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