Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Future Worlds Center welcomes Dr. Aleco Christakis to Cyprus for the 2nd International Facilitators Training School in Structured Dialogic Design

Renowned scientist Dr. Aleco Christakis from the Institute for 21st Century Agoras based in the United States will be in Nicosia from 2-5 July to lead the 2nd International Facilitators Training School in Structured Dialogic Design (SDD) process. Cypriot non-governmental organisation (NGO) Future Worlds Center (legal reg.: Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute) in collaboration with the Institute for 21st Century Agoras is co-organizing. The school is interesting for active Facilitators and Mediators as well as for young experts who want to learn more about the science of structured dialogic design and eventually become certified facilitators.

The 2nd International Facilitators Training School in Structured Dialogic Design process will be held at the Cleopatra Hotel in Nicosia on Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a special awards ceremony taking place Saturday afternoon 4 July. Twenty five applicants from across the globe have been selected by Future Worlds Center to participate in this exclusive training. The participants will be trained by Dr. Christakis in the theory and practice of SDD and gain certification to facilitate future workshops in Cyprus and Europe-wide. Structured Dialogic Design process is a methodology that enables groups of stakeholders to discuss an issue in a structured democratic manner that enables them to achieve results. It is a deeply reasoned, scientific, psychosocial methodology that has evolved from over 30 years of development to its current implementation as a software-supported process for large-scale, collaborative design.

Future Worlds Center is the European leader in Structured Dialogic Design and uses this methodology in many of its European Union projects. Recently, Future Worlds Center has facilitated workshops utilising Structured Dialogic Design with the European Commission, the Ministry of Education in Cyprus as well as dozens of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) across Europe.

Dr. Christakis earned a PhD in theoretical nuclear physics from Princeton and Yale Universities and has 40 years experience in developing and testing methods for engaging stakeholders in productive and authentic dialogue for the practice of participative democracy. He is the author of over 100 papers on stakeholder participation and most recently the book “How People Harness their Collective Wisdom and Power to Create the Future” (2006), He is also a co-founder of the Club of Rome and past President of the International Society for the Systems Sciences ( Other trainers include Dr. Yiannis Laouris, Future Worlds Center, Cyprus, Marios Michaelides, Cyprus Academy of Public Administration, and Gayle Underwood, Institute for 21st Century Agoras.

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