The blog post on “Causal texture, contextualism, contextural” should perhaps come with a warning that it digs into the foundations of theory development by Eric Trist and Fred Emery leading up to their famous 1965 publication.
In a discussion with @zaid_khan today, he thought the details that I was describing aren’t much of a departure from lectures that he’s heard from me for some time. However, as we got deeper into the discussion, there are some fine points where the Systems Changes Learning Circle core members may adopt some concepts and language with particular meaning … in a balance of being rigourously correct, while still being understandable.
In a phone call with @davidlhawk yesterday, he recalled Eric Trist chiding Russell Ackoff in his use of language, saying that Russ didn’t understand Latin … nor did he understand Greek. I have the benefit (or curse) of having studied Latin (by correspondence, in high school) for 3 years, so you’ll see in this blog post full etymology for specific words. (What, the word was in popular use in the 17th century? Do we want to use that, now?)
In any case, some of the responses to my posted links (on LinkedIn and Facebook) led me to discover that my friend Doug McDavid published an easier reading summary of Emery and Trist 1965, so that I didn’t have to do that. Doug consistently was ahead of the curve, so I provide thanks as a liberate his words from the LinkedIn walled garden to the open Internet.