Tag: Elizabeth Pastor

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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06
Dec

Future Work Skills Academy Launching

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10 Future Work Skills

Humantific is delighted to participate in the soon to be launched Future Work Skills Academy being organized by the talented folks at the 4th Industrial Revolution. Getting set to launch is a new virtual learning platform uniquely focused on teaching the 10 Future Work Skills identified in the study by the Institute for the Future in California.

Those skills include:

SenseMaking

Adaptive Thinking

Transdisciplinarity

Design Mindset

Computational Thinking

Social Intelligence

Cognitive Load Management

New Media Literacy

Cross Cultrual Competency

Virtual Collaboration

Humatific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching the SenseMaking module in virtual classroom form, as part of the Future Work Skills Academy faculty.

You can see the program description here:

Fouth Industral Revolution: Future Work Skills Academy

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If you would like to invite Humantific to particpate in your organizations future work skills capacity building initiative send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com.

 

Images Credit:

Photo Image by 4th Industrial Revolution. Diagram by Instiute of the Future.

22
Nov

Portrait of LA County Published

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Arriving Next Week!

Interested in Data-Driven Journalism? Next in its series of pioneering societal sensemaking publications Measure of America has wrapped up it’s Portrait of Los Angles County. It will be published and launched next week!

ABOUT THIS REPORT

“This report is the culmination of a nearly two-year collaboration project involving over one hundred Angelenos from all corners of the county. sectors and walks of life. Portrait of Los Angeles County is an exploration of how LA County residents are faring. It examines well-being and access to opportunity using the human development framework and index, presenting American Human Development Index scores for LA County places and demographic groups and examining a range of critical issues, including health, education, living standards, environmental justice, housing, homelessness, violence, and inequality.”

Humantific has been working in partnership with Measure of America since its first publication in 2008. Other publications include Portrait of Louisiana, Portrait of California and the national Measure of America Report. From the outset we loved the idea of this important data-driven work informing much needed policy level societal changemaking in the United States.

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ABOUT MEASURE OF AMERICA

“Measure of America is a nonpartisan project of the Social Science Research Council. It creates easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding well-being and opportunity in America and stimulates fact-based dialogue about these issues. Through hard copy and online reports, interactive maps, and custom-built dashboards, Measure of America works closely with partners to breathe life into numbers, using data to identify areas of need, pinpoint levers for change, and track progress over time. Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps are co-founders of Measure of America and co-authors of The Measure of America series of national, state, and county reports. They both previously worked on human development issues in countries around the world.”

To download the Portrait of Los Angles County (next week) go here:

Previous Measure of America reports can be found here:

09
Aug

Virtual Visual SenseMaking

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In the Recording Studio

Humantific’s E. Pastor and GK. VanPatter having a few laughs working in the studio recording the new Visual SenseMaking virtual course as part of the new Future Work Skills Academy in collaboration with our friends at 4th Industrial Revolution.

Big thanks to Donna Eiby for all her amazing guidance and support in this new adventure. Designing and delivering virtual learning programs is hard work!

Virtual Visual SenseMaking Coming Soon!

Send us an email if you would like to be advised when this program launches. kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

 

26
Jun

Future Work Skills Academy

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Coming Soon!

Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor will be the Skills Coach for the SenseMaking portion of a new virtual learning program being organized by The 4th Industrial Revolution and designed around Future Work Skills 2020. Among our clients we see considerable interest in on-boarding Future Work Skills.

The 4th Industrial Revolution is a digital platform that brings together the world’s leading contemporary thinkers and practitioners in the 10 skills identified by the Institute for the Future’s (IFTF) 2011 report: Future Workskills 2020. The goal is to enable you to find and refine the humanness that sets you apart from machines. In a computational world where the rise and rise of the machine continues unabated the 4IR.org provides a key to unlock  your potential as a human being and find your place in the workforce of the future.”

“We do this through 30 Masterclasses – online, using the latest training techniques and technologies. And available to you 24/7 to be consumed as you want it, when you want it.”

Elizabeth will be sharing her insights as an cross-disciplinary innovation leader, designer, facilitator and educator with a unique expertise in Visual SenseMaking and Strategic Co-Creation.

See the overview here: http://ow.ly/y6LV306OddW

For more information send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

For information on Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program containing skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research & Visual SenseMaking see here.

23
May

Philanthropy Metrics Workshop

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Bringing together leaders from the world’s largest companies driving societal investment strategies, the annual Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP) Summit is underway here in New York City.

Humantific was invited to design and this afternoon will deliver a hands-on interactive session leading Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) leaders through a series of activities focused on resourcing and accelerating corporate responsibility in their organizations.  Today Corporate Social Responsibility leadership often requires a reporting style that is concise and shows return on investment.

Lead by Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor and Amanda Greenough the session helps participants rapidly make sense of CECP’s industry-leading guidance for scorecards and better understand the role that data driven insight metrics can play in helping to gain traction specifically with senior leaders and CEO’s.

How do you find your vital few metrics that show visible value?

Exploring this question is the focus of this interactive Humantific workshop session.

 

30
Mar

Visual SenseMaking in Context

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Elizabeth Pastor’s new LinkedIn post clarifies important differences between Visual SenseMaking and Graphic Recording.

“We have been practicing Visual SenseMaking at Humantific since our inception in 2001, and I have personally been practicing it for 20+ years. About 10 years ago, there was a boom in visual thinking. We see this interest continuing to rise in how visual thinking can contribute to complex change-making in organizations and societies. We are happy campers!

However, what has come with that rise of visual thinking is also confusion regarding the value and differences between various visualization techniques and approaches.

In this short post, I will share how we see the key differences between Visual SenseMaking and the popular activity known as Graphic Recording. Both add value but they do so in very different ways. One is not the other.”

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20
Mar

Humantific at Parsons Conference

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UPSTREAM Challenge Framing Workshop

Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor and Amanda Greenough will teach a public workshop on UPSTREAM Challenge Framing at Parson’s upcoming Design Intelligence Conference in New York City on April 1.

The theme of this years conference is “Designing for Global Volatility.”

The conference and the workshops are free and will fill up quickly so sign up asap if you want to attend.

[Elizabeth will also participate on the opening morning Panel Discussion.]

To Sign up for the Humantific workshop go here: 

Workshop Description:

ReThinking Design Thinking Series

Workshop: Introduction to UPSTREAM Challenge Framing 

The changing scale of challenges facing organizations and communities requires a new generation of design leaders to be masterful of a new set of framing skills. Gone are the days when we can assume that all design challenges are product, service and experience related. In the context of complex organizations and societies today no such assumptions can be predetermined up front. Drawing from years of methodology-oriented practice knowledge, Humantific will, in this short workshop introduce participants to Real-Time Upstream Framing. Today these are among the most powerful skills in the strategic designer’s toolbox, useful on the fuzzy front end of any innovation project in any industry. Unlike traditional downstream, discipline-specific design thinking framing, upstream framers learn how to step outside his/her discipline to undertake the cocreated framing. It takes skill and considerable practice to be able to do this in real-time in meetings. This 1.5 hour workshop is an introduction to those upstream skills.

Conference Date:

Saturday April 1, 2017

Conference Location:

Parsons
The New School University Centre
63 5th Avenue
New York City

21
Dec

Methods Mapping Book Published

book_mockup_3The new Humantific book by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor: Innovation Methods Mapping / DeMystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design has just been published!

Years in the works and long overdue we finally crossed the finish line on this one! Wooooo Hooooo!

Making sense of innovation process design is the subject of this new Humantific book.

Big thanks to all who contributed.

View the Preview here.

Buy the book on Amazon here.