members of the organization are “playing” and to search what is the finality of those “plays”, creativity is also necessary.

To permit the life and the expansion of an organization all its members must have the same vision of reality. This vision is showing by rules concerning the way to conduct the different operations. Sometimes this vision is false and blocks the expansion, so to permit their expansion and to let them live, the rules, the vision must be change. To change them the creativity will be also necessary.

We hope that this communication demonstrates how it is important to open his mind to creativity when we are working with systemic.

Professor John Thanopoulos

Dean of IST College and Emeritus Professor at the University of Piraeus, Greece

John Thanopoulos studied in Greece, France and England before receiving his doctoral degree in Marketing from the University of Arkansas, in the U.S.A. He started his career as a business practitioner having achieved by the age of 26 more than $25,000,000 in sales. Eventually, however, he joined the academe and, from 1983, the University of Akron in Ohio as a Director of the International Business Programs where he taught Marketing and International Business. During his academic life he received various awards and recognitions, such as from the World Education Congress, Best Professor in International Business (2012), or from the University of Akron, Teaching Innovation Award (1997), Publication Award (1997), Teaching Excellence Award (1988), and many more. In 2000 he joined the University of Piraeus, in Greece as a Professor of International Business where he served in a variety of roles, and in 2015 he was welcomed as a Professor of International Business and Dean of the Business and Economics Division of IST College, a private institution of university level learning in Athens, Greece. During his academic career he has contributed to hundreds of international events papers, speeches, reviews and related services. His academic contributions appeared in a variety of media, including Journal of Teaching in International Business, Journal of Economic Integration, Journal of International Business Studies, and so on. He has published more than twenty textbooks, six of them related to Business Ethics.

The Era of Global Business and Corporate Governance

If one observes the world-wide evolution of the social and entrepreneurship process of the last fifty years, globally, he will witness the change from a stockholder direct benefit and a self-centered profit-oriented approach of those in “power” to a socially minded thinking for the betterment of all people. This is a systemic phenomenon supporting the business era of true creativity which aims to replace past governmental roles and is based on a philosophical realization of values that existed from Ancient Greece to Confucius-related concepts. The magnitude of changes manifests the depth of the modern era business reality where, for example, Walmart, the largest world-wide company, has as sales more than twice the Greek GNP and employs only 2.2 million persons. Corporations like Walmart must have in-depth business ethics understanding, deontology of actions, and well-pronounced corporate governance codes. One will question if Greece, as a country, employs similar processes. Does it need legal actions to implement ethical behaviors? What about, in our today’s global business reality, the ethical (and legal) issues from Denmark to Egypt? Thus, after a brief summary, the aim of the key-note address is to outline the global last fifty years socio-economic transition, its repercussions, its relation to human creativity, expected social changes, main statistics and support data, conclusions.

Alexander “Alecos” Christakis, Ph.D.

21st. Century Agoras, Greece & USA

Dr. Christakis is a Greek American theoretical physicist turned social scientist, systems scientist and cyberneticist, former faculty member of several Universities, organizational consultant, and co-founder of the Club of Rome, known for his “study and design of social systems.” He has developed and applied the methodology of Structured Dialogic Design (SDD) world-wide for the definition and resolutions of wicked problems and for peace-building.

Jeff Diedrich, M.A.

21st. Century Agoras & Michigan Department of Education, USA

Jeff is an educator based in the state of Michigan, United States who had the good fortune to mentor under Dr. Christakis for several years where he developed a deep understanding of and appreciation for the process of Structured Dialogic Design (SDD). Jeff has facilitated co-labs routinely in Michigan and internationally, provided training on SDD, and led efforts to create the next generation of software (Logosofia) to support the process.

The Logosofia Thread for Navigating the Labyrinth of VUCA

Finding ourselves in a labyrinth of volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, we must realize simple solutions don’t exist. False promises of quick fixes intensify the volatility and perpetuate the current system.  Navigating the labyrinth requires collective wisdom and effective, iterative processes. The Logosofia Thread results from the relationship among six principles accumulated from the application of the methodology of Structured Democratic Dialogue (SDD) for more than fifty years. It enables intersubjective teams of stakeholders to efficiently co-construct knowledge representations that are systemic, graphic, effective, and ephemeral for navigating the Labyrinth of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, and Ambiguity.

Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D.

President of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS) – Austria and Argentina

Alexander Laszlo, Ph.D., is President of the Board of Directors of the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science (BCSSS), Director of Research at the Laszlo Institute of New Paradigm Research (LINPR), Chief Edunaut at Vivir Agradecidos, and Scientific Director at EARTHwise Centre. He served as the 57th President and Chair of the Board of Trustees of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (ISSS), and was Director of the Doctoral Program in Management at the Graduate School of Business Administration & Leadership (EGADE-ITESM), Mexico, and Founding Director of the Doctoral Program in Leadership and Systemic Innovation at ITBA, Argentina. He is also President of the Honorary Board of Advisors of the World Complexity Science Academy (WCSA), and has been named a Level I Member of the National Research Academy of Mexico (SNI).

As Professor of Systems Science and Evolutionary Development, his research and teaching focus on evolutionary leadership, collaboration, and systems thinking. He is on the Editorial Boards of seven internationally arbitered research journals, recipient of the Gertrude Albert Heller Award, the Sir Geoffrey Vickers Memorial Award, and the Förderpreis Akademischer Klub award, author of over one hundred journal, book, and encyclopedia publications, and a 6th Degree Black Belt in traditional Taekwon-do.

Systems Thinking: A brief overview of the history and theory of the field

This presentation covers the origins, foundations, and development of modern day systems thinking. By tracing the history of systems theories, their permutations, and their developments, a more robust understanding of recent advances in systems praxis may be obtained. Clearly, in 30 minutes it is impossible to cover the wealth, depth and breadth of the systems movement, but key figures, essential epistemological frameworks, and promising directions of the movement will be presented as a stimulus for further reflection and dialogue.

Professor Liss C. Werner

Technische Universität Berlin, Germany.

Liss C. Werner is a registered architect focusing on cybernetics in the discourse of computational architecture as a discipline of socio-ecological systems between technology, human, and nature. She is the founding director of Tactile Architecture and recent Professor of Bio-Inspired Architecture and Sensoric, CyPhyLab at TU Berlin. She was educated at University College London, Bartlett School of Architecture, University of Westminster, and RMIT, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, and practiced in the UK, Russia, and Germany. Liss C. Werner acted as Professor at Carnegie Mellon University, US (2012), and Taylor’s University, Malaysia (2014-2016), as Design Studio Lead at Dessau Architecture School (2010-2016) and Nottingham University (2003-2007). She exhibits, and lectures internationally at e.g., Venice Biennale, MIT, CalArts, University of Southern California, Texas Tech, UCL, Syracuse University, Cooper Union, and University Innsbruck, is regularly invited as a jury member and peer-reviewer for scientific journals and chaired the conference eCAADe2020 ‘Anthropologic’. Her authored and edited publications include ‘Cybernetics: state of the art‘, ‚Biological Computation of Physarum‘, ‚Gordon Pask and the Origins of Design Cybernetics‘, and ‚Proto-Architecture and Unconventional Materials‘. Werner was awarded the George N. Pauly Fellowship from Carnegie Mellon University, ‘Young Digital Changer Award for Best Modern Urban Architecture & Design’ and a speaker stipend at the CTM MusicMakers Hacklab. Liss C. Werner is a member of the American Society of Cybernetics, Advisory Board Member for Complex Systems at the Lifeboat Foundation, and Independent Expert Evaluator for the European Commission.


The notion of ecology seems increasingly relevant for mankind’s decision-taking regarding the future of our planet, our Spaceship Earth, as Buckminster Fuller called it in 1967. But what does ecology mean, how can we define ecology in a post-anthropologic, computational, post-digital and increasingly biological and cognitive age? An age with population increase, where energy usage and CO2 emission is invisible, where regulations and media create a conflict between well-being and consumerism, where nature and culture are being replaced by something unknown.
Ecological reflects on the status quo and introduces design strategies originating in the 1960s and 70s for the radical paradigm shift in the late 21st century. From material to data-driven, from linear to living.

Associate Professor Ricardo Rodriguez-Ulloa

Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería – UNI, Lima, Peru.
President and Principal Researcher of Instituto Andino de Sistemas – IAS, Lima, Peru.

Chartered Industrial Engineer from the National Engineering University-UNI (Peru). Master of Arts (M.A.) from the University of Lancaster-UL (U.K.); Master in Business Process Management for Digital Transformation (MUBPM), International University of La Rioja-UNIR (Spain). Founder, President, Principal Lecturer and Researcher at the Andean Institute of Systems-IAS (Peru) and Associated Professor at National Engineering University – UNI (Peru). He is author of two books and coauthor in six books. He has peer-reviewed publications in international systemic journals as well as author in the UNESCO Encyclopedia of Living Support Systems – EOLSS. Former Chief Editor of Sistémica, the journal of the Andean Institute of Systems-IAS (Peru). He has been former member of the Editorial Board of the peer-reviewed journals: Systems Practice, Plenum Press (UK); Systems Research & Behavioral Science (SRBS), John Wiley & Sons (UK); and International Journal of System Dynamics Applications (IJSDA), IGI Global (USA). Member of the International Advisory Board of the Systems Thinking Four Volume Set, Sage Publications (UK), he has also served at the System Dynamics Society Annual Conference as papers peer reviewer during several years. Author of the Soft System Dynamics Methodology (SSDM) and the Systemic Methodology for Risks Evaluation and Management (SYSMEREM). He is Qualified Researcher of the Peruvian National Council of Science and Technology (RENACYT Code: P0013855) as well as Founder and Honorary President of the Latin American Systemic Association-ALAS.

Soft Systems Dynamics Methodology (SSDM): A Tool for Analysis, Design and Viable Strategic Transformation of Eco-Social Systems.

The Soft System Dynamics Methodology – SSDM was created at the Instituto Andino de Sistemas – IAS (Lima, Peru), in the period 1992-2000. The SSDM combines two of the best known methodologies of Systemic Thinking: System Dynamics – SD (created by Prof. Jay W. Forrester of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology – MIT in the USA) and the Soft Systems Methodology – SSM (created by Prof. Peter B. Checkland from Lancaster University, UK).
The SSDM consists of 10 stages in which, applying a hermeneutical-phenomenological and nominalist approach, it breaks with the anthropocentric approach characteristic of the SSM, allowing the analysis of complex situations where various human and non-human stakeholders intervene. For the latter, the SSDM employs Synectics, considering the “weltanschauungen” of the non-human stakeholders at the same level of importance as those of the human stakeholders. Furthermore, in the application of its 10 stages, the SSDM uses 3 worlds (1. the Real World, 2. the Problem-Oriented World and 3. the Solution-Oriented World) to collect in a hermeneutic and transdisciplinary way, soft data and hard, to implement viable changes in eco-social systems, in order to obtain consensual conceptual models. This allows a comprehensive approach to complex real-world situations, considering multi-methodological and multi-paradigmatic approaches; allowing the creation of culturally feasible and systemically desirable policies for the various stakeholders (human and non-human), with the support of Critical Systems Thinking (CST). SSDM can be considered as a transdisciplinary methodology for the analysis, design and viable strategic transformation of eco-social systems of any size.
Papers on SSDM have been published in specialized journals and conferences: Systemic Practice and Action Research (SPAR) (Vol 18, No. 3, 2005, and Vol. 24, No. 4, 2011), Springer; Journal of the Operational Research Society (JORS) (Volume 58, 2007, No. 6), Taylor & Francis; Book of Abstracts of the European Meeting on Cybernetics and Systems Research – EMCSR 2014, Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science; and in September 2021, a paper will appear in the Proceedings of the World Organization of Systems and Cybernetics – WOSC Congress 2021 (Moscow, Russia), the paper is entitled “Strategic Management of Peruvian Natural Gas using Soft System Dynamics Methodology (SSDM)”.

Dr. Andreas Maniatis

CyberStream Ltd, Greece.

Dr. Andreas Maniatis has been an active member of the Greek ICT industry for more than twenty-five years. Today he is a partner and Commercial Director at CyberStream LTD, a leading systems integrator and software manufacturer of state-of-the-art tools and solutions. He also serves as Head of the Business Intelligence – Visual Analytics Unit of the company, the later being the appointed reseller for the TIBCO Spotfire Visual Analytics Platform. Dr. Maniatis has participated in various projects in both the Public and the Private Sectors, where he has held positions ranging from developer to project manager to senior IT strategy consultant to team manager. He has also collaborated with the National Technical University of Athens and the General Secretariat of Research and Technology in many R&D programs in the European community. He is actively tutoring courses on Big Data Visualization and Analytics in numerous Academic Institutions. Dr. Maniatis holds a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and an MSc from the same institution. His domains of interest include Software Lifecycle Management, Data Warehouses and OLAP, Data Mining and Decision Support Systems, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, with specialization in the Visual Representation and the online, Interactive Exploration and Analysis of very large data sets (Visual Analytics and Big Data). He has published numerous papers in prestigious scientific journals and international conferences.

Why do we Visualise? The WOW! Effect in Creativity

We, Homo Sapiens, are by gene coding a visual biological species. Vision is by far our most important sense and has thus helped us dominate the planet.
But what does the phrase “Data Visualization” sound like to the uninitiated? “Data” conjures up images of computers and statistical analysis, whereas Visualization is more accessible but vague enough so as to be unclear. One may wonder: Is Data Visualization new, overflowing with cutting-edge tools and technology, or is it as old as human communication itself? Well, Data Visualization may be rooted in ancient times and have a rich history over the last couple of centuries, but the field is transforming in the technological age, and transforming the world along with it. Big Data Analytics and Artificial Intelligence, along with Machine Learning and Deep Learning, have become the major scientific and technological catalysts that have successfully set in commotion a whole world of new, relative applications.
So, we Visualize, because:
• Visualization is the most secure path towards achieving true Business and Organizational Intelligence, both in terms of entrepreneurship, as well as of technology,
• Story-telling, Narration, and Comprehension are greatly augmented when Visuals are included and are wisely and carefully used, and finally,
• Data Visualization has been a tremendously successful tool supporting Exploratory Data Analysis (EDA) at all levels, thus promoting the analysis and understanding of data in every single domain and area of application.
But despite the fact that the three pillars mentioned above form a more or less expected and straightforward path towards understanding and interpreting data, using them in various everyday applications (ranging from simple sales reports to autonomous car driving to promoting creativity in ideas) is anything but trivial. We will herein work with history, reference examples, and case studies that will help us adopt a recommended Creative Data Visualization process.