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The capability approach to social system design

This is my third and probably last consecutive blog post on the capability approach in about one-and-a-half week (here are 1 and 2). The capability approach was first articulated by the Indian economist and philosopher Amartya Sen in the 1980s. He has collaborated … Continue reading

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Systems thinking for evaluation design

Video transcript, summary, and concept map In March, 2015, Bob Williams, the main author of Wicked Solutions and several other books on systems thinking, gave a 2-day workshop “Wicked Solutions: A Systems Approach to Complex Problems” on the use of … Continue reading

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Designing stuff, revisited

In August 2014, I made a post (here) about the presentation on design thinking by Harold G. Nelson at the Human-Computer Interaction Seminar on People, Computers, and Design at Stanford on April 16, 2010. Since then I have grown convinced that design … Continue reading

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A synthesis of systems, critical and design thinking

Better be armed to the teeth. It’s a mess, out there! It occurred to me last week that systems thinking, critical thinking and design thinking are just aspects of the same thing, which is humans trying to gain control over … Continue reading

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Design judgment and the particular

This post is on chapter 1 of the 2nd edition of The Design Way by Harold G. Nelson and Erik Stolterman. It caps two previous ones on Jonathan Baron’s search-inference framework and rational action. In them I explained how rational … Continue reading

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A systems approach to the design of inductive inquiry

The problem of observation as a nonseparable component In the late 1960s Churchman was invited by NASA to work on an automated organic chemistry laboratory (or ‘inquiring system’), presumably to detect possible traces of life (‘biosignatures’ in current Exomars terms). … Continue reading

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Systemic design and inquiry

Designing models for learning systems The first chapter of Churchman’s ‘The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization’ is called ‘Design and inquiry’. It is an introduction to a book about the design of inquiring systems for … Continue reading

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Systems, design and inquiry

Two more concept maps, like it or not Yesterday I started rereading Churchman’s 1971 book on “The design of inquiring systems: basic concepts of systems and organization.” The opening chapter introduces a few basic concepts, such as system, design and … Continue reading

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Designing stuff: the video

Lame gods in the service of prosthetic gods This blog post attempts to summarize the presentation on design thinking by Harold G. Nelson during the Human-Computer Interaction Seminar on People, Computers, and Design at Stanford on April 16, 2010. In … Continue reading

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The Design Way: metaphysics

Evil, splendor, and the guarantors of destiny & design This blog post attempts to summarize Section IV: Metaphysics of Nelson and Stolterman’s “The design way” (TDW: 2012, 2003), see also the six previous posts. TDW merges several intellectual traditions, including … Continue reading

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