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 —…

This is a new trend of platform-based social practice: a new way of publishing a new kind of practical knowledge.

Traditional approach: books - publishers - offline training. I called it P-chain.

Emergent approach: long blog posts - platforms - templates - online workshop. I called it B-chain.

This idea is part of my research project:

Once Upon A Whiteboard

Check out the area of sub-project 7 "The Knowing-for-us Practice" on the board.

Meta-diagram and Diagram Network

This article introduces a meta-diagram: Tripartness. It is one of a set of meta-diagrams I designed in past years. The Tripartness meta-diagram can be expanded to a Diagram Network. Or, we can say that it is an outcome of a process of Diagram Blending.

The above picture shows the process of diagram blending. The Tripartness diagram has two pairs of concepts:

  • Corner and Zone
  • Center and Context

In order to understand these concepts, we can use the following three diagrams:

  • Corner: The Dialectical Room
  • Zone: The Interactive Zone
  • Center and Context: The Hierarchical Loops

These diagrams…

An application of Themes of Practice

The above picture is an example of the Career Theme Canvas which is based on the Themes of Practice framework.

The Concept of Themes of Practice

I started developing the concept of Themes of Practice in 2019 for the Curativity Theory. I have mentioned the concept in my previous articles many times. The purpose of the concept is connecting “life theme” and “culture theme”.

Anthropologist Morris Opler (1945) developed a theoretical “themes” for studying culture. Career counseling therapists and psychologists also developed a theoretical concept called “life theme.” …

A story of making a framework with a diagram

“D as Diagramming” is a new category of this publication. I am going to write some short notes on my “Diagramming as Thinking” activities. I tend to use my own meta-diagrams for organizing my ideas. Thus, the “D as Diagramming” project is also a test of these meta-diagrams.

If you read my previous articles, you probably know I am recently working on a theoretical framework: Platform-for-Development (P4D). The framework combines my interests on Digital Platforms and Adult Development. I consider Digital Platforms as Developmental Platforms for People. The framework is inspired…

Diagramming as Thinking

Diagramming is one of the strategic ways of my Knowledge Curation activities. I have written about diagrams and diagramming about theoretical building and development here. This time, I’d like to share a mini Knowledge Curation work with diagramming.

Last week I read Joan Magretta’s 2012 book:
Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy

It’s an amazing re-engagement with a classic strategic approach. I read Porter’s books many years ago. The author uses a diagram (see comment) for describing Porter’s ideas on value proposition. …

A practical framework for Knowledge Curation and Boundary Innovation

One year ago, I published an article titled HERO U — A New Framework for Knowledge Heroes on June 26, 2020. Two months later, I started testing the HERO framework by writing a series of articles about Activity Theory. I called this project the Activity U project which is considered as a knowledge curation project.

Since then, I have been using the HERO U framework to guide my knowledge curation projects. During August 2020 to March 2021, I wrote the following three books in English. This was an amazing experience!

Career Themes and Career API

On June 11, I created this draft with several diagrams and some “monkey-type” texts for placeholders. However, I stopped writing on Medium and moved to Miro.

The outcome is an idea board: Curativity Theory for Personal Innovation.

It’s clear that I was Thinking, not Writing. Miro’s board is better for supporting my Diagramming as Thinking work than Medium’s editor.

I’ll write some new articles on Medium. However, I’d like to keep this draft and publish it as a public page for my research on “Digital Space Affordances”.

What can we do with an empty digital space such as a Miro board or a blank page on Medium?

The concept of “Digital Space Affordances” is inspired…

A new diagram for the concept of Supportance

Last week, I worked on the above Miro board in order to review the historical development of a diagram and designed a new version of the diagram.

The diagram was born on Feb 6, 2021 when I was re-thinking on the Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework (v1.0) with the concept of Supportance. The framework (v1.0) suggested a new unit of analysis: Platform(Project). I remained the unit of analysis and used supportive movements as a core idea to design a diagram. I called the final outcome the Supportive Cycle model.

In the past several months…

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…

Oliver Ding

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

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