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13
Nov

Humantific at TeamLabs Madrid

The Power of Innovation Behaviors!

Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor will give a talk on The Power of Innovation Behaviors at TeamLabs Madrid, Nov 21, 6-8pm.

08
Nov

NextD Journal Reboots

Design Thinking is Changing! Are You?

Returning from a long pause, an experimental version of NextD Journal will be launching soon. Remaining focused on sensemaking the new series will undertake a ten part document review with commentary from numerous invited contributors.

Stay tuned!

NextD Journal is sponsored by Humantific.

05
Oct

2022 Future Work Skills Outlook

Innovation, Problem Solving, Learning Rising!

The World Economic Forum has published its updated 2022 Skills Outlook. Since we are involved in and focused on the future of work we were delighted to see so much of what we do at Humantific on the new “Growing” list including: Innovation, Complex Problem Solving, Creativity, Leadership, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence, Analysis and Ideation.

We like to keep an eye of several versions of Future Work Skills Outlooks as we are actively involved in the Future Work Skills Academy.

See the 2020 Future Work Skills here! It also includes Complex Problem Solving, Creativity, Critical Thinking, Emotional Intelligence and one we really like, Cognitive Flexibility.

We also liked this Future Work Skills 2020 Report from the Institute for the Future in California.

To learn more about how we help organizations get ready for the rapidly arriving future by skilling up in Innovation Leadership, Complex Problem Solving and activating Organizational Transformation send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com.

See some Humantific Case Studies here:

28
Sep

Storming Design Thinking

Making Sense of What Matters

Humantific responds to the Harvard Business Review article by Natasha Iskander.

“This week we are doing something we don’t usually do. In the last few weeks several readers have asked us, via twitter and email, what we thought of an article that appeared recently in the Harvard Business Review so we decided to make this the focus for this weeks’ post. What we thought would not fit in the little comments box over there so we will post it here for our readers…:-)

Upon reading that particular article in the Harvard Business Review by Natasha Iskander ambitiously entitled “Design Thinking is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo” we were reminded that the storming of Design / Design Thinking is not new, taking on many forms over the years, from informed to uninformed and many shades in between.

With open minds we can see the storming is often useful, at other times counterproductive and occasionally just plain entertaining. For those who might not know, that storming is often coming from inside the design communities as much as from external players, competitors, detractors.”

See GK VanPatter’s post on LinkedIn here:

26
Sep

Thanks Kate Storey!

“What a Strategic Innovation Consultancy looks like!”

Just catching up to this one. It was inspiring to see graduate student Kate Story’s post on Medium inspired by Humantific. When we are busy doing our work everyday we do not always think about how or if our work might inspire a new generation of design leaders so it is always great to hear from those who see the value in what we are doing. Making great use of our materials we loved your post Kate!

Kate Storey: “Humantific’s academic prowess affords them the ability to extend and adapt contemporary Design Thinking theories. Their rigour has allowed them to craft their own space and convey it with mastery — see how they articulate the 10 key differences (pp77–97) between themselves and the ‘Mainstream Design’. [7].”

“Humantific understands that designing the conditions for humans to change is a key factor for success. A clue maybe in their name, that they know that the humans are the ones it all comes down to — and that often human design is the focus for adjustment to overcome our human selves, and make work towards a better future possible.”

Kate Gets it!

Kate, we see you are in Melbourne but we hope you stay in touch with us and visit us if you come to New York.

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.