Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships

In June 2016 a conference ‘Respecting Otherness in Networks of In June 2016 a conference ‘Respecting Otherness in Networks of Relationships’ will be held in Rovaniemi, Finland. Rovaniemi lies at the Arctic Circle. 

The conference is dialogical in form and bold in content. The hosting city Rovaniemi can present success and sustainability in fostering relational dialogical culture, but the challenges for continuity are real here, too. One of the topics is anchoring dialogicity in practices - over time and across sectors. In a way the conference is a meeting point for generations: the old hands get old, new hands carry the process. Could we support each other, local to local internationally?

The participants will also get a good look at how dialogical approach on networks is done in Rovaniemi. The municipality of Rovaniemi has developed early open co-operation over ten years. 

So, please mark the dates from 10th to 12th of June 2016 in your calendar and wait for more information at this site.

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Heikki Ervast

Program - Ohjelma
Friday the 10 th of June / Lappia House:
 • 10:00-11:00 Registration
 • 11:00-12:00 Lunch
 • 12:00-14:00 Opening: the Mayor of the City of Rovaniemi 
First dialogue: Towards Network Oriented Dialogical Culture, Instead of Single Sectoral Projects
  • Case Rovaniemi, case Keropudas, case Kristiansand, case Italy, ...
  • In dialogue with Fabio Folghereiter, Augusta Nicoli, Nina Saarinen, Mia Kurtti, Rovaniemi representatives and others…
 • 14:00-14:30 Coffee break
 • 14:30-16:30 Second dialogue: From Nordic Network to More International One
35 years of process: how does the present look like? Wishes, expectations, worries…
  • In dialogue with Johan Klefbeck, Gunnar Forsberg, Mark Hopfenbeck and others…
Saturday the 11th of June / Lappia House and City Hall
 • 9:00-11:00 Otherness, Intersubjectivity, Relationality, Corporality, Democracy and power…
Third dialogue
  • In dialogue with Sara Heinämaa, Jaakko Seikkula, Kai Alhanen, …
 • 11:00-12:00 Lunch / Lappia House
 • 12:00-14:00 Fourth dialogue: Continuing With Morning Themes Towards Dialogical Practices
  • Starting with John Shotter and Tom Arnkil
 • 14:00-14:30 Coffe Break / Lappia House
 • 14:30-16:30 Workshops / Lappia House and City Hall

The workshops so far:
  • Olga Evsteshina (Moscow), Erik Hjorth, Maria Bark and Björn Holst (Norrköping)
  • Pernilla Björnberg (Trollhättan)
  • Juha Karhu (University of Lapland, Rovaniemi)
  • Two ’Early Open Co-operation’ workshops (Rovaniemi)
  • Helena Prane and Karin Eriksson, Network Team in Angered, Sweden 
 • 18:30-19:30 City Reception / City Hall
 • 20:00- Dinner and Entertainment / Hotel Pohjanhovi
Sunday the 12th of June / Lappia House
 • 9:00-12:00 Way Back Home…. Sharing New Ideas
Fifth dialogue: Recalling the Good Future, Peer Learnig, Local to Local Internationally
 • 12:00-12:30 Coffee and Farewell…

The keynote speeches will be held in the dialogues and we wish that the speeches would be more dialogues than monologues… 

Registration - Ilmoittautuminen
The registration for the conference is open now. The ‘early bird’ conference fee is only 180 €. Starting 1.2.2016 registration fee is 230 €, so try to be quick! The conference fee includes all the lunches, coffee break servings and the conference program. Remember to make the reservation also to the hotel.

Here’s the link for the registration:
Hotellit / Accommodation

Hotel rooms can now be booked with a special price with a conference code. All the hotels lie nearby the conference hall (“walking distance”).

Sokos Hotel Vaakuna, Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 (0)20 1234 694; e-mail:
reservation code: VAY / 18128583

City –hotel, Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 16 3300 111

reservation code: VAY

Hotel Scandic Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 16 4606111

reservation code: no code needed

Hotel Santa Claus, Rovaniemi
contact: tel. +358 (0)16 321 3229; e-mail:
reservation code: 2412704

Keynote speakers
As you can see our conference will contain interesting keynote speeches and workshops. We are trying to built up a new form of “conferencing”. Maybe the keynote speeches (at least some of them) will be in a dialogical form, so there would be other participants (“otherness”) at stage, too. The keynote speeches will be held in the dialogues and we wish that the speeches would be more dialogues than monologues…

John Shotter

John Shotter, Emeritus Professor of Communication, University of New Hampshire, U.S.A. “No matter how great the throng and press of their bodies, they live like wild beasts in a deep solitude of spirit and will, scarcely any two being able to agree since each follows his own pleasure or ca...

Kai Alhanen

Kai Alhanen is a researcher in political philosophy. He also acts as a trainer and work supervisor in Aretai Ltd., where he applies his research work to develop dialogical and democratic practices for public and private sectors in Finland. His current research project investigates the meaning of di...

Fabio Folgheraiter

Fabio Folgheraiter is Professor of Social Work Methodology and the Catholic University of Milan.

Tom Erik Arnkil

Researh professor emeritus.

Gunnar Forsberg and Johan Klefbeck

The situation today for us, Gunnar and Johan, is not to have a place inside the institutions. We don´t do network work but we educate and supervise network teams and once in a while we are participating in network meetings. Inspired by the radical thoughts in the network practice during th...

Jaakko Seikkula

Jaakko Seikkula Ph.D. Professor of Psychotherapy, University of Jyväskylä Clinical psychologist, family therapist Jaakko has been mainly involved in developing family and social network based practices in psychiatry with psychosis and other severe crises. Since early 80’s until...

Mark Hopfenbeck

Mark Hopfenbeck is an anthropologist and assistant professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway.There he is director for the longest running post-graduate program in Open Dialogue outside of Finland. He is also the training coordinator for the UK Peer-supported Open Dialo...

Augusta Nicoli

Maria Augusta Nicoli, director Regional Healthcare and Social Agency, Emilia-Romanga Region, Italy