Steps in the Fuschl Conversation

IFSR Newsletter 2001 Vol. 20 No. 1 September
Preparation Phase
The preparation phase for Fuschl is now underway. The five basic themes have been selected, teams now need to work on refining their theme towards a set of agreed initiating trigger questions for their conversation. Potential participants and team co-ordinators are asked to proceed as defined by the key dates below:
15 December 2001
Latest date for potential participants to submit (e-mail) their input paper to the team co-ordinator of their intended theme, with a copy to Gerhard Chroust, Secretary IFSR:
The input paper should be a minimum of 1 page with maximum of 4 pages. The input paper should suggest ideas for a direction of the discussion and offer some linked trigger questions for the team.
10 January 2002
During December the IFSR Fuschl Committee together with the team co-ordinators will select those who will be sponsored by IFSR to attend Fuschl.
Invitations to those selected will be issued by 10 January 2002.
Logistical and financial considerations restrict the number who can attend to about 27.
Selection will depend on a number of factors. Most important will be how well the input paper contributes to the theme, but the need for a wide geographic spread of participants and the wish to introduce a proportion of newcomers to the conversation will also be taken into account.
1 February 2002
Team Coordinators prepare a two-page summary of the ideas from the input papers, including the selection of a coherent range of trigger questions from those which have been suggested. This draft summary should be sent to members of the team by 1 February 2002, inviting their comment and /or endorsement.
1 March 2002
Team co-ordinators revise the summary input in the light of comment and send this to the team by 1 March 2002. This paper represents an important part of the conversation process. It is the collective effort of preparation and will hopefully provide a firm basis on which the team’s conversation (learning phase) at Fuschl can proceed.
Conversation Phase
(Fuschl, April 5-12, 2002)
On April 5 the learning phase begins in Fuschl at the Hotel Seewinkel. The participants follow their course of Conversation, reporting to the other teams and preparing an initial document of the outcome of their conversation.
At the on-set of the Conversation in Fuschl the groups review their agenda and choose specific triggering questions that guide their conversation. At the end of each day, the teams report on their progress. On Friday morning the teams present their findings. Plans are developed to accomplish the Dissemination Phase.
There might be deviations from this over-all plan depending on the specific proceeding of the individual conversation teams.
Dissemination Phase
It is our duty – and the wish of the IFSR – that the outcome of the Conversations be disseminated to a wider audience. This will be done by publishing a preliminary report in the IFSR Newsletter (which will also appear on IFSR-homepage) and a little bit later by issuing proceedings of the conversation under the auspices of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies.
15 July 2002
For each team an Intermediate team report is sent by the Team Coordinator to the Editors (G. Chroust and C. Hofer) for inclusion in the IFSR Newsletter.
Sept 2002
The Team reports are published in the IFSR Newsletter.
15 Oct 2002
The final papers of the teams are sent to the Editors by the Team Coordinator s. Individual supporting papers should also be submitted.
Nov 2002
Proceedings of the Fuschl Conversations are published as a Report of the Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, Vienna with an ISBN-Number.

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