Open and Sustainable Innovation Systems (OASIS) Lab working notes

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Z: Synthesis is a creative act


The core idea of synthesis is that it creates a new whole out of parts, such that the whole has novel properties that are distinct from the sum of its parts.

One good source of thinking about synthesis is @strike1983types, who argue that a quality synthesis creates clarity and potential resolutions around inconsistencies and tensions in material that is synthesized, and also result in a new (or shift in) understanding of a problem.

Another angle on this comes from Bloom's taxonomy, which puts synthesis at


Claim "A quality synthesis will result in a progressive problem shift" (p357)

Z: Synthesis is a creative act