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The Convening


The program is guided by the Action Clusters identified in the SEAD report “Steps to an Ecology of Networked Knowledge and Innovation.”

SEAD Action Clusters

Translating, Convening, Enabling, Including, Embedding, Situating, Sense-Making, Documenting, Learning, Collaborating, Thriving

Day 1 - Experiential

This day will encompass a set of transdisciplinary experiences from sources ranging from small art/sci collaborations to institutional, academic and corporate innovation, and will conclude with an evening reception.


Peripatetic Conversations by The Exploratorium

Convening attendees are invited to join in one-on-one conversations initiated by open-ended questions. The power of slowing down to contemplate and express your own ideas and then in turn, closely listen to the perspective of your conversational partner will help set an empathetic tone for subsequent activities.  Participants will make individual selections of cards containing several key questions on themes relevant to the Convening. The suggestion to walk (peripatetic) during the conversation is to help support the sense that any conversation can be a journey and exploration of ideas and new perspectives.

The activity was developed by Claire Pillsbury, Program Director, and Kirstin Bach, Program Manager, Center for Art & Inquiry in collaboration with Marina McDougall, Founding Director, Center for Art & Inquiry (staff and alumna of the Exploratorium).


Welcome to San Francisco Art Institute by SFAI President Gordon Knox
Introductory remarks by Leonardo Executive Editor Roger Malina 

Experiential Sessions Morning + Afternoon

COn-SCIENCE Theatre of Being by Anna Bacchia
The Vortex by Scientific Delirium Madness Alumni Meredith Tromble, Donna Sternberg and Dawn Sumner
Pedagogical Practices Workshop by Matt Ganucheau from Gray Area

More to come...


Lightning keynotes curated to inspire featuring:
Domhnaill Hernon, Director of E.A.T. Nokia Bell Labs

Brownbag no host lunch

More to come...

Evening reception

3D Web Fest sponsored by CODAME Art + Tech

Day 2 - Vision Planning

Participants will gather for a facilitated daylong future-casting workshop focused on the transdisciplinary movement as a whole and its relationship to society. This may result in a manifesto or multiple manifestos, new collaborations and a new vision for Leonardo.

Facilitated by Future Strategist Alan Boldon, Dartington Labs



Thanks for your interest in The Convening. Registration is limited and we encourage you to sign up early to ensure a spot.

We are keeping our costs as low as possible; therefore, we cannot offer additional scholarships or support. However, we are looking for volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our office at

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