Takashi Iba

Takashi Iba

Faculty of Policy Management
Graduate School of Media and Governance
DegreesPh.D. in Media and Governance (Keio University, 2003)
Short BiographyTakashi Iba is a Professor at Faculty of Policy Management as well as Graduate School of Media and Governance, Keio University. He is a board member of The Hillside Group, which promotes the use of patterns and pattern languages and also sponsors several conferences and publications on pattern languages; he is also the president of CreativeShift Lab Inc., which provides goods to utilize pattern languages and services to support creating new pattern languages.

Dr. Iba explores the art and science of "creation," covering creativity of individuals, teams, organizations, society, and nature toward the Creative Society, where people could create their own goods, tools, concepts, knowledge, mechanisms, and ultimately, the future with their own hands. He tackles the problem with the combinational approach of systems theory, methodology, and design practices.

He proposes a new theory about creation, Creative Systems Theory, based on the studies of autopoiesis and complex systems, and also provides pattern languages as a supporting media for creation. Collaborating with his students, Dr. Iba has created many pattern languages concerning human actions. He has authored Learning Patterns (2014), Presentation Patterns (2014), which received Good Design Award 2013, Collaboration Patterns (2014), Words for a Journey (2015), which received Good Design Award 2015 and Grand Prix of the Dementia Friendly Award by Orange Act 2015, Project Design Patterns (2017), and so on.

He authored the national best-selling scientific textbook, Introduction to Complex Systems: An Adventure to the Frontier of Knowledge (NTT Publishers, 1998, in Japanese), while a master student. The book has attained a sale of twenty thousand copies, and he received Keio University President Award (1998). He also authored Social Systems Theory (Keio University Press, 2011, in Japenese), Pattern Language (Keio University Press, 2013, in Japenese), Frontiers of Evolutionary Economics (Nihon Hyoronsha, 2004, in Japanese), and Frontiers of Policy Management IV (Keio University Press, 2003, in Japanese).

He received a BA in Environmental Information, Master of Media and Governance, and a Ph.D. in Media and Governance from Keio University under the supervision of Professor Yoshiyasu Takefuji, computer scientist, and Professor Heizo Takenaka, economist who served as the Minister for Economic/Fiscal Policy, Financial Services, Internal Affairs and Communications in Japan. He was a visiting scholar at MIT Center for Collective Intelligence (2009-2010). He started his academic career in the science of complexity, and explored the underlying mechanisms of spontaneous order and diversity with using a computer simulation and network analysis. His current researches and activities are based on these studies.
Areas of ExpertiseArt and Science of Creativity, Pattern Languages, Systems Theory, Science of Complexity
AffiliationsBoard member of The Hillside Group,
Community for Innovation of Education and learning through Computers and communication networks (CIEC),
Japan Active Learners Society,
Open Dialogue Network Japan(ODNJP),
Dementia Friendly Japan Initiative,
Japan Society of Research on Early Childhood Care and Education,
The Japanese Society for Education of Young Children
Selected Publications[books]
- Takashi Iba, Fumio Kajiwara, Project Design Patterns: 32 Patterns of Practical Knowledge for Producers, Project Managers, and Those Involved in Launching New Businesses, CreativeShift Lab, 2019
- Takashi Iba, with Iba Laboratory, Learning Patterns: A Pattern Language for Creative Learning, CreativeShift Lab, 2014
- Takashi Iba, with Iba Laboratory, Presentation Patterns: A Pattern Language for Creative Presentations, CreativeShift Lab, 2014
- Takashi Iba, with Iba Laboratory, Collaboration Patterns: A Pattern Language for Creative Collaborations, CreativeShift Lab, 2014
- Takashi Iba, and Makoto Okada (Eds), Iba Laboratory and Dementia Friendly Japan Initiative, Words for a Journey: The Art of Being with Dementia, CreativeShift Lab, 2015
- Eri Shimomukai, Sumire Nakamura with Takashi Iba, Change Making Patterns: A Pattern Language for Fostering Social Entrepreneurship, CreativeShift Lab, 2015
- Tomoki Furukawazono and Takashi Iba, with Survival Language Project, Survival Language: A Pattern Language for Surviving Earthquakes, CreativeShift Lab, 2015
- Takashi Iba with Iba Laboratory, Pattern Illustrating Patterns: A Pattern Language for Pattern Illustrating, CreativeShift Lab, 2015
- Kaori Harasawa, Natsumi Miyazaki, Rika Sakuraba, and Takashi Iba, A Tale of Pattern Illustrating, CreativeShift Lab, 2015
Message to StudentsI'm studying in Portland, Oregon, USA, as a sabbatical year from summer of 2018 to 2019. See you in Fall semester, 2019.
Project Web Pagehttp://web.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~iba/sb/
Home Pagehttp://web.sfc.keio.ac.jp/~iba/
Contact Information5322 Endo Fujisawa, Kanagawa 252-0882 Japan
Keio University Shonan Fujisawa Campus
iba [ at ] sfc.keio.ac.jp
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