Problem Solving and Innovation with
Practical Dialectics and Systems Thinking

Inventors Workshop
Palo Alto every two weeks

What is Practical Dialectics

Solve Your Problem With..

Analyze Your System

Start here. Book: Junctions. On How Worlds are Connected - Fundamental principles of systematic manipulation to create inventions.

Contact: Igor Polkovnikov,
San Francisco Bay Area


Workshop in Dialectical Problem Solving and Innovation
Meetings in Palo Alto every two weeks

Postponed while epidemic until further notice

For people who are interested in invention and innovation technologies, problem solving, dialectics, systems science, evolution of systems, TRIZ. We research and learn creative methods of problem solving and construction of systems, systems thinking, and thinking out of the box. Engineers, creatives, investors, philosophers, patent lawyers, warriors, politicians, all others who meet crucial challenging problems and want to grow can find it useful.

Regular Meetings: second and fourth Thursday of a month. Palo Alto JCC, Room L111. 8-10pm

The innovation problems happen in engineering life often and rare. We solve many such problems every day in multitude, and, rarely, we meet a special problem and if we find a solution, it may change our personal life and even the life of the whole humanity. Get ready!

What is Practical Dialectics

Practical Dialectics was established by Dr. Henrich Altshuller as the way to solve most complicated problems involving contradictions. It is a branch of general systems science targeting problem solving and development of a penetrating mind. The main idea is to analyze the situation to formulate a contradiction, then use a method to solve it. There are about 200 methods developed.

Practical Dialectics is about
What to Do if You Have to Deal with This or You Want to Make This:

Advantages and disadvantages
"Cobra effect"
Competing resources and priorities
Controversy, controversial, any contro-
Converse, conversely
Critical thinking
Diamond dependency
"Dreadnought trap"
Dualism, duality
"Dual Nature of Existence"
"No win - No win" situation
Opposite (if A than B, C in opposite case (Galois))
Pros and cons
Things are not what they seem
X and anti-X
Yes and no
Zugzwang ("compulsion to move") " - any possible move will worsen the position "
интересы порой диаметрально противоположны;
"нос достанешь — хвост увяз. Хвост достанешь — нос увяз"

What it is NOT about

Trade-offs, compromise. Solving a dialectical problem is not finding a trade-off. It is about Win-Win.

Main achievements of Practical Dialectics:

Why Practical Dialectics?


This is an inventors club!!!

Who are inventors? People who are crazy about inventing. They invent always, day and night, on the job or not. Crazy ideas and small, practical ideas, always doing something new, cannot stop themselves even if it gives them a lot of troubles. They are not for money, it is their way of life which gives them enjoyment and satisfaction.

We learn TRIZ here