Oliver Ding

I am a digital platform researcher with over ten years of experience on building web/mobile apps. My ...  
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2021

Jul 29, 2021
Jul 29, 2021
Created a product prototype
Designed a Book Cover
Develop a concept
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In order to highlight a concept from many ideas, I always design a picture for the concept. From the perspective of Project-oriented Activity Theory, this action is the objectification of a concept.

There are three aspects of Objectification:  symbolic, instrumental and practical. Symbolic objectification refers to giving a name to the new concept or symbolically represented in some other way. 

A creative person tends to produce various ideas, so it's a challenge for him to manage these ideas. For me, I always pay attention to emergent ideas from each project. Once I identify a significant concept, I tend to design a picture in order to give the concept a visual identity.

The new concept of "Diagram Blending" emerges from the D as Diagramming project. On July 29, I wrote an article titled Tripartness and Diagram Blending. Today, I publish a new example about Diagram Blending.

Though the name of "Diagram Blending" is inspired by Conceptual Blending which is a cognitive linguistics theory, it is the continuing development of the idea of "meta-diagram" which was developed in 2018.

In 2018, I wrote a 108-page thesis which develops a theory about diagrams and diagramming. The thesis is named Diagram Explained. I should call the 2018 project the Diagram Explained project.

I recently started the D as Diaramming project.

From the perspective of Life-as-Activity framework, I am using the method of "Networks of Enterprise" to manage my creative enterprises. According to Howard E. Gruber, “We use the term enterprise to stand for a group of related projects and activities broadly enough defined so that (1) the enterprise may continue when the creative person finds one path blocked but another open toward the same goal and (2) when success is achieved the enterprise does not come to an end but generates new tasks and projects that continue it.” (1989, p.11) 

You can find some examples of Diagram Blending from my recent articles:

Jul 23, 2021
Jul 23, 2021
Created a product prototype
Created a decision framework
Published the Career Theme Canvas with a case study: UX (User Experience). This case study can be considered as the product prototype of the Career Theme Canvas.

The canvas is based on the Themes of Practice framework. I started developing the concept of Themes of Practice in 2019 for Curativity Theory.

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.” If we put culture themes and life themes together, we see a great debate of social science: “individual — collective”.

I consider Themes of Practice as a process type of concept, not a substance type of concept. Thus, it is not a new category of themes, but a transformational process between individual life themes and collective culture themes. It refers to both concept and action. It connects mind and practice. It indicates the transformation of both person and society.
You can find more details on Medium
Jun 15, 2021
Jun 15, 2021
Created a product prototype
Created a decision framework
Writing a book
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In May, I created a board called Curativity Theory for Personal Innovation on Miro. Today I added a new name to it. I renamed the project Career Curation.

The project aims to apply Curativity Theory to discuss Career Development. I started searching and receiving previous publications about career theory.

The Ecological Practice approach has its own definition of Development.

As Yrjo Engestrom said, "Ambitious interventions require an ambitious theory. At the core of any intervention is the question of development."

Now we have an ambitious theory, it is time to develop an interventionist methodology for Career Development.

This month I started writing the book. I have written 106 pages for the first draft in Chinese. 

https://miro.com/app/board/o9J_l_Dii9s=/
Mar 31, 2021
Mar 31, 2021
Created a decision framework
wrote a book
Published the Platform-for-Development (2.0) framework and edited the Table of Contents of Platform for Development. 

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.

You can find more details about framework on Medium. These articles were written in English, you can find the Table of Contents of the book here
Jan 24, 2021
Jan 24, 2021
wrote a book
Wrote a book titled Project-oriented Activity Theory: A 21st-Century Version of Activity Theory for Making Impact Projects and Social Movements.

This book was born from the Activity U project. After wrote several articles for introducing Andy Blunden's project-oriented theoretical approach, I edit these articles and turned them into a 308-page book. 

This quasi-academic book is written in English. You can find more details on Medium:

https://medium.com/call4/book-a7e4ac1688c?sk=77efc7733b6fcb2bc52210a134c953e8

2020

Dec 08, 2020
Dec 08, 2020
wrote a book
Created a product prototype
Developed product strategy
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Reviewed the Activity U project and planned a book for the project.

I started the Activity U project on August 19, 2020. Initially, I just made a diagram called “Activity U” which is a test of the “HERO U” framework. I wrote a post to explain the diagram “Activity U”. The original title of the post is Activity U: The Landscape of Activity Theory. Later, I added “(Part I)” to the end of the title. It expanded from one post to a series of articles.

I reviewed the project and claimed it as a Knowledge Curation project. I also planned a book for collecting my articles. The book has the following parts:

  • Part 1: Background
  • Part 2: Theory
  • Part 3: Project-oriented Activity Theory
  • Part 4: Practice
  • Part 5: Heuristics
  • Part 6: Life as Activity
  • Appendix: The Curativity of Activity

These articles were written in English. You can find more details here:

https://medium.com/call4/activity-u-book-d26eb1187e5?sk=81d2fc3021e38dc437497f32060ce31d
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