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Themes of Practice (2019–2021)


1. The Concept of Themes of Practice

2. When Culture Meets Experience

  • Theme
  • Protocol
  • Program
  • Project
  • Participation
  • Process

3. The Hierarchy of Culture Themes

  • Theme 1: The elements of the universe are actually or potentially animate and personified.
  • Theme 2: The universe is pervaded by diffuse supernatural power, which may become specific for those psychologically prepared to receive it.
  • Theme 4: Security and harmony are attained largely through the conquest of fear and danger and through self-discipline.
  • Theme 13: Childhood is a period of preparation for adulthood rather than an important phase of life in itself.
  • Theme 17: Industry, generosity, and bravery are the cardinal moral-social virtues.
  • Theme 19: Long life (old age) is an important goal for the individual to reach.
  • in the mythology the culture hero, Enemy Slayer, had to do battle with or outwit an array of monsters to make the world safe;
  • awesome and frightening ceremonies are most effective for those who show no fear or doubt; children submit to pain ordeals in order to show their worth;
  • fearless men are remembered in a large number of tales of their exploits;
  • and, contrary to his own desires, a good man kills his faithless wife as well as her lover.
Source: Thomas Gladwin (1947), designed by Oliver Ding (2020)
Perspectives on Hierarchy of Activity and Practice (Oliver Ding, 2020)

4. Creative Actions in Context

5. Concept v.s. Theme

6. A New Diagram of Themes of Practice

7. Career Theme Case Study: UX (User Experience)

  • Concept: What are related concepts for this career theme?
  • Project: What are related projects for this career theme?
  • Genre: What are related Genres for this career theme?
  • Media: What are related media for this career theme?
  • Activity: What are related activities for this career theme?
  • Artifact: What are related artifacts for this career theme?
  • Community: What are related communities for this career theme?
  • Who: who is the person behind this case study?
  • When: when is the career duration behind this case study?
  • Where: Where did these career events of this case study happen?

8. The Method of Theme Analysis

An case study of Theme U
  • Hierarchy
  • Naming
  • Lifecycle
  • Comparison
  • Emergency
  • Connection
  • Tension
  • Competition
  • Perception
  • Self-perceived Themes
  • Other-perceived Themes
  • Shared Themes
  • Authorship of Themes
  • Mentionship of Themes
  • Followship of Themes
  • Pervasive Mentionship
  • Proximal Mentioship

9. A Possible Book




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Oliver Ding

Oliver Ding

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