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All reading material is now available, see summary under Introduction and the files under Patterns 1-5, 6-10 and 11-15.
Note that part of the material is behind links as explained in Material summary -file.
This course is built on the basis of patterns. A pattern is a discernible regularity in the world or in a manmade design. One may even claim that pattern is the basic unit of understanding. Thus, a skillful person is able to, first, distinguish a lot of patterns and, secondly, utilize them in an effective way. The objective of the course is to develop those skills.
first part of the course I will introduce the following patterns divided into three groups:
1) The World of Mental Model
2) The Unbearable Automaticity of Being
3) Social Mind
4) Bad is stronger than good
5) Fundamental Attribution Error
6) Plan B - or not
8) Metrics as Guides
9) Tit for Tat
10) Mixed Strategy
- System behavior
11) The Butterfly Effect
12) The Network Effect
13) Bubbles and Tulips
14) Long Tail
15) Autopoietic Silos
The idea is
that after the course every students
remembers all the patterns and is able
to describe the fundamental characteristics of them. The names of the patterns are selected in a way that supposedly supports
the memorizing of the patterns (at the same time, I try to use well-known
In this first part of the course we try understand 1) the basic nature
of each pattern, 2) the reasons behind the pattern, 3) practical consequences
and problems created by the pattern. Moreover, (at least in some cases) we try
to find ways to solve or alleviate the problems induced by the pattern. The introductory part will be covered during the first two weeks In practice, that
means that students shall read the material about the patterns to be discussed on a lecture before the lecture. Immediately after this part of the course, there will be an intermediate exam on 13 March.
In the second part of the course, we seek patterns from real cases. Cases are often but not always related to communications technology or ecosystems. This part contains various kinds of excercises and group works.
The main course material is K. Kilkki, An Introduction to Communications Ecosystems, available at kilkki.net/books. However, the book does not address all the patterns (because of the simple reason that I was not really aware of some of the patterns when writing the book). In addition, there are some other reading material related to every pattern (see material section). I do not assume that everyone will read all the material, the idea is rather that you shall read enough to understand and internalize the fundamental idea of each pattern,While the specific goal of the course is to teach the fifteen patterns, the even more important, meta-level goal is to develop your general pattern-recognition skills.