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How do Systems Changes become natural practice?

The 1995 article by Spinosa, Flores & Dreyfus on “Disclosing New Worlds” was assigned reading preceding the fourth of four lectures for the Systemic Design course in the Master’s program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University.  In previous years, this topic was a detail practically undiscussed, as digging into social theory and the phenomenology following Heidegger is deep.  Peter Jones and I are fans of ideas expanded into the 1999 book. I was privileged to visit personally with Fernando Flores in Berkeley in 2012, as I was organizing the ISSS 2012 meeting.  Contextualizing this body of work for a university course led into correlated advances in situated learning and communities of practice.

A preface to the lecture included The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory, and revisiting Change as Three Steps to clarify what Kurt Lewin did and did not write.

The agenda was in four sections. In the timebox available, the lecture covered the first two:

  • A. Situated Learning + History-making
    • Legitimate Peripheral Participation + Practices (Lave, Wenger)
    • Skill Acquisition + Disclosing New Worlds (Dreyfus, Spinosa)
  • B. Commitment + Language-Action Perspective
    • Conversations for Action (Flores)
    • Deliverables, procedures, capacities, relationships

Slides for the last two sections were ready to go, but foregone in favour of other course work priorities.

  • C. Argumentation + Pattern Language
    • IBIS (Rittel), Timeless Way of Building (Alexancer)
    • Architectural Programming c.f. Designing
  • [postscript] (Open Innovation Learning)
    • Quality-generating sequencing; Affordances wayfaring; Anticipatory appreciating
    • Innovation learning for; Innovation learning by; Innovation learning alongside

This fourth lecture is available on Youtube as streaming web video.

For those who prefer to watch while disconnected from the Internet, here are downloadable video files.

Video H.264 MP4 WebM
March 6
(1h21m)
[20200306_OCADU_Ing HD m4v]
(HD 2972kbps 1.8GB)
[20200306_OCADU_Ing nHD m4v]
(nHD 836kps 570MB)
[20200306_OCADU_Ing HD webm]
(HD VP8 611kbps 454MB)
[20200306_OCADU_Ing nHD webm]
(nHD VP8 163kbps 182MB)

The full slide deck is also downloadable from the Coevolving Commons.

How do Systems Changes become natural practice?

The presentation slides were paced at slightly different rates.

  • The March 4 full-time cohort had a discussion after section A (Situated Learning + History-making) before proceeding to section B (Commitment + Language-Action Perspective).
  • The March 6 part-time cohort went through both sections before entering into a longer discussion.

The digital audio has versions boosted by 3db in the case playback isn’t loud enough on an audio player.

Audio
March 4
(1h14m)
[20200304_OCADU_Ing HistoryMakingCommitment .mp3]
(68MB)
[2020304_OCADU_Ing HistoryMakingCommitment plus3db.mp3]
(68MB)
March 6
(1h21m)
[2020306_OCADU_Ing HistoryMakingCommitment.mp3]
(75MB)
[20200306_OCADU_Ing HistoryMakingCommitment plus3db.mp3]
(75MB)

The latter two sections of slides (i.e. C, and Postscript) may be covered in some other venue, sometime.

References

Cummings, Stephen, Todd Bridgman, and Kenneth G Brown. 2016. “Unfreezing Change as Three Steps: Rethinking Kurt Lewin’s Legacy for Change Management.” Human Relations 69 (1): 33–60. https://doi.org/10.1177/0018726715577707.

Spinosa, Charles, Fernando Flores, and Hubert Dreyfus. 1995. “Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity.” Inquiry 38 (1–2): 3–63. https://doi.org/10.1080/00201749508602373.

Spinosa, Charles, Fernando Flores, and Hubert L. Dreyfus. 1999. Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity. MIT Press.

Schatzki, Theodore R. 2001. “Introduction — Practice Theory.” In The Practice Turn in Contemporary Theory, edited by Theodore R. Schatzki, Karin Knorr-Cetina, and Elke von Savigny. Routledge. http://doi.org/10.4324/9780203977453.


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