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Changes in the schedule


These are the last changes in the schedule:
- We have switched the Biomimicry lecture with the book seminar;
- The Biomimicry lecture will now be on the May 8th, this way the students who would like to use this theory for the final individual assignment have more time to learn about biomimicry.
- On May 15th, we will have the seminar on the course book ‘Design for the real world.’ You will have one more week to read the book (compared to the old schedule). This seminar is mandatory. Further instructions for this seminar will be posted soon.
- On May 22nd we will have Discussions and informal presentations of the final individual assignment. This is the last class of the course and this activity is also mandatory (and FUN!).

Please check the last updated schedule so you know the specific rooms for each date.

See you tonight!
Heleen and Cecilia

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Preparation for the Seminar on March 13th


On March 13th we will have the Seminar Critical Analysis of Design. As part of this seminar you will review and discuss the content of one of the course books 'Thinking in systems' from Donella Meadows. As a reminder, the deadline to finish reading this book is March 13th, before the seminar starts.

In order to be prepared for this seminar, we list the definitions and concepts that you should understand:

- Elements, interconnections and functions of systems
- Reinforcing and balancing feedback loops
- Resilience, self-organization, hierarchy in systems
- Boundaries and clouds
- Limiting factors
- Systems traps
- Leverage points

Please also bring the book to the seminar since you will use it during the discussion.

Heleen and Cecilia

Ps. Do not forget to print and bring your research to the seminar as well (one copy per group will be enough)

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Make-up assignment for the lecture on January 24th


If you didn't attend the 1st mandatory lecture on January 24th with Ramia Maze, it is required to do a Make-up assignment. Please find it under the menu 'Assignments' in this page. This make-up assignment is required to pass the course.

Heleen and Cecilia

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this wednesday we meet in Bertil Hammer hall

We would like to remind you that the lecture on Wednesday January 30th will be in Bertil Hammer lecture hall (not in Betty Petterson as said in the previous schedule).

About the course reader, we will be in the office on Wednesday from 09.00 – 17.00, so just pass by if you want to buy it.

See you on wednesday,

Heleen and Cecilia

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2012 Course material

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Alan AtKisson – Why time is short

Over 200 people crowded into the lecture hall at Ekonomikum this Monday to listen to consultant, musician and poet Alan AtKisson give an introductory lecture on sustainable development, the current state of the world and why time is short. Engaging students with questions, challenges and songs, the lecture ran for two hours straight. 94 people followed the lecture on-line. To see the lecture, visit CEMUS LIVE.

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Glimpsing Paths is now available for download

For the free PDF-version, download it at: (right-click the cover to save to hard disk)

For the ebook, you can purchase it in the Amazon Kindle Store:

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ASC Autumn 2012 – week 3: PRESENTATION FROM SEP. 16

First thank you to all those that attended class and I was great to see the quality and level of interest. I most definetly look foward to working with you all! If you missed class on Sunday you will have a makeup assignment, contact me ASAP!

The presentation below (press the arrows to play + watch it in full-screen + turn the volume on) is supposed to be a overview of the themes and issues discussed in the course and the organization and method behind it. In so doing to help you starting thinking and feel comfortable with  the course goals, materials and assignments, some of which are due next week ( at

  • First there is RSAanimate video on which basically explains the philosophy behind  CEMUS. I also showed this presentation during class, which talks about CEMUS in detail: 
  • Then there is the syllabus, which includes the course goals, sections, due dates and assigments. You can also download here: Examination & final project instructions ASC Fall 2012 (revised 9-24)
  • The next sections is just a little personal introduction. During class I introduced my self and  what I consider a key historical event and story which brought me here (feel free to skip it). Then there is a framework which aims explains the types of change people may want and what questions they ask when they go about to change (or re-organization). Then of course (in class) you all got a chance to introduce yourselves. some of you started a facebook group, I suggest you join and re-introduce yourselves:
  • The section method, explains the approach of this course. Fundamentally consisting of a breaking down, what is a complex subject into the key elements. Then with a specific problem in mind, getting groups to focus on particulars of those elements and then sharing different insights in a constructive way.
  • The section on sustainability just shows two possible ways to relate to the issues discussed.
  • The section on change is supposed to represent some ideas on change and one framework to look at change culture. You can actually see the first chapter of the course reader there. Also download here: ASC COURSE READER CHAPTER 1
  • The section on strategy present some frameworks to help you evaluate the problems which you are thinking and preparing for your final project. In class you all got to this in groups. Also this section presents a brief introduction on some basic ways to think "strategically" about a particular problem( or re-organization). You dont have to follow or use this frameworks. But I think it will help you to both complete the assignments and complete them in a way that is easy for other to understand for other if you do. In short it provides a good baseline for discussion.




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