Tag: CoCreation Process

07
Dec

Enabling Design Thinking

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter writes about one particular “fuzzy misperception wave” often appearing in Linkedin discussion groups.

“With some design thinking related discussion groups on LinkedIn now exceeding 80,000+ members, many new to the subject terrain, it is not so unusual for enthusiastic fuzzy misperception waves to build from one conversation to the next at a rapid rate. Like a fire-hose of run-away freight trains misperception waves seem to appear via social media at volumes that are no longer possible to intercept or comment on.

With everyone busy most practice leaders just let the waves flow hoping they will sort themselves out eventually. Some do. Some don’t. Some fuzzy waves are at times humorous and at other times painful to watch as they take hold and or grow.

Opposite to Donald Trump’s twitter postings, most practice leaders try to select their discussion participations and contributions carefully in consideration of limited time constraints..:-)

In this vein and considering the increasing impact of discussion groups we try to pick and choose which fuzzy misperception waves are important enough to comment on, to make more sense of and or to offer an alternate perspective on for our Humantific readers.

One such misperception wave, popular at the moment is depicting Design Thinking as a “mindset” thing.

Often seen in discussion threads is this murky phrase: “Design Thinking is a mindset not a process.”…On and on it goes being reposted many times by its advocates.”

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Read the entire post here on LinkedIn.

Related:

Humantific: Making Sense of Service Design Thinking

Humantific: Making Sense of Design Thinking & AGILE Method

Humantific: Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

20
May

CoCreation’s Tipping Point

Every quarter we see more experts from various communities of practice discovering the power and timely relevance of cross-disciplinary cocreation. The Rise of CoCreation continues!

Each new arrival seems to offer up a different perspective on the rational, origins, structure, need and various purposes of CoCreation. Some are focused at the scale of product or service CoCreation, others on organizational change and others on societal transformation. Long a stable in leading innovation practices CoCreation is reaching its tipping point in public awareness.

Last week we were delighted to see “Social Architect”, Jon Husband join the wave, offering his view of CoCreation in his blog post:

“Co-Creating as Disruption to the Dominant Cultural Framework”

Of course, CoCreation process design, application and leadership have a long history in Applied Creativity circles. More recently in Design Thinking history CoCreation is often referred to as Participatory Design. Unlike tradional Design Thinking we consider CoCreation to be a different innovation language. We see CoCreation rising in tandem with the Rise of SenseMaking.

It seems inevitable that many new streams are emerging, some aware of CoCreation’s past and some not. Some aware of present practices and some not. As in the Design Thinking wave, Integrative Thinking wave, Big Data wave and Innovation Acceleration wave, there are always going to be repeating starting points as various disciplines arrive and chime in with their “future” depictions. The truth is CoCreation has been around a long time and continues to evolve.

Right now the Big Data wave seems to be merging with the SenseMaking wave, the CoCreation wave and the NextDesign Thinking wave which certainly makes sense to us…:-)

Some firms are not only already practicing in this direction but have codified experiential learning programs up and running. Humantific has been teaching team-based cross-disciplinary cocreation since we founded the company. We have added a lot to the original innovation program. For some time we have believed that CoCreation is just part of a new hybrid skill-set for changemaking leaders. See Teaching Complexity Navigation.

Related

Humantific Teaches CoCreation to MBA students in Madrid

Teaching CoCreation Now!

When (Old Design Thinking) Love is Not Enough

13
Jun

WONE, TWO & THREE Coming Soon!

We have received many requests for NextD Workshops ONE, TWO & THREE and they are coming at the end of July!

WorkshopONE: Exploring the Language of Innovation!
1 day workshop
WorkshopONE is both a mind awakening experience as well as a learning/skills development workshop. Exploring the language of innovation involves learning individual and group innovation skills at a tabletop level (i.e., the tools and behaviors). Participants experience the art and science of creative problem solving, and learn about their own individual styles. The skills learned in WorkshopONE are general innovation process skills.

WorkshopTWO: Understanding Cross-Disciplinary Innovation Now!
1.5 day workshop
Designed to deepen your understanding of cross-disciplinary innovation and the toolbox introduced in WorkshopONE. Participants significantly advance their co-creation, creative problem solving process mastery in a positive, supportive environment. Master meeting roles and learn how to lead through process mastery rather than through content knowledge. Emphasis is on challenge framing mastery on the front end of complex multidimensional fuzzy situations.

WorkshopTHREE: Leading Cross-Disciplinary Innovation Now!
1.5 day workshop
Designed to advance leadership skills in cross-disciplinary innovation WorkshopTHREE helps you put to practice all the learnings from WorkshopONE and TWO in a positive, supportive environment. Participants advance their skills regarding the facilitation of cross-functional teams and small groups. Includes practice of challenge mapping on real issues.

Interested? Email vmiosuro (at) humantific (dot) com today!

10
Jan

Where Good Ideas Come From

People often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascination tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web.

Steven Johnson: Where good ideas come from | Video on TED.com

16
Aug

ReThinking Design in Helsinki


Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter will give a ReRethinking Design talk at the Design is Changing Workshop being organized by Creative Industries Finland, Ministry of Employment & the Economy Finland, Ministry of Education Finland and Design Forum Finland on September 7th in Helsinki as part of the
Creative Economy & Beyond Conference and Helsinki Design Week.

Industry and Government leaders in many countries around the world are trying to understand the changing role of design as well as the challenges and opportunities that their design communities represent. Finland and Denmark are among the most active in supporting their design communities and making connections to innovation.

As cofounders of Humantific and NextDesign Leadership Institute, VanPatter and Pastor are often invited to participate in such gatherings to share learnings gained since they proactively launched the NextD ReRethinking Design initiative in 2002. They became pioneers in the ReReThinking Design movement, the Next Design movement that is now widespread, extremely activated and often competitive.

Session Organizers:

Creative Industries Finland

Design Forum Finland

Ministry of Employment and the Economy

Ministry of Education Finland

You can join NextD: ReRethinking Design on Facebook.

To inquire about Humantific speaking at your event write to programs (at) humantific (dot) com.

19
Feb

Workshops TWO & THREE Wrap

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We had a great group here in New York last week for Workshops TWO & THREE at NextDesign Leadership Institute. It can be a rather mind-bending skill-building journey and everyone worked extremely hard for three full days to emerge with their new advanced co-creation leadership abilities. In Workshops TWO & THREE, participants learn advanced innovation co-creation, navigation and facilitation skills applicable to the Design 3.0 & 4.0 activity spaces. These sessions are taught by leaders of Humantific StrategyLab.

For more information on Humantific Innovation Skill-Building Programs in the USA and Europe, contact programs (at) humantific (dot) com.