Currently, I’m connecting with Think Tanks in the EU to determine potential interest in a project. The general idea is to apply for (and receive) a Fulbright Scholarship award that would allow me to visit each member state and use IPA to work with policy experts to surface and integrate their models and so develop a shared model that will be more useful than the sum of the individual models. If you are a member of an EU think tank or policy analysis organization, please let me know!
This month, I met up with a great group of consultants comprising the Bay Area Organization Development Network (BAODN) and had a great interactive presentation discussing strategic planning, gamification, and strategic knowledge mapping.
Honestly, my hope this year is to publish less – and spend more time supporting those interested in playing the ASK MATT game by speaking for business and educational groups. That said…
This month, I have the pleasure to report an article published in the Science of Laws Journal in collaboration with Bernadette Wright: http://www.scienceoflaws.org/common/getfile.aspx/492928
Also, Foundations of Science accepted an article for publication that I wrote in collaboration with Vladislav Valentinov titled: “What Is Sustainable Theory? A Luhmannian Perspective on the Science of Conceptual Systems.” From the Abstract:
Sustainability is an important topic for understanding and developing our society (including business, government, and NGOs). For scholars who want their academic contributions to have an impact, sustainability is important for our conceptual systems (including theories, models, and policies). Because our conceptual systems share similarities with our social systems, we may investigate their characteristics to gain insight into how both may be achieved or at least understood. Theories of the humanities as well as the social/behavioral sciences are changing very rapidly. They are fragile and few seem to have any longevity. At the same time, the theoretical base does not seem to be “advancing.” They are not supporting highly effective results in the real world, so we continue to have seemingly insolvable problems such as crime, war, and poverty. This may be because academia has become inward-focused or, in Luhmann’s terminology, autonomous from the outside world. In seeking to understand how to develop more sustainable theories we found that the concept of sustainability is contested. And, in the process of comparing the sustainability of social systems to the sustainability of theories, we came to realize that neither perspective is viable. Drawing on Luhmann’s insights on the interdependence of theories and society, we came to realize that the two exist in a coevolutionary relationship. Importantly, we present an approach for measuring that evolution and suggest directions for accelerating the coevolutionary advance of society and science.
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