Designing Social Systems in a Changing World

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Springer Science & Business Media, Dec 31, 1996 - Nature - 372 pages
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In this original text/reference, Bela H. Banathy discusses a broad range of design approaches, models, methods, and tools, together with the theoretical and philosophical bases of social systems design. he explores the existing knowledge bases of systems design; introduces and integrates concepts from other fields that contribute to design thinking and practice; and thoroughly explains how competence in social systems design empowers people to direct their progress and create a truly participative democracy. Based on advanced learning theory and practice, the text's material is enhanced by helpful diagrams that illustrate novel concepts and problem sets that allow readers to apply these concepts.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
11 The Outline of the Work
3
Adding Value to Systems Design and How Systems Design Adds Value to Society
4
12 The Design of the Book
5
13 The Learning Strategy
6
Understanding Design
9
What Is Design? Why Do We Need It?
11
212 Social Systems
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522 Special Markers of Design Thinking
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523 Design Implications of the New Physics
168
53 Multiple Perspectives
172
531 The Need for a MultiplePerspectives Paradigm
173
532 Using a Set of Interacting Perspectives
174
533 The Interaction and Integration of Multiple Perspectives
175
534 Guidelines for the Use of Multiple Perspectives
176
54 The Ethics of Social Systems Design
179

22 Comparison between Design and Other Modes of Inquiry
16
222 Design versus Science
17
224 Design and Other Modes of Organizational Inquiry
18
23 Design as DecisionOriented Disciplined Inquiry
22
232 Placing Design in the Context of Disciplined Inquiry
23
233 Types of Designed Systems
25
24 The Nature of Design Problem Situations
26
242 The Characteristics of Problem Situations in Design
29
Science Humanities and Design
33
252 Contrasting the Three Cultures
34
253 Why Do We Need a Design Culture?
35
254 Design Literacy
36
26 How People and Systems React to Change
37
Back to the Future
38
Dont Rock the Boat
39
Riding the Tide
40
Shooting the Rapids
41
27 The Role of Design in a World of New Realities
42
272 Implications of the Emerged New Realities
44
A New Intellectual Technology
45
The Products and Processes of Design
49
311 The Product of Design
50
32 The Design Process
55
322 Models for Building Social Systems
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33 The Process of Transcending
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331 The Creation of a Framework that Offers an Option Field
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332 Considering Options
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333 Implications of Using the Framework
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334 Generalizing the Example
67
34 Envisioning the Image of the New System
68
342 Sources in Creating Image
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35 Transformation by Design
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352 Design Dynamics
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353 The Spirals and Their Operations through the Five Spaces
75
354 Modeling the Design Solution
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36 Three Systems Models that Portray Design Outcomes
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362 A Description of the Three Models
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37 Developing a Plan for Bringing the Design to Life
81
371 Ackoffs Means and Resources Planning
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372 Checklands Implementation Approach
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374 Systems for Institutionalizing Change
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The Design Landscape
87
The Emergence of Homo Faber
88
The Designer of Machines
89
The Age of Homo Gubernator
90
42 The Universe of Design Inquiry
93
422 Mapping the Universe of Design Inquiry
96
43 Approaches to Systems Design and Social Change
100
432 Total Systems Intervention TS1
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433 Guiding Deliberate Social Change
104
434 Breakthrough Thinking
105
435 Rethinking SoftSystems Methodology SSM
107
436 The FutureSearch Whole Systems Approach
109
437 Interactive Management IM
111
44 Initiating the Design Inquiry and Transcending the Existing State
113
442 Strategies and Methods Applicable to Transcend the System
117
45 Approaches Strategies and Methods for Envisioning and Creating an Image of the Future System
124
Envisioning the Future
125
Learning about New Realities
127
Making Boundary Judgments
129
Creating the First Image of the System
132
46 Approaches Strategies and Methods for Designing the Model of the Future System
134
What Are Its Purposes?
135
462 What Are the Specific Functions that Must Be Carried Out?
138
463 Designing the Enabling Systems and the Systemic Environment
140
Modeling the System
141
47 Group Techniques that Aid Design
143
471 Group Techniques for Generating and Evaluating Design Ideas
144
472 Assigning Roles and Responsibilities
146
473 Other Group Techniques
147
474 The Cogniscope System of Social Systems Design
149
Adding Value to Systems Design and How Systems Design Adds Value to Society
153
Design as a Multidimensional Inquiry
155
511 Systems Thinking in Social Systems Inquiry
156
512 The Evolution of Systems Thinking
157
513 Systems Philosophers and Their Systems Thinking
160
52 Design Thinking
163
521 Systems Scholars Ideas on Design Thinking
164
542 Ethical Perspectives in Social Systems Inquiry
182
An Evolutionary Perspective
183
The Ethics of the Whole System
186
545 Ethical Accounting
187
55 The Design of the Ideal System
189
552 IdealPursuing Systems
190
553 The Ideal Systems Concept
191
554 Idealized Systems Design
192
555 Benefits of Engaging in Idealized Design
193
557 Implications and Consequences of Ideal Systems Design
194
56 Creativity in Systems Design
197
562 Connecting Creativity with the Ideal Systems Design Approach
198
563 Exploring the Realms of Creativity
199
564 Inner Conditions of Creativity
202
565 Conditions of Fostering Creativity
203
566 Conditions and Forces that Block Creativity
204
567 Misconceptions about Creativity
205
568 The Significance and Power of Creativity
206
5610 Creativity in the Design Literature
208
5611 Exploring the Role of Creativity in the Course of Design
210
57 Design as Conversation
213
571 Dialogue as Social Discourse
214
572 Generative and Strategic Dialogue
218
Getting Ready for Design
223
677 The Evolution of Design Approaches
224
612 The Key Markers of the Designing Within Approach
228
62 The Designing Community
231
627 Authentic Communities
232
The Core Units of a Designing Community
237
623 A Definition of an Authentic Community
239
63 Developing a Design Culture
240
631 Design Culture and Its Implications
241
Conceptualization
242
Realization
245
634 A Strategy for Realization
246
64 The Systems Complex of Design
247
641 Defining the Systems of the Systems Complex of Design
250
65 Designing the Designing System
254
652 Creating the Designing System B
258
653 Designing Systems C in the Systems Literature
263
66 Coordinating Design Methods with System Types
265
661 Methodology and System Types
266
662 A Map for the Characterization of System Types
268
663 Implications
273
67 Designing the Design Inquiry
276
672 Architecture for Designing the Design Inquiry System
278
673 The Dynamics of the Inquiry
281
Evaluation and Value Adding
283
711 Misconceptions
284
772 Underconceptualization
286
72 Pitfalls in Systems Design
291
722 Pitfalls We Might Stumble into in the Course of Design
293
73 Approaches to Design Evaluation
297
732 An Image of a Comprehensive Design Evaluation System
302
74 Values and Qualities to Realize in our Design
304
741 Qualities to Be Manifested
305
742 Defining Desirable Qualities
306
743 An Example of SystemSpecific Qualities
312
75 From Evolutionary Consciousness to Conscious Evolution
313
752 Conditions of Purposeful Evolution
316
753 Evolutionary Competence Through Evolutionary Learning
317
754 Creating Conditions for Evolutionary Learning
320
76 Guided Evolution
322
761 Evolutionary Guidance
323
762 A Tentative Definition of Evolutionary Guidance Systems
324
763 What If? An Example of an Evolutionary Guidance System
325
764 Reflection on the Example
328
766 The Design of Evolutionary Guidance Systems
329
77 Contemplating the Contribution of Design to the Creation of a New Societal Way of Life
331
771 Emerging Images of Guided Societal Evolution
332
772 Emerging Images of Democracy
337
Looking Back and Looking Ahead
344
The Journey Continues
349
Creative Synthesis of Core Ideas
350
Search for New Knowledge
351
References
353
Index
363
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About the author (1996)

Bela H. Banathy (1919-2003) was president of International Systems Institute, and professor of systems inquiries at Saybrook Institute in San Francisco.

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