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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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The Design Way: core concepts

Desiderata, interpretation, communication, judgment, composition, and craft This blog post attempts to summarize Section III: Fundamentals of Nelson and Stolterman’s “The design way” (TDW: 2012, 2003), see also the five previous posts. TDW merges several intellectual traditions, including Churchman’s systems … Continue reading

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The Design Way: first principles

Ultimate particulars, service, systemics, and the whole This blog post summarizes Section II: Foundations of Nelson and Stolterman’s “The design way” (TDW: 2012, 2003), see also the four previous posts. TDW merges several intellectual traditions, including Churchman’s systems approach, which … Continue reading

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The Design Way: the first tradition

Design culture, intentional change, and the human condition This blog post attempts to summarize Section I: The First Tradition of Nelson and Stolterman’s “The design way” (TDW: 2012, 2003), see also the three previous posts. TDW merges several intellectual traditions, … Continue reading

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Design Judgment

Intentional change for adding value to complex realities The Design Way     Nelson and Stolterman wrote The design way (TDW: 2012, 2003) to expand our understanding of design as a profoundly human tradition of inquiry and action. In TDW they merge … Continue reading

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THE origins of THE systems approach

Tracing the tracks of C. West Churchman Last month I reread (and blogged) Churchman’s ‘The Systems Approach’ (1968) and was surprised to see that between the lines it contained practically the whole of the dialectical systems approach (the systems approach) … Continue reading

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