Tag: Decision-Making

10
Jul

Innovation-Making Not Just Decisions

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We were delighted to see the recent news that Bloomberg Philanthropies has launched the “What Works Cities Initiative” a three-year, $42 million (USD) effort to support mayors and local leaders in 100 mid-sized U.S. cities with the goal of helping city leaders “use data and evidence in decision-making”.

The orientation towards “decision-making” (convergent thinking) is one that is often seen in the still emerging civic innovation arena today. As innovation practice leaders we notice that such terminology is not exactly on-target from a methods and skills perspective. As practioners working with organizational leaders everyday we recognize that decision-making and innovation-making are not the same thing. Lets not assume they are. Decision-making is only one part of the changemaking/innovation cycle.Continue Reading..

04
Feb

Humantific at Big Data Conference in Paris

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will speak on the subject of SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at the VisionPlus 13 Conference in Paris June 18-20, 2009.

Being organized by the International Institute of Information Design (IIIID) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the conference focus is Data Designed For Decisions / Enhancing social, economic and environmental progress.

For more information about the conference go here:
Data Designed For Decisions

Background:

From the conference materials: “Data is collected for all areas of life. It is available in abundance – the question is, how can it be used effectively? How can it help people understand, and how does understanding help people to take action?

Experts from around the world will investigate the effects of selection, visualization, interpretation and communication of statistical data, and how it can be effectively used to:

• help understand complex issues,
• make data relevant at a personal level,
• close the gap between objective measurement and perception,
• take decisions based on evidence.

Speakers will be from such diverse disciplines as information design, visualization, social sciences, cognitive science, earth sciences, the media, development planning, economics and statistics.

The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for exchanging different views, methods and approaches. Participants should expect to leave with new insights into their own subject, unexpected alliances, and visions for the future.”

Humantific has many friends in the IIID community and appreciate its high standards and rigor.

Some History:

In 1999 VanPatter and Pastor presented Conceptual Idea Modeling at Vision Plus 6 in Vienna. In 1998 Pastor presented her graduate thesis, Conecta Learning System at Vision Plus 5 in Schwarzenberg.

For more information about IIID go here:
International Institute for Information Design

Related:

The Rise of Visual SenseMaking