In the guided evolution of society, inquiring communities, or local agoras, engage in evolutionary systems design as a way to envision a tentative ideal vision of the future.
Therefore, the New Agoras Project should focus not only on 'creating' New Agoras but also on discovering and linking existing types of institutions, communities and organizations so that they develop actions in a context coherent with the definition below.
* developing an Internet-supported knowledge base on the linked agoras' experience;
Dialogue was practised very effectively in the agoras of Ancient Greece, like the one in Athens.
The paper by Paul Hays and Marios Michaelides, Constructing Agoras of the Global Village: A Co-Laboratory of Democracy on the Conscious Evolution of Humanity, focuses on designing and conducting a participatory engagement with members of the ISSS with the intent of generating interest to conduct similar co-laboratories by conference participants in different parts of the global village.
The fundamental premise espoused by this particular ISSS Yearbook volume is that in the context of the critical juncture of the evolutionary process of humanity, there cannot be conscious evolution without the capacity and commitment to excavate through true dialogue the wisdom of the people in the 'Agoras of the 21st -Century Global Village'.
* to explore how local discussions as processes and agoras as product might come about;
In an effort to achieve these objectives, this specific workshop addressed the fundamental question of how to promote the setting up of agoras of the global village.
It looks like a simple modification to our perspective of any political system, but in fact and in practice the method of rightly complementing the tasks and purposes of political parties goes through the creation of the agoras, whose kind of exclusion of people looks less harmful to their quality of life than the exclusion imposed by the political parties.
It would be fine to add that the agoras do not pretend to substitute either political parties or civil society organizations engaged in different types of social work.
The challenges of the twenty-first century, associated with conscious evolution and globalization, demand the identification and general transmission of such concepts, laws and models in whatever field they were originally developed in order to enhance humanity's capacity to design the twenty-first century agoras. Systems thinking remains the best hope for this to be achieved.
* exploring how local discussions, as processes, and agoras, as product, might come about;
Keywords Agora; the Agora Project; civil society; conscious self-guided evolution; democracy; democratic discourse; evolution; evolutionary guidance systems; guided evolution; New Agoras; public sphere; societal evolution
The New Agoras of the Agora Project, as evolutionary design communities and public spheres of conscious evolution, will offer us `functional contexts of self-guided evolution that are tangible and can be brought to action' (Banathy 2000a, p.
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