February 21 is the 54th monthly meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite.

Book Launch -- Open Innovation Learning: Theory building on open sourcing while private sourcing

Open Innovation Learning is a new book based on research conducted by David Ing during doctoral studies at Aalto University in Finland.

This work synthesizes both descriptive and normative theories of open innovation and organizational learning.  The theories are built on 7 case studies of IBM participating with open source communities between 2001-2011.

The Systems Thinking Ontario audience will appreciate the foundations in the systems sciences and new contributions to the field coming from ecological epistemology.

David Ing is a cofounder of the Trito Innovation Colab.  He is currently teaching "Systems Thinking, Systems Design" in the graduate iSchool program at the University of Toronto.  He is a former president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences (2011-2012).  In 2012, he became an alumnus of IBM, after 28 years of service.  Studies in the doctoral program in Industrial Management at Aalto University are continuing.

Peter Jones will be moderating this session.  As commenters, Tim Lloyd and special guest Stephen Perelgut will warm up the audience for Q&A.

Please plan to stay for the reception!


  • OCADU Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190

Suggested pre-reading: 

The book is now available both as an open access (free of charge) PDF ebook and a perfect bound book in color.  See http://openinnovationlearning.com/.

  • David is planning on emphasizing...
    • Chapter 1: Introduction and outline
    • Chapter 9:  Open innovation learning, with a paradigm of co-responsive movement


Time Activity Role(s)
6:30 Self-introductions (15 seconds each)
  • Who am I?
  • How did I come to systems thinking?
  • What would you like to hear about the book?
Moderator:  Peter Jones
6:45 Outline of the book
  • What are the key ideas from the research?
Presenter: David Ing
7:15 Commentary
  • In which contexts should we be considering the findings from this research?
  • Tim Lloyd
  • Stephen Perelgut
7:45 Facilitated Q&A
  • Questions of clarification?
Moderator:  Tim Lloyd
8:00 Reception
  • Informal group discussions about the book
Refreshments hosted 

Open Innovation Learning:  Theory building on open sourcing while private sourcing

Post-meeting artifacts

The presentation slides (including source files) are available on the Coevolving Commons.