2️⃣ Discovery

Research & Analysis

Compiling Research into a Systemic Design model for Critical Sustainability and Consciousness.

🧠 The Tesseract

Expanding on Bruno della Chiesa’s 2010 “Tesseract Hypotheses”, the Tesseract is a epistemological metaphor that describes a multi-dimensional “way of knowing”. With Language and Society as its foundation, I’ve expanded the model to include Commodities (external materials made by human beings) through McLuhan’s media ecology theory and the notion of a “Self-Ecology” through Brofenbrenner’s bioecology systems model.

🪷 Roy Bhaskar’s Social Ontology

Transformational Model of Social Activity

Bhaskar’s iterative model between humans and their social environments, which he understands as "an ensemble of structures, practices and conventions” (The possibility of naturalism, 1998).

Bhaskar’s Transcendental Dialectical Critical Realism

Bhaskar’s domains and “depths” of ontology. He argues that reality is stratified and emerges independent of human activity. Empirical represents is what people experience, the actual are the known connected events that occur, and the real which includes objects, their structures and their causal powers.

Bhaskar’s Polysemy

Bhaskar’s expanded model of "the stadia of the ontological–axiological chain or self- structuration of being” (From East to West, 2016).

🪔 Paulo Freire’s Critical Pedagogy

Paulo Freire’s theory of Dialogics

From Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970). Original artwork by Ravi Bajnath.

Concept Art from Pedagogy of the Oppressed

From Pedagogy of the Oppressed (1970). Original artwork by Ravi Bajnath.

📜 Marshall McLuhan & Media Ecology

Media Ecology categories of media and their affect on our senses.
Tetrad of Media Effects is an analytical tool to review how a medium simultaneously enhances/obsolesces and retrieves/reverses effects on human environments.

🔦 Clodomir Santos de Morais & Capacitaçâo

A developmental framework based on Clodomir Santos de Morais A Future for the Excluded (2002) and his work in the field developing Large-Group Capacitation for Organizational Workshops. The development theories include a; Neurodevelopment framework, Harold G. Nelson’s 7 C’s for Capacitation, Lev Vegotsky’s Zones of Proximal Development, Jerome Bruner’s learning spiral, and a managed gradual release of responsibility for performing tasks in a large group.

🔮 Circles of Sustainability

A now defunct research model that divides subjects of social activity into four domains; Political, Economic, Cultural, and Ecological. The CoS research provided a rich topic framework that doubles as a navigation point for Exploration courses, Media library organization, and other applications.

💐 Harold G. Nelson’s Design Flight School

Nelson and Stolterman’s design school curriculum comparison.
Nelson’s Flight School comparison with Sangha education system.
Nelson and Stolterman’s Orders of Learning with Learning Outcomes. Lifelong becoming through mindedness and mindfulness development.
Nelson’s quantum listening model for Design Flight School learning/doing model.
Nelson and Stolterman’s designer feedback and learning loops.
Nelson and Stolterman’s systems design, viewing everything as parts of a whole.

🗃️ Process Bookmarks

Utilizing Raindrop.io, I’m publishing an archive of bookmarked websites that will aid in developing this Exploration.