This article refers to a course offered to the public through the Adaptive Space Network. For more details, see the network’s main page.
In April of 2018, the City of Pittsburgh held its annual Inclusive Innovation Week for Pittsburgh non-profit leaders, government staff, artists, activists, community leaders and anyone else who wants to better include everyone who is affected by their work, their decisions, their way of life. Over 60 workshops and events dealt with questions of how the city’s spaces, services, and activities can welcome and include all people, and how that inclusiveness can become a core tenet of the way we all work toward our future.
Fit Associates offered a workshop called “Listening to Difference, Made Practical,” which promised an experience…
This is an act of promise fulfillment. Andrea Mignolo recently posted her piece, Learning through worldmaking: the design way. Her references to the “experiential learning cycle” rang a bell with me, as my colleague Hannah du Plessis and I have recently been applying a version of that cycle to our grad course preparations. I said as much to Andrea, she expressed interest, and in return I promised a rough and hasty show-and-tell.
This is that.
This will be the eighth year we’ve taught our course in the SVA MFA in Design for Social Innovation, called Fundamentals of Design for Social…
This document was assembled as a quick response to questions on Twitter. I make no claims of completeness, but I hope it might help someone begin their own explorations. I’m happy to talk more about this by request. -Marc
Participatory Narrative Inquiry (which goes by other names, but let’s use that one for now, or PNI for short) is an approach to sensing the patterns in a social system. It is a key technique for managing in the complexity of such a system (organization, school, food system, nation, sports team,….).
My father was born in the Texas panhandle in 1914. Sometimes, when we were lucky, he told us stories of those days.
As Dad and I drove home one night, we got to talking about seeing at night. Which animals can do it, and which are as helpless as humans? Is that related to whether their eyes shine in the dark?
He told this story.
“I know horses can see in the dark. But I can’t remember whether their eyes shine.
One time Chester Graham and I were out riding, coming home from somewhere, and it got late. (This would…
Marc Rettig, June 2019
Once again on Tuesday, “Despite all words of caution from her mother, the sheep chose to graze among the lilies” strolls down the long winding path to the creek at the bottom of the hill for his weekly bath.
Being a sentence of middle age and little popularity, his home is in a remote corner of the utterance plain populated by widely-spaced neighbors of bland character. Just the way “Despite all words of caution from her mother, the sheep chose to graze among the lilies” likes things to be. So no one sees him as he…
This is a place for me to gather and organize notes, which I’m making public in case it helps someone else. These notes (which will keep changing over coming months) are an input to a further process of synthesis.
Relevant, but not yet harvested
Liz Keogh is a great source for Cynefin stuff. Here’s a nice summary of constraints.
“But for the moment consider the following types of scaffolding, linked in this case to the Cynefin framework and my earlier post in this series.
This is the first sentence, which of course you already knew, but until you reach its end you can’t know that its job is to invite you to read the second sentence. Hello from me, the second sentence, full of warm welcome and an invitation to run your eyes over my contours. And now you are almost halfway into me, the first paragraph, and it’s time I let you know that my purpose is more than self-indulgent word play. There’s a reason I’m talking directly to you in a way most paragraphs don’t. Of course I’m just one paragraph in…
“Gigamapping is super extensive mapping across multiple layers and scales with the goal of investigating relations between seemingly separate categories, hence providing boundary critiques on the conception and framing of systems.”
- Birger Sevaldson, on systemorienteddesign.net
When I encounter a gigamap, I unfailingly experience a strong reaction. I look, stare, study, read about the process, and am at once attracted and repelled.
“I love you,” I think, “because you are so ambitiously and wonderfully trying to capture and communicate complexity.”
“I hate you,” I think, “because you so coldly and statically portray the ineffable and warmly human dance of life…
The course is designed to give students an opportunity to transform the way they see and work in social situations, and to begin practices that can transform their ability to stand in good relationships with themselves and the people and systems they work within. The ideas, short assignments and coaching in this course culminate in an experience in hosting a session of group understanding, dialogue, and co-creation.
For details, please see the full course syllabus in this pdf.
Throughout the Fall 2018 term, students will take turn acting as “scribe” for topics covered in the class. Their job is to…