System Dynamics is a branch of systems theory that aims to model and understand the dynamic behaviour of complex systems, over time. First developed by Professor Jay Wright Forrester at MIT as a management method, systems theory has since gone on to be applied to all types of systems, including modelling the dynamics of earth’s systems, the economy, and political regimes.
A block chain or blockchain is a distributed database, introduced in Bitcoin, that maintains a continuously-growing list of data records that each refer to previous items on this list and is thus hardened against tampering and revision.
The social practices used by commoners in the course of managing shared resources and reclaiming the commons. Popularised by historian, Peter Linebaugh. Activating the power of social cooperation to get things done–and bring people together.
Today, we design large, complex processes, systems, and services; we now even design organisations, structures and toolkits in order to produce them.
Design thinking is the structured process that encourages creativity in problem solving – especially problem solving with an aim of social innovation and a shared understanding towards common goals.
Engagement is more than just listening. It seeks participation and inclusion in responsive, inclusive, resource-oriented and flexible ways, with the aim to understand needs of local communities and adapt to their particular context.
Chilean economist, Manfred Max-Neef has contributed to human-scale development for the past half a century. In this time, he has accumulated a significant amount of research and writing, and has succeeded in countless activities on people-centered engagement.
“Participatory design is not always the hippy, romantic, ‘let’s all drink together about the future of the city’ kind of thing. It is not even – with the families – trying to find the right answer; it is mainly about trying to identify with precision what is the right question.”