3rd International SDDP Facilitators Training School

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The 3rd International Facilitators Training School for the Structured Dialogic Design (SDD) Process took place in Nicosia, Cyprus between the 25th and 27th of July 2011. It was organized by Future Worlds Center in collaboration with the Institute of 21st Century Agoras.

Focus of the school

The training included for the first time two webinars organized virtually by Prof. Tom Flanagan, President, and Prof. Ken Bausch, CEO of the Institute for 21st CenturyAgoras. It also focused on the theoretical foundations of the science and included the Game, which enabled participants to re- discover the science. The applied sessions included role playing, which gave participants the opportunity to practice as well as to see others performing the various roles.


The following experts were engaged in the

  • Prof. Aleco Christakis, Founder of Global Agoras and Father of the science of Dialogic Design
  • Dr. Yiannis Laouris, President of FutureWorlds Center and member of 21st Century Agoras Board
  • Prof. Tom Flanagan, President of Institute for 21st CenturyAgoras, co-author of Talking Point
  • Prof. Nikitas Assimakopouulos, President of Hellenic Society for Systemic Studies
  • Prof.Ken Bausch, co-author of Harnessing Collective Wisdom
  • Marios Constantinou, Long-standing practitioner


The 3rd International Facilitators Training School was organized by two interns: Elicia Reed and Marie-Nicol Arbelias, under the guidance of Aleco Christakis. The School took place at the premises of the Cyprus Community Media Centre, which is in the Buffer Zone. This enabled interested participants to visit also the northern part of the island. The Participation Fee was set to €350.00. Associates and CSAP students and graduates enjoyed a special discount. The fee included:

  • Registration fees and certificate
  • All coffee and snacks (lunches and/or dinners not included)
  • All reading materials on CD
  • Two books: 1. Christakis, A.N. and Bausch, K. (2006). How People Harness Their Collective Wisdom and Power to Construct the Future in Co-Laboratories of Democracy. Information Age Publishing, Inc. 2. Flanagan, T. R,, and Christakis, A. N., (2009). The Talking Point: Creating an Environment for Exploring Complex Meaning. Information Age Publishing Inc.
  • Access to the Members’ pages of the SDD International School Website (for full access to all materials)
  • Limited version of Cogniscope software
  • Gala Dinner


The 3rd school addressed also the needs of persons interested in the professional certification scheme, in addition to those who wish to become active SDD Facilitators and Mediators as well as individuals who wanted to learn more about the science of structured dialogic design and eventually become certified SDD facilitators. The 3rd International Facilitators Training School commit to offer backdated (whenever th Scheme is completed) 3 credits towards the professional SDD Certification Scheme. The following individuals participated:

,, Paul Hays, Japan Susan Hays, USA Farah Lenser, Germany Heiner Benking, Germany Eleni, Souliotis, Greece Melis Eroglu, Cyprus Constanze Schmidt, Germany & Cyprus Tatjana Taraszow, Germany & Cyprus Kerstin Wittig, Germany & Cyprus Cinzia Bernardinello, Italy & Cyprus Charalambos Solonos, Cyprus Anna-Maria Drousiotou, Cyprus Melina Karaolia, Cyprus Leonidas Christofides, Cyprus Stelios Christofides, Cyprus Eleni Michail, Cyprus Rallis Antoniadis, Cyprus Jacob Ketuma, Kongo Idil Seytanoglu, Cyprus Christalla Tsoutsouki, Cyprus Philippos Philippou, Cyprus Tonia Loizidou, Cyprus Soteris Demetriou, Cyprus Elia Petridou, Cyprus Marios Constantinou, Cyprus Nicolina Markidou, Cyprus
First Name Last Name Affiliation Expertise Country
Aleco Christakis Institute for 21st Century Agoras FWC Senior SDD Expert USA
Nikitas Assimakopoulos CSAP, University of Pireaus Academician, Systems Expert Greece
Theofanis Giotis CSAP student, Consultant, PhD Candidate Greece
Kate Cherrington AOL Indigenous People Expert New Zealand
Laura USA Haris AOL USA