Mark Johnson's Workshop: Modelling Listening

12 Aug 2011 - 16:30

This workshop combines a focus on listening with an concrete aim to identify models that might shed deeper light on the nature of listening and communication. The workshop comprises a series of ‘bursts’ of activity where each participant becomes an ‘agent’ acting within a square grid with a set of behaviours and strategies. In the ‘burst’, the behaviours and strategies are played-out. After the burst, a short period of reflection allows participants to consider “is this listening?”. In the light of reflection, behaviours and strategies are evolved and a new burst is conducted. The process repeats throughout the workshop.

It is hoped that by the end of the session a “model of listening” has been sufficiently refined to allow for it to be programmed. If there is time, it may be possible to implement this model using NetLogo before the end of the conference.

Workshop facilitator: Mark Johnson
Workshop duration: 1 hour

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This workshop will be conducted in parallel with Aartje Hulstein’s workshop, Elizabeth Simpson’s second workshop and Andrew Owen Brightman’s workshop. Please choose one to take part in and do not sign up for more of these four workshops. You may mention your second choice out of these four workshops in the comment box below to mark where you would like to go if this workshop is under- or over-subscribed.