Author Archives: Sjon van ’t Hof

About Sjon van ’t Hof

Development professional who worked in rural development, tropical agriculture, and irrigation development in Chad, Zambia, Mali, Ghana, Mauritania, Israel, Burkina Faso, Niger, and the Netherlands in capacities ranging from project design and management to information management. Conducted missions to India, China, Kenya, and Bangladesh. Experience in the development and delivery of trainings in irrigation equipment selection, information literacy, Internet searching and database searching. Explores systems thinking in relation to international development, education, and management, with an ever stronger focus on the systems approach of C. West Churchman. Knowledgeable in tropical agriculture, project design and development economics, agricultural mechanization, irrigation, plant pathology, environmental degradation and protection, rural development. Co-authored "Wicked Solutions: a systems approach to complex problems", a book written by Bob Williams and Sjon van 't Hof. It was published in June 2014 and provides a practical way of dealing with wicked problems. Wicked problems are complex, ill-structured, human problem situations. This book will help you design an inquiry and intervention in such messy, wicked situations. It does so by guiding you through the steps and stages of a systemic process that addresses your own wicked problem. For more information, see https://csl4d.wordpress.com/ or http://www.bobwilliams.co.nz/Systems_Resources.html

Thought, knowledge, and the systems approach

As I wrote  earlier, I am currently studying two books, one by Jonathan Baron (Thinking and deciding, 2nd edition) and the other by Diane Halpern (Thought and knowledge: an introduction to critical thinking). My need is for a thorough overview … Continue reading

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Thinking and deciding: concept map

I am currently studying two books, one by Jonathan Baron (Thinking and deciding, 2nd edition) and the other by Diane Halpern (Thought and knowledge: an introduction to critical thinking). My need is for a thorough overview of both to better … Continue reading

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Decisions and plans (Part III of Baron, 1994)

In a previous post I said I would cover parts II and III of Baron’s guide to the psychology of human decision-making entitled Thinking and Deciding (1994 2nd edition). Part III is about decision making, including both the decisions that affect only the decision maker … Continue reading

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Climate politics and climate modeling

Last year two Dutch left-wing parties, the socialist PvdA and the green GroenLinks, started work on a climate act that aims to reduce Dutch CO2 emissions by 55% in 2030 and at least 95% in 2050, compared to 1990. Meanwhile … Continue reading

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Probability and belief (Part II of Baron, 1994)     

In my previous post I said I would cover parts II and III of Baron’s guide to the psychology of human decision-making entitled Thinking and Deciding (1994 2nd edition). So here is part II, which is divided in five chapters to explore three major … Continue reading

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Thinking in general (Baron, 1994)

In September 2018 I wrote two blog posts about Baron’s search-inference framework (here) as described in chapter 1 of Baron’s textbook (1994 2nd edition) on human decision-making entitled Thinking and Deciding and about thinking and rationality (here), which corresponds to chapters … 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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