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19
Jun

A Portrait of New York City

Launching this Week!

“While many measures tell us how the economy is doing A Portrait of New York City tells us how ordinary people are doing.” 

A Portrait of New York City 2018: Well-Being in the Five Boroughs and the Greater Metro Area is being published and launched this week!

Authored by the Kristen Lewis, Sarah Burd-Sharps and the Measure of America team,  A Portrait of New York City 2018 will examine well-being and access to opportunity for different geographies and demographic groups in New York City and the greater New York–New Jersey–Connecticut metropolitan area using the human development framework and index.

“The report will also examine a range of issues that contribute to and/or are compounded by the well-being challenges faced by many New York City communities, such as health inequities, racism, residential segregation, and mass incarceration.

The American Human Development Index, a supplement to the gross domestic product and other money metrics, tells the story of how ordinary people are doing. The index is based on the Human Development Index developed by the United Nations, the gold standard for measuring the well-being of people in every nation.

A Portrait of New York City 2018 will present the ranked index for 170 neighborhood and town clusters in the New York metro area; for the five boroughs and for 188 neighborhood tabulation areas in New York City; for the four major racial and ethnic groups; for women and men; and for US- and foreign-born residents.

In addition to the written report, the project will include interactive maps and a photo essay.”

Learn more about Measure of America here.

15
Jun

Future Work Skills Academy

Future Work Skills are Here!

For all those interested in the emerging future of work: Future Work Skills Academy has launched. We are delighted to collaborate on this important initiative with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Go here to sign up: See Humantific Cofounder, Elizabeth Pastor teaching SenseMaking in this virtual session!

For more information on additional Humantific Complexity Navigation skill-building workshops feel free to write to us: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

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14
May

Osborn’s Lost SCAMPER

Reappreciating Applied Imagination

Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter posts to his LinkedIn blog:

Hello again Humantific readers. Inspired by a reoccurring question seen in one of the LinkedIn Design Thinking discussion groups regarding “SCAMPER” we decided to make this the focus of this week’s post. Since many of our readers/clients are innovation initiative leaders we thought it might be useful to you if we share a somewhat lost story regarding this thinking related subject.

At Humantific we recognize SCAMPER as a basic idea prompting technique, (not a method) with a long history that seems to be not well understood in some communities of practice today.

SCAMPER originates in the Applied Creativity community (*1), not the design or design thinking communities. For those who might not know these are two very different communities of knowledge…with very different timelines, heroes, orientation to challenges and methodology histories. While many parallels exist, one is certainly not interchangeable with the other…….

The Edison Effect

It might come as a surprise to some unfamiliar with Osborn’s work or that of the various other United States based CPS/Applied Creavity pioneers but the early orientation of this community can be described as significantly influenced by the Edison Effect….as in Thomas Edison (1847-1931). Without getting into the later criticism leveled at Edison we can acknowledge for the purposes of this post that he was a prolific, highly influential legendary American Inventor…..

See the entire post here:

Osborn’s Lost SCAMPER: ReAppreciating Applied Imagination

29
Mar

Upstream Challenge Framing

Skill-Building Workshops Coming Soon! 

Are your teams burning valuable resources working on the wrong set of challenges? Are you making giant assumptions regarding what the challenges are? Are hidden assumptions embedded in the methods you are using?

Today, organizational leaders in all industries are faced with making sense of and prioritizing a vast landscape of challenges facing their organizations. In a continuously changing world, those challenges can range from mega to mini, from long standing to real-time emergent.

The ability to rapidly defuzz and order challenges visually in a way that is sharable has already become a key innovation leadership skill of the 21st century. At Humantific we call this strategic sensemaking skill, Upstream Challenge Framing.

What makes it different from product, software, service and experience related framing is that this is upstream from any preconceived notions of what the challenges and solution paths might be. In Upstream Challenge Framing, we open the aperture to the possibility that you might not fully understand what the challenges facing you actually are.

At the very least, you probably do not fully understand the challenge context. With openness of mind, we set out to defuzz, order and construct a visual map of the challenges that shows, often for the first time, the connections between challenges, from broad to narrow.

Before you go boil the ocean, or assume you just need yet another software tweak sprint let’s understand the challenge context. Turning the lights on in challenge landscapes is the purpose of Upstream Challenge Framing. Mastering this framing skill is not always a walk in the park, but its value-add is well worth the effort.

This is a real-time strategic framing skill that makes most sense to organizational leaders engaged upstream from run-of-the-mill (“Agile-like”) project briefs. This skill will be most valuable to leaders who have already figured out that “Agile” is assumption-based, weak on strategic framing and not a silver bullet. This session will provide an introduction to Upstream Challenge Framing. Our advanced Humantific Academy workshops provide advanced skill building.

This is a preliminary announcement for upcoming introductory skill-building workshops in New York, Los Angles, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, London, Singapore.

If you have interest in attending one of these upcoming sessions in one of these cities feel free to let us know. Attendance will be limited.

Email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

Humantific Skill-Building

We receive many requests for training in Humantific skills. In this regard, some years ago we created Humantific Academy inside which is the Complexity Navigation Program containing three interconnecting streams of innovation leadership skill; Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking. These are skills geared for organizational leaders facing continuous change and rising complexity in their marketplaces. Unlike “Agile” these are skills geared for business contexts where the challenges are fuzzy, complex requiring significant unpacking and inclusive multi-disciplinary stakeholder involvement. These are skills geared towards the creation of inclusive innovation cultures. For more info send us an email.

Related: 

Humantific: Design Thinking: Mind the Methodology Gap

Humantific: Methodology Ethics: Embracing a New Era

Humantific: Clarifying Design Thinking: Forbes vs Humantific

Humantific: SenseMaking for ChangeMaking

Humantific: The OTHER Design Thinking

 

20
Feb

Humantific & TeamLabs

 

Complexity Navigation in Spain

Modeling today and the tomorrow. We had a great week in Spain working with Felix Lozano and his team at TeamLabs an experimental university in Madrid and Barcelona for “teampreneurs”. Working on a joint executive innovation skill-building venture that will bring Complexity Navigation to TeamLabs and TeamLabs to NYC.

Now is the time to have such conversations with us…:-)

Stay Tuned!

12
Feb

Complexity Navigation in Denmark

Humantific in Denmark:

We had a great week in Copenhagen and Aarhus working with the faculty of the Danish School of Media & Journalism and in the middle giving a public talk.

Lots of interest in Complexity Navigation as a set of future work skills. Thanks to Trine Nielsen for inviting and hosting us. Special thanks to Nikolaj Christensen for being our guide/host/collaborator. It was great fun and a lot of work. We are looking forward to Chapter 2 in Denmark in the spring.

To learn more about Humantific’s Complexity Navgation Program, Future Work Skills and Workplace Adaptability send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

25
Jan

ReThinking DesignThinking in Madrid

Humantific at TeamLabs

 

GK VanPatter, CoFounder of HUMANTIFIC and NextDesign Leadership Network in New York will give a public talk on ReThinking Design Thinking at the experimental university campus TEAMLABS in Madrid on Wednesday February 7.

The talk will include key findings from the soon to be published book ReThinking Design Thinking. The book is a synthesis of research, commentary and visualizations undertaken over the course of several years as part of the NextD community sensemaking initiative.

The book includes the NextDesign Geographies Framework articulating the arenas of Design 1,2,3,4 as well as an overview of the challenges facing the application of design thinking methods in practice.

“Today the search for and synchronization of tools, methods and skills to increasingly complex problem scale is a quest underway in many disciplines around the world.”  GK VanPatter

For more information see the TeamLabs site here!

16
Jan

ReThinking Design Thinking

Coming Soon!

Long in the making and long overdue, Humantific will publish ReThinking Design Thinking / Understanding the Future That Has Already Arrived coming up in 2018.

Our readers will know that this community sensemaking initiative has spanned numerous years and resulted in many NextD documents, frameworks, blog posts, etc. some of which have been widely published. We decided to formally publish the synthesized key findings of this initiative in this book form that will be available on Amazon soon.

This publication combines observations on the state of design / design thinking methods and includes views into the already arriving, already operating emerging states of next generation design thinking at challenge scales beyond product, service and experience creation.

This book is meant to be a follow up on our previously published book: Innovation Methods Mapping: De-Mystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design.

If you would like to be made aware when this book is published feel free to send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com.

PUBLIC PRESENTATION

Rethinking Design Thinking presentation in Madrid

02
Jan

Public Workshop in Copenhagen

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Humantific in Denmark!

At the end of the month Humantific will be in Denmark doing a series of SenseMaking for ChangeMaking events at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. There will be workshops at both the Copenhagen and Arrhus campuses of DMJX.

On January 31 there will be combined presentation, Q&A and mini-workshop open to the public in Copenhagen (geared to the business community). If you are in Copenhagen drop by and say hello!

More info from DMJX on the public event here:
https://billetto.dk/e/master-class-med-humantific-for-dmjx-partnere-billetter-249207

For more information on Humantific SenseMaking and ChangeMaking workshops send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com
20
Dec

Design Thinking Defined

DEFINING

MIND THE METHODOLOGY GAP

Hello again Humantific Readers. In this our last post of 2017 we are by popular request reposting our Design Thinking definitions that have previously appeared in many of our previous LinkedIn blog posts.

As the year comes to a close what we see around the subject of Design Thinking in the marketplace is alot of smoke and mirrors occurring that have confused zillions of people. The design community itself has created much of the confusion and unfotunately clarity leadership from the direction of graduate design education in particular has been less then ideal. Many have conflated Design Thinking Philosophy with Design Thinking Methodology, when in reality, one is not the other.

Humantific seems to be among only a few practices stepping up to point out that Design Thinking cannot be defined philosophically as an open aperature problem solving approach if the actual methods are assumption-based presuming/recognizing only product, service and experience challenges and outcomes. It is no secret that many diverse challenges in organizations and in societies exist that have nothing to do with creating more products, services or experiences. Any skilled methodologist can tell you that open apperture methods and assumption-based methods are two different things. They have different starting points and different outcomes.

This seems elementary but in fact is the central confusion in the marketplace presently, due in large measure to the slow methodology R&D adaptation of the graduate design schools over the course of that last decade.  The spinning and selling of philsophy as methodolgy has led to a now widespread Hocus-Pocus effect around the subject of Design Thinking.

The good news is that with organizational leaders becoming more knowledgeable, more savy the Hocus-Pocus Era of Design Thinking is ending. We are optimistic that a new Methodolgy Ethics Era is dawning.

As a practice we are already embracing that era.

[PS: If you are fed up with the Hocus-Pocus Era of Design Thinking and would like to join us in the future feel free to send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com]

DEFINITIONS

UPSTREAM IN ORIENTATION:

DESIGN THINKING [Also known as Meta Design Thinking, Strategic Design Thinking and Adaptable Inquiry]

Key Words: Upstream, meta, iterative, human-centered, empathetic, nonlinear, creating, optimizing, insight creation, design research, data/information fueled, visual sensemaking, challenge framing, focus on right challenge, acceleration, adaptive, inclusive.

  1. Is a meta, iterative, nonlinear, holistic, human-centered innovation process.
  2. Oriented towards multiple participant, cross-disciplinary cocreation.
  3. Begins with no preconceived assumptions regarding what the challenges, and opportunities are.
  4. Begins upstream in Opportunity Challenge Definition Phase.
  5. Begins with a fuzzy situation to be defuzzed.
  6. Contains empathetic research insight creation that informs challenge framing and opportunities for changemaking.
  7. Recognizes that a constellation of diverse challenges likely exist simultaneously that can be visually mapped.
  8. Contains a high degree of empathetic visual sensemaking that shapes insights for accelerated digestion by all participants.
  9. Contains the surfacing and orchestration of participant innovation behaviors.
  10. Contains the surfacing and orchestration of participant cognitive thinking style preferences.
  11. Like a Swiss army knife, is adaptive to various challenge types found in organizational and societal contexts.
  12. Serves as human-centered, adaptive toolkit/skill-set in the pursuit of organizational adaptive capacity building.

DOWNSTREAM IN ORIENTATION:

PRODUCT/SERVICE/EXPERIENCE DESIGN THINKING

Key Words: Downstream, situational, iterative, human-centered, empathetic, nonlinear, insight creation, sensemaking, acceleration, creating, optimizing, products, services, experiences.

  1. Is a situational, iterative, nonlinear, holistic product/service/experience creation process.
  2. Oriented towards a project team, or teams creating products/services/experiences.
  3. Begins with preconceived assumptions that the challenges or opportunities are product/service/experience related and will be outcomes.
  4. Begins downstream in product/service/experience Opportunity Challenge Definition Phase.
  5. Most often begins with a predefined product/service/experience brief.
  6. Contains empathetic research focused on insight creation that informs the creation of products/services/experiences.
  7. Recognizes product/service/experience challenges.
  8. Might contain a high degree of empathetic visual sensemaking that shapes insights for accelerated digestion by all participants.
  9. Most often contains no surfacing or orchestration of innovation behaviors.
  10. Most often contains no surfacing and orchestration of cognitive thinking style preferences.
  11. Like a hammer, screwdriver and wrench. Each applicable situationally to product, service or experience challenges.
  12. Can serve as a useful toolkit/skill-set in the pursuit of product/service/experience creation capacity building.

Hope this is useful to many.

Happy Holidays Humantific readers and goodluck to all!

 

Related:

Humantific: Methodology Ethics: Embracing a New Era 2017

Humantific: Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail” 2017

Humantific: Clarifying Design ThinkingL Forbes vs Humantific 2017

Humantific: Making Sense of Design Thinking & Agile Method 2017

Humantific: Making Sense of “Design Thinking is Bullshit” 2017

Humantific: Is Service Design Confused?

Humantific: Innovation Process Design: Overcoming Common Missteps

Innovation Methods Mapping: De-Mystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design 2016