Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The recently held Russell L. Ackoff Centennial Celebration at Thomas Jefferson University was a great reminder of how valuable and durable Russ's ideas have proven to be. As was said at the celebration, he did not suffer fools and did not hand out compliments lightly which reminded me of one a the great moments in my professional life. Russ congratulated me on an article I had written:

From: Harold Nelson <nelsongroup@comcast.net> 
Date: April 6, 2006 10:56:33 AM MDT
To: Russell Ackoff <RLAckoff@aol.com
Subject: Thanks 
Dear Russ;
Thanks for your note. I appreciate comments on my work, especially positive ones. Hope you are staying well. I will not be at the ISSS meeting this year but hope our paths cross again at some point. 
Regards 
Harold 
-------------- Forwarded Message: -------------­From: RLAckoff@aol.comTo: nelsongroup@worldnet.att.netSubject: Your 1994 article on DesignDate: Wed, 5 Apr 2006 19:21:31 +0000 
Dear Dr. Nelson: 
I am ashamed to admit I have just come across yout 1994 article on 'The Necessity of Being 'Un-Disciplined..." I should have done so long ago. It's great. Belated congratulations. 
Russell L. Ackoff 
I am glad to say that the article (The Necessity of Being Undisciplined and Out of Control) has received a lot more attention since that exchange.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

The Promise of Systemic Designing

Chapter just published: 
The Promise of Systemic Designing: Giving Form to Water 
Learning, Design, and Technology pp 1-50 | 
Cite as Harold G. Nelson (1) Email author (nelson.group43@gmail.com
1. Computer Science, University of Montana, , Missoula, USA 
Abstract
The world is understood to be more complex and dynamic than previously thought. Design is understood to be a deeper mystery than previously assumed. Design creates reality. Humans have engaged in design activities – designing – from the beginning of history, but little is known of its true nature or full potential. Familiar approaches to design and design education no longer match the real-world necessities and expectations of modern societies. Everything is connected, and it is difficult, or it seems often impossible, to determine what course of action is prudent when designing within such complexity. Systemic design is an emergent means for creating desired change that takes a broader stance and deeper approach to designing than is the norm nowadays. Creating educational experiences that prepare designers for competent professional practice in the world today requires a systemic design approach.




Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Design in the 21st Century video

Design in the 21st Century video. Talk given at the University of Idaho.