My research in the last ten years is focused on complex systems at the intersection of technological and social forces, and the way new understandings in this area are rapidly upturning some of the fundamental assumptions of existing paradigms of thought. Urbanizing ecosystems, together with social networks, and the emerging phenomena of collective intelligence are fundamental examples of the necessity for an integrated and pluralistic frame to understand the immensely complex layers of the socio-technological world. In my lectures the aim is to clarify and center the correlations among this area of studies, future scenarios, and the critical role of Design across a growing span of territories in an increasingly human dominated world.
2015-Present PLAST Project Partner – Pattern Languages for Systemic Transformation, EU Consortium. The Project aims to model the impact of socio technical complex systems on social innovation communities.
2015 PLAST Pattern Languages for Systemic Transformation, Workshop, co-leader, PurpleSoc Conference, Danube University, Graz (Austria), 5-6 July.
2015 Scientific Advisor and Assistant Curator, "BioDesign – Hybrid Fabrications”, Exhibition, Research Gallery of the Master Program in Integrated Design, HIT, 28.4 – 19.5, 2015
2014 Curator, "Art, Science and Technology – an Israeli Perspective”, Exhibition, Kiev Ukraine, November 2014
2014 Guest Trainer at the Product Design Team at Waze, Israel, on Mapping Social Environments
2013/Present Faculty Staff at Tempus Idea Project, EU, The project aims to improve the exploitation of new knowledge integration in the interdisciplinary area of Engineering, Design and Business at higher education institutes, improving innovation as well as academy‑industry relations.
2013 Co-researcher and Assistant Curator, "The Cartography of the Unseen”, Exhibition, Research Gallery of the Master Program in Integrated Design, HIT, 26.11 – 26.12, 2013
2013 Design Workshop "Rethinking Scalability”, Co-Lecturer with Prof. Mauro Palatucci, HIT, November 17-20, 2013
2013 Scientific Advisor and Assistant Curator, "IL(L) Machine” ArsCampus Israel Exhibition, Presenting 10 Israeli Academies at Ars Electronica Linz, Austria September 5-9, 2013
2013 Organizing Committee, "Biomimicry: Learning to Innovate from Nature”, Design Faculty Congress, HIT 27.05.2013
2012/2014 Collaboration with Topos FFO, Los Angeles, Nondominium as a model for Commons-based peer production.
2011 Training the creative team, Dotomi - Personalized Media, Chicago; on approach of multidimensional data, towards translation of attributes into attractors/motivators and application to data-driven creative techniques.
2010/2011 Collaboration with Thinkstate, LLC, Los Angeles, USA. Start-up developing new ecologies for collaboration.
2009/2012 Coordinator of Polytopia Project, extensive experimental community on the web, exploring future implications of digital environments and pluralistic approaches.
Rosner, Borghini, Rofe (2016, forthcoming) "Stigmergy in Informal Communities”. Complexity, Governance and Networks Journal.
Finidori, Borghini, Henfrey (2015) "Towards a Fourth Generation Pattern Language: Patterns as Epistemic Threads for Systemic Orientation”. Proceedings - Purplsoc (Pursuit of Pattern Languages for Societal Change) Conference 2015. Danube University Krems, Austria.
Helene Finidori (Free Knowledge Institute), Tom Henfrey (Schumacher Institute), Nadia McLaren(Global Action Plan International), Kurt Laitner (Third Meta Consulting), Sayfan Borghini (Free Knowledge Institute), Vincent Puig (IRI), Takashi Iba, (Keio University Japan), Martin Pruvost-Beaurain(ICT Consultant), Helmut Leitner (GIVE research society), RenŽ Reiners (Fraunhofer Institute of Technology), Frank Leymann and Michael Falkenthal (University of Stuttgart - Institute of Architectureof Application Systems); "PLAST Pattern Languages for Systemic Transformation”, Spanda Journal, Vol. VI, 1, 2015
Borghini, "The transforming identity of cities”; Transition Towns Catalogue, Smart City Expo 2014, Barcelona, November 2014
Levin, Borghini, Geiger, Markfeld, (2014). "Employing Data Visualization to Explore Human Stigmergy in Information Systems”; Proceedings - ECIS 2014, 22d European Conference on Information Systems, Tel Aviv, Israel,
Doria, Borghini, "A becoming on the line: painting and the genesis of form”; Organizational Aesthetics, Volume 2 (2013) Issue 1, Pages 84 to 96, Digital Commons.
Doria, JD; Borghini, S.G., "A becoming on the line: painting and the genesis of form – Part 2 Walking the fine line”; Further Field, n.p. Nov 1, 2013.
Borghini, S.G., "The Evolution of Consensus”, Project: Polytopia, SpaceCollective, n.p. Tue, Nov 22, 2011.