Three version of Ecological Practice Approach

The above diagram is the newest version of the Ecological Practice approach. This article aims to review the 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 — Lakoff…

A brief of Curativity Theory and the Ecological Practice Approach

Curativity (2019), After Affordance (2020)

During Sept 2018 to March 2019, I wrote a book titled Curativity: The Ecological Approach to Curatorial Practice in order to reflect on one of my life themes: Curation. During the process of writing, I developed a new theoretical approach called Ecological Practice Approach which aims to build an Affordance-based theory of action and apply ideas of ecological psychology for analyzing various social practices.

After March 2019, I continuously worked on revising Curativity and developing the Ecological Practice Approach as a new project. During May 2020, I wrote another book…

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…

An ecological concept for interdisciplinary developmental study.

This article aims to define a new concept for the Platform for Development (P4D) framework. Some readers argue that the framework doesn’t have a clear definition of “Platform.” In order to clarify the ambiguity in the previous article, I suggest that there is a need to develop a new concept about platforms for interdisciplinary developmental studies.

First, I will use the above venn diagram to highlight the need for an interdisciplinary development. The concept of Developmental Platform is defined as an intermediate concept for connecting theory and practice.

The following article Platform as…

An Ecological Approach to Platform-based Social Practice

Carnival Dream (Oliver Ding, 2018)

In August 2018, I went on my first cruise trip from Galveston to Cozumel with my family. We sailed on Carnival Dream which is a cruise ship operated by Carnival Cruise Line. At 128,250 GT, the ship is a large cruise ship with various facilities such as a water park with multiple sides, an 18-hole miniature golf course, dining venues, outdoor recreation areas, etc. It can serve 3,646 passengers.

When I took the above picture, I suddenly realized the ship is just a large Platform on the sea. Moreover, I was so excited…

A model for the Platform-for-Development framework

The Platform-for-Development (P4D) framework starts from a unique theoretical assumption that the ideal unit of analysis for studying adult development in the age of platform is a nested social structure: Platform[Project(People)].

The major theoretical resources behind the framework are Activity Theory (the project-oriented approach, Andy Blunden, 2014), Social Domains Theory (Derek Layder, 1997), Ecological Psychology (James Gibson, 1979), and Self-Determination Theory (Edward Deci and Richard Ryan, 1971, 2017). I was also inspired by Knud Illeris’ How We Learn (2007) and John Hagel’s The Power of Platform (2015).

This article introduces a new model called…

Oliver Ding

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

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