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David Ing
Systems scientist, marketing scientist, business architect
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Learn across pattern language, wicked problems + systems approach? Christopher Alexander, Horst Rittel + West Churchman could easily have lunch together at Berkeley in the 1960s-1970s.

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Tolerance brings Talent and Technology (3Ts) @Richard_Florida @joshgans "Trump's Gift to Canada":

> As the U.S. global brand wanes, Canada's grows in stature. Many things point in Canada's favour, but the country and its cities can't rest on their laurels.

"The Trump effect: It’s Canada’s moment to win the global race for talent" | Richard Florida, +Joshua Gans | Oct. 9, 2017 | Globe & Mail at

> As America closes its borders, Canada is playing the longer, smarter game.

> It’s not alone in this regard, but Canada, more than any other place, is uniquely positioned to benefit from Trump’s anti-immigrant posture. The United Kingdom also hosts a large number of immigrants; yet it has seen a populist backlash of its own, and London has been plagued by terrorism, growing inequality and unaffordable housing, which make it a more difficult place for immigrants to settle. Australia and New Zealand also attract their fair share of immigrants, but they are geographically more remote, and they do not provide proximity to the large U.S. market, as Canada’s major cities do.

"Trump Is Making Canada Great Again" | Richard Florida, +Joshua Gans | Oct. 2, 2017 | Politico at

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Design thinking, says @ben_little, is missing critique method when in business, and is missing case method when in design.

> I think we are missing in the business concept of “design thinking” that is predominant in design practices, and that is the crit. [....]

> We don’t use enough critique method in business. We maybe also don’t use enough case method in design. [....]

> Critiques teach you that it isn’t about your reasoning, it is about what happens when your design meets a fresh set of eyes without any baggage. [....]

> Cases teach us to explore the causal chains and complex systems in play for any given business or experience. The a priori nature of case discussions allow us to form hypotheses that don’t have a place in critique discussions.

"What is Missing in Design Thinking? A Lesson from Art School" | Benjamin Little +Hill Holliday | March 24, 2017 | Medium at

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Much of economics is in a dismal science where "stable equilibrium is death". In 1910, Henry Adams wrote:

> if one physical law exists more absolute than another, it is the law that stable equilibrium is death.

"Stable equilibrium is death | Sept. 24, 2017 | Systems Community of Inquiry at

See also:

"General equilibrium theory — still dead after all these years" | Lars Syll | Sept. 6, 2016 | Real-World Economics Review Blog at

... which points to ...

"General Equilibrium Theory: Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing?" | Raphaële Chappe | Aug. 16, 2016 | Institute for New Economic Thinking at

... and also cites ...

Frank Ackerman, Alejandro Nadal, Kevin P. Gallagher, "The Flawed Foundations of General Equilibrium Theory: Critical Essays on Economic Theory" (2004) at .

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Alan Kay criticizes Tim Berners-Lee for not knowing Doug Englebart's work. Then he criticizes the iPhone as a step backwards from a Mac.

> You have Tim Berners-Lee, [the inventor of the World Wide Web] who was a physicist, who knew he would be thrown out of physics if he didn’t know what Newton did. He didn’t check to find out that there was a [Douglas] Engelbart [the engineer who had done pioneering work on hypertext and invented the computer mouse].

> And so, his conception of the World Wide Web was infinitely tinier and weaker and terrible. His thing was simple enough with other unsophisticated people to wind up becoming a de facto standard, which we’re still suffering from. You know, [HTML is] terrible and most people can’t see it. [....]

Then, after some opinions on Seymour Papert and Maria Montessori ...

> Think about what this means [for a child] in the context of say, a Mac, an iPhone, an iPad. They aren’t full-fledged users. They’re just television watchers of different kinds.

> Do you know how to do an undo on an iPhone? Let me ask you that question. I’ll just test you out a little. Suppose you do something on the iPhone and you don’t like it, how do you undo it?

> FC: Unless you’re within an application, then … I don’t know.

> AK: So, in theory, you’re supposed to shake the iPhone and that means undo. Did you ever, did anybody ever tell you that? It’s not on the website. It turns out almost no app responds to a shake. And there’s no other provision. In fact, you can’t even find out how to use the iPhone on the iPhone. You ever notice that?

"The Father Of Mobile Computing Is Not Impressed" (Alan Kay) | Brian Merchant | Sept. 15, 2017 | Fast Company at

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Design Thinking, says @HaroldGNelson, is different from design inquiry and design action (i.e. designing).

> ‘Design thinking’ is being pushed in text and video as the strategy for solving complex dynamic problems faced by business and governmental agencies in today’s admittedly complex and rapidly changing world.

> However, ‘design thinking’ is not the same thing as design inquiry, or design action — i.e. designing — and this confusion has serious consequences. ‘Design thinking’ is defined as a set of steps that, when followed, guarantee good outcomes by revealing the right solutions for clear problem statements —
an ideal bureaucracy. However, designing is not primarily about solving problems. It is about something quite different.

> By taking a problem focused approach to design, leaders, decision makers and stakeholders constantly skirt taking responsibility and accepting accountability for their decisions and actions by focusing on externalized methods, thus avoiding the courageous by grasping for the certain.

"What's the 'trick'?" | +Harold Nelson | September 19, 2017 | Accidental Vagrant at

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Ethnic Canadians may have a different style for handling conflict than Americans. Watch Jagmeet Singh (who isn't Muslim) respond to a protester in an open meeting. | "Racist Heckler Interrupts Jagmeet Singh Town Hall" | Sept. 11, 2017

This video was surfaced in the weekend newspaper. "The four candidates who would lead the NDP: Profiles of Jagmeet Singh, Charlie Angus, Guy Caron and Niki Ashton as Canada’s New Democrats choose a new leader" | +Alex Ballingall | Sept. 16, 2017 | Toronto Star at
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Slides and audio on Open Innovation Learning research, hopefully more relevant and understandable for non-Ph.D.s. Hosted by +Minna Takala at the Open Data Häme workshop.

"Open Innovation Learning and Open Data" | David Ing at

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Introduced R, Jupyter + ggplot2 with @snousala to Ph.D. students in Design at Tongji U. A visualization-oriented approach to data science, a learning experience for both graduate students and instructors in Shanghai.

> My participation in the course over two days had three parts: (a) preparing a lecture outline; (b) orienting the students; and (c) equipping the students with tools.

"Learning data science, hands-on" | David Ing with +Susu Nousala | Coevolving Innovations at

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Baidu as made Apollo, "an autonomous driving platform", available on Github under an open source license, at . The project has over 50 partners at . Qi Lu, Baidu's chief operating officer, was interviewed:

> We wrote a manifesto of Apollo. Essentially, there are four principles. Each is important.

> One is open capability. At Baidu, we open up our capability—in code, in services, in data—to all partners. [....]

> The second is shared resources. Essentially, with the Apollo design, there are two tiers. You are able to use the Apollo code and capability, and some data sets, with no strings attached. The second tier is enables you to use all the data that Baidu provides—HD maps, the training data—but we ask you to contribute your data. [....]

> The third principle is the accelerating pace of innovation. Essentially, because we’re able to put together more data, we are able to achieve more capability in our simulation engines. [....]

> And the fourth principle is sustained win-win. Baidu is the biggest model. It’s going to focus on delivering high-end services, high-value services, HD maps, [and] security services. We’re competing against nobody. We enable each OEM, whether it’s Bosch, Continental, or Nvidia, to be able to do more.

"How Baidu Will Win China’s AI Race—and, Maybe, the World’s" | Jesse Hempel | August 9, 2017 | Wired at
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