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Ethics and Design

A recent article in Fast Company, titled “ Stanford’s Most Popular Class ...”, dealt with a class titled ‘Designing Your Life’.   The first time I was introduced to the idea that one could 'design' their life was when I was a graduate student at Berkeley. Over the years, My friend and mentor C. West Churchman —a polymath Professor at UC Berkeley—had written and lectured on the concept of the ‘Design of a Life’ with a focus on questions of ethics in whole systems. He was very concerned with the ethical behavior of individuals within business, governmental and institutional organizations as they ‘designed’ or planned interventions in complex social systems. Ethics was at the center of designing behavior from West’s perspective. West Churchman and Harold Nelson, Mill Valley, CA (1990's) Reading further in the Fast Company article on Stanford’s class, Bill Burnett—the Executive Director of Stanford’s design program—is quoted as saying: … "Design doesn’t s

Relationship of Systems Thinking and Design Symposium 3 keynote

Relating Systems Thinking and Design 2014 Symposium Proceedings Editors: Birger Sevaldson, Peter Jones Published by  The Oslo School of Architecture and Design ISBN: 978-82-547-0263-5 The proceedings from the RSD4 symposium are now available online:  from the successful Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium in Oslo, October 2014. The proceedings contain presentations and papers presented at RSD3.  The proceedings also contain papers by keynote speakers Hugh Dubberly and Harold Nelson and a transcript of the late Ranulph Glanville's last speech. The RSD symposia was hosted by the Oslo School of Architecture and Design:   An Appreciative Critique Summary Keynote by Harold Nelson

Core77 Design Awards

I am on the jury for the Research and Strategy category for this event. Am looking forward to working with the other members of the jury and to find out what is up an coming: 2015 Core77 Design Awards An annual celebration of excellence in all areas of design. The 2015 Core77 Design Awards is a celebration of excellence in all areas of design. The program enlists an international jury of design experts to honor those who present creative, innovative and forward thinking designs across 14 traditional and progressive categories. Students and professionals alike are invited to enter their work so that established, as well as up-and-coming designers can gain visibility and recognition from the global design community. Winners of the Core77 Design Awards receive yearlong publicity across the Core77 network, a trophy as well as a free ticket to the 2015 Core77 Conference. 2015 marks the fifth year of the Core77 Design Awards and the introduction of a new honor from the pro