Tag: Elizabeth Pastor

27
Oct

Humantific & the City of Austin

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The Humantific team is excited to be back in Austin, Texas this week to work with the forward thinking City of Austin’s Civic Innovation Team on building adaptable civic innovation leadership capacity.

Many cities are realizing that there is a role for city governments in inspiring, supporting and leading innovation in their local communities. One result is significant interest from city government leaders in acquiring next generation innovation leadership skills for the specific context of complex civic challenges.

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16
Oct

Humantific leading BRAINBOOM at IED

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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!

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29
Sep

Elizabeth Pastor at Mexico Conference

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On Thursday October 1st Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be giving a talk on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at “3er Coloquio Nacional de Investigación para el Diseño” conference in Mexico City.

We are seeing rising interest in SenseMaking and ChangeMaking throughout Latin America.

For more information on the “3er Coloquio Nacional de Investigación para el diseño” conference go here!

Humantific has been integrating data and information visualization into purposeful Strategic Cocreation for more than ten years. To do that we utilize and share with our clients a much broader innovation enabling toolset than is typically found in the current evolution of the data visualization and design thinking communities.

Our “secret innovation enabling sauce” is the hybrid combination of advanced cocreation skills combined with deep visual sensemaking capacity.

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Humantific at City of Austin

Humatific leads BRAINBOOM in Madrid

 

 

 

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.

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Humanific at European Institute of Design 

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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.”

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 Breathing Life into Numbers

Portrait of Sonoma County Launches

SenseMaking for ChangeMaking

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.

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What is The OTHER Design Thinking?

15
Apr

Visual SenseMaking in Madrid

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Upcoming at Matadero Madrid, Humantific is holding an open public Visual SenseMaking workshop on April 29.

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching a one hour introduction to Visual SenseMaking in Spanish. All are welcome.

For those who might not know: Visual SenseMaking is not graphic facilitation! Come and learn more about how Humantific does what it does to help organizational leaders make sense of complex situations and convert complexity to innovation fuel.

Registration is now open!

Elizabeth will also be doing BRAINBOOM 2 with graduate students at the European Institute of Design next week in Madrid…See here!

Questions? Email us: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

 

 

14
Apr

BRAINBOOM 2 in Madrid

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Next week Humantific will be back in Spain rocking with BRAINBOOM 2!

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will return to the European Institute of Design in Madrid to lead a new crop of graduate students in the 3 day BRAINBOOM experience April 22-24.

Designed by Humantific last year BRAINBOOM! | innova, visualiza, colabora is a next generation orientation program designed for entering graduate students to rapidly become familiar with their new colleagues, new environment and learn collaborative innovation skills that will help them succeed in their diverse programs. These synthesized innnovation skills are becoming the new 21 century fundamentals for all forms of cross-disciplinay work.

The BRAINBOOM skill-building experience also helps graduate students to begin thinking about how to visualize and actionize their future aspirations and goals. Special thanks to the IED faculty and staff for a great collaboration!

From the previous session see The Energy of BRAINBOOM.

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

Upcoming Humantific Public Sessions in Madrid

In addition to BRAINBOOM at IED, Humantific will be doing an open, free public introductory session in Madrid April 29. This session will focus on Visual SenseMaking. Stay tuned for more details.

Interested in Future Workshops?

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.

 

10
Feb

The Energy of BRAINBOOM!

This short video just published by European Institute of Design in Madrid captures the energy of BRAINBOOM, a four day graduate student orientation program designed by Humantific. Shown here leading from center stage is Elizabeth Pastor.

Special thanks goes to the IED faculty and staff for a great collaboration! Thanks for having the courage to undertake such an adventuresome rethinking of graduate student orientation with us.

Humantific is often asked to design experiential learning programs that involve cocreation skills-transfer.

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Istituto Europeo di Design

BRAINBOOM: It’s a Wrap!