Field Diving/OG

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Field Diving
Contributors Takashi Iba, Mami Sakamoto
Last modification May 17, 2017
Source Iba & Sakamoto (2011)[1]; Iba (2010)[2]
Pattern formats OPR Alexandrian
Learning domain

It’s not until diving into the field that you touch upon reality.
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“A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world.”— John Le Carr´

“Experience without theory is blind, but theory without experience is mere intellectual play.” — Immanuel Kant

“The map is not the territory” — Alfred Korzybski


You are thinking about and have an interest in an actual problem.

▼In this context

You cannot touch upon reality only by referring to documents.

• Given opportunities are not always suitable for you.
• It is not easy to notice what is not there.


Dive into the field and work with the people concerned while maintaining the viewpoint of an outsider.

• Search for a field that you are interested in.
• Dive into the field, and observe what is going on there.
• Understand the context and intention of the activities, while interacting with the people concerned.
• Deepen your understanding of the reality by reconsidering your experiences from a certain point of view.


  1. Iba, T., & Sakamoto, M. (2011). Learning patterns III: a pattern language for creative learning. In Proceedings of the 18th Conference on Pattern Languages of Programs (PLoP 2011) (p. 29). New York:ACM.
  2. Patlet mentioned in Iba, T. (2010). Designing a Pattern Language for Creative Learners.