Doing Right: Connectedness Problem Solving and Negotiation

  • Melvin F. ShakunEmail author
Part of the Advances in Group Decision and Negotiation book series (AGDN, volume 4)


We discuss individual and multiagent (group) problem solving and negotiation. We consider connectedness, a dynamic subjective relation experience of consciousness involving awareness/qualia experience – as cognition, emotion, social, conation, holistic, etc. We develop Connectedness Problem Solving and Negotiation (CPSN) for doing right meaning defining/solving a validated “right” problem/solution, as discussed in the chapter. The validated solution constitutes right action. CPSN is effected through Evolutionary Systems Design (ESD), a game-theory based, general formal systems-spirituality modeling/design framework for problem solving and negotiation implemented by computer technology. By systems-spirituality here we mean that in systems modeling/design of problem solving/negotiation, an agent can represent an evolving system of purposes and their relations (the ESD evolving problem representation) from the lowest-level action to the highest purpose(s) that could be spiritual. A negotiation agreement requires multiagent agreement on the solution/action to be taken. Agents may be natural or artificial. The chapter focuses mostly on human agents. Chapters in this Handbook by Martinovski on emotion in negotiation; Lewis, and Kersten and Lai on computer technology relate to our work here.


Problem Representation Rationality Validation High Purpose Connectedness Family Goal Variable 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leonard N. Stern School of BusinessNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

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