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14
Dec

Measure of America & Humantific

Celebrating 10 Years of Collaboration!

Asking “How are the people doing? rather than “How is the economy doing? Measure of America has become a legendary societal changemaking initiative. Focused on inspiring and informing policymakers regarding the need for human-centered change in US society Measure of America has been publishing a much needed form of evidence-based journalism since 2008.

Evolving into a multifaceted platform, the Measure of America initiative has become a role model for many other publications now actively involved in societal sensemaking for changemaking. From the outset, Humantific has proudly partnered with the Measure of America team and its been a great journey!

Read about the Measure of America initiative history and future here in this 10th Anniversary update.

 

12
Dec

Humantific in Barcelona

Grab Your Tapas!

Next week Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor will be back in Barcelona teaching a workshop on EveryDay Innovation in collaboration with our friends at TeamLabs. This introductory glimpse workshop is OPEN to the public!

Sign up today.

Kick it Up!

If you would like someone from Humantific to speak, present, review, coach, conduct analysis and or teach at your school or company send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

04
Dec

Future of Work Scenarios Clarity

Defuzzing Organizational Agility

We do a lot of future oriented skill-building work and we are delighted to be part of the Future Work Skills Academy.

We found the recently published report by World Economic Forum entitled “Eight Futures of Work” as well as the previous report entitled “The Future of Jobs Report 2018” to be very insightful and useful documents.

As methodology oriented sensemakers we did spot a key terminology fuzziness that appears in both reports.

From our Humantific perspective the most important sentence in the “Eight Futures of Work” document is this one: “…people are continuously challenged to react and adapt to large-scale economic, technological and societal shocks.”

If that is indeed the challenge you are facing then let us note that the capacity requirement often being described in the World Economic Forum reports as “adaptive”and “agile” is, in real life, not equivalent to mastery of the method branded and widely marketed today as “Agile”.

Let’s be clear: Organizational Agility and “Agile” are already known to be two different things. If time is of the essence and we want to fulfill the objects outlined in these World Economic Forum reports lets not confuse one with the other.

Typically facing a vast array of constantly changing complex challenges requires adaptive and assumption-free problem solving methods.

Regardless of how it is creatively being branded, mastery of any assumption-boxed, efficiency focused method is not going to make you or your organization more adaptable.

Its not rocket science: To state it as learning objective: increasing efficiency capacity and increasing adaptability capacity remain two different things.

Acknowledging constant change both World Economic Forum reports call for massive upskilling around adaptability, changemaking and complex problem solving, not efficiency.

We like this quote below from Thomas Friedman! In times of acceleration lets be clear about what capacity we are building so we get ourselves oriented towards the future and on the right track.

Hope this is helpful Humantific readers!

 

Interested in Future Work Skills capacity building?

Send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

RELATED:

World Economic Forum: Future Work Skills 2022 Outlook

 

Header Image Credit: World Economic Forum.

 

 

13
Nov

Humantific at TeamLabs Madrid

Unlocking The Power of Innovation Behaviors!

Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor will give a talk on Unlocking 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: