Some of you read the transcript of my keynote address at 57th conference of the International Society for Systems Sciences, last year, on Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities. The title of the conference was “Curating the Conditions for a Thrivable Planet: Systemic Leverage Points for Emerging a Global Eco-Civilization.” The leader of the conference’s program design team was Violeta Bulc, a brilliant systems scientist from Slovenia.
The systems and behavior scientists among you may have also seen an extended version of my keynote in the current issue of Systems Research and Behavioral Science Volume 31, Issue 5, pages 595–605. What you may not know is that Violeta Bulc helped me shaping the ideas I presented in my keynote address and the subsequent academic publication. She is not only an eminent systems thinker, business and social innovator, but also has an intimate understanding of the intricate issues of collective intelligence and collective impact.
The good news is that the Prime Minister of Slovenia nominated her for Slovenia’s slot in the new EU government, the college of Commissioners. The European Parliament will have its confirmation vote on Oct. 22nd.
I see Bulc’s professional focus and recent article on mass participation in innovation, combined with her capacity to drive scalable innovation projects, which earned her present job of the vice-president in the Slovenian government, as key assets to a more prosperous Europe. If you read her article that I referenced here and you think that enabling mass participation in innovation would make a big difference for Europe and the world, please spread the word about Violeta and this blog.