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Ted Gioia - AI & Music et al

  Although not advertised as such, this interview with Ted Gioia is an example of a quintessential ‘master class’. The bonus is that this class is focused on the relationship between AI and creativity including but not limited to, music, literature,     and film et al. He is also a seminal example of how polymaths think and work. Unfortunately he is not yet acquainted with design – particularly systemic design…yet.   Gioia Ted on AI and creativity  

Natural Thinking vs Artificial Thinking

  Watched the whole series from the perspective of a systemic designer. I lost count of the number of times that: “…we didn’t think’, “….we didn’t know’. “…we didn’t connect the dots” etc etc. was mentioned. I think that our leaders and advisors could benefit with some competence in systemic designing. I don't think AI or related algorithms will make things better without increased ability to think more competently about complex, entangled events. It is not about 'artificial' thinking. It is about elevated 'natural' thinking.   Watch Turning Point: 9/11 and the War on Terror | Netflix Official Site

Master Classes in Systemic Designing now available

  Master Classes in Systemic Designing   It’s Time for a pivot in how we approach securing improvements in the human condition     These Systemic Design Master Classes offer a general overview of one thread of inquiry that is used in the development of a supportive foundation for stances and approaches to systemic designing.    Familiarity with this thread is intended to be the inception point for future shared exchanges with others who are learning and applying systemic design approaches.     These inquiries are meant to further develop fundamental skills and perspectives acquired — not through argumentation and debate — but rather through conversations and dialogues.    These Inquires are guided in part by the values and beliefs made visible in the prospectus for a proposed Systemic-Design ‘Flight’ School :   This prospectus is inclusive — not exclusive — of the p

The Humanities crisis isn't academic

This is an excellent article concerning the crisis with The Humanities that is so prevalent in public discourse nowadays. The author makes the assertion that the crisis is not academic ie with universities. Hopefully this article will begin a longer conversation on the relationships among The Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology and  serious Design—a Systemic conversation.   

Don Norman on Design

  In Don Norman's video , he explains why traditional design needs to be nudged towards 'design thinking'. He makes some excellent points and makes a strong case for 'design' as more than mere appearance. However, 'systemic design', is even more essential for improving the human condition than 'design thinking'. 'Systemic design' is not 'design thinking (problem-solving) but they share many of the same aspirations. Don's video is a good start in gaining some understanding in this. Thanks Don. Check my website ( ) for additional resources on making design and systems (systemic design) better understood than is the norm.

Designing Design Character

  Designing Design Character by Melis Senova:   The importance of the focus of this class on Design Character cannot be overstated. Designers are agents serving the interest of others through their personal actions and  therefor good character counts in design.    As you know an exceptional scientist does not need to be of good character to make great discoveries. Artists do not need to be of good character to create great works of art. They can be miserable human beings without compromising their professional work. Designers on the other hand must be of good character because they have a fiduciary relationship with others who they work with and on behalf of.    The relationship between good designers and those they work on behalf of is a two way relationship. Unlike empathy – a one-way relationship – the service relationships involved in designing are vulnerable to poor character on the part of the designer because t

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Planning vs Strategy by Roger Martin

  Roger Martin on planning and strategy   This presentation is an excellent example of disclosing and making transparent terms, concepts and ideas used causally or recklessly in common exchange. Roger Martin (leader in organizational management and education) discusses what ‘planning’ and ‘strategy’ is in contrast and in particular. This is exemplary in how to approach thinking about seminal concepts carefully in social science and social media.    Although his examples are drawn from large scale business organizations the generalizable insights are applicable to a number of domains including professions, governmental agencies, academia and military organizations. Additionally, as a bonus in this presentation, ‘design’ is introduced towards the end at an equally disclosive and transparent level of discourse.

Time With Russell Ackoff - videos

 Exceptional summary of Acoff's ideas: Time With Russell Ackoff video   Pt 1   pt 2   pt 3   pt 4   pt 5   Navy 2 day training