GBI Seminar program

The GBI is organizing a series of talks on recent developments in ICT and society, and their implications for the future. The series starts in September, normally on Friday afternoons from 2-4 pm on theVUB Campus Etterbeek (Brussels, Belgium), except when noted otherwise. Free entrance: everybody welcome!

Most past seminars can be watched on video via the GBI YouTube channel. Abstracts and references for the talks can be found on our ECCO seminar page

Here is the program for the coming period:

Past Program

Autumn 2014

Oct. 3
D.3.10Marta LenartowiczNiklas Luhmann's Social Systems: First Posthuman Cognizing Species on Earth?
Oct. 10D.3.10Kris VerburghAging, nutrition and health
Oct. 17D.1.06Evo BusseniersDifferent ways of being in control
Oct. 24D.1.07Lotzi BölöniAutobiographical reasoning, the Xapagy cognitive architecture and implications for the Global Brain
Oct. 31D.1.07Cadell LastInformation-Energy Metasystem Model
Nov. 7D.1.06

Harry Halpin and 
Smári McCarthy

Societal Cybernetics
Nov. 14D.3.08Lotte van LithTerrible too (l)s: Giftedness, personality development and emotional complexity
Nov. 21K.2.Auditorium.3Ivo VelitchkovRequisite Inefficiency
Nov. 28D.1.07Jerome C. GlennThe Global Futures Intelligence System
Dec. 5D.2.15Petter BraathenLinking Complexity Science and Strategic Management
Dec. 12D.2.06 Ben CollinsThe Internet of Places/ The Future of Brands  CANCELLED!
Dec. 19D.1.07 Jeanne DietschCould we become more humane as we become more Sapiens?


Spring 2014

Apr. 4
Øyvind Vada (ECCO)Memes as mental frames and cognitive templates
Apr. 11Pierre Collet  (Strasbourg University)Personalised Open Education for the Masses (POEM)
Apr. 18Jeffrey Johnson (Open University, UK) (room D.1.08!)From networks to hypernetworks in complex systems science
Apr. 25Safwat Ibrahim (Etisalat, Cairo)Crowdsourcing and Social Computing
May 2Mixel Kiemen (ECCO, GBI)Design thinking for Evolutionary cybernetics: introducing artificial evolution by sensory- ‐motoric workspace
May 9Cliff Joslyn (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory)Modeling Global Control Systems: Formal Approaches to Understand What a Global Brain Could Be
May 16Abraham Bernstein (ETH Zurich)Programming the Global Brain - Implications for Computer Science
May 23

Shima Beigi (University of Bristol)

A generic framework for resilience of complex adaptive systems
May 30

Mehdi Moussaid (Max Planck Institute for Human Development)

Social influence and collective opinion dynamics
June 6Petter Braathen      POSTPONED!Linking Complexity Science and Strategic Management
June 13Alfonso Molina ( University of Edinburgh)Theories and Practice in an Emerging Physical/Virtual Environment for Social Innovation and Education for Life
June 20Piet Holbrouck (ECCO)Problem Solving and Paradigm Shifts
June 27Viktoras Veitas & David R. Weinbaum (Weaver)  (ECCO,GBI) A World of Views: society and social governance on the brink of the Singularity



Autumn 2013

Date Speaker Topic
Oct. 4 (room D1.08)
Cadell Last (University of Toronto) The Pathway to the Global Brain: An evolutionary anthropological perspective on cybernetics
Oct. 11    
Oct. 18 (room f5.212)  Francis Heylighen (ECCO) Return to Eden? Promises and perils on the road to a global intelligent network
Oct. 24 (Thursday!) (room L2.208) Dirk Helbing (ETH Zürich) A Planetary Nervous System, and What to Do with It
Nov. 1  (holiday)  
Nov. 8 Mixel Kiemen (ECCO) Interversity, a concept for self-organizing distributed university
Nov. 15 (room D.2.16) Viktoras Veitas (GBI) ChallProp: an agent-based modelling framework for simulating the Global Brain
Nov. 22 (room D.3.16) Jon Echanove (ECCO) Inclusiveness and Exposure: the experience of becoming global and the impact on organizations
Nov. 29 (room D.2.16) Wolfgang Hofkirchner (Technical University of Vienna) Global Consciousness – the global brain in the perspective of a global sustainable information society
Dec. 6 (room D.2.16) Lotte van Lith Dabrowski's Theory of Positive Disintegration
Dec. 13 (room D.3.16) Atanu Chatterjee (Indian Institute of Technology) Physical Foundations of Self-organizing Systems