Kororoit Institute International Symposium and Workshop

Living Spaces for Change: socio-technical knowledge of cities and regions

29 February – 2 March 2012,
North Melbourne, Australia


Second Call for Extended Presentation Abstracts

Closing date: 22 January 2012.

Key Words: Collaborative Tools, Geospatial data, Community Knowledge, Transport and Land Use, Knowledge Architecture, Social complex adaptive systems, Socio-technical Systems, Connecting Social, Knowledge, Governance of Urban Action, Knowledge Cities Research, Emergent Organization


The formation of Kororoit Institute is the result of years of interaction of concerned research groups working to understanding complex adaptive systems of all kinds, including especially the knowledge transfer interfaces between individuals, communities, authorities and governments relating to urban and regional environments. Kororoit Institute seeks to extend the theoretical understanding of such transfers, to better help apply the rapidly evolving socio-technical knowledge support systems to the knowledge-based relationships of individuals, existing and emerging action groups, and organizations and societies. In a world facing global warming and growing scarcities of water, power, mineral and food resources, KI members and colleagues are particularly concerned to understand and design socio-technical systems for multi-level governance to help people forming the interface between urban systems and the physical environment co-manage and guide activities of urban and regional administrations. After several years experience researching the theory and practice of building and managing tacit and explicit knowledge in hierarchically complex organizational systems, we wish to more widely discuss the linking of relationships between parties and the importance of these experiences through knowledge management theory and practice for regarding established and emerging community action groups. In these contexts it is particularly important to understand the new and changing roles of rapidly evolving social technologies to facilitate and coordinate emerging and established organizations.

The Living Spaces for Change theme derived from discussions some Kororoit Institute (KI) members had with their colleagues in France, that proposed the formation of an international network of research centres, companies and local communities, where KI might represent the Australian region. The phrase "Living Spaces for Change" was selected as a name because it does not have an existing meaning and because it combines three important words in a disruptive way that may lead to thought:

  • "Living" refers to the phenomena of life
    • lives of people and the lives of all the other organisms we share the Earth with - and to
    • the idea that everything is perpetually evolving and interacting.
  • "Spaces" refers to the fact that we live in a multidimensionally complex space that is
    • physical (buildings, urban developments...),
    • human (e.g., social structures),
    • digital (e.g, world and relationships through the web),
    • geographical (e.g., able to be represented on maps),
    • natural (in that there are many biological aspects to the interactions between humans and their spaces), and
    • hierarchical (in that interactions in this space occur simultaneously at many scales, from home or office to a city, a whole region and more).
  • "for Change" refers to the
    • multitude of issues relating to humanity's increasing impacts on our natural environment and living spaces; and
    • kinds of changes humans might make to sustain and improve the qualities of our living spaces - for people and for the sakes of other living organisms our environments require for health.

KI's ambition is to assist in the building of a social, natural, physical and digital living environment in order to improve both the qualities of individual peoples' lives and the quality of the natural environment they live in. Many existing initiatives contribute to this aim, but our added value is to address it in a globally systemic way. In Australia, KI people have been involved in the application of social technologies for knowledge management in several such initiatives, in community, landcare and watershed management initiatives.

This is not only applied research, but also applied values. We aim at building a better present and future through collaborative work and collective intelligence, involving the necessary wide range of professionals, social groups and individuals, at local, regional, and international levels. Experiments, practical demonstrations, and real implementations will be at the heart of the initiative, based on theory, research and innovation.

Call for Extended Abstracts

To initiate this international dynamic, KI is organizing this Symposium the topic of "Socio-technical Knowledge of Cities and Regions" to encourage discourse and help expand our understanding of how and why communities collect, structure and manage knowledge to support better decision-making regarding government.

KI and its international collaborators seek extended abstracts for our symposium, “Living Spaces for Change”, that will develop the subject of “Socio-technical Knowledge of Cities and Regions” to encourage discourse. In these presentations we seek to stimulate discussion that will expand our understanding of how communities collect, structure and manage knowledge, how this can support better decision-making regarding government services and actions, and why we should be concerned to do these things. Our Inaugural Symposium is structured as a workshop for the presentation of a broad range of ideas about how we can achieve the aims expressed for "Living Spaces for Change". To enable the presentation of as many ideas as possible, we seek the following from each contributor:

  • An extended abstract, 500-2000 words summarizing your ideas. Closing date for submission, 22 January 2012. Accptances will be circulated by 30 January. Final extended abstracts submitted by 13 February. These will be published on the KI website by 20 February for other Symposium attendees to read..
  • Excepting keynotes, Symposium presentations should be limited to 5 minutes to enable ample time for discussion and exploration.
  • Kororoit Institute will be happy to consider publishing extended versions of accepted presentations - either as Kororoit Institute Working Papers (edited, but not peer reviewed) or in theKororoit Institute eJournal after peer review.

Submission procedure

We prefer that extended abstracts (600 - 2000 words) of your presentation be submitted via the Easychair conference system. If you do not have an existing account on Easychair the site will give you instructions as to how to establish one. Alternatively extended abstracts may be submitted via email to symposiumabstracts@kororoit.org.

Key dates

  • Extended abstracts submission: 16 January 2012
  • Notification of acceptance: 23 January 2012 - Conference registration will have to be paid by this date.
  • Final extended abstract submission: 7 February 2012

Program, Registration, Accommodation

Breaking details on the Program, Registration and Accommodation will be found on the Symposium Page.

Program committee

  • William Hall, Research Fellow, Australian Centre for Science, Innovation and Society and Engineering Learning Unit, University of Melbourne
  • Susu Nousala, Aalto University Helsinki, Research Fellow and Director Kororoit Institute
  • Roger Hadgraft, Assoc. Prof. and Director, Engineering Learning Unit (ELU) University of Melbourne
  • Alain Moulet, President, Aménagements Vivants, Paris
  • Tony Smith, Kororoit Institute
  • Amir Morris, Kororoit Institute
  • Bill Killpatrick, Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Russell Thompson, Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
  • Patrick Sunter, GAMUT, University of Melbourne