Xarkis Festival | August 16th 2014
Big thank you to everyone who attended and especially to Xarkis Festival for hosting us 🙂
Hopefully we ‘ll get to have many more discussions soon.
The presentation was as follows:
- Intro: This is an experiment on the research field of decision-making processes in society.
- Why do we do the research?
- As social beings, we are, on a daily basis involved in reaching common decisions that determine the future of our social groups.
- By becoming more aware of these decision-making processes, we reach a position from which we can better evaluate their applications in our daily social interactions.
- Plan- The workshop consists of two small theoretical presentations:
- Introduction to social-decision-making structures.
- Introduction to basic principles of problem solving.
- Each of these is followed by the examination of the application of the mentioned theories in an experimental case study of The Cypriot Puzzle, a grass root initiative that aims to directly involve all concerned Cypriots in the decision-making process regarding the solution of the Cypriot problem.
- 1st Part: Decision-making structures:
- Representative democracy
- Direct democracy
- Anarchy (absence of a system/structure)
- Case study: The Cypriot problem
- Which structure is more efficient?
- Which structure is fairer?
- Which structure/s have been tested so far?
- Is a structure of direct democracy possible?
- If yes, how?
- Isn’t it necessary to consider the various aspects of the problem before deciding on a definitive direct-democratic structure?
- 2nd Part: Principles of decision/ problem-solving principles
- Analysis of the problem
- Criteria of what a ‘successful solution’ must be
- Possible solutions
- Method and application of criteria in choosing between competing proposed solutions.
- Case study: The Cypriot Puzzle
- Analysis of the problem: video and a discussion of what needs to be researched in this area.
- Possible solutions: a discussion of how to reach a point of proposing solutions.
- Need of small working groups producing consultation papers
- Issue of technical knowledge
- Need of ‘glossary’ common terminology
- Need of a ‘hierarchical’ or representative democratic structure to provide technical knowledge