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Using a “collective story harvest” to help a group practice listening to people unlike themselves

Students in the “Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation” course explore socially-defined power dynamics

A rough and hasty show-and-tell


The course, and the motive for redesigning it

Participatory narrative inquiry, mass ethnography… by any name, it’s sensing patterns in the community through the stories of the people who experience its life, and using those patterns to guide management in complexity

I have compiled a set of publicly-available downloadable resources in a folder on Google Drive:

The nut: what is this?

A story from my father

Herb “W.H.” Rettig, left, who told this story. His dad Edward and his brothers M.L. or “Bun” and Preston, “E.P.”

Two recent topics that help bridge theory and practice when managing / gardening emergent social patterns

In box

The basic idea

Kinds of scaffolding

Dave Snowden, in his blog post of December 23, 2018:

  • Traditional scaffolding is erected with knowledge of the final shape of the building. …

(I want to be read by those who create)

On explaining vs. understanding, cold vs. warm approaches, and design’s engagement with the life of systemic emergence

I love you. No, wait… I hate you.

Getting to know each other in the first session: making a tapestry of the situations we want to affect, their complexity, and our level of agency

Fundamentals of Design for Social Innovation at SVA DSI

About this collection of articles

Marc Rettig

Fit Associates, SVA Design for Social Innovation, Carnegie Mellon School of Design

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