Knowledge federation for Stanford d.school

Stanford d.school is a non-department. It has been established by several departments to cross the disciplinary boundaries and teach design thinking to everyone, and apply it to any subject or issue. My visit to d.school a month ago was memorable. The similarities with what we have been doing at the University of Oslo are encouraging, …

Holoscope for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge

When he foresaw the end of scarcity, Buckminster Fuller had in mind not only the elimination of poverty, but also of scarcity-based competition, which continues to mark the political and social climate we live in. In March 1969 Fuller spoke to the US Senate Subcommittee on Intergovernmental Relations about his “World Game” proposal, which he …

Trimtabs for systemic change

The following excerpt from a recent letter to Marianna Grossman pinpoints an approach to contemporary problematique we have been developing in Oslo. ¬†(Trim tabs are small movable surfaces added to the wings of an airplane for the purpose of steering. The term ‘trimtabs’ was introduced and popularized by Buckminster Fuller to name an aproach to …

How to turn wicked problems into academic questions

Had to get up very early last Thursday and show up at the Grand Temple of Learning already at 7.30 a.m. Ably conducted by Renate Fruchter, the Stanford Media X seminar Remote Collaboration in Media Mixed Reality Environments introduced us to a variety of ways of creating creative spaces. In Cisco we saw how physical …

What keeps us from responding

As you read what I am about to say, please keep in mind the following question. Here is roughly how David Bohm envisioned his ‘dialogue’: People sitting in a circle and taking turns talking, about no specific theme, with no specific aim, everyone observing their own thoughts and emotions. This is repeated in regular intervals, …

How to improve our collective intelligence

I am sitting in my UCSC office, throwing an occasional ¬†glance at tall redwood trees and grazing deer outside my window, otherwise writing an article about knowledge federation. I use some of my spare time to reach out, aiming to connect what I have been doing, and dreaming, with the works and dreams of others. …

An academic foundation for design and design as an academic foundation

Since I have lately been in contact with a couple of communities working innovatively with design, I realized that my work on academic foundations for design, which might be of shared interest, is not described on my home page. Here is a brief account. In 2003 I participated in an online conference of the PhD …