SIG Announcements


During our weeklong annual ISSS conference, we have been convening the ISSS RoundTable for a dozen years now. The RoundTable sessions are held for an hour every morning, Monday through Friday, right before the morning plenaries. Join us every day, or whenever you like.

Our unique format is an eye-opening new practice in democracy. We spend 5 minutes listening to short readings and the suggested topic. We then spend 55 minutes on individual reflections or learning reports, time distributed equally among all present (e.g. 27 people = about 2 minutes each). Each morning, the session is facilitated by a different volunteering facilitator selected from those in attendance.

The facilitator of the day suggests a topic of his or her choosing. In the past, our suggested topic for the first morning has been: “What situations and projects did you leave behind to come here, and what could happen here that would be valuable to you in your work and life back home?” On the second through fifth mornings, a suggested second or default topic is: “What did you experience yesterday that was interesting or important learning for you? In what way was it interesting or important?”

Folk wisdom and compelling research indicate that participants experience surprising benefits from this activity after about four sessions. Our experience with this format has resulted in the following theory: Just as we break the sound barrier when we travel faster than the speed of sound, we break the communication barrier when we hear 25 authentic viewpoints in 50 minutes.

We look forward to seeing you there!
SIG Chair: Sue Gabriele
sgabriele (at)