Blog

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.

 

02
Jan

Public Workshop in Copenhagen

Screen Shot 2018-01-02 at 3.26.27 PM-Recovered

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

 

06
Dec

Future Work Skills Academy Launching

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 3.28.58 PM

10 Future Work Skills

Humantific is delighted to participate in the soon to be launched Future Work Skills Academy being organized by the talented folks at the 4th Industrial Revolution. Getting set to launch is a new virtual learning platform uniquely focused on teaching the 10 Future Work Skills identified in the study by the Institute for the Future in California.

Those skills include:

SenseMaking

Adaptive Thinking

Transdisciplinarity

Design Mindset

Computational Thinking

Social Intelligence

Cognitive Load Management

New Media Literacy

Cross Cultrual Competency

Virtual Collaboration

Humatific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching the SenseMaking module in virtual classroom form, as part of the Future Work Skills Academy faculty.

You can see the program description here:

Fouth Industral Revolution: Future Work Skills Academy

Screen Shot 2017-12-06 at 3.46.00 PM

 

If you would like to invite Humantific to particpate in your organizations future work skills capacity building initiative send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com.

 

Images Credit:

Photo Image by 4th Industrial Revolution. Diagram by Instiute of the Future.

06
Dec

Future Work Skills 2020

bD4ikTLC2_fTr1843WCwYsZFbkCs-VwJBAQu2COD1rE

Many of our Humantific clients work with us building next generation adaptive, changemaking capacity and are thus interested in the subject of future work skills.

Being involved in this arena for many years we recognize that there are multiple views of what the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” will bring and or require regarding future work skills. We are interested in all of those perspectives and often see commonalities between them.

We were delighted to see this version of Future Work Skills 2020 published as a top ten list by the World Economic Forum includes Complex Problem Solving, Creativity, Cognitive Flexibility, Ccordinating with Others and Emotional Intelligence.

The good news is that Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program is geared towards teaching key future work skills that are also extremaly useful in the present!

You can read the World Economic Forum article here:

The 10 skills you need to thrive in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”

The World Economic Forum Report: The Future of Jobs can be read or downloaded here

For more information on Future Work Skills capacity building send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

See Humantific Case Studies here!

Coming Soon: 4th Industrial Revolution: Future Work Skills Academy 

22
Nov

Portrait of LA County Published

00 FrontCoverWithShadow

Arriving Next Week!

Interested in Data-Driven Journalism? Next in its series of pioneering societal sensemaking publications Measure of America has wrapped up it’s Portrait of Los Angles County. It will be published and launched next week!

ABOUT THIS REPORT

“This report is the culmination of a nearly two-year collaboration project involving over one hundred Angelenos from all corners of the county. sectors and walks of life. Portrait of Los Angeles County is an exploration of how LA County residents are faring. It examines well-being and access to opportunity using the human development framework and index, presenting American Human Development Index scores for LA County places and demographic groups and examining a range of critical issues, including health, education, living standards, environmental justice, housing, homelessness, violence, and inequality.”

Humantific has been working in partnership with Measure of America since its first publication in 2008. Other publications include Portrait of Louisiana, Portrait of California and the national Measure of America Report. From the outset we loved the idea of this important data-driven work informing much needed policy level societal changemaking in the United States.

backcover

ABOUT MEASURE OF AMERICA

“Measure of America is a nonpartisan project of the Social Science Research Council. It creates easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and stimulates fact-based dialogue about these issues. Through hard copy and online reports, interactive maps, and custom-built dashboards, Measure of America works closely with partners to breathe life into numbers, using data to identify areas of need, pinpoint levers for change, and track progress over time. Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps are co-founders of Measure of America and co-authors of The Measure of America series of national, state, and county reports. They both previously worked on human development issues in countries around the world.”

To download the Portrait of Los Angles County (next week) go here:

Previous Measure of America reports can be found here:

07
Nov

Methodology Ethics

4x4goodg

Embracing a New Era

Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter posts to his LinkedIn blog:

Hello again Humantific readers. This weeks tricky topic: Ethics in the context of design thinking. While reading a recent thread posted by someone in one of the LinkedIn Design Thinking groups on the topic of industry ethics I started to write a few comments on this always difficult subject. The tiny “comments” box was too small for my text so I will make this into a brief blog post here. Yes, somewhat by this accident I started writing about a subject that has been percolating in the back of my mind for some time. It is something that occurred to us when we were working on our recently published book: Innovation Methods Mapping: Demystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design.

The topic of community ethics is a rather dry but important one and I was somewhat surprised by the focus of that Design Thinking group thread in which these questions were initially asked: What is the ethical grounding of design and design thinking? This includes what work one chooses to do as well as how one approaches the actual design. Are designers responsible for the ethics of their [output] designs?”

See the entire post here:

Methodology Ethics