The author's model of co-evolutionary design, organizations or society, with influences from Dubberly, von Foerster, Geoghegan, Pask.

Selected Presentations

Abstracts—See also Invited Presentations


White Papers

  • Critique of Action Technologies' "Business Process Methodology", April 1994
  • Why The CEO Chooses Not To Listen: Information, Reliability And Decision Making In Corporations (Walter Lee and Paul Pangaro), Working Paper commissioned by Du Pont, November 1993

Selected Texts

Published—See also Publications

Courses Taught


  • Gordon Pask PDFs, a collection of papers and materials on Pask's work, including Conversation Theory
  • Designing for Conversation, models and prescriptions for improving participation and effectiveness in marketing and product/service design, from early 2009
  • Survey of user interaction design concepts and implementations, 1982 to present
  • Innovation Concept Map: Why, What, and How, at Overlap07 (see Videos section), Ontario, Canada, June 2007
  • Architecture of Conversations: Interpretation of Pask's Conversation Theory framework as published in Negroponte's Soft Architecture Machines (MIT Press 1976)
  • American Institute of Graphic Arts/MIT Media Lab, December 1994. A review of “infrastructure”construed as the context in which business takes place, and its transformation due to “costless switching”, i.e., information technology of all kinds
  • Workflow and Evolution of the Corporation, MIT Center for Coordination Science, November 1994. Consideration of the meaning of “enterprise-wide computing” and workflow in the context of the evolution of the corporation
  • Design for Conversations/Conversations for Design, May 1992. Written and produced for Du Pont, this seminar used MIT laboratories as a context for expounding the relationship between “citizen” and “producer”, and the critical role of information technology at the core of all business in the “new commerce”


  • The Warren McCulloch Award, for outstanding and profound lifelong contributions to the nurturing of cybernetics, American Society for Cybernetics, 2014.
  • Cine Golden Eagle, with N. Max and E. Millet, for “Regular Homotopies in the Plane”, Part I and Part II, Newton, MA, 1973 & 1974.
  • MIT Stewart Award, for outstanding contributions to extracurricular activities made to the MIT Drama Program, Cambridge, MA, 1974.
  • Finalist in Acting, University Resident Theatre Association, 1973


Selected Performance Pieces

  • New Order from Old—The Rise of Second-order Cybernetics and Implications for Machine Intelligence, lengthy review of cybernetics written as a performance piece and from a personal perspective.
  • "Just Text", A Deconstuction Rap, 1988