Francis Heylighen is a research professor at the Free University of Brussels (VUB), where he directs the Evolution, Complexity and Cognition group. His research is focused on the self-organization and evolution of complex, intelligent systems consisting of many interacting agents. He is editor of the Principia Cybernetica Project for the development of an evolutionary-systemic philosophy, and chair of the Global Brain group. He has published over a hundred scientific papers on these and related topics. Home page: http://pcp.vub.ac.be/HEYL.html
Peggy Holman convenes conversations that matter using generative processes that call forth the best of who people are and can be to unleash the energy and wisdom to move dreams to action, resulting in more resilient, agile, collaborative and alive people and systems. The second edition of her book, The Change Handbook (Berrett-Koehler, 2007), has been warmly received as an aid to people in reinventing their organizations and communities. Peggy has an MBA from Seattle University. See www.opencirclecompany.com.
Keith Hopper (www.keithhopper.com) is a web product designer and innovator. He currently leads Public Action™, an online software environment engaging individuals with Public Broadcasters in building unique online communities. The environment runs on public TV and radio stations, along with program websites across the US including www.theworld.org and www.cartalk.com. Keith Hopper is also the Co-founder of the Boston Social Technology Society and creator of the Collective Problem Solving Wiki. He has a degree in Human Factors Engineering from Tufts University and is the recipient of several awards in design strategy and engineering.
Par Eriksson is an analyst with the National Defense Research Establishment (FOA) in Stockholm, For the past three years he has been involved with projects concerning Sweden ’s participation in international peace operations supporting the Swedish Armed Forces HQ, as well as the Swedish government. The views expressed in this article are the author ’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the FOA, the Swedish Armed Forces, or the Swedish government.
Michael Herman served from 1952 to 1987 in Britain’s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), with secondments to the Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence. Since his retirement he has written extensively on intelligence matters, with official clearance. He has been associated with several universities, and is now an Honouree Fellow at Aberystwyth and a Senior Associate Member of St Antony’s College in Oxford. His book Intelligence Power in Peace and War (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 1996) has been regularly reprinted, and a collection of his subsequent writings was published as Intelligence Services in the Information Age: Theory and Practice (Southgate: Frank Cass Publishers 2001).