In 1999, the Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence (ISCE) was founded to facilitate the conversation between academics and practitioners regarding the implications of complexity thinking for the management of organizations.

In 2015, ISCE created the Affirmative Consent Division as an experiment in the application of resilient coherence ideas to a very pressing social problem. Affirmative consent is an emergent response to changing social mores regarding sexual interactions. Members of our Affirmative Consent division are provided with a mobile application the aim of which is to change the context in which these interactions are discussed. Social complexity theory suggests that by embodying a contextual change and giving that embodiment the opportunity to acquire network effects, coherence can be reached in a "faster" manner. The Affirmative Consent Division is our attempt to see if this theoretical notion has any truth.

As a spin-off of the Affirmative Consent effort, ISCE.edu has also created an Anti-Bullying Division to apply similar tools in the realm of real world (not cyber) bullying.

Michael Lissack

Position: Executive Director
Location: Marblehead, MA

Michael is the Executive Director of the Institute, President of the American Society for Cybernetics, ISCE Professor of Meaning in Organizations, Professor of Design and Innovation at Tongji University, Visiting Fellow at Hull University Business School, and an Affiliate Member of the Center for Philosophy and History of Science at Boston University.

Rob Wiesenberg

Position: Chief of Technology
Location: White Plains, NY

Rob is the President of Contegra Systems a software firm which works with small, medium and large-tier businesses to develop customized, information publishing products. His passion is discovering how new technologies can solve business challenges. Rob has guided ISCE.edu's technological development since 2012.

Debra DeSousa

Position: Director of Campus Relations
Location: Detroit, MI

Debbie is the CEO of Companies Bellisle, a sales and marketing consulting firm in Chelsea, Michigan. Debbie has been involved and very successful in the software start-up business due to her entrepreneurial attitude and her ability to build long lasting relationships with her customers. As a graduate of Indiana University’s Music School and Case Western Reserves’s Library School, she has remained very active in the music and libraries’ world. A passion of hers is walking in the woods with her two Vizsla dogs.

Renn Brown

Position: Deputy Director of Campus Operations
Location: Marblehead, MA

Renn joined the We-Consent team in the fall of 2015. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Charlotte with a degree in Actuarial Mathematics. Renn is an aspiring polyglot, an avid traveler, and spends his free time assisting programs focused on meaningful social change.

Noah Convicer

Position: Assistant Marketing Coordinator
Location: Amherst, MA

Noah has been involved with the We-Consent team since soon after its inception in early 2015. Noah recently graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst, receiving a degree in Economics. In his free time, he likes to volunteer with kids, explore in the kitchen, and enjoy sports. When given the chance, Noah is eager to travel as much as possible.

Melisa Mel

Position: Advisor
Location: Phoenix, AZ

Vulnerable populations and victims touch a special place in Melisa Mel’s heart. After teaching English as a Second Language for 18 years overseas in Spain and teaching young adults with Severe Disabilities and Severe Autism for 10 years, she moved her focus to policing and first responder issues surrounding victims of sexual assault and other violent crimes. Mel is currently the CEO of her company From Victim to Survivor. Its mission is to connect with any who relate to or care about abuse on any and all levels.

Alicia Juarrero

Position: Advisor
Location: Washington, DC

Alicia is Professor Emerita of Philosophy at Prince George’s Community College (MD) and is an Affiliate Scholar in Residence at the Georgetown University Medical Center. Dr. Juarrero was named the 2002 U.S. Professor of the Year by the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Laura Sanderford

Position: Advisor
Location: Los Angeles, CA

Laura Sanderford has been teaching for 33 years. She has written for various newspapers and magazines on the topic of education, presented at a variety of conferences on science and technology, and been involved with all aspects of education.