Seven Dialogue Laws (Development Years 1995 - 2006):

Requisite:
(1) Variety (Ashby),
(2) Parsimony (Miller),
(3) Saliency (Boulding),
(4) Meaning and Wisdom (Peirce),
(5) Authenticity and Autonomy (Tsivacou),
(6) Evolutionary Learning (Dye),
(7) Action (Laouris)

Seven Laws

The application of Dialogic Design Science requires Facilitators of Structured Dialogue to strictly comply with 7 Laws.

Law of Requisite Variety

See also The Law of Requisite Variety.

The Law of Requisite Variety demands that an appreciation of the diversity of perspectives and stakeholders is essential in managing complex situations. The Law of Requisite Variety is attributed to William Ross Ashby.

Law of Requisite Parsimony

The Law of Requisite Parsimony states that structured dialogue is needed to avoid the cognitive overload of stakeholder/designers. The Law of Requisite Parsimony is attributed to George Miller and John Warfield.

Law of Requisite Saliency

The Law of Requisite Saliency states that the relative saliency of observations can only be understood through comparisons within an organized set of observations. The Law of Requisite Saliency is attributed to Kenneth Boulding.

Law of Requisite Meaning

The Law of Requisite Meaning states that meaning and wisdom are produced in a dialogue only when observers search for relationships of similarity, priority, influence, etc, within a set of observations. The Law of Requisite Meaning is attributed to Charles Sanders Peirce.

Law of Requisite Autonomy and Authenticity

The Law of Requisite Autonomy and Authenticity in distinction-making demands that during the dialogue it is necessary to protect the autonomy and authenticity of each observer in drawing distinctions. The Law of Requisite Autonomy and Authenticity is attributed to Ioanna Tsivacou [8].

Law of Requisite Evolution of Observations

The Law of Requisite Evolution of Observations states that learning occurs in a dialogue as the observers search for influence relationships among members of a set of observations. The Law of Requisite Evolution of Observations is attributed to Kevin Dye[9]

Law of Requisite Action

The Law Requisite Action predicts that αny action plans to reform complex social systems designed without the authentic and true engagement of those whose futures will be influenced by the change are bound to fail. The Law of Requisite Action is attributed to Yiannis Laouris[10]

Referential Transparency between the Axioms and the Laws

There has been considerable discussion among the members of the community of practiotioners and theoreticians of DDS regarding the relationships between the axioms and the laws of the science. In an effort to clarify these relationships in the context of the Domain of Science Model (DOSM) and the Referential Tansparency article:

http://dialogicdesignscience.wikispaces.com/file/view/DDSontoDOSM.pdf

we will make more explicit the connections between the axioms and laws in the section below:

  • The Complexity Axiom: Social systems designing is a multi-dimensional challenge. It demands that observational variety be respected when engaging observers/stakeholders in dialogue, while making sure that their cognitive limitations are not violated in the effort to strive for comprehensiveness (John Warfield).

  • The two Laws deduced from this Axiom are Requisite Variety, and Requisite Parsimony. Significan evidence gathered in the Arena over a period of forty years indicates that these two laws are also supportive of this axiom. This evidense is reported for the first time in a paper authored by Warfield and Christakis in 1987:

  • John N. Warfield, and Christakis, A.N. "Dimensionality," Systems Research 4, pp. 127–137;

  • The Engagement Axiom: Designing social systems, such as health care, education, cities, communities, without the authentic engagement of the stakeholders is unethical, and results in inferior plans that are not implementatable (Hasan Ozbekhan).

  • The Laws of Requisite Authenticity and Autonomy, and of Requisite Action are deduced from and are supportive of this Axiom.

  • The Investment Axiom: Stakeholders engaged in designing their own social systems must make personal investments of trust, committed faith, or sincere hope, in order to be effective in discovering shared understanding and collaborative solutions (Tom Flanagan).

  • The Law of Requisite Authenticity and Autonomy, Requisite Saliency, and Requisite Parsimony are deduced from and are supportive of this Axiom.

  • The Logic Axiom: Appreciation of distinctions and complementarities among inductive, deductive and retroductive logics is essential for a futures-creative understanding of the human being. Retroductive logic makes provision for leaps of imagination as part of value-and emotion-laden inquiries by a variety of stakeholders (Norma Romm).

  • The Laws of Requisite Saliency, Requisite Meaning and Wisdom, and Requisite Evolution of Observations are deduced from and are supportive of this Axiom.

  • The Epistemological Axiom: A comprehensive science of the human being should inquire about human life in its totality of thinking, wanting, telling, and feeling, like the indigenous people and the ancient Athenians were capable of doing. It should not be dominated by the traditional Western epistemology that reduced science to only intellectual dimensions (LaDonna Harris and Reynaldo Trevino).

  • The Laws of Requisite Authenticity and Autonomy, and Requisite Evolution of Observations are deduced from and are supportive of this Axiom.

  • The Boundary-Spanning Axiom: Stakeholders are empowered to act beyond borders to design symbiotic social systems that enable people from all walks of life to bond across possible cultural, religious, racialized, and disciplinary barriers and boundaries, as part of an enrichment of their repertoires for seeing, feeling and acting (loanna Tsivacou and Norma Romm).

  • The Laws of Requisite Authenticity and Autonomy and Requisite Action are supportive of this Axiom.

  • The Reconciliation of Power Axiom: Social system design aims to reconcile individual and institutional power relations that are persistent and embedded in every group of stakeholders and their concerns, by honoring Requisite Variety of distinctions and perspectives as manifested in the Arena." (Peter Jones).

  • The Laws of Requisite Authenticity and Autonomy, Requisite Evolution of Observations, and Requisite Variety are supportive of this Axiom.