“Designing for Conviviality”

Talk by Cristina Voinea, PhD Candidate at the University of Bucharest,
Department of Philosophy

Wednesday, 15 November
10:15 am

BCSSS – Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science
Paulanergasse 13/5
1040 Vienna

If you are interested to join, please drop a line to Tess Marja Werner

We invited Cristina Voinea to discuss her paper “Designing for Conviviality” to be published in the journal “Technology in Society”. The paper is about ethical design in the sense of Austrian writer Ivan Illich’s famous book on “Tools for Conviviality combined with the perspective of emergentist systemism. Convivialism popped up only recently when French intelligentsia, including our Scientific Council member and Ludwig von Bertalanffy Award in Complexity Thinking winner Edgar Morin, elaborated on a manifesto describing how to find out a way of current social crises through a delicate balance of social agents being mindful of a viable social system structure and a structure that allows the flourishing of all agents. This manifesto has been signed by thousands of people so far, spreading around the globe. Emergentist systemism provides a social ontology connected to another member of our Scientific Council – Mario Bunge, a winner of the Ludwig von Bertalanffy Award in Complexity Thinking, too. Emergentist systemism is a realist approach, can be regarded as in line with Bertalanffy’s General System Theory and is the proper tool to deal with the complexities of our social world. 

Please find an online copy of Cristina Voinea’s paper here.

During her stay Cristina Voinea also will participate in the Project Workshop No. 3 on
“Systems Approaches to Information Ethics” from November 13 to 17, 2017 at the BCSSS.

Voinea will have another talk within the framework of the Lunchtime Series of the Institute of Design and Technology Assessment, TU Wien, on Tuesday, 14 November, 12:00, that will give a critical review of the Internet as a tool for enhancing cognitive capabilities of humans.
Title: “The Internet as a labyrinth: a failed cognitive enhancement”.