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09
Mar

Civic Innovation Today/Tomorrow

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We were delighted to see this useful Civic Innovation overview document published recently by the California Civic Innovation Project.

Authored by Alissa Black and Rachel Burstein “What Civic Innovation Looks Like Today and Tomorrow” contains many insights into the subject revealing its various complexities in progress. We would highly recommend this overview document to our readers.

Humantific is deeply involved in the civic innovation arena and what we see generally speaking is significant interest from numerous organizations in onboarding new forms of civic innovation leadership skills.Continue Reading..

09
Jan

ISOTYPE: The Inclusion Factor

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From the Humantific Collection here are more early Isotype Institute visualizations. Today in some circles, these might be referred to as “data visualizations” or “infographics”, previously referred to as “statistical graphics”, “picture statistics”, “pictorial statistics”, “information design” and or “information visualizations”.  :-) No shortage of terms now in play. If we want to use such terms these might be thought of as societal context infographics made with a specific, very practical purpose in mind.

Close to our own Humantific work, in terms on social change-making intention, we have deep respect for the work of Isotype [International System of Typographic Picture Education] Institute. Led by Otto Neurath [1882-1945], Isotype was a pioneer in the realm of what we know today to be Social SenseMaking. In the tsunami of data visualizations being generated today it is important to note some fundamental differences.Continue Reading..

07
Jan

High Demand Work Skills

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Humantific works with organizational leaders in numerous industries to build team-based innovation capacity so we were naturally interested to see this article appear recently in BloomBerg BusinessWeek directed at its MBA audience.

“We surveyed recruiters in two dozen industries, from consulting to consumer products, so while we asked specifically about their preferences in MBA recruiting, their feedback likely applies to a wide pool of applicants for the same types of jobs.”

Framed as “These are the Skills You Need if You Want to Be Headhunted” many of the high demand capabilities are those embedded in what participants learn in Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program including these 10 key skills:

Strategic Thinking*
Creative Problem-Solving*
Leadership Skills*
Collaboration Skills
Adaptability Skills
Analytical Thinking
Initiative Taking
Decision Making
Entrepreneurship
Communication Skills

Data from this survey showed that Strategic Thinking*, Creative Problem-Solving* and Leadereship Skills* are not only in high demand but are also “the hardest to find”!

In the context of organizations this 10 skills list translates into need for investment in innovation capacity building, in innovation skills, in a new generation of adaptability skills.

Many organizations are already hard at work on building such innovation capacity. Today a new generation of adaptablity skills have taken shape in this “big data era” where making sense of complexity is now often key.

For more information on the Humantific Complexity Navigation program feel free to send us an email: programs (at) humantific (dot) com

Spontaneous FeedBack from Complexity Navigation Graduate

Related:

Building 20/20 Workforce Skills

Humantific at ICADE Executive MBA Program

Future Evisioning Workshops In Organizations

Humantific: New Visions, New Leaders

OnBoarding Advanced Problem Solving

McKensey: Calling All SenseMakers

 

 

05
Jan

HAPPY NEW YEAR FRIENDS!

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We are looking forward to working with our many existing clients as well as new ones in 2015!

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18
Dec

Another OTHER Design Thinking

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Here at Humantific we are always delighted to see design education community change initiatives inspired by The OTHER Design Thinking 2013-2014, Occupy Reimagining Design 2011 and the body of work within NextDesign Futures 2002-2014. Are you ready to be surprised?

Yes that’s right, there is Another OTHER Design Thinking out there, just announced!

Last week the academically focused PhD Design discussion list, well known in the transformation practice community for being slow to adapt, least effective, and often unfortunately down-right nasty when it comes to the subject of design futures made what was for that group, a big leap forward. A few of its loudest, self-appointed leaders announced in a 3 page manifesto posted inside their debating group and across social media that they were finally ready to recognize a multiple part change wave occurring beyond the confines of their circle.Continue Reading..

18
Dec

Humantific at ICADE Business School

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Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor is back in Madrid this week teaching Complexity Navigation skills to MBA students at ICADE Graduate Business School, one of Spain’s leading business and economics universities.

This week-long series of sessions include tracks in Strategic CoCreation and Visual SenseMaking have been customized by Humantific for ICADE. Increasingly graduate business schools are recognizing that every leader in every industry is facing innovation and change driving challenges today. The hunger for new generation changemaking methods that integrate data/information sensemaking continues to rise.

We teach these skills in modules. As students advance they integrate the modules spanning Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking. These are 21st century leadership skills.

For more information on how to onboard the Humantific Complexity Navigation Program feel free to send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com.

Related:

Humanific at European Institute of Design 

Trumping Brainstorming

The OTHER Design Thinking

21
Nov

Humantific at Gates Foundation

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Due to the strategic nature of the work that Humantific does with many organizations we cannot always talk about what we are doing in the exact moment it is being done.

When possible, we do try to provide a window into this kind of strategic cocreation work and there is certainly alot going on in many sectors including the philantropic community.

In different communities this arena is becoming known by different terms including Philantropic Innovation, Social Innovation, Social Design, Social Change Making, Social Infrastruture Design, Change Making For Good, Markets For Good, etc.

Since its inception 5 years ago Humantific has been working closely with the Markets for Good leadership team.

For Humantific this work often involves providing visual sensemaking combined with a hybrid form of strategic planning that includes more upstream challenge framing and wider participation than is typical. Today mainstream business media is full of “big data” talk but we already know that generative innovation involves not just using data for decision-making but rather integrating numeous forms of information based insights into the cocreation process that all participants learn as a common language.

One such session was held in June at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle when Humantific collaborated with Markets for Good and the Gates Foundation to design and undertake a two day workshop. Framed as “a gathering of select leaders engaged in improving the social sector’s data and information capacity” it became an engaging work session that included 65 participants from 50+ different leading social good oriented organizations including: Network for Good, Case Foundation, Global Giving Foundation, New Philanthropy Capital, Heron Foundation, Aspen Institute, Microsoft, NetHope, GuideStar India, LiquideNet For Good, Social Impact Lab, The White House, Intentional Futures, Urbn Institute, Standford Digital Civial Society Lab, Keystone Accountability and numerous others.

This was the Primary Challenge that was collectively worked on during the two day session: How might we collectively build the information infrastructure—the data hubs, information exchange standards, knowledge and collaboration tools, and favorable performance culture and policy environment—to provide all actors in the social sector with the insights they need to inform their decisions?

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Much of the work that Humantific does today involves the framing of, not one challenge, but rather an interconnected constellation. Most often we are surfacing that constellation for the first time. This is part upstream challenge framing and part systems thinking. It rapidly becomes clear that many challenges are interconnected. There are very few free-standing unconnected challenges in this world. Coming to terms with this in real-time is often part of the experience for participants. Here are some of the additional challenges that were worked on during this particular two day session:

How might we develop a minimum viable product for measurement to plug into while strengthening accountability? 

How might we get stakeholders to align on standards?

How might we develop sustainable business models for pieces of the information infrastructure?

How might we establish collective shared values and norms for the markets for good movement?

How might we make great giving easier for funders and more common?

How might we frame data analysis as a growth engine for non-profits?

How might we develop the data ecosystem from data collection to insights? 

This constellation of challenges is a good example of the kinds of issues being framed and tackled in community settings being transformed via the data/information/sensemaking/cocreation revolution.

This community is making great progress accross a complex landscape of issues and this work is ongoing on multiple fronts.

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What is your challenge constellation looking like these days? When was the last time your organization surfaced it via cocreation?

Related:

Markets for Giving Workshop 2010

Markets for Good Background Paper

Data Visualization Meets CoCreation

Portrait of California / Social SenseMaking Project

 

 

 

19
Nov

A Portrait of California 2014-2015

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Humantific for Good is delighted to announce the publication of A Portrait of California 2014-2015. This amazing series from Measure of America is transforming the role that data informed visual sensemaking and insight creation are playing in policy making and change making.

Since 2006 Humantific for Good has been working with Measure of America, an initiative of the Social Science Research Council.

“Portrait of California 2014-2015 brings together data, innovative analysis, the American HD Index and visual sensemaking to enable engaging “apples-to-apples” comparisons of California’s counties, major cities, 265 Census Bureau–defined areas, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups.”

Created by authors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, A Portrait of California 2014-2015 is part of Measure of America social sensemaking book series as well as related conversations and interactive tools.

CONSORTIUM OF FUNDERS

Blue Shield of California Foundation
California Community Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Humantific For Good
The California Endowment
The James Irvine Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
United Ways of California
Weingart Foundation

Key Findings in A Portrait of California 2014-2015:

“Income inequality is in the headlines these days. But to focus on inequality in income alone is to take a narrow view of the problem. Mutually reinforcing inequalities in health, education, environment, neighborhood conditions, wealth, and political power have created an opportunity divide that higher wages alone cannot bridge.

If California were a country, it would rank thirty-fourth in the world by population and eighth by the size of its economy—big enough for a seat at the G8. So what happens in California has national, and even international, significance.

This 2014–2015 update of the 2011 California report allows us to compare outcomes from one place to another and to look at changes over time. The result is a comprehensive reference tool and a critical starting point for informed discussions on change making policy solutions.”

Related:

 Breathing Life into Numbers

Portrait of Sonoma County Launches

SenseMaking for ChangeMaking

19
Nov

Making Sense of Next Design Frontiers

This month and next we are republishing some materials from the Humantific Archives related to early views into the subject of rethinking design thinking, the value of strategic design, rethinking design education, etc.

This interview with GK VanPatter CoFounder of Humantific and NextDesign Leadership Network was first published in 2005.Continue Reading..

16
Oct

Humantific leads BRAINBOOM! Madrid

 

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Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be back at Institute for European Design [IED] next week leading BRAINBOOM a customized innovation skill-building experience created for incoming graduate students by Humantific in collaboration with IED leaders.

Building on the theme of New Visions, New Leaders, we have redesigned orientation in the form of a cross-department skill-building experience. At IED incoming graduate students from multiple departments now experience orientation together as a foundational skill-building workshop!

See the BRAINBOOM movie from last year made by IED here!

Check it out European Institute of Design (IED) here.

Humanizing Innovation Culture Building

Humantific is passionate about helping to build next generation innovation leadership skills and cultures. Creating innovation skill-building workshops for academic institutions is only one of numerous work streams that we have underway. Our primary focus remains on building innovation capacity in large organizations. We work with organizational leaders from many industries in numerous countries. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific in to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building and innovation capacity building we would be happy to have a conversation with you.

Feel free to send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com.

Related:

What is The OTHER Design Thinking?