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Your first time here? Welcome, I'm glad you've dropped in.... David Soul (aka Bricoleur)

I keep six honest serving-men (They taught me all I knew);  Their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who.
Rudyard Kipling, The Elephant’s Child (1902)


While nominally this site is about Bricoleur Systems, it is in fact much more. 

It is also a record of my journey through some of the most challenging endeavors that my path through life has led. In particular, my experiences have taught me the difficulties of communications and control in enterprises of all types — including not for profit and charitable — in both centralized and decentralized structures. This has led me to interests and studies in the following areas especially:

  • Cybernetics – the science of communication and control in animal and machine – and more specifically the field of Management Cybernetics – especially the design of viable business systems according to Stafford Beer’s VSM (viable systems model)
  • Complex Event Processing (CEP) – an emerging way of looking at ways to manage the complexity inherent in our global and enterprise computer and communications systems.
  • Sensor Networksas the actual delivery platform for CEP systems designed according to the principles of Viable Systems construction (managerial cybernetics)

Besides being a collection of short, most times one off musings, there are several series of postings strewn across the entires gathered here. Most notably they include the following:

  • Learning Machine 
  • Seeing Red
  • TOE of Organization

More recently, this process – which till May of 2010 was somewhat unfocused if not totally random,  found structure due to the impact that reading Gerald M. Weinberg’s “Weinberg on Writing: The Fieldstone Method”

Besides the tools I used in the past (Delicious which I abandoned to the personal tool “Evernote” as it could record not just the web pages I neded to capture but also my own notes and rnadom thoughts) I used this web site to gather some things over the years. In fact,  Bricoleur Systems started out as a pure blogf an it incorporated many of the postings I’d made in two or three prior blogs. 

I’m now using the “blog” posts on this site to gather Fieldstones into short pieces of a larger endeavor – a series of publications, hopefully including a book, on the use of Managerial Cybernetics in the not-for-profit, non-Governmental Organization sector.



  • tbd: Bricoleur, Systems and POSIWID
  • tip of the hat to Gerald M. Wienberg’s Fieldstone Method



Started, in earnest, May 8, 2010.
Expected first stone fence: ???

By scheduling the process, but mostly by just being aware of what I stumble across on a daily basis in my consulting and volunteer endeavors

“You can observe a lot just by watching.”
— Yogi Berra
The Techical Details of what makes this site work:

Akismet checks your comments against the Akismet web service to see if they look like spam or not. You need a WordPress.com API key to use it. You can review the spam it catches under “Comments.” To show off your Akismet stats just put in your template. See also: WP Stats plugin. By Matt Mullenweg.

A plugin for easily enabling Apture on WordPress blogs. By Apture, Inc..

lets you customize the order in which posts are displayed per category, per tag, or over-all, in WordPress 2.3+ blog. Useful when using WordPress as a Content Management System. Now with category or tag based meta-stickyness! By AndreSC.

Category Visibility-iPeat
Alter the visibility settings for categories, for WordPress 2.3. Based on an earlier Category Visibility by Rich Hamilton, Keith McDuffee, and Projekt Seven. By iPeat.

DISQUS Comment System
The DISQUS comment system replaces your WordPress comment system with your comments hosted and powered by DISQUS. Head over to the Comments admin page to set up your DISQUS Comment System. By DISQUS.com .

Duplicate Post Checker
Easily check if you have already written the particular post, text or paragraph in your blog or not. An easy solution to avoid duplicate post or topic. Adjust your settings here. By MaxBlogPress.

Meta-data manager on steroids, allowing complete control over all SEO needs such as keywords/tags, titles, description, stylesheets, and many many other goodies. By John Godley.

NASA Image Of The Day
Adds a sidebar widget to display the NASA Image of the Day (NASA IOTD) By Olav Kolbu.

Organize Series
This plugin adds a number of features to wordpress that enable you to easily write and organize a series of posts and display the series dynamically in your blog. You can associate “icons” or “logos” with the various series. This version of Organize Series Plugin requires at least WordPress 2.3 to work. By Darren Ethier.

Post Tabs
postTabs allows you to easily split your post/page content into Tabs that will be shown to your visitors By Leo Germani.

Post Teaser
Post Teaser generates a preview or “teaser” of a post for the main, archive and category pages, with a link underneath to go to the full post page. It includes features to generate a word count, image count, and an estimated reading time. By WeyHan Ng.

Allows a user to easily add footnotes to a post. By Simon Elvery.

Adds a more advanced paging navigation to your WordPress blog. By Lester ‘GaMerZ’ Chan.

WP Super Cache
Very fast caching module for WordPress. Once activated, you must enable the cache. Based on WP-Cache by Ricardo Galli Granada. By Donncha O Caoimh.

WPtouch iPhone Theme
A plugin which reformats your site with a mobile theme when viewing with an iPhone / iPod touch. Set styling, page, menu, icon and more options for the theme by visiting the WPtouch Options admin panel. By Dale Mugford & Duane Storey.

Yet Another Related Posts Plugin
Returns a list of the related entries based on a unique algorithm using titles, post bodies, tags, and categories. Now with RSS feed support! By mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine).

I may have missed updating the above list – if so my apologies to the respective authors; here is a complete list automatically generated:

Akismet Anti-Spam by Automattic, Apture by Apture, Inc., BTTL by Greg Ver Steeg, CatFeed by eb.lv, contentOVERVIEW by Feher Tamas, Custom Field List Widget by Tim Berger, Facebook Like Button Plugin by Martin Jonsson, Folding Category List (FoCaL) by Tim Trott, FriendFeed Comments by Glenn Slaven, Google XML Sitemaps by Arne Brachhold, HeadSpace2 by John Godley, LiteSpeed Cache by LiteSpeed Technologies, Meta SEO Pack by Daniel Frużyński, NASA Image Of The Day by Olav Kolbu, Organize Series by Darren Ethier, Pimp My Wordpress by Bytesite, Post Navigation Widget by Dennis Hoppe, Post Teaser by WeyHan Ng, Posts By Category by Frucomerci, Post Tabs by Leo Germani, Publish To Facebook by David Goldstein, ShareThis by ShareThis, Simple Tags by Amaury BALMER, Smart Youtube PRO by Vladimir Prelovac, Snazzy Archives by Vladimir Prelovac, Table of Contents Creator by Mark Beljaars, Widget Logic by wpchefgadget, alanft, Widgets On Pages by Todd Halfpenny, WordPress Database Backup by Austin Matzko, WP-Footnotes by Simon Elvery, WP-PageNavi by Lester 'GaMerZ' Chan, WPtouch Mobile Plugin by WPtouch, Yet Another Related Posts Plugin by mitcho (Michael Yoshitaka Erlewine)



Current areas of endeavor:

  • Lacrosse
  • Water Polo
  • Football
  • Amateur Sport Management
  • Hall of Fame Board of Directors

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DHC SoulI’m David HC Soul … and for those of you old enough to remember no not THAT one … although I have been known to answer to the name Hutch.

I am an entrepreneur but in the past have been employed by a number of small to medium sized business across a wide spectrum of industries and in positions from Production Management through Accounting and Financial Management to General Management and executive management at the C level (Research and Development, Administration, Finance, and CEO).

At different times serving as a volunteer and and others as staff, I’ve held positions at all levels of amatuerur sport – from CommunityLevel Youth Sport to Senior Men’s “A” Level Sports as well as  with Provincial Sports Organizations – in roles encompasing  both the Board of Directors and senior anagerial positions including President, Treasurer, Executive Director.

Finding semi-retirement from the bustling world of software unsatisfying,  I have once again “dusted off my shingle” and entered the field of management and organizaqtional consulting – this time in the not for profit sector especially in the realm of amateur sport.  This  a field that has given me constant challenge, growth, companionship and satisfaction through thousands of hours spent in collaborative volunteer endeavors over many decades. Bricoleur Systems Limited is the vehicle for my professional forays into the field but I still maintain strong links to the volunteer side of equation.