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Evaluating Synthesis Initiatives and their Sustaining Dialogues


Evaluating Synthesis Initiatives and their Sustaining Dialogues
1. Nature
2. Excluded dimensions
3. Primacy
4. Cultural constraints
5. Approbation
6. Challenge
7. Depth and scope
8. Superficiality
9. Marginalization
10. Quality of dialogue
11. Conceptual richness
12. Relationship to diversity
13. Operational significance
14. Coherence of articulation
15. Behavioural consistency
16. Temporal framework
17. Doubt
18. Disagreement
19. Complementarily
20. Imposition
21. Transparency
22. Group think

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The following checklist is a draft that will be revised and reorganized in the light of feedback and further insight


The questions below have been partially explored in related papers focusing on comprehenion (Documents relating to Comprehension and Communicability) and transdisciplinarity (Documents relating to Synthesis, Transdisciplinarity and Integration) and on dialogue (Documents relating to Dialogue and Transformative Conferencing). The challenge of information of higher quality (Musings on Information of Higher Quality, 1996). The checklist was produced in the light of the Synthesis Dialogues initiative (Dharamsala, 1999) and of earlier conferences on transdisciplinarity and general systems thinking. The concerns were first articulated in Distorted Understandings of Synthesis: Reconfiguring the challenge of wholeness (1997).