Emergence and Design theme chairs

Markus PeschlMarkus F. Peschl

is professor for Cognitive Science and Philosophy of Science at the Dept. of Philosophy [Research Group Philosophy of Science: Cultures and Technologies of Knowledge], University of Vienna, Austria. He spent several years at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and at the University of Sussex.
His focus of research is on the question of knowledge creation and innovation in various contexts (cognitive, organizational, social, scientific). He follows a radically interdisciplinary approach. Working on the concept of “socio-epistemological engineering” he integrates concepts of knowledge creation/innovation and knowledge technologies with epistemological and social aspects.
Currently he is working in the field of radical innovation where he developed the concepts of Emergent Innovation and Enabling Spaces.
Markus has published 6 books and more than 110 papers in international journals and collections. For further information see: http://www.univie.ac.at/knowledge/peschl/

What fascinates you about “Emergence and Design”? In your own words: Why should people go there?

The question driving my research and the topic of the session is: How is it possible to create knowledge/innovations that are not only radically new, but also organically fit into and connect to the existing structures and dynamics? In other words, how do we have to design Enabling Spaces that foster the process of bringing forth radically new knowledge that leads to sustainable and thriving innovations?

 Stefan BlachfellnerStefan Blachfellner

Since 1999 Stefan Blachfellner works internationally as an entrepreneur in business and communication design from Europe to China. His experiences include consulting with Fortune TOP 500 industries, the service sector, public administration, cultural and educational organizations, and communities. Additional he is one of the co-founders of the international Change the Game Initiative, a network of gamechangers united by their interest in innovation, ethics and leadership.

Today he also serves the Bertalanffy Center for the Study of Systems Science as Managing Director in Vienna, Austria. He is an active member in several scientific communities dedicated to social and technological innovations. In 2012 he was elected as Vice-President by the IFSR – International Federation for Systems Research. He serves several research journals as supervisory, managing and guest editor, among them “Systema: connecting Matter, Life, Culture and Technology”, the journal which originated from the EMCSR – European Meetings on Cybernetics and Systems Research, which he manages since 2012.

Graduate at the University of Salzburg he studied Communication, Psychology and History. He is currently part time university lecturer at the Upper Austria University of Applied Sciences Campus Steyr and the Danube University Krems in Austria, teaching entrepreneurship, leadership, creativity and innovation, innovation management, future studies, and applied systems, complexity, and network theory.

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