ISSS RoundTable:

Meeting twice a day for your convenience


  • Susan Farr Gabriele GEMS •Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems


multidisciplinarity, transdisciplinarity


Workshop Proposal and Invitation

ISSS Daily Morning RoundTable (July 7, 8, 9, 10,11)

EVERYONE IS INVITED to our twenty-second annual ISSS Reflection RoundTable, online this year.

Every morning from 7:45 to 8:45,  July 7, 8, 9, 10,11, we will meet online an hour before the plenaries.  Join us every day, or whenever you like!  You can bring your coffee or meal. We will hold a second session (e.g., from 5pm to 6pm pacific time). So that everyone around the world has a convenient time to join us.  (The morning plenary sessions start at 9:00).

Our RoundTable purposes are to open a space for daily reflection on our ideals, what we want to learn and create; to increase time for each of us to talk about what we are thinking and learning now; and to be listened to by others, enjoying and learning with each other in a new way.

Our format is: We spend 5 minutes listening to RoundTable Guidelines and suggested topics.  We then spend 50 minutes on individual reflections or learning reports, time distributed equally among all present (e.g. 25 people = about 2 minutes each.  We use a timer to keep on schedule).

Our suggested topic for the first morning might include: “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?”  or your thoughts about our conference theme “Advances in Systems Sciences and Systems Practice.”  Following days, “What did you experience or learn yesterday that was important for you? In what way was it important?”

Each day, a main topic will be suggested by a different volunteering facilitator.

Folk wisdom and compelling research indicate that participants experience surprising benefits from this activity after about four sessions. Our own 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 30 authentic viewpoints in 60 minutes. Please Contact Sue with any questions.

Looking forward to experiencing this with you all! 

Sue Gabriele,,

310-848-7740 (mobile)

Author Biography

Susan Farr Gabriele, GEMS •Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems

Educational Designer, Consultant, Author. GEMS • Gabriele Educational Materials and Systems Chapman University, Research Methods Graduate Education