Daily Archives: December 6, 2012

A Planner’s Encounter With Complexity

Spatial planning is about dealing with our ‘everyday’ environment. In A Planner’s Encounter with Complexity we present various understandings of complexity and how the environment is considered accordingly. One of these considerations is the environment as subject to processes of … Continue reading

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Complexity and Planning: Systems, Assemblages and Simulations

This book provides a readable overview, presenting and relating a range of understandings and characteristics of complexity and complex systems as they are relevant to planning. It recognizes multiple, relational approaches of dynamic complexity which enhance understandings of, and facilitate … Continue reading

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Notes for a Deleuzean-inspired Theory of Social Innovation

For Deleuze, social innovation takes place through windows of opportunity for social creativity (ie. along lines of flight) which emerge as challenges to institutional legitimacy. Innovation often emerges from conflict. Opportunity spaces often are at micro-levels which make possible creative … Continue reading

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From Organizational Learning to Practice-Based Knowing

Different streams of research, traversing the boundaries of scientific discipline, are converging on an understanding (and a methodology) based on a pragmatic theory of knowing that reframes traditional research into organizational learning. Practice is the figure of discourse that allows … Continue reading

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Perspectives on Activity Theory

Activity theory is an interdisciplinary approach to human sciences that originates in the cultural-historical psychology school of thought, initiated by Vygotsky, Leont’ev and Luria.  Activity theory takes the object-oriented, artifact-mediated collective activity system as its unit of analysis, thus bridging … Continue reading

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Collaborative Knowledge Creation – Practices, Tools, Concepts

This book presents perspectives on the knowledge creation metaphor of learning, and elaborates the trialogical approach to learning. The knowledge creation metaphor differs from both the acquisition and the participation metaphors. In a nutshell trialogical approaches seek to engage learners … Continue reading

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Complex thinking for a complex world

Edgar Morin – Our world is at crisis. Global challenges abound. However, they have a “dark” and a “bright” side. The dark side is the imminent danger of the breakdown of interdependent societies with the perspective of extermination of civilised … Continue reading

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Collective Creativity – Art and Society

Collective Creativity offers an analysis of the explosion of artistic creativity currently taking place on the South Pacific island of Rarotonga. By exploring the construction of this art-world through the ways in which creativity and innovation are linked to social … Continue reading

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