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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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Pamela Ronald and Raoul Adamchak, “Organically Grown and Genetically Engineered: The Food of the Future” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2009/07/28

Organic agriculture is a great ideal, but is the approach sufficient to feed the world? Organic farming teacher Raoul began the joint presentation with a checklist for truly sustainable agriculture in a global context. […] Organic agriculture has made a

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Joel Salatin, “Dancing with Dinner: The Dynamics of Healthy Food Chains”, Colorado College

Many of the stories about ecological approaches to agriculture come from the methods employed by Joel Salatin. Joel Salatin is on the forefront of what may be the most important global issue facing the world today: How to create a

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Michael Pollan, “Deep Agriculture” (MP3 audio), Longnow Foundation, 2009/05/05

Many of us living in the industrial world have had to be reminded of the centrality of agriculture at the foundation of our society. Farming has become an occupation and cultural force of the past. Michael Pollan’s talk promoted the

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Wes Jackson, “”The Necessity and Possibility of an Agriculture where Nature is the Measure”, Colorado College, 2005/04/27

Agriculture has become so industrial, that modern society has almost forgotten that plants grow naturally. In 2005, Wes Jackson was named by the Smithsonian Institution as one of 35 people who made a difference. Farming, in Jackson’s view, is humanity’s

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Wes Jackson, “Becoming Native to this Place”, E. F. Schumacher Society, 1993/10

In North America, so much of agricultural follows an industrial paradigm. Is there another way to understand agricultural systems? Wes Jackson, co-founder of The Land Institute in Salina, Kansas, and pioneer in sustainable agriculture, is once again a pioneer-for sustainable

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  • How do Systems Changes become natural practice?
    The fourth of four lectures for the Systemic Design course at OCADU SFI focused on (a) situated practice + history-making (reframing disclosing new worlds), and on (b) commitments and the language-action perspective (applying conversations for action).
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    The third of four lectures for the Systemic Design course at OCADU covered value(s), the science of service systems, and the socio-technical systems perspective.
  • Why (Intervene in) Systems Changes?
    A lecture on ecological systems for the OCADU SFI master's program opened up opportunities to discuss wei and wuwei, and get beyond an anthropocentric perspective the Canadian beaver in its habitat.
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    The second session of the Systemic Design course in the OCADU SFI master's program was an opportunity to share the current state of knowledge on Systems Change, in light of recent interest in Systems Change and Theory of Change.
  • Ecology and Economy: Systems Changes Ahead?
    A workshop with David L. Hawk at the CANSEE meeting in May 2019 led to an invitation to publish an article, "Ecology and Economy: Systems Changes Ahead?" in WEI Magazine.
  • Open Learning Commons, with the Digital Life Collective
    Questions about governance of online social communities led to launching on the Open Learning Commons and the Digital Life Collective, while issues of content moderation on a Facebook Group has reignited.
  • 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.
  • 2019/12 Moments December 2019
    First half of December in finishing up course assignments and preparing for exams; second half on 11-day family vacation in Mexico City.
  • 2019/11 Moments November 2019
    Wrapped up paperwork on closing out family buildings in Gravenhurst, returned to classes and technical conferences in usual pattern of learning.
  • 2019/10 Moments October 2019
    Tightly scheduled weekdays at Ryerson Chang School, weekends in Gravenhurst clearing out family building as we're leaving the town permanently.
  • 2019/09 Moments September 2019
    Full month, winding down family business in Gravenhurst, starting Ryerson Chang certificate program in Big Data, with scheduled dinners with family and friends.
  • Plans as resources for action (Suchman, 1988)
    Two ways of thinking about practice put (i) “plans as determinants of action”, and (ii) “plans as resources for action”. The latter has become a convention, particularly through research into Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW). While the more durable explanation appears the Suchman (1987) book (specifically sect […]
  • The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago
    Does “the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago and the second best time is now” date back further than 1988? It is time to look long and hard at the value of the urban forest and create the broad-based efforts — in research, funding and citizen participation — needed to improve […]
  • 2019/11/05 13:15 “Barriers to Data Science Adoption: Why Existing Frameworks Aren’t Working”, Workshop at CASCON-Evoke, Markham, Ontario
    Workshop led by @RohanAlexander and @prof_lyons at #CASCONxEvoke on "Barriers to Data Science Adoption: Why Existing Frameworks Aren't Working". For discussion purposes the challenges are grouped within three themes: regulatory; investment; and workforce.
  • Own opinion, but not facts
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