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Comment on Towards a federated social web by Moving to stream.syscoi.com | Systems Community of Inquiry

Fri, 19 Jan 2018 14:11:56 +0000

[…] Taylor has moved over to model.report (based on the lobste.rs platform) at the end of 2015, after the community on LinkedIn was threatened with a shutdown.  The model.report site accumulated a community.  In early January 2018, the technical […]



Comment on What is a system? (and the challenges of definition) by Positive implications of System Thinking – 1 | Strategy

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 17:45:56 +0000

[…] world works that differs markedly from the traditional reductionistic, analytic view” (cit. here) Let’s think of the implications that a different context or system of values/ideas might […]



Comment on Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman by James O. Coplien, D. Wet., Ph.D

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:45:10 +0000

I don't have graduate work in systems thinking? My Ph.D work at VUB integrated multiple paradigms and was referred to as an "integrative thesis." My Doktoral work integrates thinking from design, architecture, biology, and subatomic particle physics. Perhaps, David, you should learn how to check your facts. It's called research. You can't publicly disparage an individual based on five minutes of discussion. You need to be able to do fact research before getting to systems thinking. I am very disappointed in your attitude and your post.



Comment on Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman by Jessie Henshaw

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:46:31 +0000

David, nice to see this broad view of your recent work. In my view Alexander was more intent on discovering universal properties, exploring nature in search of what makes wholes whole, and finding it has something to do with "centers of environmental structure". His main focus for that was on architecture, of course, and the marvel of well packaged services that are the architectural ideal. Still I see him as more of a natural scientist searching for a new language, in architecture and elsewhere, for understanding patterns (structures) of natural design with emergent life giving properties. One can take various other views too, of course, but that's the common thread I see in his varied approaches.



Comment on Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman by Kevin Dye

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 16:53:25 +0000

This is a very interesting piece which helps us remember the uniqueness of these different approaches. All too often the words associated with these three are jumbled together into one soup by people that have not investigated the historical context of their perspectives or the relationships and incompatibilities of their approaches. Thanks for pulling it together.



Comment on Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman by Doug McDavid

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 17:47:12 +0000

Wow, David. This is a mouthful, albeit parenthetical: "(Systems consultants working for corporate clients had to promise more concrete results on time and budget to get contracts, than were warranted e.g. by wicked problem properties… )" That is a very pertinent indictment of systemic moral hazard intrinsic to the consulting professions.



Comment on From Environmental Structure to Service Systems Thinking by Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman – Coevolving Innovations

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:09:10 +0000

[…] sympathetic to Helmut seeking clarity in the use of terms. The reason that it took me 3 years (from PLoP 2014 through PUARL 2016, and in my 2017 dissertation) to get to this level of clarity is because I […]



Comment on Pattern Manual for Service Systems Thinking by Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman – Coevolving Innovations

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:07:04 +0000

[…] seeking clarity in the use of terms. The reason that it took me 3 years (from PLoP 2014 through PUARL 2016, and in my 2017 dissertation) to get to this level of clarity is because I needed to make […]



Comment on Systems generating systems — architectural design theory by Christopher Alexander (1968) by Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman – Coevolving Innovations

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 01:06:47 +0000

[…] between Christopher Alexander and West Churchman are more elusive, however.  In 1967, Alexander published “Systems Generating Systems” as part of an exhibit display.  In addition to the original article, Molly Steenson’s 2014 […]



Comment on T-shaped professionals, T-shaped skills, hybrid managers by Thoughts about a happy career: The early days - Hppy

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:10:26 +0000

[…] you ever heard of the T-shaped person theory? It’s a theory developed by David Guest in 1991 and later made popular by Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO. […]



Comment on Pattern Manual for Service Systems Thinking by Service Systems Thinking, with Generative Pattern Language (Metropolia 2016/12) – Coevolving Innovations

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:39:15 +0000

[…] 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 […]



Comment on The producer-product relation, and coproducers in systems theory by Sjon van 't Hof

Wed, 05 Oct 2016 19:09:00 +0000

Thanks David. This is not the first time I found a useful explanation I needed on your website. FYI, I am working on an understanding of Churchman's trilogy dealing with the systems approach in its totality in order to further its use as a 'pre-methodology' (1) for direct application; (2) to precede other systems methodology; and (3) as a systems learning tool.



Comment on Education of the average Canadian worker and the Fourth Industrial Revolution by Jack

Sun, 24 Jul 2016 14:54:57 +0000

Though I am in the US, I agree that austerity is a pessimistic reaction that further shrinks or undermines the economy and especially hits those lower in the socioeconomic tiers. I have been supportive if the Tax Wall Street Party here in great part because of their proposal for investment in 21st century infrastructure not only here, but worldwide. Perhaps far too much political will is squandered through fear tactics to allow people to think expansively with optimism in regard to their nation- again, at least here in the US. Not only is there global competition, there is also incredible room for global collaboration as we intermingle and mutually benefit from exchange.



Comment on Systems generating systems — architectural design theory by Christopher Alexander (1968) by Michele Beaulieux

Sun, 12 Jun 2016 03:27:52 +0000

I’m the daughter of the late Joseph C. White, who was vice president, Modular Systems Division, Inland Steel Products Company in the 1960's, and I wanted to share the history of Alexander's 1968 article, "Systems Generating Systems." It is a reprint of a monograph with a 1967 copyright by Inland Steel Products Company. My father commissioned Christopher Alexander and James Robertson to develop an exhibit for the Aspen Design Conference. My father referred to the exhibit display, which was approximately 10’ long, 4’ wide, and 6’ high as “Systemat.” It had a blue steel frame and the graphics in the monograph were enlarged in the display. An original copy of the monograph is archived with my family's papers at the Milwaukee Historical Society. http://www.milwaukeehistory.net/manuscript/white-family-papers/ David Parsons, my father’s long time business partner, quoted Robertson Ward giving some historical context at my dad’s memorial service. http://deepenworship.org/JoeWhite/Celebration/Entries/2009/9/20_David_Parsons.html Please feel free to contact me. I am happy to share what I know. Sincerely, Michele Beaulieux



Comment on Systems thinking and (the) systems science(s) in a system of ideas by Coevolving Innovations | Synergy, parts, wholes

Sun, 03 Jan 2016 18:38:44 +0000

[…] with multiple wholes.  There could not only be multiple wholes in the physical world, but also multiple wholes in general (e.g. Angyal 1941).  Hierarchy theory recognizes scale, at the same time it introduces logical type as a frame for […]



Comment on Towards a federated social web by daviding

Sat, 31 Oct 2015 13:13:40 +0000

To be transparent ... I've made a minor modification/clarification to the blog post after having had a conversation with +Doug McDavid yesterday. While I'm on http://disasp.org, I had originally suggested that others might find a pod geographically closer to them than New York. Doug (in California) started the search, and asked me why geography should make a difference over the Internet. A federated social web means that people could choose to have a different pod as part of the larger federation, and work in another language. +Nicolas Stampf is on a French pod, and it makes sense for that pod to be conversing in French (rather than pinging off a server in New York). For Doug on the Internet, New York is as close as California. So, I may have initiated a campaign to make http://diasp.org the pod for English-speaking #systemsthinking. In a federalist (rather than imperialist mode), maybe Nicolas will do the equivalent for the French-speaking community. It would then make sense for interactions between the pods ... with appropriate translations for people who aren't bilingual!



Comment on Purplsoc 2015 digests and presentation by Coevolving Innovations | Industrial Ecology in 2015

Sun, 16 Aug 2015 20:49:38 +0000

[…] enticing.  A quick check of airfares made the trip feasible, so I went (with a fortunate routing through Austria for Purplsoc bringing down the cost even […]



Comment on From Environmental Structure to Service Systems Thinking by Coevolving Innovations | Purplsoc 2015 digests and presentation

Tue, 11 Aug 2015 03:10:30 +0000

[…] — followers of Christopher Alexander’s approach — is distributed globally.  I participated in PLoP 2014 at Allerton Park, Illinois last September, and then attended AsianPLoP 2015 in Tokyo […]



Comment on Incubating Service Systems Thinking by Coevolving Innovations | From Environmental Structure to Service Systems Thinking

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 02:19:11 +0000

[…] cross-disciplinary in nature, and written at level beyond an undergraduate audience.  Since preceding presentations at other conferences had been workshop presentations of 3 to 5 hours in length, a written work turned out to be […]



Comment on Sustainable scale of an organization: A case study at IBM? by ea-builder.net

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 10:53:08 +0000

Well, 400,000 employees for a company will definitely not be an unsignificant number. Interesting details here in the post by the way!