Same As It Ever Was

Peter Jones Dialogic Design, Social Systems Design, Strategic Foresight

We have been in the same global mega-crisis for 50 years now. Two proposals were presented to the Club of Rome in 1969. The board selected the System Dynamics modeling project supported by Jay Forrester’s World Model, with the results published by Meadows, Meadows and Randers in 1972 as The Limits to Growth. The Club of Rome convened March 1 at Smithsonian’s sponsorship for a global symposium and revisited the Limits to Growth. Dennis Meadows spoke and was interviewed by Smithsonian, where he claims we missed our chance to repair the foreseeable: Is it Too Late for Sustainable Development?  When the Club of Rome selected the systemic modeling approach, it perhaps unknowingly placed a strong bet on a technological view of ecological and social systems. There was at the time an optimistic social belief that society would do the right thing, if presented with a sound scientific case. After all, …

Social systems design for complex services : A workshop

Peter Jones Design research, Dialogic Design, Service Design, Social Innovation, Strategic Foresight

What are the deep drivers of your problem system? Social systems design for complex services I’m holding a workshop this week on dialogic design at Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Their unique program in Systems-Oriented Design has a  lot in common with OCADU Strategic Foresight and Innovation. A workshop on dialogic design for complex systems and social systems methodologies. There is an urgent need to wisely address complex social issues effectively and democratically. There is a social and educational need to improve design methods for social and systemic innovation. There are underlying systemic forces that all social, business and policy innovation will deal with in a given horizon. We can develop sound understanding of these forces in scenarios and as interdependent problem systems through dialogic design practices. Systemic design methods provide capacity to mixed stakeholder groups and organizations for navigating complexity and identifying challenges with the highest leverage in …

Synergetics: Buckminster Fuller Revival

Peter Jones Dialogic Design, Innovation, Transformation Design

Southern Illinois University Carbondale recently held the Synergetics conference, a symposium revival of Buckminster Fuller’s work, faculty, and former students at his last major home institution. Invited speakers included former Design students and faculty Bill Lunderman (Colgate) and Larry Busch. Invited speakers included me, Jennifer Rice (Fruitful Strategy),  and Steelcase’s Melissa DeSota.  Keynote was Thomas Zung, Fuller’s architect collaborator and archivist. This year they are also saving domes and putting a large one up at his former residence, and recovering his legacies. placing our current sustainability thinking in line with his lifelong dream of a world that works for everyone. A slide in my talk  Collaborating for Complexity credits Fuller as the first philosopher of Thrivability, the reach beyond sustainability that we strive for in socially systemic innovation. Collaborating for Complexity: SIUC Synergetics View more presentations from Peter Jones In Critical Path Fuller said: “The success of all humanity can …