18 September 2007
Conferencing Biography: Anthony Judge
focused on meeting and dialogue-related interests
E-mail: anthony.judge @ gmail.com
Summary: Anthony Judge (Australia) is the instigator of
the Union of Imaginative Associations (www.un-imagine.org)
-- following his retirement in May 2007 as Director of Communications and
Research at the Union of International Associations (UIA) (www.uia.org).
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
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 (www.m2000.org) 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.
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.