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18 September 2007

Conferencing Biography: Anthony Judge

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Extended version | Institution-related initiatives | UIA-related initiatives

Summary: Anthony Judge (Australia) is the instigator of the Union of Imaginative Associations ( -- following his retirement in May 2007 as Director of Communications and Research at the Union of International Associations (UIA) ( He had held this operational position since the 1970s in addition to his formal role as Assistant Secretary-General. Based in Brussels for the century since its founding in 1907, the UIA has been a self-financed, international, nonprofit, research clearinghouse for information on all international nonprofit organizations and their preoccupations.

His continuing responsibility, dating from 1972, had been the development of interlinked databases on: these international organizations, their meetings, their strategies, the problems on which these focus, and their values, together with associated databases on modes of human development, bibliographical data, and biographical profiles -- and on the networks linking these various kinds of entity. Over that period he was specifically responsible for publication of this information in a range of reference media -- including the Yearbook of International Organizations, the International Congress Calendar -- and on enabling web access to their hyperlinked content. In particular, with the financial assistance of Mankind 2000 ( of which he became Executive Director, he developed the Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential for the UIA from 1972 through to its current online integration with these other databases.

As a development of these knowledge management initiatives, and their associated learnings, he has authored a collection of over 1,600 documents on information and knowledge organization of relevance to governance and strategy-making -- including challenges to configuration, comprehension, credibility, communication, and related software possibilities, especially in conferencing dialogue contexts. Specific interests have included futures research and transdisciplinarity with particular interest in exploring user-controlled visual representations of complex knowledge networks over the web. Other series of papers explore issues relating to governance through metaphor, electronic implications for organization network operation, and the future of dialogue and sustainable community.

These interests, whether professional or personal, have been enriched by involvement with a wide range of international bodies and meetings, whether as organizer, speaker, panelist, contributor or facilitator.

Within the new context of the Union of Imaginative Associations and its associated initiatives, he is continuing this research -- now more specifically focused on the challenges of eliciting new insights, and making more effective use of any relevant knowledge, in response to the urgent challenges of governance and meaningful lifestyles in an increasingly complex environment.

--- Meeting- and Dialogue-related Interests ---

Anthony Judge first became involved with the challenges of international conferences through participation in the series of International Congresses on Congress Organization, originally initiated by the Union of International Associations (UIA) to professionalize the approach to meetings -- and evoke the creation of relevant professional bodies. The last such event was held in 1975 in Kyoto. In parallel he had organized the early computerization of the UIA's International Congress Calendar for which he was responsible through to its dissemination online in 2000, as well as ensuring its online relation to the Yearbook of International Organizations. He was also responsible for systematizing the associated meeting statistics and data extraction -- which have been so vital to the international conference industry.

He played a continuing role in the thematic development of the UIA's annual Associate Members meeting, notably to ensure early exposure of the conference industry to innovative technologies whose importance is now considered self-evident: open space methods, CD-ROM, computer conferencing, laptops, online database access, websites, internet security, etc. His long-standing interest in the communication effectiveness within large international conferences led him to explore a variety of facilitation processes, notably involving organization of participant interaction messaging facilities (see History of Participant Interaction Messaging) -- as well as an International School of Ignorance experimenting with dialogue methods.

He has participated in numerous international conferences as participant, panelist, or keynote speaker (see Conference-, Organization- and Publication-related Initiatives). The challenges of such events have led him to write many papers and reports on transformative conferencing (see Documents relating to Dialogue and Transformative Conferencing). His continuing interest in the field relates to the potential marriage of virtual and face-to-face meetings, more effective methods of insight capture and configuration, and the live visualization of the thematic development of dialogue, especially in larger gatherings (most recently Complementary Knowledge Analysis / Mapping Process, 2006) . He is especially interested in the challenge of guaranteeing that those who can benefit most from interacting do not miss each other -- having travelled so far to the same event.

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