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David Weinberger | “Too Big to Know: How the new dimensions of information are transforming business — and life” (MP3 audio) | November 30, 2011 | School of Information, U.C. Berkeley

Systems designed around information scarcity and inaccessibility in the agricultural and industrial ages are giving way to a world of abundance in information so easily accessible. … our old system of knowledge was based around the limitations of paper, a

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Andy Piper | MQ Telemetry Transport (MQTT) (MP3 audio) | January 9, 2012 | Technometria with Phil Windley, itconversations.org

MQTT, now an open standard under Eclipse, opens up the Machine to Machine Internet, similar to how HTTP as opened up documents. As stated on the MQTT website, MQ Telemetry Transport “is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/”Internet of Things” connectivity protocol.” Meant

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Howard Rheingold, “Social Media and Peer Learning: From Mediated Pedagogy to Peeragogy” (MP3 audio) | January 23, 2012 | School of Information, U.C. Berkeley

The presumption that college-age students implicitly know how to effectively use social media is misguided. Howard Rheingold speaks about his experience in teaching students about using social media in learning. Howard Rheingold offers a glimpse of the future of high-end

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Ian Morris, “Why the West Rules – For Now” (MP3 audio), Long Now Foundation, 2011/04/13

Social development as biology, sociology and geography … and historically, regional differences especially from the geography. via Ian Morris: Why the West Rules – For Now – The Long Now. Morris has devised a quantitative “social development index” based on

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William Patry | Law Is Not a Business Solution (MP3 audio) | Tools of Change Conference | 2010/02/23

Businesses should be oriented towards providing customers (and society) with products and services that they want, as opposed to using copyright to preserve legacies. Controversy over the use of copyright law has been at the center of the whole digital

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Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, “Forgetting in a digital age” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/09/22

The advent of social media has presented an opportunity and challenge of information that persists practically forever. Perfect, comprehensive digital memory denies human beings the ability to grow, to change, and to evolve over time. That is deeply worrying.  In

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Chris Sacca, “Innovation at Google, and post-Google” (MP3 audio), Principled Innovation, 2009/03/03

Google now has enough history that it’s developed its own style of innovation, which gets carried with its alumni. In late January, Chris Sacca, former head of special projects for Google, spoke at ASAE & The Center’s Technology Conference in

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Brian Cathcart, “Is Google Killing General Knowledge?” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/09/28

Will access to the world’s information over the Internet result in the decline of human knowledge? Quick! Can you name the first five prime numbers? Or the atomic weight of Xenon? Or the phases of meiosis? Can you do it

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Gavin Bell, “Social Web Applications” (MP3 audio), Jon Udell’s Interviews with Innovators, IT Conversations, 2009/11/11

Will the social aspects of the Internet take over the future web? Gavin Bell’s new book, Building Social Web Applications, synthesizes a wealth of practical knowledge gleaned from his own long career as a web developer and from interviews with

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Eric Frank, “Open Textbooks” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/08/25

Textbooks generally become obsolete, so is there a better way to produce and distribute them? … about the future of textbooks — if traditional hard-bound books might someday be replaced be electronic editions, or if the industry might go the

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Sander van der Leeuw, “The Archaeology of Innovation” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2009/11/18

Innovation goes back to the dawn of human beings, but can we continue to rely on technological advances to solve our problems? Are we the first civilization to try and innovate our way out of climate change? How have past

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Peter Henry, “Growth, Development, and Policy” (MP3 audio), Econtalk, 2009/07/27

Some of the best ways to understand economics is via economic history. Peter Blair Henry of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about economic development. Henry compares and contrasts the policy and growth experience of Barbados and Jamaica.

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John Perkins, “How to Remake the Global Economy” (MP3 audio) 2009/11/18

Economists who recognize that they may be part of the problem are a rarity. John Perkins, Author, Confessions of an Economic Hit Man and Hoodwinked Economic hit man Perkins has confessed the sins of predatory politicians and analyzed the reasons

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William Weida, “Reclaiming American Agriculture” (MP3 audio), Colorado College, 2009/09/07

The industrial mode of agriculture isn’t necessarily the only way to farm. Dr. William (Bill) Weida is President of the Socially Responsible Agricultural Project (sraproject.org). He previously served for ten years as Director of the GRACE Factory Farm Project. He

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Mike Munger, “Franchising, Vertical Integration, and the Auto Industry” (MP3 audio),

The franchise relationship in the automobile industry has had a long tradition that has been shaken up with changes in the economy. Michael Munger of Duke University, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about franchising, particularly car dealerships. Munger highlights

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Bernard-Henri Levy, “A stand against the new barbarism” (MP3 audio), Tavis Smiley, 2008/09/16

Since the foundations of American democracy have ties to the French, the views of a prominent philosopher can provide insights from an external perspective. A philosopher, activist and filmmaker, Bernard-Henri Lévy is also one of the most respected writers in

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Charles Platt, “Working at Wal-Mart” (MP3 audio), Econtalk, 2009/06/15

What’s an economist’s view on working at Walmart?  Every associate has full visibility to Walmart data, and there’s a authority runs to the to floor. Charles Platt, author and journalist, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts what it was like

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John Ralston Saul, “Canada’s Metis foundation” (MP3 audio), The Agenda, TV Ontario, 2008/10/17

In the view of John Ralston Saul, the character of Canada didn’t come from the French and the English, but from the Metis. Imagining Canada as rooted in the encounter with North America’s native people: author John Ralston Saul on

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Hugh McGuire, “The Future of Books” (MP3 audio), CBC Spark Plus, 2009/06/08

How will digital technologies impact books? Hugh McGuire … has a long history at the crossroads of book culture and technology. He founded Librivox, a volunteer-based service, which takes public domain books and turns them into audiobooks. He’s also co-founder

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Mark Baker, “REST” (MP3 audio, Jon Udell’s Interviews with Innovators, IT Conversations, 2009/02/18

Representational State Transfer, or REST, is an Internet design approach that become foundational in much development work. Mark Baker has always worked with distributed systems, starting with DCE and CORBA. When he learned about the Web’s REST architectural style, he

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  • Causal Texture of the Environment
    For those who haven’t read the 1965 Emery and Trist article, its seems as though my colleague Doug McDavid was foresighted enough to blog a summary in 2016!  His words have always welcomed here, as Doug was a cofounder of this web site.  At the time of writing, the target audience for this piece was primarily Enterprise Architecture practitioners.   [DI] Pub […]
  • Causal texture, contextualism, contextural
    In the famous 1965 Emery and Trist article, the terms “causal texture” and “contextual environment” haven’t been entirely clear to me.  With specific meanings in the systems thinking literature, looking up definitions in the dictionary generally isn’t helpful.  Diving into the history of the uses of the words provides some insight. 1. Causal texture 2. Conte […]
  • Trist in Canada, Organizational Change, Action Learning
    Towards appreciating “action learning”, the history of open systems thinking and pioneering work in organization science, the influence of Action Learning Group — in the Faculty of Environment Studies founded in 1968 at York University (Toronto) — deserves to be resurfaced. 1. Trist in Canada 2. Environmental studies, and contextualism in organizational-chan […]
  • Remembering Doug McDavid
    The news that Doug McDavid — my friend, colleague, and one of the original cofounders of the Coevolving Innovations web site in 2006 — had passed, first came through mutual IBM contacts.  More details subsequently showed up on LinkedIn from Mike McClintock. Doug left us on May 9, while working at his desk, likely in the very earliest hours of the morning. Hi […]
  • Pattern language, form language, general systems theory, R-theory
    One of the challenges with the development of pattern languages is the cross-appropriation of approaches of techniques from one domain (i.e. built physical environments) into others (e.g. software development, social change). The distinction between pattern language and form language is made by Nikos Salingaros. Design in architecture and urbanism is guided […]
  • 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 phen […]
  • 2020/06 Moments June 2020
    Most of month in Covid-19 shutdown Phase 1, so every photograph is an exterior shot. Bicycling around downtown Toronto, often exercising after sunset.
  • 2020/05 Moments May 2020
    Life at home is much the same with the pandemic sheltering-in-place directives, touring city streets on bicycle, avoiding the parks on weekends.
  • 2020/04 Moments April 2020
    Living in social isolation in our house with 5 family members, finishing off teaching courses and taking courses.
  • 2020/03 Moments March 2020
    The month started with a hectic coincidence of events as both a teacher and student at two universities, abruptly shifting to low gear with government directives for social distancing.
  • 2020/02 Moments February 2020
    Winter has discouraged enjoying the outside, so more occasions for friend and family inside.
  • 2020/01 Moments January 2020
    Back to school, teaching and learning at 2 universities.
  • Wholism, reductionism (Francois, 2004)
    Proponents of #SystemsThinking often espouse holism to counter over-emphasis on reductionism. Reading some definitions from an encyclopedia positions one in the context of the other (François 2004).
  • It matters (word use)
    Saying “it doesn’t matter” or “it matters” is a common expression in everyday English. For scholarly work, I want to “keep using that word“, while ensuring it means what I want it to mean. The Oxford English Dictionary (third edition, March 2001) has three entries for “matter”. The first two entries for a noun. The […]
  • Systemic Change, Systematic Change, Systems Change (Reynolds, 2011)
    It's been challenging to find sources that specifically define two-word phrases -- i.e. "systemic change", "systematic change", "systems change" -- as opposed to loosely inferring reductively from one-word definitions in recombination. MartinReynolds @OpenUniversity clarifies uses of the phrases, with a critical eye into mo […]
  • Environmental c.f. ecological (Francois, 2004; Allen, Giampietro Little 2003)
    The term "environmental" can be mixed up with "ecological", when the meanings are different. We can look at the encyclopedia definitions (François 2004), and then compare the two in terms of applied science (i.e. engineering with (#TimothyFHAllen @MarioGiampietro and #AmandaMLittle, 2003).
  • Christopher Alexander’s A Pattern Language: Analysing, Mapping and Classifying the Critical Response | Dawes and Ostwald | 2017
    While many outside of the field of architecture like the #ChristopherAlexander #PatternLanguage approach, it's not so well accepted by his peers. A summary of criticisms by #MichaelJDawes and #MichaelJOstwald @UNSWBuiltEnv is helpful in appreciating when the use of pattern language might be appropriate or not appropriate.
  • Field (system definitions, 2004, plus social)
    Systems thinking should include not only thinking about the system, but also its environment. Using the term "field" as the system of interest plus its influences leaves a lot of the world uncovered. From the multiple definitions in the International Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics , there is variety of ways of understanding "field […]
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