Tag: GK VanPatter

28
Sep

Storming Design Thinking

Making Sense of What Matters

Humantific responds to the Harvard Business Review article by Natasha Iskander.

“This week we are doing something we don’t usually do. In the last few weeks several readers have asked us, via twitter and email, what we thought of an article that appeared recently in the Harvard Business Review so we decided to make this the focus for this weeks’ post. What we thought would not fit in the little comments box over there so we will post it here for our readers…:-)

Upon reading that particular article in the Harvard Business Review by Natasha Iskander ambitiously entitled “Design Thinking is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo” we were reminded that the storming of Design / Design Thinking is not new, taking on many forms over the years, from informed to uninformed and many shades in between.

With open minds we can see the storming is often useful, at other times counterproductive and occasionally just plain entertaining. For those who might not know, that storming is often coming from inside the design communities as much as from external players, competitors, detractors.”

See GK VanPatter’s post on LinkedIn here:

26
Sep

Thanks Kate Storey!

“What a Strategic Innovation Consultancy looks like!”

Just catching up to this one. It was inspiring to see graduate student Kate Story’s post on Medium inspired by Humantific. When we are busy doing our work everyday we do not always think about how or if our work might inspire a new generation of design leaders so it is always great to hear from those who see the value in what we are doing. Making great use of our materials we loved your post Kate!

Kate Storey: “Humantific’s academic prowess affords them the ability to extend and adapt contemporary Design Thinking theories. Their rigour has allowed them to craft their own space and convey it with mastery — see how they articulate the 10 key differences (pp77–97) between themselves and the ‘Mainstream Design’. [7].”

“Humantific understands that designing the conditions for humans to change is a key factor for success. A clue maybe in their name, that they know that the humans are the ones it all comes down to — and that often human design is the focus for adjustment to overcome our human selves, and make work towards a better future possible.”

Kate Gets it!

Kate, we see you are in Melbourne but we hope you stay in touch with us and visit us if you come to New York.

30
Aug

Inclusive Innovation Culture Building

Surfacing Bias in the Context of Innovation

Humantific CoFounder, GK VanPatter tackles the difficult multi-dimensional subjects of Cognitive Bias, Cognitive Awareness, Cognitive Diversity, Cognitive Privileging, Cognitive Minorities and Cognitive Inclusion in his latest Linkedin Blog post....all part of the Future of Work!

“Hello again Humantific readers. In this week’s post we are returning to a theme long at the center of our practice and that is Cognitive Inclusion, also known as Cognitive Diversity, also known as Inclusive Innovation Culture Building.

Not sure exactly why but, out in the marketplace today, you can read 10 articles on the evolving subject of “Diversity in Organizations”and the notion of cognitive diversity never comes up.

You can read 10 articles on the subject of “Cognitive Bias”, some even focused on innovation, and the notion of thinking styles as a form of bias never comes up.

You can read 10 articles on “Pillars for Nurturing Innovation”and the leadership responsibility of acknowledging and tackling cognitive privileging is never mentioned.

Perhaps it’s a little like fish not being aware of the water they are swimming in. Whatever it is, we have noted several enduring blind spots in the popular media literature of these diversity and inclusion related subjects.

Noting that media train we decided it might be confusing to our clients to be seeing articles and posts that point out 15 or 16 dimensions of “Cognitive Bias” related to innovation that never mention what we teach, front and center, in Humantific Academy workshops….so here we are! Good time to check in!”

View Humantific’s: Journey to Inclusive Innovation here:

See the entire post here:

16
Aug

Clarity: Next Design Thinking Evolution

Clarity: The Next Design Thinking Evolution

For those who might have missed this earlier published interview with Humantific Co-Founder GK VanPatter you can find that document plus his 40+ other published papers in free downloadable form here: 

 

10
Aug

Experience Design Thinking

The (not so) SECRET (apparently forgotten) HISTORY (and future) OF EXPERIENCE DESIGN THINKING

Humantific CoFounder, GK VanPatter tackles another difficult subject posting to his Linkedin Blog.

“Happy summer Humantific readers! It is a super steamy week here in New York City! This weeks’ tricky topic: Our view on the evolution of “Experience Thinking”.

Recently we were inspired to write when it was brought to our attention that over on the now giant-sized 100,000+ member Design Thinking LinkedIn group a thread was bubbling up proclaiming the arrival of “Experience Thinking” right now in 2018! Yes, the proclamation was entitled “Design Thinking Grows Up: Welcome to Experience Thinking”“Taking Design Thinking to the Next Level”!

Who Knew?!! 🙂

Since Experience Design is part of our own practice history we decided that it might be useful to our readers if we make this subject the focus for this weeks’ post.

Most communities of practice have a time-line and Experience Design is no different. Understanding community of practice timelines can certainly help us collectively and realistically understand, not only the past, but more importantly what is going on right now and what challenges remain.”

See the entire post here:

14
May

Osborn’s Lost SCAMPER

Reappreciating Applied Imagination

Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter posts to his LinkedIn blog:

Hello again Humantific readers. Inspired by a reoccurring question seen in one of the LinkedIn Design Thinking discussion groups regarding “SCAMPER” we decided to make this the focus of this week’s post. Since many of our readers/clients are innovation initiative leaders we thought it might be useful to you if we share a somewhat lost story regarding this thinking related subject.

At Humantific we recognize SCAMPER as a basic idea prompting technique, (not a method) with a long history that seems to be not well understood in some communities of practice today.

SCAMPER originates in the Applied Creativity community (*1), not the design or design thinking communities. For those who might not know these are two very different communities of knowledge…with very different timelines, heroes, orientation to challenges and methodology histories. While many parallels exist, one is certainly not interchangeable with the other…….

The Edison Effect

It might come as a surprise to some unfamiliar with Osborn’s work or that of the various other United States based CPS/Applied Creavity pioneers but the early orientation of this community can be described as significantly influenced by the Edison Effect….as in Thomas Edison (1847-1931). Without getting into the later criticism leveled at Edison we can acknowledge for the purposes of this post that he was a prolific, highly influential legendary American Inventor…..

See the entire post here: Osborn’s Lost SCAMPER: ReAppreciating Applied Imagination

 

20
Feb

Humantific & TeamLabs

 

Complexity Navigation in Spain

Modeling today and the tomorrow. We had a great week in Spain working with Felix Lozano and his team at TeamLabs an experimental university in Madrid and Barcelona for “teampreneurs”. Working on a joint executive innovation skill-building venture that will bring Complexity Navigation to TeamLabs and TeamLabs to NYC.

Now is the time to have such conversations with us…:-)

Stay Tuned!

25
Jan

ReThinking DesignThinking in Madrid

Humantific at TeamLabs

 

GK VanPatter, CoFounder of HUMANTIFIC and NextDesign Leadership Network in New York will give a public talk on ReThinking Design Thinking at the experimental university campus TEAMLABS in Madrid on Wednesday February 7.

The talk will include key findings from the soon to be published book ReThinking Design Thinking. The book is a synthesis of research, commentary and visualizations undertaken over the course of several years as part of the NextD community sensemaking initiative.

The book includes the NextDesign Geographies Framework articulating the arenas of Design 1,2,3,4 as well as an overview of the challenges facing the application of design thinking methods in practice.

“Today the search for and synchronization of tools, methods and skills to increasingly complex problem scale is a quest underway in many disciplines around the world.”  GK VanPatter

For more information see the TeamLabs site here!

16
Jan

ReThinking Design Thinking

Coming Soon!

Long in the making and long overdue, Humantific will publish ReThinking Design Thinking / Understanding the Future That Has Already Arrived coming up in 2018.

Our readers will know that this community sensemaking initiative has spanned numerous years and resulted in many NextD documents, frameworks, blog posts, etc. some of which have been widely published. We decided to formally publish the synthesized key findings of this initiative in this book form that will be available on Amazon soon.

This publication combines observations on the state of design / design thinking methods and includes views into the already arriving, already operating emerging states of next generation design thinking at challenge scales beyond product, service and experience creation.

This book is meant to be a follow up on our previously published book: Innovation Methods Mapping: De-Mystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design.

If you would like to be made aware when this book is published feel free to send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com.

PUBLIC PRESENTATION

Rethinking Design Thinking presentation in Madrid

02
Jan

Public Workshop in Copenhagen

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Humantific in Denmark!

At the end of the month Humantific will be in Denmark doing a series of SenseMaking for ChangeMaking events at the Danish School of Media and Journalism. There will be workshops at both the Copenhagen and Arrhus campuses of DMJX.

On January 31 there will be combined presentation, Q&A and mini-workshop open to the public in Copenhagen (geared to the business community). If you are in Copenhagen drop by and say hello!

More info from DMJX on the public event here:
https://billetto.dk/e/master-class-med-humantific-for-dmjx-partnere-billetter-249207

For more information on Humantific SenseMaking and ChangeMaking workshops send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com