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29
Apr

Data Visualization as Innovation Fuel

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Contributing recently to the Markets for Good blog, Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter wrote Data Visualization Meets CoCreation.

In this brief paper GK suggests to the philathropic community, taking advantage of what leading business organizations have already learned: that innovation involves equal amounts of challenge framing, idea-making and decision-making. Improving decision-making is not in itself, a formula for enabling cross-disciplinary innovation.

GK suggests moving beyond just data visualization and decision-making to utilize sense-making visualizations as fuel for cocreated innovation. In the organizations that Humantific works with sense-making visualizations are already playing key roles in every phase of the change-making process from the early fuzzy situation stages through to ideation and implementation.Continue Reading..

15
Apr

Visual SenseMaking in Madrid

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Upcoming at Matadero Madrid, Humantific is holding an open public Visual SenseMaking workshop on April 29.

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching a one hour introduction to Visual SenseMaking in Spanish. All are welcome.

For those who might not know: Visual SenseMaking is not graphic facilitation! Come and learn more about how Humantific does what it does to help organizational leaders make sense of complex situations and convert complexity to innovation fuel.

Registration is now open!

Elizabeth will also be doing BRAINBOOM 2 with graduate students at the European Institute of Design next week in Madrid…See here!

Questions? Email us: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

 

 

14
Apr

BRAINBOOM 2 in Madrid

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Next week Humantific will be back in Spain rocking with BRAINBOOM 2!

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will return to the European Institute of Design in Madrid to lead a new crop of graduate students in the 3 day BRAINBOOM experience April 22-24.

Designed by Humantific last year BRAINBOOM! | innova, visualiza, colabora is a next generation orientation program designed for entering graduate students to rapidly become familiar with their new colleagues, new environment and learn collaborative innovation skills that will help them succeed in their diverse programs. These synthesized innnovation skills are becoming the new 21 century fundamentals for all forms of cross-disciplinay work.

The BRAINBOOM skill-building experience also helps graduate students to begin thinking about how to visualize and actionize their future aspirations and goals. Special thanks to the IED faculty and staff for a great collaboration!

From the previous session see The Energy of BRAINBOOM.

Check it out European Institute of Design (IED) here.

Upcoming Humantific Public Sessions in Madrid

In addition to BRAINBOOM at IED, Humantific will be doing an open, free public introductory session in Madrid April 29. This session will focus on Visual SenseMaking. Stay tuned for more details.

Interested in Future Workshops?

Humantific is passionate about helping to build next generation innovation leadership skills and cultures. Creating innovation skill-building workshops for academic institutions is only one of numerous work streams that we have underway. Our primary focus remains on building innovation capacity in large organizations. We work with organizational leaders from many industries in numerous countries. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific in to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building and innovation capacity building we would be happy to have a conversation with you.

Feel free to send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com.

 

09
Apr

Study Confirms Brain Blending

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Long taught in leading Innovation Bootcamps a recent two year study by neuroscientists Jared A. Nielsen and Jeffrey S. Anderson at University of Utah confirms the notion that we are all a “blend” rather than strickly right-brained or left-brained.

The facinating research published in the journal Plos One focused on studying the brain activity of 1,000 people ages 7 to 29 years while lying quietly or reading.

With the outcome of this study being creatively redepicted by numerous bloggers with various agendas it is also worthy of note, in the interest of accuracy, what the study was not focused on and was not investigating.

This study was not focused on looking at thinking or problem solving preferences, i.e.: the notion of adult humans having preferences for certain types of thinking activities over others.

This study was not focused on looking at the organizational implications of thinking preferences, i.e.: the effects of preferences on values, rewards, processes, behaviors and cultures.

This study was not focused on looking at the implications of thinking preferences in the context of innovation, i.e.: the effects of preferences on an organizations ability to build innovation / change-making capacity.

View the study here in Plos One Journal

 

 

31
Mar

ReReThinking Design Education

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We were delighted to see Don Norman braving the political storms to join other practice leaders expressing concern about the current direction and change/adaptation pace of graduate design education in a rapidly evolving world.

Don Norman: “We believe that design thinking skills will be a key success factor for a new generation of creative leaders in technology, business, and education.”

“Design thinking comprises strategies for finding and solving problems by bringing an understanding of people and society to technology design, focusing upon finding the correct problem before rushing to a solution.”

“But design faces an uncertain future.”

“The traditional design fields create artifacts. But new societal challenges, cultural values, and technological opportunities require new skills.”

“Moreover, there is need for services and processes that do not require the great craft skills that are the primary outcome of a design education.”

See Don’s entire post on LinkedIn here:

The ReReThinking Design Education movement continues!

Related ReThinking Design Education Resources:

Occupy Reimaging Design [Education] / Interview with Humantific’s GK VanPatter

GK VanPatter 2011: “The difficult truth is, gearing up to educate a new generation for the Design 2 practice space is simply not enough to catch up to where the already reimagined leading practices were in 2003, let alone lead the practice community today…I am sure your readers can appreciate that design consultancy leaders are certainly not waiting around for the graduate design schools to reimagine design. With the students in mind, we advocate changing where the responsibility for adaptation resides, and this change of responsibility occurs in the direction of the program leaders.”

From NextD Academy:

When [Old Design Thinking] LOVE is Not Enough

Teaching CoCreation Now / Moving Beyond the Teach Each Other Model

 NextD WorkshopONE on the Road Since 2005

31
Mar

Inequality for All

As Humantific begins a new MEASURE OF AMERICA report, working with authors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, we are reminded that the original series has spawned many subsequent social sense-making / change-making initiatives focused on inequality in American (USA) society. Many forms and flavors of change advocacy now exist around this issue.

We were delighted to see this hard-charging series by Robert Reich entitled INEQUALITY FOR ALL contributing to this important movement. Inequality remains an important theme not well covered in mainstream media. Robert strongly points out it is also not well represented politically…:-)

Being framed as “the INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy” it is an important contribution to the ReThinking Inequality cause.

INEQUALITY FOR ALL features Robert Reich—professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member—as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has a devastating impact on the American economy….Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of wealth by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this INCONVENIENT TRUTH for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of economic inequality affects each and every one of us.”

Related ReThinking Inequality Resources:

Robert Reich’s INEQUALITY FOR ALL Official Trailer.

Robert Reich’s UNDERSTANDING INEQUALITY 

The Original THE MEASURE OF AMERICA / AMERICAN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT REPORT 2008- 2009

THE MEASURE OF AMERICA 2010- 2011 / MAPPING RESILIENCE

POTRAIT OF CALIFORNIA

A CENTURY APART

 

05
Mar

Data Visualization Meets Co-Creation

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The good folks at Markets for Good / A Social Sector Powered by Information recently invited Humantific to contribute to their exploratory conversation on the subject of Data Visualization in the social sector.

You can read the full unedited version of GK VanPatter’s contribution including references to deciphering your organizational challenges in this downloadable PDF: Data Visualization Meets CoCreation or read the short version on the Markets for Good blog.

“Time is flying by around the Big Data phenomenon so let’s shift gears and kick it up a few notches from what your readers might be expecting here… Big Data is occurring, not in isolation, but rather in parallel to numerous other paradigm shifts …Lets set aside the tactics of Big Data for a moment and consider the bigger strategic picture…What these new generation leaders have in mind looks more like data thinking meets complex problem visualization, data meets and informs strategic cocreation.” GK VanPatter

Humantific Survey / Social Sector Challenge Mapping

From the 10 challenges listed in the attached document choose 3 challenges that are most important to your organization right now and place them in chronological order of importance (with most important at the top). Feel free to post them on the Markets for Good blog or below. If you have another challenge not listed, feel free to add it to your list.  We will share the results.

Related Posts:

Markets for Giving Workshop

Markets For Good Heavy Lift

Mapping Markets For Good

10
Feb

The Energy of BRAINBOOM!

This short video just published by European Institute of Design in Madrid captures the energy of BRAINBOOM, a four day graduate student orientation program designed by Humantific. Shown here leading from center stage is Elizabeth Pastor.

Special thanks goes to the IED faculty and staff for a great collaboration! Thanks for having the courage to undertake such an adventuresome rethinking of graduate student orientation with us.

Humantific is often asked to design experiential learning programs that involve cocreation skills-transfer.

Related:

Istituto Europeo di Design

BRAINBOOM: It’s a Wrap!

 

22
Jan

Building 2020 WorkPlace Skills

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We were delighted to see the sythesized 2020 Workplace Engagement Model inside this useful book by Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd entitled The 2020 Workplace / How Innovative Companies Attract, Develop and Keep Tomorrow’s Employees Today.

We would recomend this book to our Humantific readers, many of whom are organizational leaders working on building next generation innovation capacity.

Anything related to envisioning tomorrow is useful in the context of imagining future organizational change and many organizations digest large quantities of such insights as part of their everyday sensemaking, some more formally than others.

We consistently see Collaboration, Authenticity and Innovation playing important roles in many future workplace visions.

Many organizational leaders are not waiting around for all the confirming statistics to be in, but rather are actively working on building this 2020 capacity NOW!

“The 2020 Workplace Engagement Model

Collaboration: This calls for interwoven work, internally & externally.

Authenticity: Core values and transparency demonstrate genuineness

Personification: Employees want tailor-made career paths.

Innovation: In a changing world, new thinking enables sustainability.

Social Connection: No one is an island. The future workplace will be based on sharing and forming a community.”

Related:

Future Work Skills 2020: SenseMaking

Envisioning Futures Program

McKinsey: Calling all SenseMakers!

20
Jan

General Thinking Relaunches

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Congratulations to Remo Giuffré and Adam Dennis on the relaunch of General Thinking / Global Thinkers Network. We are delighted to see the community reinvent itself and reemerge!

“General Thinking is a global network of thinkers and doers: creative, wise & engaged; thoughtful people doing good work. This is not a network that one can join. Thinkers are nominated by existing Thinkers; the network being responsible for its own development.”

“How is this Different to Other Professional Networks?

General Thinking is unique as it is at the same time General (across all categories) and Special (not open, invitation only, curated by the network).

Q: LinkedIn?
A: Too earnest and not cool. I’m there because I think I have to be there, but there are many people there that are not my people.

Q: Behance or The Loop?
A: Category specific. Focused on creative professionals. We’re also interested in scientists, teachers & journalists; butchers, bakers & candlestick makers.

Q: TED?
A: With TED the content comes first, and the community follows. Community is a consequence and not the raison d’être.”

“History of General Thinking

General Thinking was founded in New York in 2001 by Remo Giuffré and longtime collaborator Geoffrey Gifford as something of a social networking experiment.”