What if a pattern language was opened up to contemporaneous research into wicked problems, the systems approach, ecological epistemology, hierarchy theory, and interactive value? This 30-minute presentation at Purplsoc 2017 last October aimed to provide a broader context to a social change community focused on works of Christopher Alexander.
This talk was a complement to “Pattern Manual for Service Systems Thinking” presented a year earlier, at PUARL 2016. Last year, the agenda was centered on the approach from Christopher Alexander, and divergences due to the changing in domain from the built environment to service systems.
The slides on the Coevolving Commons are dense. I had showed them at the poster session in the day preceding, and promised to spend more time speaking to them in the workshop scheduled for the next day.
For 2017, the view looked beyond Alexander, to related research both at Berkeley, and elsewhere in the systems community. The agenda was in 3 major sections (here expanded with more detailed overview of the middle section):
daviding January 19th, 2018
The theme of “New Developments of Systems Thinking: From IoT to AI” at the Tenth International Symposium on Service Systems Science presented an opportunity to look at changes currently happening with contemporary technologies. For a short talk, my agenda focused on three assertions:
The relevance of the research for my dissertation (currently in review at Aalto University) became a frame for examining IoT, cloud and cognitive. With both commercial and noncommercial contributors working alongside each other, content creators and makers should think ahead to conditions they wish to place on others who may derive from their works. The previously posted slides on the Coevolving Commons have been synchronized with the digital audio recording.
The lecture and subsequent questions-and-answers are available online as web video.
For those who just want to listen, downloadable audio files (some with digitally boosted volume) are an option.
daviding June 26th, 2017
For the “Understanding Systems & Systemic Design” course in the program for the Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University, the lecture slides were the same for both the full-time cohort on March 8 and part-time cohort on March 9, while the oral presentation varied. The target, in about 90 minutes, was to cover at least 4 of 5 sections, from:
The students were alerted that some of the arrows in the section headings were double-headed, and some were single-headed — with specific meanings. For each day, the classroom audio was recorded. That digital audio has now been synchronized with slides that had previously been posted on the Coevolving Commons.
This session was #8 of 15 lectures for the OCADU SFI students. They had already done some basic reading on systems approaches. Since they were working towards a Major Research Project (a lighter weight form of a thesis) for their Master of Design degree, my overall agenda for this lecture was to have them reflect on acts of representation. Systems have already been represented to them in a variety of forms: textually, orally and visually. For their Major Research Projects, they would be creating detailed representations, as ways of having their audience appreciate the in-depth study of the world and issues selected for the term.
daviding June 7th, 2017
Teaching methods in a master’s class is different from lecturing on theory. There’s more emphasis on how, with why subsequently provided as the need for that arises. Since I had given a dense 20-minute theoretical talk in the month earlier, the invitation from Satu Teerikangas to the program in International Service Business Management was an opportunity to stretch out at a more leisurely pace with students, as they’re preparing for thesis work.
The 3 hours class was conducted in parts:
The classroom interaction was recorded in audio, and is complemented by slides that had been posted on the Coevolving Commons.
For people who prefer the real-time experience of being in a classroom, video and audio are provided, below.
daviding January 13th, 2017
At the PUARL Conference 2016, a proposal was made on adapting pattern language for service systems thinking. In 1967, Christopher Alexander published Pattern Manual at the founding of the Center for Environmental Structure, describing a pattern format for physical built environments. While we can learn a lot from the nearly 50 years work originating at the CES, service systems have features beyond physicality that suggest reconsidering some of the foundations of pattern language.
An article for discussion was accepted into the proceedings for the PUARL conference. The 20-minute presentation quickly covered the following topics:
Slides have been added over the audio recording to produce a video presentation.
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daviding November 17th, 2016
Video and audio recordings of my lecture for the Urban Systems course at Aalto University in February have now been produced. While I was in Finland teaching in another department, I was asked to lecture on Smarter Cities.
Here’s the abstract that was sent in advance:
The popularization of the Smarter Cities movement coincided with IBM’s campaign originating from 2009. The Smarter Cities ideas was an outgrowth from the Smarter Planet initiatives, which had emerged from the IBM Global Innovation Outlooks beginning in 2004.
This speaker was a consultant at IBM involved in Smarter Cities engagements, while simultanously conducing research into Service Systems Science.
The evolution of ideas both outside and inside IBM are reviewed, through a history of (i) systems sciences; (ii) service science, management, engineering and design (SSMED), (iii) service systems science; and (iv) smarter planet and smarter cities. Looking forward, the prospects for the (v) cognitive era and a (vi) service systems thinking is outlined.
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As a quicker reference, the slides may be useful if fast-forwarding to a specific section is desired.
daviding May 29th, 2016