One of my millennial sons has framed IBM as “the Google of my generation”. My career path included assignments and visits to the IBM Advanced Business Institute, in Palisades, NY. Mentions of that team, and the Palisades Executive Conference Center where it was located, have mostly disappeared from the Internet. As one of the younger IBM professionals to have known the ABI, I can provide some history. (If friends want to correct me, I welcome that!)
1. The Palisades Executive Conference Center opened in 1989
2. The Executive Consulting Institute from 1993 was instrumental in education for IBM Consulting Group
3. The Advanced Business Institute offered courses for customer executives 1989-2004
1. The Palisades Executive Conference Center opened in 1989
IBM Palisades is not to be confused with the IBM Learning Centre in Armonk, that was opened in 1979, a facility primarily for the (internal) management development of IBM executives. IBM Palisades is also not the Thornwood Conference Center in Westchester County, opened in 1985, that was more often used for customer technical briefings. Read more...(2857 words, 10 images, estimated 11:26 mins reading time)
In what ways might the generation of wholeness through pattern language be strengthened, through an appreciation of advances in the systems sciences? A workshop at the 2018 International PUARL Conference was an opportunity to review linkages and discuss some details.
An outline to frame the conversation was written in three parts.
1. Communicative Framing
1.1 Form and synthesis
1.2 Organization as semi-lattice
1.3 Systems generating systems
1.4 Generative patterns and non-generative patterns in software development
1.5 System-A and system-B, as two ways of shaping and building living environments
1.6 Holons (from systems ecology)
2. Dialectical Sensemaking
2.1 Types of systems and models
2.2 Autopoiesis and allopoiesis
2.3 Economies as agricultural, industrial and services (coproduction)
3. Narrative Synthesizing
In full, the abstract read:
Does a pattern language generate into (a) whole(s)? This workshop will discuss the meaning of architecting a system, complemented with recent research from the systems sciences.
In 1967, at the formation for Center for Environmental Structure, Pattern Manual specified that (sub)systems are fewer in number (and implicitly larger) than patterns: Read more...(571 words, 1 image, estimated 2:17 mins reading time)
With a visit of one week at IBM Research Almaden with @rarar and @jimspohrer , I was invited to give a talk. As an IBM alumnus who was active in pattern language community from the mid-1990s, this was an occasion to surface some history of science about activities inside the company that is otherwise opaque. This history shapes my aspirations and predispositions towards continuing the development of pattern language in new domains.
3. 2014 → … : Wicked Messes→Service Systems Thinking
Here’s the abstract sent in advance of my arrival:
Pattern language has its origins from architects of built physical environments. The approach was cross-appropriated into software development methods at the rise of object-oriented design, and was influential in the emerging styles with agile practices. The idea has been extended into social change. Are the philosophical foundations from the 1960s-1970s appropriate for the 21st century era of service science, and innovations in augmented intelligence? Read more...(643 words, 1 image, estimated 2:34 mins reading time)
An invitation as a keynote presenter at the 2018 International Conference on Smart Cities and Urban Design (SCUD) was initiated on a recommendation by Susu Nousala to the program chair WU Jing. Blending the conference theme with my recent doctoral research, I proposed the topic “Innovation Learning for Sustainability: What’s smarter for urban systems”? For a 30-minute slot, the agenda was covered in three sections:
1. Smarter Systems
2. Sustainability + Service Systems Science
3. Innovation Learning
The first section derived from the history of smarter cities and the cognitive era from IBM, blended with the co-respondence of Tim Ingold. The second section considered sustainability from an ecological anthropology approach, then service systems and commitments. The third section drew in the normative framework from Open Innovation Learning.
For streaming, the video is accessible on Youtube.
For offline devices, downloadable audio is available, including a digitally boosted volume version.
5. Industrial value chain c.f. Co-producing offering
While the lecture slides were the same for two class sections spaced 2 days apart, the verbal content varies as spontaneous flow. On both days, agenda point 4 (Teleology c.f. Teleonomy) was cut short to jump to a few ideas in point 5. (On the second day, a question from a student led back to point 4). Read more...(664 words, 1 image, estimated 2:39 mins reading time)
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