I recently had the honour and the pleasure to be invited by Helene Finidori to write for a special issue of Spanda Journal on the topic of Systemic Change. The Spanda Journal is published by the Spanda Foundation who’s mission is to stimulate and disseminate new insights on current issues and to serve as catalyst for sustainable long term systemic change.
The brief given by Helene to all authors was the following: How and where does systemic change manifest? How does it unfold? What are the leverage points, the forces and dynamics at play? What are the conditions for its empowerment and enablement? How do agency and structure come into the picture? We would like to look at the subject from various angles and disciplines, in research and praxis, exploring the visible and the invisible, space and time, unity and diversity, level and scale, movement and rhythm.
I used this as an opportunity to further explore the concept of patterning, a topic that interests me the most at the moment and I believe will revolutionize the way we look at the world and build things together.
Here’s a copy of the article I wrote. A PDF version is also available on Academia.edu: Permaculture Patterning, a design framework for systemic transformation Continue reading “Permaculture Patterning, a design framework for systemic transformation”
Inspiring and full of humour, Ken robinson discuss how our educational systems kill creativity by forbiding mistakes and rewarding only certain kind of intelligence. Must watch. Continue reading “Reinvent education to nurture creativity”
A synthesis and some videos discussing how open source culture and peer production models are now about to bring innovating and disruptive changes to the physical world. Continue reading “The revolution of open source culture and peer production models”
How can we design spaces in the city which encourage strangers to cooperate? In this lecture, sociologist Richard Sennett explores how physical structures influence social structures, and more specifically how they influence our ability to cooperate.
In Sennett’s view, cooperation grow from informal interactions between people and requires willingness and trust. In our current world based on materialistic value, these informal interactions and the trust capital that they enable are usually forgotten because they can’t be quantified easily. Worse our values and architecture actively encourage the loss of the skills of cooperation. Continue reading “Build the architecture of cooperation”
This thoughtful article explore traditional design methods (usually rigid frameworks) and why people usually don’t follow them. The author’s analysis, inspired by Christopher Alexander Patterns and Bill Mollison’s permaculture ideas, lead them to a new framework that describes a dynamic process of immergence, crisis and emergence: Continue reading “Understand the patterns and qualities of generative design processes”
Ryan Singer is one of the amazing designers from 37signals. Here’s a talk on how he uses Christopher Alexander’s work for webdesign but also how it can be applied for any design. Great talk !
Continue reading “Ryan Singer on using patterns in design”
The work of the architect Christopher Alexander has spawned a remarkable revolution in technology, producing a set of innovations ranging from Wikipedia to The Sims. Notably he influenced people like Ward Cunningham, inventor of the wiki concept or some people behind the innovative webdesign company that produced Basecamp: 37signals.
Alexander didn’t only influence the world of software but many other fields, including biology, ecology, organization theory, business management, and manufacturing.
Here are some notes and links on his remarkable work. Continue reading “Design with patterns: the work of Christopher Alexander”
An interesting discussion about the new ecosystemic innovation models and the best practices to design collaborative environnements for open innovation.
Continue reading “How to design a platform for co-creation and grow an innovation ecosystem”
A slideshow discussing where creativity comes from and how to design environments that enhances creativity. Worth reading.
Continue reading “Design for creativity and innovation”
Where do innovation and creativity come from ? A major new study identified five key skills associated with innovative and creative entrepreneurs: Continue reading “The 5 key skills of the innovative minds”