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Dear colleagues,

June 1st is the deadline for position papers to "Civic Intelligence in an Uncertain and Threatening World"  Workshop @ Communities and Technologies C&T2017
(Troyes, France 26-30 June 2017 @

Background on the Workshop can be found below:<>
More details on submissions can be also found at:<>

Are you attending C&T2017 and you are passionate about new approaches for promoting the common good?

Join us at our workshop!


Civic Intelligence in an Uncertain and Threatening World

More information:<>


Workshop co-located with the 8th international Communities and Technologies (C&T) Conference
Troyes, France
June 26th, 2017

------ IMPORTANT DATES ------
June 1, 2017   Workshop submissions due
June 9, 2017   Feedback to authors
June 26, 2017  Workshop at C&T 2017

------ ABOUT THE WORKSHOP ------

Worldwide, approaches to governance (democratic and otherwise) are facing significant challenges.  Rising nationalism, anti-scientific, anti-intellectual and anti-democratic values are gaining popularity in our political discourse. This is leading to further political polarization, threatening both the legacy of international cooperation and democratic principles of inclusion, rational (public) discourse, and collective problem-solving. Instead, ultra-nationalistic movements are on the rise in Western Europe, and the United States, while oppressive governments around the world operate without significant threat or challenge.

Against this backdrop, citizens, communities and society in general are having to confront challenges such as large-scale migrations of refugees, rolling back gender equity, climate change, persistent poverty and food insecurity. Civil society is not ignoring these threats. The displays of coordinated resistance in the U.S. and elsewhere suggest that civic intelligence is still present, and is being expressed through direct opposition in the streets, open challenges to elected officials, media and academic research and reporting, fact checking and more. Yet more civic intelligence will be necessary in the coming days, months and years as citizens, civil society and others attempt to challenge and reverse these dangerous trends.

While technology can't solve these issues by itself, it can and should play a vital role in supporting the activation and mobilization of civic intelligence worldwide.

We define civic intelligence as the ability of people to perceive, communicate and act to address shared challenges both efficiently and equitably. As such it is intended to be holistic — i.e. it's not only concerned about knowledge nor power nor community, but about a constellation of capabilities including compassion, creativity, and courage. It highlights the importance of building capacity for people to deal with problems, large and small. Moreover, civic intelligence is contextual — it varies from place to place, situation to situation and it changes over time—sometimes very rapidly.

In this workshop we will explicitly examine technologies having clear effectiveness in creating the conditions to enable civic intelligence at different scales, from the local to the global, approaching them as components of the wider ecosystem of common goods. At the same time we need to consider the myriad ways that technological systems can degrade or defeat civic intelligence and consider how to overcome these challenges. We will consider measures that remove or degrade collective efficacy of the citizenry that should be especially questioned, especially in times in which democracy is threatened.

This includes the role that artificial intelligence might play in support of more effective forms of civic engagement, as well as the potential for A.I. to be used as a tool to further distance people from control of their lives. This also includes trends in collective problem-solving that seek overly simplistic solutions to inherently complex situations, and finally we look to consider the normative views of dominant consumer culture that suggest  that peoples' lives ought to be centered on entertainment, personal gratification, convenience, or consumerism.

From the vantage point of a world in need of new tools and paradigms we envision several related aims. The first is helping to understand the social (information and communication) landscape that we inhabit. Secondly we will discuss the ideas, proposals, issues, and other work that the workshop participants are undertaking or hypothesizing. Thirdly, we will discuss and develop common frameworks and other integrative approaches that tie our viewpoints and seemingly disparate efforts into a more coherent ensemble. And, finally, identify specific coordinated action items can we can implement to help us meet our goals, and to engage fruitfully with other people and institutions that are part of this struggle for or against civic intelligence.

For this workshop we focus on socio-technological systems that aim at supporting the very social process of appropriation, understanding and application from a community of new technological platforms for the common good. These include (but are not limited to) systems for:

  * e-participation and e-democracy;
  * dialogue and argumentation in open communities;
  * participatory budgeting and participatory democracy;
  * large scale collective deliberation and decision making;
  * early warning, collective awareness, planning;
  * crowd voting, polling, petition and prediction markets;
  * crowdsourcing and crowdfunding;
  * collective intelligence and knowledge co-creation;
  * advanced analytics and visualisations;
  * argument mapping, knowledge mapping and collective
  * open source software and open data;
  * citizens’ observatories and collaboratories

The proposers of this workshop have also co-founded a community / network devoted to this theme. These approaches may turn out to be particularly fortuitous since, in addition to timeless problems such as inequality and oppression, many of the new problems that the citizens of the world now face (climate change, for example) offer unprecedented challenges, and the creativity, dedication, values, and other resources that communities could potentially contribute are likely to be needed.

We encourage people who are interested in Collective Intelligence for the Common Good to join our mailing list:

Participants are encouraged to submit a brief position paper (min. 2 pages, max. 4 pages in the ACM format) that addresses the following points:

• Why they're interested in advancing civic intelligence and collective intelligence for the common good;
• Why they think this is a crucial topic for our century’s socio-political and environmental challenges;
• What they'd like to get out of this workshop and what they have to contribute to the group — and in the longer run to the research agenda on this topic; and
• List 3-5 goals that they'd like to work for that would help build the civic intelligence socio-technological research and action program.

We will be working with these points to help develop collective documents that address the current and future research and action agenda on civic and collective intelligence for the common good.
Please submit your position paper (doc or pdf) via email to [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]> by June 1, 2017.

This Workshop will provide a space for researchers, computer scientists and other participants to share their work among a community of like-minded professionals, and set an agenda for coordinated action.

·      We will conduct a series of structured exercises
·      We will explore strategy maps, or systems mapping as methods for discussion and visual representation of a shared mental model of change.
·      Participants present their own work
·      Develop common metrics for evaluating the relative impacts of collective efforts.
·      Call to advancing a synergistic research agenda that helps the group further develop and test hypotheses, and potentially adapt as new knowledge emerges.
·      Produce a road map for advancing civic intelligence as well as set of mutually reinforcing efforts that will hopefully produce more impactful results that can measured and shared over time.

The following topics are welcome insofar as they are relevant to the main goals and theme of the workshop:

  * Theory of civic intelligence and collective intelligence for the common good

  * Historic, current, and future contexts for civic intelligence and collective intelligence for the common good

  * Recognizing and characterizing examples of civic intelligence and/or collective intelligence for the common good

  * Socio-technological systems and other social approaches (which could focus on face-to-face venues) that promote civic intelligence and/or collective intelligence for the common good, including its significance and the real world problems or challenges they address — and how they do that

  * Obstacles or challenges to civic intelligence and collective intelligence for the common good

  * Linking and integrating diverse aspects of collective intelligence such as sensing, deliberation, memory, focus, etc.

  * Methodological approaches to civic intelligence and/or collective intelligence for the common good

  * Integrating disparate perspectives, disciplines, and attitudes relate to civic intelligence and collective intelligence for the common good

  * Stakeholders — including“ordinary” people and citizens with or without legal rights — and their roles in design, development, and use of approaches to collective intelligence for the common good

  * Future directions for civic intelligence and collective intelligence for the common good

Douglas Schuler, Public Sphere Project [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Anna De Liddo, Open University, UK [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Grazia Concilio, Politecnico di Milano, Italy [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>
Justin Smith, Washington State University, USA [log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>

Public Sphere Project

Mailing list ~ Collective Intelligence for the Common Good

IDea: Intelligent Deliberation Group and technologies

Election Debates Visualisation Project

Creating the World Citizen Parliament

Liberating Voices!  A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution (project)<>


Anna De Liddo
PhD, Research Fellow - Collective Intelligence Infrastructures
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