Forum 2015

Forum 2015

Joint Forum with IfGIC + CMM + UBW

September 17th – 20th 2015 at University of Federal Armed Force in Munich, Germany

Discovering Cosmopolitan Communication!:

Crossover dialogue between past and future / theory and practice / west and east

Vision: Communication theory and practice since its beginnings have tried to develop and improve our communication skills from what Barnett Pearce called in sequence from “ethnocentric” to “modernistic” communication. Educators, trainers and researchers have spent much time and energy developing communicative competence for children, students, business people, and people in conflict areas. However, there are still many problems concerning global issues in the world (ex. ethnic and religious conflict, business and political tensions, migration, global leadership crisis etc.). These problems cannot be solved alone by competent interpersonal-/intercultural-/organizational communication that is only concerned with a part of this complex whole of our increasingly globalized world. In this Forum we will attempt to take another step forward into the next level of communication and explore what Pearce (1989, 2007) called “cosmopolitan communication”.

Goal: There are many post-modern ‘design communication’ (cf. Jenlink 2008) which enables humans to transcend exiting systems through communicative and emancipatory action, ex. Non-violent communication, Open space technology, World café, Dialogue process, Coordinate Management of Meaning, Tranparent Communication etc. But there is no significant interdisciplinary researches which show us evolutional process of communication promoted by this design communication.

In this Forum all participants can understand and experience the concept of CC individually and know that CC can be applied to our social reality – health, wealth and peace.

Global Perspectve-Taking

Global Perspectve-Taking

Rule 1: You see what I see.

Rule 2: When you are not in my position, you don’t see what I see and vice versa.

Rule 3: When I am in your position, I would see what you see and vice versa.

Rule 4: If I were in your position, I would see what you see on the inside, i.e. your personal identity, and vice versa.

Rule 5: Global-perspective-taking

  • I-perspective: “Without you, I will have no problem”
  • I-Thou-perspective: “Without you, I’ll not be able to solve the problem”
  • We-perspective: “Without you, little deep learning is really possible”


• If you want to promote the real health, create new ecological sustainable organization, or build the sustainable peaceful society, how can our communication have potential for these purposes?

• How can we develop this poten4al of our communica4on?

• How can we train future change-agents who will become health-promoters, wealth-creators and peace- builders?

What are indicators of cosmopolitan communication?

From Kazuma Matoba Opening Presentation

Feedback about Forum 2015

  • Rik Spann

    A few days after our great experience at the FUGIC/CMM – conference in Munich I want to express my deepest gratitude. I want to let you know that these four days are among the most inspiring in my whole life. In some kind of magical way many dots that were collected in my life and work seem to get connected. Not with a clear defined result though. More as a starting point to let the Real Work begin. What an inspiring group of people, what a multitude of wonderful ideas, what a great underlying conviction to ground it all in reality. And what a beautiful example of ‘walking the talk’. Many people communicate about wise and fruitful ways of communication. Few actually do so. 

    I would have liked to have had some time to talk to you more personally about your ideas and vision, and share a bit of my own. I hope that there will be a chance to do so in the future. Of course I hope that my contribution was appreciated. I threw myself in with all my passion and conviction. Not only during my own workshop, but also during all other interactions in the process. I hope it played a small part in energizing and vitalizing the process.

    I already let Sergej know that if there would be any interest from your side to make use of my contribution during the next phases of the process, I would be more than glad to join the group, in a way that might be appreciated by you all. I say this in all humility. It’s not about me. It’s about good and important work that has to be done to create a better world. In the words derived from my own workshop on improvisation: I surely would love to jam along. 

    Anyway: I hope that the spin-off of the conference will lead to more than enough energy and concrete steps to keep it ‘groovin’ ! I have the greatest confidence in this. 

    Meredith Smith

    It was wonderful to meet you in Munich and participate in the FUGIC forum. Thank you for your warm welcome and thoughtful organization to the field and community, which meant so much on many levels.

    Rik Spann
    Rik Span
    Founder Academy of Improvisation and Leadership.