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At ACC2003, every attendee is encouraged to be a presenter, networker, and active participant. Our Collective Intelligence Dinner works toward that goal by requesting self-selected presenters to report from each brainstorming table, allowing everyone who is interested to present their attributed ideas to the entire group.

Prior to the ACC2003, all registered attendees are requested to submit a brief, optional participant statement of personal passions (topics of interest, information to share, resources to recommend), and current and open problems for which they are seeking solutions.

These statements are placed online in our participants section, and also included in the Conference Handbook, preprinted for attendees, to optimize peer-to-peer networking and discussion.

Ample time is scheduled during the conference for networking, Q&A, posters, and periodical browsing in the Conference mini-bookstore.

We model here the work of systems theorist Bela Banathy, whose ISI conferences attempt to engage all attendees as both 1) presenters of their own perspectives (in brief written form), and 2) participants in self-selected conference brainstorming groups, engaging in "disciplined and focused conversations" on important human problems during the gathering. Abstracts of those conversations are then preserved in a community-accessible record (e.g., internet archive), for group members and the general public.


Politics can change, but a scientific innovation, once released into the world, cannot be taken back. Nor can its impact be legislated away or forbidden by the chairman of the board.

Peter Schwartz


Innovation occurs for many reasons including greed, ambition, conviction, happenstance, acts of nature, mistakes, and desperation. But one force above all seems to facilitate the process. The easier it is to communicate, the faster change happens.

James Burke




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