Wicked Problems, Systems Approach, Pattern Language (Systems Thinking Ontario, 2018/11/21)

[This is a part of a contextual pre-history of forming of the Systems Changes research program]

One of the threads on the long arc are ties back to parallel research directions at U.C. Berkeley in the late 1960s and early 1970s. These can be centered around the figures of Horst Rittel, C. West Churchman and Christopher Alexander.

I’m more than familiar with the written works by these luminaries. Over 2014-2018, a private pursuit has to been to gain more knowledge from the graduate students who took courses across these professors. Those graduate students are mostly now at or past the age of retirement. They have been opening to sharing their first-hand experiences and stories.

The abstract for the Systems Thinking Ontario session is posted at https://wiki.st-on.org/2018-11-21 . Here are some books that I brought along.

Selecting from bookshelf for #WickedProblems #SystemsApproach #PatternLanguage show-and-tell at #SystemsThinking Ontario session at #ClimateVentures @csiTO tonight. Publications cross architecture, software development, social change. https://wiki.st-on.org/2018-11-21 (Centre for Social Innovation, 192 Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20181121

We had a good discussion, lots of questions and answers.

Books to browse at #SystemsThinking Ontario #ClimateVentures @csiTO. Discussion on #WickedProblems, #SystemsApproach, #Pattern Language tracked through history with #HorstRittel, #CWestChurchman, #ChristopherAlexander. Focus from 1964 Notes on the Synthesis of Form through to October 2018 @PLoPCon and #PUARL #Purplsoc meetings. (Climate Ventures, Centre for Social Innovation, Spadina Avenue, Toronto, Ontario) 20181121

While there’s been a lot published, often reading more doesn’t help in developing an appreciation. Discussions fill in knowledge gaps.

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