Tag: Elizabeth Pastor

19
Nov

Elizabeth Pastor at ICADE in Madrid

Beginning Tuesday Nov 20, Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor is in Madrid teaching cross-disciplinary Strategic CoCreation skills to MBA students at ICADE, one of Spain’s leading Business and Economics Universities. In the social business economy today we see interest in innovation, collaboration and sensemaking rising in every country and industry.

Strategic CoCreation skill-building is part of Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program. These are 21st century leadership skills taught in experiencial workshops. It is a very different kind of experience from reading case studies! See how onboarding Complexity Navigation capacity can fuel adaptability & agility in your organization.

To inquire about having Humantific teach cross-disciplinary innovation skills, nextdesign thinking skills, complexity navigation skills in your organization or graduate program send an email to programs (@) humantific (dot) com

08
Nov

Elizabeth Pastor at Game Changers

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Humantific co-founder Elizabeth Pastor will be giving a talk on “Using Information Visualization to Prepare for ChangeMaking” at the Game Changers Conference in San Francisco, Monday Nov 11! See how onboarding Visual SeneMaking capacity can fuel adaptability & agility in your organization.

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Making Sense of the Early SenseMakers

Elizabeth Pastor Teaching at ICADE in Madrid

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17
Oct

Making Sense of the Early SenseMakers

Thank you, William Playfair… for going beyond the words and the numbers.

As part of a “White Paper” we are doing at Humantific on the subject of data visualization, I have been enjoying revisiting some of the historical material from the 18th century. I always enjoy looking at the logic behind early data visualizations and learn a lot from the perspective of how to make things more understandable and clear.

For this study, I am spending more time specifically on William Playfair (1759-1823), among the first persons to create graphic representations of data (He was preceded by Joseph Priestly, who created the first timeline chart in 1765). Playfair is credited with being the inventor of line, bar and pie charts. For this paper, I am not focusing so much on how the charts work or don’t work, but, rather, what were they pictures of.

 William Playfair’s historic “Commercial and Political Atlas”, 1786,
described as the first major work to contain statistical graphs.

Reflecting on when this happened… I started to wonder: If Playfair came up with one of the first graphical representations of data, how did people make sense of all those numbers before? I mean, really, how did people actually make sense of everything before? 

When someone says the airplane was invented, we all think, “Wow, that was amazing,” but we don’t always put ourselves at that moment of time, and think about what it meant to not be able to get on a flight to go see your family across the ocean, to go down to the Caribbean for a beautiful vacation, to go to a meeting, etc, etc. I guess most of us would be much closer to our original birthplaces–and if we weren’t, we wouldn’t be going back that often.

So, back to that time when Playfair had that inspiration to represent numbers visually… or, as he called it, making “Data speak to the eyes”.  Being a visual learner, I can’t imagine what that would be like… the fact that studying any subject, would be just words and numbers. Would my ability to understand and learn (and go to the next level of learning and development) be seriously diminished? What would school have been for me growing up? Not that my school years reflected a tremendous amount of meaningful visualization, but it definitely was part of the vocabulary and it helped me learn better.

The second thought I had, was, being such a visual sensemaker myself, would I have started to draw things intuitively to understand them, or would I have stayed in that highly verbal world and struggled to operate in it?

I guess that we will never know the true answer to those questions since we can’t go back and unlearn all the visual language we now take for granted; however, I would venture to say (and I am sure many others would too) that it’s pretty likely that my ability to learn and excel would be diminished quite a bit. A highly verbal language only speaks to a part of the population, as we know from many studies on cognition and multiple intelligence theories.

Thank you, Playfair, for going beyond the words and the numbers, and revealing what is behind the data. For all of us visual thinkers and learners, it’s made a big difference! Really.

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[ And thank you to Howard Wainer and Ian Spence for republishing Playfair’s The Commercial and Political Atlas and Statistical Breviary ]

More on William Playfair on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Playfair

Image Source: Playfair, William. The Commercial and Political Atlas and Statistical Breviary. Wainer, H. and Spence, I., Eds. 2005. Humantific Collection, New York. Reproduced from Playfair’s Atlas, 3rd ed. London: J. Wallis, 1801.

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Consider TIME / Big Data for WHEN?

26
Jun

SenseMaking at IDEAS to ACTION!

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Last week Elizabeth Pastor taught Humantific’s Glimpse into Visual SenseMaking Workshop at the IDEAS to ACTION International Conference on Creativity & Innovation in Atlanta hosted by the Creative Education Foundation. The CPSI Conference is an important event in the Applied Creatvity community that has been around for many years. It was launched in 1954 by Alex Osborn and is still rockin.

Feedback from the Humantific workshop has been extremely positive. One participant said that Elizabeth’s workshop was among the most valuable and successful at the event. We are pleased to hear that participants will be taking their new Visual SenseMaking skills into practice in their everyday lives.

Visual SenseMaking is one component in the Humantific Complexity Navigation Program that combines Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking. These are 21st century leadership skills applicable to leaders in all industries.

See more on Complexity Navigation here:

Humantific at the BBC in London
Humantific at Instituto Europeo di Design in Madrid
Complexity Navigation Program

For information of how to get Humantific at your innovation event write to programs (@) humantific (dot) com

 

 

26
Jun

Humantific teaches at MBA Program

Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor has been teaching cross-disciplinary strategic cocreation skills in one of Spain’s leading Business and Economics Universities, ICADE in Madrid. Elizabeth is teaching in the Executive MBA Program. Students are organizational leaders from diverse backgrounds and industries.

To learn more about how to tap into the teaching power of Humatific send an email to programs (@) humantific (dot) com

05
Jun

Humantific & FutureBankingLab

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All organizational leaders, perhaps especially those in the financial services industry, are facing enormous continous change today. For more than a year, Humantific has been working with the The Inter-American Development Bank’s FutureBankingLab designing and delivering a traveling proactive Beyond Banking Program.

The FutureBankingLab is essentially a multi-disciplinary, global think tank formed by institutions and experts in different areas of banking. It travels around the globe involving many stakeholders in structured dialogue.

Its purpose is to explore challenges and opportunties accross the global banking system at this time of great change. One of its functions is to promote sustainable governance principles that will empower the industry to thrive in a challenging future.

Having kicked off the program last year in Cologne, Germany, Humantific was recently invited back to lead the facilitation of another round of sessions in Madrid, this time focused on developing strategies to fund “The Missing Middle” in Latin America and the Caribbean’s financial sector, in  collaboration with IDB, BBVA (Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria) and the MIF (Multilateral Investment Fund).

 

31
May

Humantific at Pfizer in Madrid!

Humantific returned to Pfizer in Madrid last week to do more strategic cocreation work with Pfizer leaders. With continous change constant in every industry today, Humantific is often asked to help with various adaptability and alignment related challenges.

Making sense of the way forward together and cocreating innovative paths forward takes a very different kind of toolbox and skillset than Six Sigma. Building proactive adaptive capacity that is aligned with values is an ongoing challenge for many highly complex global organizations.

Much of the work that Humantific StrategyLab does is highly confidential and on behalf of our clients we keep it that way.

Stay tuned for more StrategyLab news or follow Humantific on Twitter.

25
May

Humantific & Capco

In the deserts of Carefree, Arizona, the Humantific team is working with the global business and technology consultancy Capco to design and deliver a 3 day strategy cocreation offsite for 100+ leaders. We love working on strategic innovation initiatives with future thinking organizations!

24
May

Humantific Returns to BBC London

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The Humantific Academy team returns to London this week to do back-to-back skill building workshops for the BBC Customer Experience Group.

Many Humantific clients are interested in how we do what we do and seek knowledge transfer. Inside Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program we teach advanced skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking. Combined these are next generation innovation leadership skills.

Last summer we introduced the program to the BBC and they asked us to come back to London to do another round of skill-building in a series of back-to-back Strategic CoCreation workshops throughout this week.

Many experience design groups are seeking to add additional upstream value in their organizations by upskilling in the direction of Strategic CoCreation. They want to be able to go out into their organization to help other groups with all kinds of innovation and change related challenges not just experience design related challenges.

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Humantific Teaching MBA Students at ICADE Business School

14
Mar

Inspired by NextD Geographies

We are delighted to see many graduate and post-graduate students referencing and making use of NextD Geographies, a framework created in 2005 by Elizabeth Pastor and GK VanPatter to make sense of the design thinking community from a complexity scale perspective.  For many, that sensemaking framework has become a useful tool in their efforts to better understand the present and future states of strategic design thinking.

Perhaps a little like song writers seeing their creations adapted and interpreted by others, we might not always agree with every rendition of NextD Geographies, but it is interesting to see the various interpretations and applications across disciplines, geographies, and generations..:-)

Among the currently adapting post-graduate students is Jordan J. Lloyd, working on his PhD at the University of Sheffield School of Architecture, and is focused on “design-led approaches to managing large scale transitions in complex adaptive systems.” Jordan seems to be “interested in ‘developing a design methodology that utilises common threads between complex adaptive systems, then applying them to complex entities such as cities.'”

Of course, for us, Adaptability, Resilience and Adaptive Capacity building are not new ideas, but rather long-standing themes found in Applied Creativity history as early as 1950. What is most interesting to us is to see these themes being adapted to and imported into the rethinking of design thinking, as it continues to scale. The challenges of Adaptability have stood the test of time and remain at the center of many team, organizational, and societal challenges still today. Adaptability continues to be adapted! Friends of Humantific will know that it is the next-generation mechanics of Adaptive Capacity that we teach in Humantific and NextD workshops.

Go here to view the original NextD Geographies models.

Background Note:

Humantific launched the NextDesign Leadership initiative in 2002 as a community sensemaking and changemaking experiment outside of our practice. At that time, we viewed the traditional model of design leadership as a burning platform. Much change was needed, but existing conditions were not fully understood. Making them understood was part of the early NextD mission. Numerous frameworks, including NextD Geographies, have been published on ISSUU, and remain available for viewing for free in the NextD Archive. Some of the NextD models have been widely republished around the world, including NextD Reality Check. We continue to utilize those frameworks as NextDesign Assessment Tools when viewing design programs, faculties, leadership teams, program strategies, consultancies, innovation capacities, geographic region focuses, media focuses, design thinking skill-building programs, etc. On design thinking related questions, NextD Geographies continues to be among the most useful tools in the NextD toolbox.

To join the current conversations, go to NextDesign Leadership Network on LinkedIn. It’s an OPEN discussion group! You can follow NextD on Twitter!