Three versions of Ecological Practice Approach

The above diagram is the newest version of the Ecological Practice approach. This article aims to review the historical development of the approach.


1. A Brief
2. The “Toolkit” version (2019)
3. The “Germ-cell” version (2020)
4. The “Hierarchy” version (2021)
5. Three books (2018–2021)
6. Ecological Psychology v.s. Activity Theory
7. Curating Network of Enterprise
8. Knowledge Curation
9. Possible Practice

1. A Brief

In Oct 2020, I wrote an article titled The Ecological Practice Approach Toolkit and shared my work on a new approach for practice studies. This approach was original called the Gibson —…

Community Curation and Homogeneous Competitions

The Supportive Cycle model is a sub-framework of the Platform-for-Development framework (P4D). I am currently working on some P4D case studies. Today I’ll share a case about Community Curation and its business ecology.

The case study report is organized with D-D-R structure.

  • Part 1 Description introduces the story of the case with the framework of Supportive Cycle model.
  • Part 2 Discussion focuses on discovering some insights from the case.
  • Part 3 Reflection is my personal reflection on both practice level and theory level.

Thus, this case study also aims to test the D-D-R structure for…

A practical tool for studying the relationship of Project — People

I recently designed the Developmental Project Canvas for studying Projectivity. This article aims to review the historical development of the Developmental Project Model.

Developmental Project Model

On Dec 13, 2020, I published the Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework (v1.0). The article defined a new unit of analysis: Platform(Project). Later, I developed the Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework (v2.0) and I renamed the original framework as Developmental Project Model on Mar 31, 2021.

Discover Pairs of Opposite Themes of career experience and beyond

There are many ways for achieving personal innovation. One way is reflecting on your career experience. Inspired by a previous article Platform Innovation as Concept-fit, I created the above diagram for my own personal innovation.

I use Career-fit to name this new framework. The Career-fit framework has four key words: Experience > Themes > Projects > Opportunities. It roughly suggests the following five steps for personal innovation:

  • Reflect on career experience
  • Discover pairs of opposite themes
  • Fit all pairs of opposite themes
  • Join or initiate relevant projects
  • Fit career themes…

A new diagram for the Infoniche framework

Today I design the above diagram for the Infoniche framework. It’s a great mini milestone. It originally appeared in my book draft After Affordance: The Ecological Approach to Human Action in which I used one chapter to develop this idea as an intermediate theoretical framework for discussing various action possibilities.

I have introduced the framework in a previous article Platform as Infoniche. Now it is time to give an independent stage for such an intermediate framework.

1. From Gibson’s Niche to Infoniche

Readers may know I have been working on the Ecological Practice approach since March 2019 when I…

A summary of the Platform-for-Development (2.0) framework

On Dec 13, 2020, I published the Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework (v1.0). This month I renamed it as “Developmental Project” and worked on v2.0 of Platform-for-Development. The outcome is a supportive approach of adult development with the ecological mindset.

The v2.0 framework adopts Project-oriented Activity Theory and the Ecological Practice approach as theoretical resources. In order to connect theory and practice, I develop several intermediate concepts and frameworks. These ideas are presented within several articles.

The below are friend links for my articles about the v2.0 framework.

1. The Supportive Cycle (v1.0)

2. The…

Affordances, Supportances, and Social Innovation

Picture: by Soraya Irving

This article is part of the Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework (2.0). The new version of P4D framework adopts Project-oriented Activity Theory and the Ecological Practice approach as theoretical resources and uses the Supportive Cycle model as a hub of ideas development.

The Supportive Cycle model uses “Concept” as a center for curating four supportive movements together. The term “Concept” is adopted from Project-oriented Activity Theory which considers an activity as a process of formation of a brand new concept.

This article will follow this idea and develop a new framework called Concept-fit for understanding Platform Innovation.


Part 1: Background

An Ecological Approach to Social Support and Beyond

One year ago, I used the above picture for a design project. I recently found it has a new meaning for me. This time I use it as a story for developing a theoretical concept: Supportance.

Two women are standing on the beach by the sea, carrying a big picture frame. It is a normal sense. How can I use it for theoretical development?

Let’s consider it as a minimal collective activity. There are at least three people here, the two women carrying the frame, and a photographer taking the picture. It…

Introduce the Infoniche framework for understanding the structure of Developmental Platform.

The last article introduced a new concept Developmental Platform for interdisciplinary developmental study. It is defined as a social environment which could strongly support adult development in various ways. I consider it as an intermediate concept which aims to connect theory and practice.

For practice, the Development Platform is the core of the Platform-for-Development framework. For theory, the Development Platform offers a creative space for testing my theoretical project: the Ecological Practice approach.

This article will review several theoretical ideas on the environment of adult development and adopt the…

Oliver Ding

Founder of CALL(Creative Action Learning Lab), information architect, knowledge curator.

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