C. West Churchman with Kristo Ivanov | 1987 | archive.org

Video is viewable through an online viewer, and downloadable in multiple formats (h264 MP4, MPEG2 VOB, OGG Video) on the Internet Archive at https://archive.org/details/Index_20180206_1053 .  This recording was producted by the department of Informatics of Umeå University in the spring of year 1987, with C. West Churchman interviewed by Kristo Ivanov.

Kristo Ivanov, in interview with C. West Churchman (1987)

The opening title reads:


Universicy [sic] of California, Berkeley

Interviewed by professor
Kristo Ivanov
on April 30, 1987,
at the University of Umeå ,
Sweden – department of
Administrative Data processing.

The second and third slide read …

This interview was made during a visit of professor Churchman as guest lecturer at the University of Umeå , following his being rewarded a honorary doctor’s degree in economic science in the autumn 1985.

A summary of professor Churchman’s life and work is given at the end of the recording.

The background song “Der Lindenbaum” – music by Franz Schubert and text by Wilhelm Müller – is sung by professor Churchman himself!


#systems-approach, #systems-thinking, #west-churchman

What is Systemic Innovation | Midgley & Lindhult | 2017

“Systemic innovation” is used in four ways:

1. … a type of innovation where value can only be derived when the innovation is synergistically integrated with other complementary innovations, going beyond the boundaries of a single organization.

2.  … the development of policies and governance at a local, regional or national scale to create an
enabling environment for the above kind of synergistic, multi-organizational innovations.

3. … when its purpose is to change the fundamental nature of society; for instance, to deliver on major transitions concerning ecological sustainability.

4. … how the people acting to bring about an innovation engage in a process to support systemic thinking,

Systems thinking has evolved over time:

1950s – 1960s: The early systems sciences (with cybernetics)

1970s – 1980s: The 1st paradigm shift: from real-world systems to ways of thinking in systems terms

1980s – 2000s: The 2nd paradigm shift: understanding power relations and mixing methods

The methodological progression is used to redefine systemic innovation (in the fourth way, above).

We can now move to formulate a new definition of systemic innovation, based on the foregoing
discussion. At its most basic, a systemic Innovation is one that emerges from a process that supports innovators and their stakeholders in using systems concepts to change their thinking, relationships, interactions and actions to deliver new value. The definition of stakeholders needs to happen within that same process.  [p. 19]

This fourth approach can be integrated with the field of systemic intervention.

“What is systemic innovation?| Gerald Midley; Erik Lindhult | 2017 | Research memorandum 99  | University of Hull. Business School at https://hydra.hull.ac.uk/resources/hull:14494

What is Systemic Innovation

#innovation, #systemic, #systems-thinking

Multiparadigm Inquiry Generating Service Systems Thinking

Deepening the systems thinking in pattern language calls for a multiparadigm approach.

What if a pattern language was opened up to contemporaneous research into wicked problems, the systems approach, ecological epistemology, hierarchy theory, and interactive value? This 30-minute presentation at Purplsoc 2017 last October aimed to provide a broader context to a social change community focused on works of Christopher Alexander.

“Multiparadigm Inquiry Generating Service Systems Thinking” | David Ing | Jan. 19, 2018 | Coevolving Innovations at http://coevolving.com/blogs/index.php/archive/multiparadigm-inquiry-generating-service-systems-thinking/

Web video on Youtube:

Research paper on the Coevolving Commons at http://coevolving.com/commons/20171020-multiparadigm-inquiry-generating-s2t:

Purplsoc 2017 Ing

#pattern-language, #systems-thinking, #wicked-problems