Pattern language

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This wiki is organised around a pattern language for community-led action on sustainability and climate change.

This page will describe the history, theory and practice of pattern languages, with an emphasis on their use by community-led initiatives.

Pattern Language Resources


Organisations, Projects and Networks

Example Pattern Languages


Guidelines for Pattern Language Development


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  • Hinton, C. Matthew. 2002. ‘Towards a Pattern Language for Information-Centred Business Change’. International Journal of Information Management 22(5):325–41.
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  • Winters, Niall, and Yishay Mor. 2009. ‘Dealing with Abstraction: Case Study Generalisation as a Method for Eliciting Design Patterns’. Computers in Human Behavior 25(5):1079–88.