INITIATIVES

22
Dec

Danish School of Media & Humantific

DENMARK

Future Work Skills in Denmark

We are delighted to be partnering with the Danish School of Media and Journalism on building a new cross-disciplinary innovation initiative focused in the Scandinavia marketplace.

With a happening leadership team, the university is a renowned knowledge center for the media and communications sector in Denmark focusing on lifelong learning and innovation. DMJX leaders have identified the need to train for high complexity and complex problem solving. What a great fit with Humantific!

In the new year Humantific will be bringing our Complexity Navigation Program to Denmark, doing a series of SenseMaking and ChangeMaking workshops in Copenhagen and Aarhus in collaboration with the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

With so much change occurring in the media, journalism, communications and related industries globally it’s an exciting time for adaptive future work skill-building.

Watch the DMJX video here:

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“The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) was formed in 2008 by a merger between the Danish School of Journalism and the Graphics Art Institute of Denmark. Located in Copenhagen and Aarhus, the institution is the only place in Scandinavia that covers the whole media sector and provides design and content to the media industry (journalism, photojournalism, graphic design, interactive design, creative communication, TV and media directing and media production and management) through a wide range of Bachelor and Master’s degrees, diplomas and courses.”

Stay tuned…More to come!

14
Dec

Future Work Skills Virtual Initiative

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Making The Arriving Future Understandable

Extending our long standing involvement in the subject of future work skills we are delighted to be participating in the new virtual learning platform being built by Donna Elby and her creative team at 4th Industrial Revolution. Describing herself as being “on a mission to make our humanness the most valuable attribute in the workplace” we found a kindrid spirit in Donna and consider ourselves lucky to be participating in this terrific e-learning initiative.

Around the world there is significant interest in future work skills as individuals and organizations face ongoing adaptability challenges in our constantly changing world.

Organized around the Future Work Skills 2020 identified by the Institute of the Future in California this innovative program will be delivered 100% virtually.

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Those skills include: SenseMaking, Adaptive Thinking. Transdisciplinarity, Design Mindset, Computational Thinking, Social Intelligence, Cognitive Load Management, New Media Literacy, Cross Cultrual Competency and Virtual Collaboration.

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching the SenseMaking module of this new program.

What Elizabeth is teaching is based on the Visual SenseMaking course that is part of our Complexity Navigation Program. A ton of work behind the scenes has gone into adapting our learning materials to this virtual platform but it continues to be a lot of fun and a great adventure for us to particpate in.

In the coming months is program will be launched by 4th Industial Revoltion in bundles of modules so stay tuned.

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For more on this initiative feel free to write to us with Future Skills in the header: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

You can also follow Humantific on Facebook or Twitter.

14
Dec

Innovation Methods Mapping Initiative

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De-Mystifying Methods

We launched the Innovation Methods Mapping intiative internally several years ago as part of our ongoing methodology oriented R&D work, to help us better understand the landscape of history around the subject of innovation methods. Already very methodology oriented and we wanted to learn even more!

Several years of research grew into our recently published book entitled Innovation Methods Mapping: De-Mystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design. (You can buy it on Amazon.)

Since the marketplace is now filled with process models, some smart/historically informed and many dumb/uninformed, there is significant interest in the reuseable ThinkBalance Analysis Framework that we included in the book.

This book is designed to fill what we peceive to be a void in the field of innovation process knowledge and literature. This book is not for everyone. Our intended audience is described as: Advanced practitioner leaders, Advanced organizational leaders, Advanced social change leaders, Advanced graduate and post-graduate students, Adventuresome innovation process designers. It would make the most sense to those already involved in process analysis, redesign and ultimately innovation capacity building.

Organized by name, by date and by group the process models include: The Deming Cycle, Osborn-Parnes CPS process, Fuller Design Science, Rittel First Generation Model, Leavitt Tripartite CPS Model, Jones Design Process, Gordon Synectics Model, Appreciative Inquiry, Isaksen Treffinger CPS Process, Soft Systems Methodology, IDEO Design Process, Engine Service Design Process, Nesta Innovation Process, Google Ventures Product Design Process and many others.

The Methods Mapping Analysis Framework focuses on 10 dimensions or views that have been determined to be important in understanding innovation process today across multiple knowledge areas. The framework introduces advanced considerations such as Starting Points, Think Balance, Behaviors, Method Mode, Roles and Values.

At this point we know alot about methodoloy history, what came from where and we continue to be involved in ongoing conversations on this subject. For us this subject also connects to others including: Rethinking Design Thinking, Reinventing Strategic Design and Future Work Skills.

You can view the preview here:  Innovation Methods Mapping: De-Mystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design.

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23
Aug

DeFuzzing Design Futures Since 2002

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NextDesign Leadership Network

Concerned about the state of design leadership skill-building in academia the NextDesign Leadership initiative was originally created by Humantific CoFounders GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor in 2002. It began as a community sensemaking experiment and grew into a changemaking advocacy initiative.

Along the way we undertook and published 30 + thought leader conversations and hundreds of visual explanations regarding the current state and arriving future of design leadership.

In 2005 NextD published its legendary NextD Geographies Framework (Design at Scale 1,2,3,4) to aid in helping others better understand the various forms of design. Since then that framework has been referenced by others in hundreds of papers, books and presentations.

Since launch the NextD team has given many, many talks and held numerous public workshops around the world.

Sponsored by Humantific, the NextD Library is now located on Issuu. As a contribution to the community we happily make many documents available for free to those interested in the subject of ReRethinking Design Thinking.

We also continue to assist educational leaders interested in creating programs and cultures built around adaptable NextDesign Leadership Skills applicable in the context of Design 3 & 4 first identified as an opportunity in 2005.

As part of ongoing future work skills research NextD continues to create and share frameworks that make sense of the emerging future of design / design thinking in the 21st century.

NextDesign Leadership Principles

  1. Design thinking changes according to challenge scale.
  2. Content knowledge is not process knowledge.
  3. Facilitation is a process role not a content role.
  4. Advocating is not facilitation.
  5. Clarify/externalize/visualize process.
  6. Upstream tools are different from downstream tools.
  7. Proportion of sensemaking to strangemaking inverts as scale increases.
  8. Cocreation rises as challenge scale increases.
  9. Expand the universe, no more tribal acronyms.
  10. Think constructing challenge constellations not jumping from briefs.
  11. Sustainability is one challenge type, not meta design.
  12. Be useful in every context.

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GK VanPatter Blog Posts 2016-2017

Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

Making Sense of Design Thinking & Agile Method

Making Sense of “Design Thinking is Bullshit”

Methodology Ethics: Embracing a New Era

SenseMaking is Rising: Beyond Data Visualization

Clarifying Design Thinking: Forbes Vs Humantific

Double Diamond Method: Understanding What was Missed

Origins of NextD Geographies Framework

Upstream/Downstream: Harvard Downstreams Design Thinking

NextD Early Public Workshop Examples

NextD WorkshopONE at Hyperwerk in Switerland

Hyperwerk Feedback

NextD WorkshopONE in New York

NextD WorkshopsONE, TWO, THREE in New York

In The NextD Library:

NextD Reality Check

NextD Geographies / Understanding Design 1,2,3,4

ReReThinking Design Thinking

Teaching CoCreation Now!

Understanding Design 1,2,3,4 / The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

ReThinking Wicked Problems

When [Old Design Thinking] Love is Not Enough

Design [In the Real World] is Changing / Are You?

SenseMaking is Rising

Double Consciousness / Back to the Future with Jones Chris Jones

Inspired by NextD

Design For Care

Meanings of Design Spaces

Design at Scale / DMI

New Visions, New Leaders

Humantific in Finland

CEO’s Are Designers

Aarhus School of Architecture

Design Resilience

Inspired by Skill-to-Scale