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Scripts! The Surprising Scaffolding Of The RoundTable

November 5, 2007

SCRIPTS! THE SURPRISING SCAFFOLDING OF THE ISSS MORNING ROUNDTABLE by Sue Gabriele, PhD

Over the last several years, the International Society of Systems Science has offered a daily morning “Reflection RoundTable” for participants who attend their weeklong annual conference. The ISSS version is an application of the GEMS RoundTable, an activity conceptualized drawing from my experience as a career teacher, educational and organizational social systems literature, and successful real-time models. The RoundTable was field-tested and refined by a half dozen interested fellows of the International Systems Institute (ISI), then investigated in my dissertation project in four fourth grade classrooms at Pennekamp and Foster Schools in Los Angeles County. The RoundTable was found suitable for schools, workplaces, and other social systems, and promising as a user-friendly program for systemic renewal. Systemic renewal is defined as: first, awakening new energy in people and social systems; second, possessing three minimum sufficient conditions for systemic change/renewal: (i.e., ongoing–e.g., daily, weekly, monthly; inclusive–of everyone in the system; and emancipatory–accelerating positive learning. A group of us are currently investigating it in our schools and workplaces. (more…)

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