Distractions, reflections

David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2015/10 Moments October 2015

Hämeenlinna, Finland; Helsinki, Finland; Lahti, Finland; Espoo, Finland; Suomenlinna; Copenhagen, Denmark; Toronto, Ontario

Sibelius Akatemia Harmonikka
Sibelius Akatemia Harmonikka: Recital in Hameenlinna, leading up to the Coupe Mondiale (World) Accordion Competition in Turku, Finland. Noora Nyyssönen, Viivi Tigerstedt, MinnaRistamäki (Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland) 20151001
DI_20151001 112058 SibeliusAkatemia MinnaRistamäki DI_20151001 114127 SibeliusAkatemia ViiviTigerstedt.JPG SibeliusAkatemia DI_20151001 115653 SibeliusAkatemia NooraNyyssönen
Bulevardi 31, P317
Bulevardi 31, P317: Master’s students @metropolia taking a stretch after the first hour of lecture on Service Systems Thinking. Combined classes from Industrial Management and Logistics programs, for a special two hour presentation. From the instructor’s view, there was a lot of content to cover, maybe we can structure a better paced program next time. It’s the 10th year anniversary since we cofounded the Master’s program in Industrial Management. This building housed the Helsinki University of Technology until 1966. (Metropolia Ammattikorkeakoulu / Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Bulevardi 31, Helsinki, Finland) 20151002
Linna Bike Cafe
Linna Bike Cafe: Celebration by Kata and Emmi @LinnaBikeShop Cafe, new business partnership. Family and friends came to wish well, enjoy in cameraderie. Mud cake a big hit in chocolate richness. A few days ago, observed much activity in preparing the space and scrubbing the kitchen. Now ready for customers. (Linnan Pyöräverstaan Kahvila, Verkatehdas, Hämeenlinna, Finland) 20151003
Kariniemi Park
Kariniemi Park: Pikku-Vesijärvi pond is famous for largest musical fountains in the Nordics, but after dark, not on a fall Sunday afternoon. Friend has moved to small town Lahti, commuting 3 days a week to Helsinki, enjoying the quiet after 5 years in busy London. Re-establishing previous university ties to share intelligence on how times have changed (Kariniemi Park, Lahti, Finland) 20151004
Arabiakeskus
Arabiakeskus: Red berries on trees, approaching the Hämeentie Factory Block of the Arabia district, known for its long history in design. Are those rowan (mountain ash) trees? Attended the “Creating the Mindset of Sustainable Societies” class, one of the core courses in the Master’s Programme in Creative Sustainability at Aalto University. Caught afternoon student presentations on final day of class. Challenged to be critical when prior context of assignments wasn’t fully explained. Will see the students two more days this week. (Arabiakeskus, Helsinki, Finland) 20151006

Alvar Aalto puisto
Alvar Aalto puisto: Iconic Alvar Aalto signature building of former Helsinki U. of Technology under wraps in renovation for new Aalto U. Undergraduate Centre bringing together students in technology, business and arts and design studies. Metro station across the street scheduled to start operation in fall 2016 as part of first phase of Lansimetro. On campus to visit my Ph.D. supervisor to check in on progress. (Alvar Aalto puisto, Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland) 20150907
Old Church Park
Old Church Park: Grave markers at Plague Park Ruttopuisto, some from the thousand victims of the 1710 plague. The park was a cemetery from the 1780s until 1829. Pedestrians walk by the site on Bulevardi on the way to Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences and the West Harbour, without a second thought. (Old Church Park, Vanha kirkkopuisto, Bulevardi, Helsinki, Finland) 20151008
Urban Mill
Urban Mill: Lecture on Planetary Boundaries by @katri1iisa for Systems Thinking 1 class of Creative Sustainability programme. Easing students into world issues, deeper theory left to in the spring session. Venue has nice projection equipment, Prezi shows up with slides on 3 sequential screens. Space full of students taking major or minor, plus a few observers catching up on learning. (Urban Mill, Otaniemi, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland) 20151009
HAM Tennispalatsi
HAM Tennispalatsi: Ai Weiwei @aiww (2005) Coffin @HAMHelsinki is tieli wood from dismantled Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) temple. Resembles a coffin and a dining table, but doesn’t function well as either. Museum was closed on my visit to town last year, exhibition now takes up entire third floor. Saturday afternoon busy with parents trailing children, and movie audiences downstairs. (Helsinki Art Museum, Tennispalatsi, Helsinki, Finland) 20151010
Susisaari
Susisaari: Permaculture in a Suomenlinna home, letting the chickens out of the coop for a few minutes around the yard. Chickens are productive at 5 or 6 eggs per day. House originally was built by a Russian general in the year before the czar fell in the revolution of 1917. Living spaces are gradually being modernized, while conforming to condition that the exterior is be preserved, as part of a UNESCO World Heritage site. (Susisaari, Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland) 20151011
CPH Passport Control
CPH Passport Control: Sign in lounge flashed boarding 55 minutes before departure. Lineup explains why. CPH is more popular than previously experienced. Border control officer was a woman with a sense of humour. (Copenhagen Airport) 20151012
Third floor high ceiling
Third floor high ceiling: Mesh sphere pendant lights on top floor of old Bank of Upper Canada building gives a celestial feel to the room. Sandblasted walls and wrought iron balcony are a nice contrast to the presentation on new cloud container technologies. Presenter prefers command line SSH over friendly browser interface. (Digital Ocean Meetup, MyPlanet HQ, Toronto) 20151015
University College, West Hall
University College, West Hall: Late afternoon sun illuminates stained glass rose window at annual book sale. West Hall held the University of Toronto Museum when the building was burned in the fire of 1890. The original window was created as a secular installation by Joseph McCausland in 1858. When the building reopened in 1892, the rose window must have been repaired or recreated. Looking for old books that are not available for borrowing from a public library, my search on this visit resulted in zero finds. (West Hall, University College, University of Toronto) 20151016
Morse Street School
Morse Street School: Exercised democratic right to vote in federal election. Polling station in gym had practically no line-up. Primary school students were just finishing the day, leaving together with crossing guards to get across the busy intersection up the street. (Morse Street Public School, Toronto) 20151019
St. Michael’s Health Centre
St. Michael’s Health Centre: Riding elevator up from the 3rd floor Family Practice Unit up to the 8th floor Eye Clinic. Purposefully double booked appointments, as previous ophthalmologist visits have included dilations before exams, this including wait time for droid to take effect. Bonus, as medical student offered flu shot, saving trip to mass inoculations. When wait times are predictable, van be efficient. (St. Michael’s Health Centre, 61 Queen Street East, Toronto) 20151020
OCADU
OCADU: Systems Thinking Ontario with Chris Kennedy describing Industrial Ecology, in a role as president of ISIE. Systems thinkers also asking questions about relations between IE and other fields and organisations. Interdisciplinary researchers working across interdisciplinary organisations means lots of overlaps. (Lambert Lounge, OCADU, Toronto) 20151021
Trinity College Quad
Trinity College Quad: Entered from north gate to annual book sale. Rainy, so came by car instead of by bike. As usual, found a few systems research books not available in the public library. (Trinity College Quadrangle, Toronto) 20151024
Jonathan Ashbridge Park
Jonathan Ashbridge Park: Midday Sunday farmer’s market @LeslieMarket, second last weekend for the fall. Discovered that the listing of “Ashbridge Park” meant ‘Jonathan Ashbridge Park” off Queen St. E., not “Ashbridge Bay Park” off Lakeshore Blvd. E. Extra urban bicycling for exercise on a cool sunny day. (Jonathan Ashbridge Park, Queen Street East, Toronto) 20151025
Metro Hall east passage underground
Metro Hall east passage underground: North wall by Art Team 1994 of 14 students, executed by Andrew Owen. On path from underground shopping to the east, escalators up the west. Thousands of office workers and visitors must pass by the artwork daily. South wall has a different theme. Where are these students, 20 years later? (Metro Mural Art Team 1994, Metro Hall, Toronto) 20151027 Students listed: Caroline Falby & Shingo Shimizu (East York); Matthew Hansen & Rhea Trembath (Etobicoke); Venus Mangilinan & Michell Selvaraj (Metro Separate); Matthew Chapman & Troy Marryshow (North York); Andrew Buchanan & Teresa Van Pinxteren (Scarborough); Cassidy Phillips & Sarah Hollenberg (Toronto); Karina Castro & Mateusz Krepicz (York).

East Chinatown
East Chinatown: Trinity Supermarket at 587 Gerrard Street East was closed when we came back from travels, and now seems permanently shut. Disappointed that our neighbourhood stores aren’t doing so well lately, probably due to bright and shiny big box competitors. Hopefully, the demise of one store will boost the business for the other supermarket down the street, Fu Yao. (East Chinatown, Toronto) 20151030
  • Recent Posts

  • Archives

  • RSS on Coevolving

  • RSS on Media Queue

    • What to Do When It’s Too Late | David L. Hawk | 2024
      David L. Hawk (American management theorist, architect, and systems scientist) has been hosting a weekly television show broadcast on Bold Brave Tv from the New York area on Wednesdays 6pm ET, remotely from his home in Iowa. Live, callers can join…Read more ›
    • 2021/06/17 Keekok Lee | Philosophy of Chinese Medicine 2
      Following the first day lecture on Philosophy of Chinese Medicine 1 for the Global University for Sustainability, Keekok Lee continued on a second day on some topics: * Anatomy as structure; physiology as function (and process); * Process ontology, and thing ontology; * Qi ju as qi-in-concentrating mode, and qi san as qi-in-dissipsating mode; and […]
    • 2021/06/16 Keekok Lee | Philosophy of Chinese Medicine 1
      The philosophy of science underlying Classical Chinese Medicine, in this lecture by Keekok Lee, provides insights into ways in which systems change may be approached, in a process ontology in contrast to the thing ontology underlying Western BioMedicine. Read more ›
    • 2021/02/02 To Understand This Era, You Need to Think in Systems | Zeynep Tufekci with Ezra Klein | New York Times
      In conversation, @zeynep with @ezraklein reveal authentic #SystemsThinking in (i) appreciating that “science” is constructed by human collectives, (ii) the west orients towards individual outcomes rather than population levels; and (iii) there’s an over-emphasis on problems of the moment, and…Read more ›
    • 2019/04/09 Art as a discipline of inquiry | Tim Ingold (web video)
      In the question-answer period after the lecture, #TimIngold proposes art as a discipline of inquiry, rather than ethnography. This refers to his thinking On Human Correspondence. — begin paste — [75m26s question] I am curious to know what art, or…Read more ›
    • 2019/10/16 | “Bubbles, Golden Ages, and Tech Revolutions” | Carlota Perez
      How might our society show value for the long term, over the short term? Could we think about taxation over time, asks @carlotaprzperez in an interview: 92% for 1 day; 80% within 1 month; 50%-60% tax for 1 year; zero tax for 10 years.Read more ›
  • RSS on Ing Brief

    • The Nature and Application of the Daodejing | Ames and Hall (2003)
      Ames and Hall (2003) provide some tips for those studyng the DaoDeJing.
    • Diachronic, diachrony
      Finding proper words to express system(s) change(s) can be a challenge. One alternative could be diachrony. The Oxford English dictionary provides two definitions for diachronic, the first one most generally related to time. (The second is linguistic method) diachronic ADJECTIVE Oxford English Dictionary, s.v. “diachronic (adj.), sense 1,” July 2023, https://doi.org/10.1093/OED/3691792233. For completeness, prochronic relates “to […]
    • Introduction, “Systems Thinking: Selected Readings, volume 2”, edited by F. E. Emery (1981)
      The selection of readings in the “Introduction” to Systems Thinking: Selected Readings, volume 2, Penguin (1981), edited by Fred E. Emery, reflects a turn from 1969 when a general systems theory was more fully entertained, towards an urgency towards changes in the world that were present in 1981. Systems thinking was again emphasized in contrast […]
    • Introduction, “Systems Thinking: Selected Readings”, edited by F. E. Emery (1969)
      In reviewing the original introduction for Systems Thinking: Selected Readings in the 1969 Penguin paperback, there’s a few threads that I only recognize, many years later. The tables of contents (disambiguating various editions) were previously listed as 1969, 1981 Emery, System Thinking: Selected Readings. — begin paste — Introduction In the selection of papers for this […]
    • Concerns with the way systems thinking is used in evaluation | Michael C. Jackson, OBE | 2023-02-27
      In a recording of the debate between Michael Quinn Patton and Michael C. Jackson on “Systems Concepts in Evaluation”, Patton referenced four concepts published in the “Principles for effective use of systems thinking in evaluation” (2018) by the Systems in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (SETIG) of the American Evaluation Society. The four concepts are: (i) […]
    • Quality Criteria for Action Research | Herr, Anderson (2015)
      How might the quality of an action research initiative be evaluated? — begin paste — We have linked our five validity criteria (outcome, process, democratic, catalytic, and dialogic) to the goals of action research. Most traditions of action research agree on the following goals: (a) the generation of new knowledge, (b) the achievement of action-oriented […]
  • Meta

  • Translate

  • Creative Commons License
    This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License
    Theme modified from DevDmBootstrap4 by Danny Machal