Founded in New York City in 2001 by Elizabeth Pastor and GK VanPatter, Humantific has evolved into a leading SenseMaking and ChangeMaking consultancy. For more than ten years we have been working with organizational leaders on challenges occurring at the intersection of SenseMaking and ChangeMaking. We have already learned alot!
Today, in the emerging social media/social economy era, we are seeing tremendous rising interest in the power of both Visual SenseMaking and CoCreated ChangeMaking. We see leaders in every country, in every industry, seeking to tap into and make sense of the tsunami of data/information that is crashing on their shores, as well as make sense of complex situations where no data exists. We see many leadership teams facing the need to design and then drive meaningful future-forward change in their organizations as the world around them is in continuous motion.
While others in the marketplace are using Big Data to drive eye-balls to web sites, and to sell more cornflakes, Humantific has since 2001 been focused on using Data and Information to solve real problems in organizations and in societies. We see data and information as FUEL for innovation. Helping leaders create innovative solutions to complex challenges is the real promise of Big Data from our perspective. That means we are not just using information to enhance decision-making (convergent thinking) but also to fuel idea-making (divergent thinking). Without both in orchestration no innovation occurs.
In plain language, we believe a new form of organizational adaptability is rapidly emerging with effective use of information visualization combined with advanced problem-solving at its core. The new adaptability involves effectively connecting DataMaking to SenseMaking and ChangeMaking. It is no secret that to do all of that involves significant cultural shifts for most organizations in order to be able to participate in the emerging, much more transparent, information sharing – changemaking revolution.
Over the years, organizational leaders have reached out to Humantific to help with an array of often unorthodox SenseMaker/ChangeMaker challenges, including defuzzing complex organizational challenges, building new adaptability and changemaking capacity, creating visual analytic lenses to make sense of complex information, mapping business processes, visualizing complicated business visions, constructing future-made-visible tools, designing and delivering envisioning experiences, cocreating corporate strategies, upstream challenge mapping, identifying fuzzy opportunities, innovation process analysis, redesigning innovation processes, analysis of innovation learning systems, aligning teams, designing innovation research, injecting strategic design thinking, integrating thinking capabilities, enabling purposeful collaboration, explaining new technologies, designing strategic stories, innovation leadership coaching and building systematic innovation capacity in cross-disciplinary organizations.
In our Complexity Navigation Program, we have, since 2008, been teaching SenseMaking and ChangeMaking skills to a new generation of organizational leaders.
At Humantific, we believed early on that SenseMaking and ChangeMaking were becoming equally important partners in the quest to create more human-centered organizations in a more human-centered world. As Humantific evolves and changes, we remain focused on that challenging target.
Humantific takes on challenging projects roughly organized under these two areas of expertise:
Ten Project Types:
• Visual Analytics
• Visual SenseMaking Strategy
• Visual Organizing Systems Design
• Data/Information Visualization
• Information Design
• Ethnographic Research
• ThinkBalance Research
• Innovation Methods Mapping
• Strategic Storytelling
• Visual SenseMaker Culture Building
Ten Project Types:
• Corporate Strategy CoCreation
• Upstream Challenge Mapping
• Future Envisioning
• Advanced Problem Solving
• Leadership Offsite Experience Design
• ChangeMaking Initiative Design
• Leadership Alignment
• Improving Team Dynamics
• Strategy, Tools and People Syncronization
• CoCreated ChangeMaker Culture Building
Complexity Navigation Program
Humantific’s innovation leadership program combines skill-building in Visual SenseMaking and Cocreated ChangeMaking. It is designed as a modular system to enable us to offer the program in chunks to best meet our clients immediate and longer term needs. We also do one-on-one coaching around various aspects of the Complexity Navigation Program. For knowledge-transfer engagements, we look for ongoing collaboration partners.
Humantific has the privilege of working with leading companies in numerous industries. Much of our work is strategically sensitive and highly confidential. We respect our clients’ wishes to keep it that way. For more information on Humantific services drop us a line: ask (at) humantific.com