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07
Sep

Humantific at Centro Mexico City

Complexity Navigation in Spanish!

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor gave a talk yesterday on Complexity Navigation skill-building at Centro in Mexico City.

To learn more about Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program and how it can help your team become more future focused and inclusion oriented send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

To learn more about The Future of Work Skills Academy where Elizabeth teaches SenseMaking virtually go here:

 

 

 

 

30
Aug

Inclusive Innovation Culture Building

Surfacing Bias in the Context of Innovation

Humantific CoFounder, GK VanPatter tackles the difficult multi-dimensional subjects of Cognitive Bias, Cognitive Awareness, Cognitive Diversity, Cognitive Privileging, Cognitive Minorities and Cognitive Inclusion in his latest Linkedin Blog post....all part of the Future of Work!

“Hello again Humantific readers. In this week’s post we are returning to a theme long at the center of our practice and that is Cognitive Inclusion, also known as Cognitive Diversity, also known as Inclusive Innovation Culture Building.

Not sure exactly why but, out in the marketplace today, you can read 10 articles on the evolving subject of “Diversity in Organizations”and the notion of cognitive diversity never comes up.

You can read 10 articles on the subject of “Cognitive Bias”, some even focused on innovation, and the notion of thinking styles as a form of bias never comes up.

You can read 10 articles on “Pillars for Nurturing Innovation”and the leadership responsibility of acknowledging and tackling cognitive privileging is never mentioned.

Perhaps it’s a little like fish not being aware of the water they are swimming in. Whatever it is, we have noted several enduring blind spots in the popular media literature of these diversity and inclusion related subjects.

Noting that media train we decided it might be confusing to our clients to be seeing articles and posts that point out 15 or 16 dimensions of “Cognitive Bias” related to innovation that never mention what we teach, front and center, in Humantific Academy workshops….so here we are! Good time to check in!”

View Humantific’s: Journey to Inclusive Innovation here:

See the entire post here:

21
Aug

Humantific at Google New York City

Elizabeth Pastor Presents!

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor gave an informal Humantific talk today at Google here in New York City.

Lots of interest in the NextDesign Geographies Framework… Design 1,2,3,4.

Lots of interest in Upstream and Downstream methods.

Lots of interest in learning more about how to bring understanding of cognitive/thinking styles into cross-disciplinary team consciousness.

If you would like Elizabeth to come and give an inspirational Humantific talk to your in-house group on topics such as SenseMaking for ChangeMaking, Building Inclusive Innovation Culture, Upstream Challenge Framing, or Rethinking Design Thinking, feel free to send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com.

If you are an organizational leader and would like to join our Friends of Humantific LinkedIn Group feel free to send us an email. 🙂

10
Aug

Experience Design Thinking

The (not so) SECRET (apparently forgotten) HISTORY (and future) OF EXPERIENCE DESIGN THINKING

Humantific CoFounder, GK VanPatter tackles another difficult subject posting to his Linkedin Blog.

“Happy summer Humantific readers! It is a super steamy week here in New York City! This weeks’ tricky topic: Our view on the evolution of “Experience Thinking”.

Recently we were inspired to write when it was brought to our attention that over on the now giant-sized 100,000+ member Design Thinking LinkedIn group a thread was bubbling up proclaiming the arrival of “Experience Thinking” right now in 2018! Yes, the proclamation was entitled “Design Thinking Grows Up: Welcome to Experience Thinking”“Taking Design Thinking to the Next Level”!

Who Knew?!! 🙂

Since Experience Design is part of our own practice history we decided that it might be useful to our readers if we make this subject the focus for this weeks’ post.

Most communities of practice have a time-line and Experience Design is no different. Understanding community of practice timelines can certainly help us collectively and realistically understand, not only the past, but more importantly what is going on right now and what challenges remain.”

See the entire post here:

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: programs (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: programs (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