Be(com)ing Nonviolent Design

Be(com)ing Nonviolent Design

For designers, just noticing our habituation to violent design in the form of say for example, needless production of entropy, is a creative thought experiment and a necessary first step to becoming more aware of how designed artifacts dispose us to a range of types of improvised choices and behaviors.

Healthcare Design as Extraordinary Service: An Interview with Peter Jones

Healthcare Design as Extraordinary Service: An Interview with Peter Jones

Leveraging systems thinking, human-centered design, and information architecture, his Redesign Network serves the emergence of healthcare service systems capable of taking better care of human beings. By developing schemas for more comprehensive understanding of systemic conditions, Peter Jones is defining new intersections and innovation spaces in healthcare and information-intensive services. In the following interview, Dr. Jones shares first-person reflections and insights on patterns in organizational leadership and influence, as well as his hopes and concerns for the future of healthcare systems design.

Toward Restorative Designing

Toward Restorative Designing

Every human being is always-already a designer but the affordability of 3-D computer prototyping makes that fact more obvious. Over 5 million guns are manufactured each year in the US alone. What’s new is the intersection of the Maker movement, the diffusion of computer-aided rapid prototyping technology, and ingenious tests of Constitutional definitions of defense, liberty, and the right to bear arms.

Designing Criteria for Happiness

Designing Criteria  for Happiness

Guzenuk’s core inquiry remains ‘How can we turn the work itself — even the most difficult parts of our work, into a source of energy?’ To date he has facilitated over 200 Happiness in Action workshops for a total of some 5000 participants. These successful workshops are based on his model of seven sources, which he calls ‘rivers’ of happiness-in-action energy, which although they focus on working contexts, are actually available to us in any context or situation. These rivers originate in meaning and purpose.

An Ecological Gateway to 21st Century Co-Development

An Ecological Gateway to 21st Century Co-Development

The following case study about the shift from Modernist, to Postmodernist, and even to the prefiguring of a Post-postmodernist (or integral) mode of urban civic planning, describes a new kind of role for not just the architect but the alderman, attorney and engineer. This new role of the professional is of a different order– multivalent, translational and facilitative in service of new kinds of processes unfolding in time and space. Design ideation and prototypes are examples of design tools that invite elected officials, specialists, and citizens into a dynamic co-envisioning of possible city futures and counterproposals in a real-time co-creative cross-functional workflow.

Collective Designing in the Anthropocene

Collective Designing in  the Anthropocene

Integral designing considers the varied perspectives, needs and values of the human species-stakeholders and gatekeepers alike. Integral designing is anticipatory of possible futures and precautionary of their impacts across time spans beyond individual human lives. Integral designing can serve transformative change by means of iterative modeling and prototyping of alternatives in key areas like health, education, and environment.

STEM to STEAM: Negative Capability in Service to Empowered Creative Participation

STEM to STEAM: Negative Capability in Service to Empowered Creative Participation

Although the design professions have been instrumental in the delivery and promotion of hedonic lifestyles that place our species in peril, paradoxically human innovation and design also represent the ecstatic flowering of creative brilliance of homo faber. Because design for crisis intervention often brings us face to face with the Other, another being who suffers and dies as we do, there is a distinctly post-cynical mood gaining traction across the design professions today, characterized by a refusal to accept binary oppositions between doing good and doing well. This reveals normative framings of cultural enemies as timeworn aesthetic remnants of our inner culture war. The ability to transcend the dogmatic and break through to new creative roles is the way of empowered democratic creativity.

Envisioning Pure Land @Taiwan

Envisioning Pure Land @Taiwan

In the Chinese language, the word for heart and mind are one in the same. As the ultimate reality, the heart/mind is identified with benevolence and with the original substance common to people, heaven, earth and all things. The importance of true heart/mind vision cannot be overstated. In order to develop the curriculum we had to first design an interim change platform for individual and collective transformation. We had to collectively envision structures of transformation in order to allow the unknown to come into being through us.

Integral Design Leadership: Personal Introduction

Integral Design Leadership: Personal Introduction

How would an integral design thinking re-claim responsibility for the built environment? Going beyond conventional planning, non-linear and co-creative ‘post-problem solving’ design methods are transformative in the re-direction of product platforms, systems, processes and services where leading edge solutions transcend and include the purely transactional.