Yámana Science &
Innovation – A Global Conversation!
Science ‘UnSummit’ 2012
April 23rd-25th 2012
Following the success of the
inaugural Science ‘UnSummit’ 2010 in October of 2010 (part of the USA Science
and Engineering Festival), this is an opportunity for you to help take this ground-breaking event to the next level. You can help spread the word from this creative, working event for the scientific community to a large audience. You can also join us, and get others there too - the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs.
We use the explorative, creative and highly engaging Open Space technology
to explore the landscape of innovation – what is needed to nurture this
hallmark of success, and what obstacles block its expansion. This working conference will
begin with interactive panel presentations in the Spectrodome at the Artisphere, to cross-fertilize the ideas and work of
individuals and organizations engaged in innovation and change.
These panels will be a chance to hear from those working at the edges of innovation in science and
technology - education, collaboration, science
communication, the interface between science & society, and science policy.
The Open Space forum immediately following is designed to foment novel ideas in a space of open communication, allowing a systems-approach and clear view of the diverse human factors involved. Open Space is ideal when there are widely
divergent points of view, high complexity, high levels of passion, and great
can’t attend in person, your support will be incredibly valuable in making
this event available to a larger community, through live-streaming of the
interactive panels and a DVD that will be shared after.
convened around the topic of innovation because we are in a time of fast-moving
changes in society and in the world…and yet slipping on all innovation
indicators. We are creating an opportunity to build on current
approaches to innovation, generating completely new ideas and recognizing current successful approaches. We think stakeholders and
institutions are searching for a fundamental change in our approach to
innovation and the systems of science.
Yámana Science and Technology is inviting pioneers to bridge this divide
by participating in our landmark event, the Science ‘UnSummit’ 2012.
Science and Technology our mission is to be the touchstone for a
fundamental change in the way we work together to 'do' science, bringing
together the ideas, people, and resources to bring out the best in
science. Our Science ‘UnSummit’ is
created as a clearinghouse for issues and concerns, as well as a catalyst for
potential solutions, to connect the passionate voices for science with one
another to create a shared vision for the future.
‘UnSummit’ approach further incorporates two key components, designed to optimize
the change process. First, inclusion of
multiple stakeholders puts a face and a story behind the statistics. Second, a wider breadth of stakeholders in
the room means the ideas generated are informed by the target populations – in
effect, an immediate feedback loop is present – and the wisdom of the whole
community can be tapped into. Both aspects help reduce the time/space disconnect of a complex system, in a self-organized approach.
This year’s event has expanded on
several levels. While our first event
pulled together almost 50 thought-leaders, book authors, scientists, engineers,
and representatives from scientific agencies, this time we’re inviting from a
much larger stake-holder community. We
are very excited to be including leaders in
innovation, creators of emergent business and work models, individuals from the
scientific granting agencies (including the National Science Foundation, the
National Institutes of Health and the Department of Energy), and those
knowledgeable about policy and its formation (congressional staffers who inform
leaders in the Science and Technology policy) and lastly, influencers of policy
- science policy fellows at the State and National level. We seek to create what we are calling
‘pre-policy space’ – a space designed for emergence, without prior conceptions
- This event will:
- Provide concrete deliverables: Usable tools that
solve structural problems, both in science and in our innovation processes, live-streaming of the interactive panels, to engage a larger community, an edited DVD, post-scripted with pictures of you, the community supporters, in your own 'Third Space', and a searchable pdf format book of proceedings (to be put together by science communication students)
new relationships and networks
identification of what’s working, and of great value, and what’s not, that can
- Get people thinking a different way
- Evoke personal and collective leadership (through the experiential process)
What We're Using the
We will use the money to
ensure this event is able to reach beyond the walls of the Artisphere, to
catalyze community-based change, knowledge sharing, and open access. We feel we’re at a tipping point for change
in the fundamental structures that support basic research in this country.
We need $3,000 from this campaign to support the technology magic of Chris Barnett and Gerry
above that will go toward getting individuals from the scientific and technology
community to the event – specifically next generation scientists (post-docs and graduate
students, as well as entrepreneurs who don’t have travel budgets).
We are a grass-roots
organization, dedicated to working with all levels of the community including
top leadership, to partner for change. We
are clear that old approaches are no longer fast enough to keep up with the
accelerating changes occurring at this critical time in the history of science.
We are great believers in adaptive complex systems, built from the shared
passion and curiosity that drive science and technology. Speak up, be a participant in positive
change, help us create the next era of science.
We’d love to have you join us!
Daigle, of NuFocus, describes an 'Open Space' meeting (a technique created by
Harrison Owen more than 25 yrs ago) as a tool to facilitate effective group
focus and decision making when there are substantial issues to debate, high
levels of conflict, high levels of diversity (in all aspects of the group, such
as age, function, opinions, etc.), with an urgency of getting something done