Category Archives: Program

Prelim Program for #ISSST2014

The ISSST2014 Preliminary Program is posted as a downloadable Excel file.

If you see your name as a session Chair, it’s because we think you’d be terrific and we’d like to invite you to accept a leadership role.  But not all sessions have Chairs yet!  If you’d like to volunteer, let us know.

Please inspect your sessions and especially the title and authorship of your poster or presentation.  Send corrections, comments and adjustments to Dr. Chris Yuan by email

Also, keep in mind that we’ll be programming 4thSpace with workshops, training sessions, biz meetings, UNconference sessions and other late-breaking opportunities for active and engaging exercises.  We’ll post a separate 4thSpace program as we closer to ISSST.

Announcing 4Space: A Place for ISSST Experimentation

Every year the Program Committee gets abstracts, workshop proposals, and new ideas from ISSST participants that don’t match the time-tested model of paper and poster presentations.  For example, we’ve done panel discussions, workshops, real-time online linkups with concurrent conferences, spontaneous presentation sessions, and impromptu work sessions.  We even have a proposal for an UNconference.

One of the beautiful things about ISSST is that we’ve been able to create space for all of these ideas, both in pre- and post-symposia activities and in the regular program.  In some cases, these “crazy” and sometimes last-minute ideas have been the most popular parts of ISSST.  As a result, we’re getting even more proposals — more than the Program Committee can handle.

Although the ISSST parallel program has always been split into three concurrent tracks, the volume of high quality submissions, pre-symposia ideas, and new initiatives this year won’t fit into that format.  So we’re creating a new thing and we’re calling it 4Space.

4Space will be a room at ISSST that will house new workshops, linkups, project meetings, writing sessions, small group discussions, business meetings and allow people to plot their own revolutions.   It will house about 13 people in a Board Room setting and it will be “programmed” only in a loose sense.  Some activities will be planned ahead of time and printed in the program.  Other activities will emerge spontaneously during the event and the organizers will be able to use 4th Space and advertise themselves to the ISSST participants as a whole.

The only thing is, we need a volunteer 4Space Chair to join the ISSST Organizing Committee.  I have a few people in mind that I know would be ideal for the job.  But if you want to be considered, please respond to

Capt. Wayne Porter, USN to open ISSST2014

captwayneporterISSST2014 will open 19 May 2014 in Oakland CA with a keynote address from US Navy Captain Wayne Porter, a PhD candidate at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey CA.  Capt. Porter will be presenting his work with the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster that builds upon his paper, A National Strategic Narrative, co-authored with Col. Mark Mykleby, USMC and featuring a foreword by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Capt. Porter is a frequent and popular public speaker, and recently delivered this lecture as part of Wrigley Series in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.


CAPT Porter holds two Masters of Science degrees and is completing doctoral work at Naval Postgraduate School.  Military duty included Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (Navy’s Director of Intelligence in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of ADM Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  In 2011, Secretary of Defense directed him to establish a Chair at Naval Postgraduate School.  He is a “Walton Fellow” at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and is currently Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Cited in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, his civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.  He co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, “A National Strategic Narrative,” published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and subsequently cited in numerous journals, televised editorials and radio interviews ( His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, The HotSpring Quarterly, Washington Times, and Naval Institute Proceedings.

co-author with Col Mark Mykleby, USMC

Extended – ISSST2014 Abstracts due 3 Jan

Several authors have requested more time to prepare and submit their abstracts to the ISSST2014 and as a result, the due date has been extended to 3 Jan.

For those abstracts that have been uploaded already, reviews will begin immediately.  Nonetheless, those authors may choose to edit, or revise and resubmit abstracts already in the softcon system.

Submit or edit abstracts at

Abstracts should be about 500 words and will be reviewed relative to four criteria:

1. Importance and relevance

2. Investigative methods

3. Results 

4. Originality

For full consideration, abstracts should be submitted by 3 January 2014.
Late submission will be considered on a case-by-case basis.