PRIMARY
POST-AREA
POST
DATE

Friday

TITLE

Conversation + Autocatalysis

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 5:20 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Conversation
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Autocatalysis is the last of the four themes comprising Conversation (the first concept of the Ontology Of Participation). Shared conversations become the fuel for further conversations, initiating a self-replicating process that ensures the preservation of the activity. This idea of autocatalysis comes from biology, but is an interesting application in the context of participation. Stuart Kauffman explains it from a biological perspective: What I call a collectively autocatalytic system is one in which the molecules...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Conversation + Force

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 2:41 AM

TAGGED
, , , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Conversation
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Force is the third of the four themes comprising Conversation (the first concept of the Ontology Of Participation). The force of Conversation happens when an increasing number of people involved in adaptive behaviors exert a force that may trigger a community (the primordial goo of adaptive enterprises). For example, the introduction of blogging software enabled motivated individuals to share their thoughts with large audiences without any expertise in formatting content for publication on the web...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Thursday

TITLE

Conversation + Expectation

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 10:30 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Conversation
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Expectation is the next of the four themes comprising Conversation (the first concept of the Ontology Of Participation). Certain functional qualities of a product allow for it to be used in a familiar way, but to achieve an unexpected outcome (the intended use of some products is broad enough to allow for flexibility in its use). For instance, communication technology (telephone) has permeated our lives for several decades now. Its purpose is to allow us...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Conversation + Intention

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 5:28 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Intention is the first of four themes comprising Conversation (the first concept of the Ontology Of Participation). During the design and creation of a product, certain considerations are made that influence its final outcome. Some are specifically related to the product itself (interface affordances, shapes of buttons, functionality, outcomes of a service, etc.), some are the enterprise's needs (cost break even, profit, governance, competitive advantage, etc.), and others processes from which the product is realized...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Thursday

TITLE

Conversation

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 5:54 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Conversation
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
The first concept of the Ontology Of Participation is Conversation: Individuals interact with things in a more meaningful way — they have a conversation with products — extending them beyond the utility for which they were created and into new design spaces. Conversation with a product occurs when an individual uses it in a manner inconsistent with the specifications intended by the originating enterprise. Rather than the product being a completed part of the world,...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

An Ontology Of Participation

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 11:57 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Members of adapting enterprises pursue engaging and meaningful interactions that embody a special kind of participation. As the behaviors of these communities continue to emerge and become more common, their impact on products, and on the design practice itself, will be significant. It’s critical for both the originating enterprises and the design discipline to be aware of the people who will engage in these activities. Both need to understand the underlying concepts that explain how...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Thursday

TITLE

Systematic Engagement

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 12:00 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
The fourth example of participation, systematic engagement, is supported by a platform designed to act as an organized system that accommodates or even encourages adaptive behaviors. This platform is comprised of a set of fundamental guiding principles established and structured to enable an individual to engage in creating or modifying a product. It allows for these types of changes to occur without the need for the time, money, or intellectual application typically required to develop...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Self-Declaration

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 9:21 AM

TAGGED
, , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Until recently, the systems and media available for published self-expression have been reserved for professionals like writers and broadcasters. This chasm between the average person and the professional existed because of the significant costs involved with production and distribution. In the past several years, personal technology has enabled non-professional individuals to begin to bypass traditional outlets and to make their own self-declarations — the third example of participation. In the early 1990s, a few individuals...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Thursday

TITLE

Group Assembly

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 2:33 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Group Assembly
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Social Media
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
The second example of participation is group assembly. Group assembly involves ad-hoc gatherings or coordinated actions by groups of people using technology originally intended to enable one-on-one communication with known individuals (such as text messaging or conversations on mobile phones). However, when the members of adapting enterprises use these technologies, the participants in the group often do not know each other. While this alternative use of technology is not explicitly impossible or prohibited by the...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Hard-Hacking & Soft-Hacking

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 8:13 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Hard Hacking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Soft Hacking
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
In my previous post, I described the phenomenon of participatory culture and how institutions are no longer in control (see Making With People). There are several examples of how this participation manifests itself in the world, and the first examples I’d like to talk about are hard-hacking and soft-hacking. HARD-HACKING Hard-hacking is the tangible sibling to soft-hacking, which I’ll describe in a moment. Hard-hacking occurs when a person makes modifications to a physical object after...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Making With People

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 2:03 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Engagement
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
I’ve talked about the four epochs of making over the past several weeks: Making By People, Making For People, and Making Without People. We’re now facing another epoch in making, a shift where institutions no longer completely control the means of production. People now take over the reigns of production, much like our past, but mass distribution is still a possibility. And in many cases the institution is still involved in the making, but as...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Monday

TITLE

Making Without People

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 3:40 PM

TAGGED
, , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Research
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
In this third epoch of making, making starts to look familiar to most of us. I initially described Making Without People as: mechanized manufacturing and the assembly line place the means of production into the hands of the enterprise, initiating the concept of "the consumer." As these communities, cultures, and societies continued to advance, another significant shift in the process of making took place—a movement toward mass efficiency. When organizations emerged—the enterprise—they took over most...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Making For People

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 10:59 AM

TAGGED
, ,

CATEGORIES
» Participation
» Research
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
The second epoch of making, Making For People, is a continuation from my previous post. I initially described this epoch as: division of labor, specialists emerge to focus on key skills, initiating the marketplace for trade. To expand further, as communities, cultures, and societies became more advanced, the making process experienced a shift. This meant different behaviors and expectations from the makers. Specialists began making things for others, choosing to focus on a single discipline....Read on

 

POST
DATE

Friday

TITLE

Making By People

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 8:24 AM

TAGGED
, ,

CATEGORIES
» Participation
» Research
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
As I mentioned in my previous post, Making By People is the first epoch of making. I described it as: an era with no means of production, every individual must make and procure everything they need to survive. In this first epoch, during the early human cultures and before the emergence of specialization and the division of labor, things were made by the people who used them. The building of a hut, the crafting of...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Tuesday

TITLE

Making And Participation

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 8:00 AM

TAGGED
, , , ,

CATEGORIES
» Design Thinking
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
I've been thinking about how the dialogue between institutions and constituents has changed quite a bit over time and how that relates to the concept of making. I think you can break the participants of making down into three categories (keep in mind that when I refer to things, products, or making, I'm referring to what is made--an artifact, service, system, environment, communication, etc., 'product' doesn't necessarily mean a physical object.): The first type of...Read on

 

POST
DATE

Friday

TITLE

On Transformation

METADATA
by Brian Haven
@ 5:03 PM

TAGGED
, , , , , , , ,

CATEGORIES
» NewCo
» Participation
» Platform Thinking
» Thoughts

»
»

BODY
Pete and I were chatting the other morning down in Austin and the conversation led down the path of some research I did back in grad-school in the Fall of 2002. I was working on a short research project on emerging trends in products, technology, and entertainment (with two classmates, Carl DiSalvo and Amy Bergvall). I'll write more about that later, but one of the outcomes of that effort led to my thesis work on...Read on

 

SIDEBAR
SIDE-LEFT
Previous
Colophon


 
This work on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution - Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.


Fancy quote box styling courtesy of Joomsayer for Movable Type.
SIDE-RIGHT
Next