Boyd Conference in San Diego

Friday, February 28 and Saturday, March 1, 2014, sponsored by the Rady School of Management at the University of California San Diego.

Chuck Spinney will present a revised version of “Evolutionary Epistemology, A Personal View of John Boyd’s ‘Destruction and Creation’ … and its centrality to the … OODA Loop.” This is absolutely the best summary of Boyd’s philosophy, and, as far as I know, the only one to connect Boyd’s 1976 paper to the OODA loop, which he unveiled some 20 years later. If you’ve found “Destruction and Creation” daunting (be honest now), “Evolutionary Epistemology” will answer a lot of your questions.

I’ll cover what went on between those two bookends. We’ll spend most of our time on Patterns of Conflict, introducing its main themes and discussing a fair number of its charts. I’ll also touch on Organic Design, Strategic Game, and Conceptual Spiral, and Boyd’s last briefing, The Essence of Winning and Losing. These are complex works that Boyd evolved over two decades, and my goal is to make their powerful ideas accessible to entrepreneurs and established business leaders.

For information on the conference, go to, and to register, visit the Rady School’s conference site at

One thought on “Boyd Conference in San Diego

  1. Chet; After finding the book Boyd I read it in 3 days, which is a record for me. I was hooked and exited with the idea, suppose I could organize a conference at a renowned university and have Chuck Spinney, Chet Richards and Mike Wyly speak …. that was my dream and now it’s happening. That was all before I heard of Dean Lenane and Sean Bone! I cannot wait to immerse me in what you all have in store for us!

    Thank you for your support and I see a steady number of people registering for the event that mention this blog as their source; go figure!

    I encourage anyone who registered to nominate/invite at least 3 people to join them at the conference. Why? The topic and theme is not about “Bigger, Higher, Faster, Farther” tricks or tools/technology but a different way of thinking. In my experience, intellectual training needs to be shared with friends with whom you resonate; that have a similar mindset. When you want to DO something, you’d better create your own acolytes; I learned that from Boyd.

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