May 11 (the second Monday of the month) is the 79th meeting for Systems Thinking Ontario. The registration is on Eventbrite at https://making-changes.eventbrite.com.

Systems Thinking and Making Changes

How do Systems Changes become natural practice? Stepping through a previously prepared set of slides, we'll have a slow discussion on history-making, commitment, argumentation and pattern language (or however much we can cover in about 90 minutes). The agenda will draw from:

  • A. Situated Learning + History-making
    • Legitimate Peripheral Participation + Practices (Lave, Wenger)
    • Skill Acquisition + Disclosing New Worlds (Dreyfus, Spinosa)
  • B. Commitment + Language-Action Perspective
    • Conversations for Action (Flores)
    • Deliverables, procedures, capacities, relationships
  • C. Argumentation + Pattern Language
    • IBIS (Rittel), Timeless Way of Building (Alexander)
    • Architectural Programming c.f. Designing

For May, we'll complete the four-lecture series as in February, March and April, based on the fourth lecture in the Systemic Design course, of the master's program in Strategic Foresight & Innovation at OCADU. Our modified program has been to use the slides as a foundation, on which we nurture a conversation that encourages participants to develop a personal appreciation through collective sensemaking.


  • We will meet online. Please register on Eventbrite, and the web link will be sent to you.

Suggested pre-reading:

For those who want listen or read ahead, web video and digital audio are available as:


Post-meeting artifacts

Bloggers are encouraged to write about their learning and experiences at the meeting. Links will be added to this page.