Tag: Human-Centered


Innovation-Making Not Just Decisions


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..


Chief Civic Innovation Officer Skills

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Civic innovation is a subject that is near and dear to us at Humantific and we digest a lot of material being generated in the media on a regular basis. There is no question that interest in the subject of civic innovation continues to rise. As practitioners working in the real world with client organizations we don’t always get a chance to comment on everything we see in the media.

We do see momentum building towards a better understanding of the many challenges surrounding civic innovation and thats good news. As various interest groups weigh in to contribute perspectives the landscape of what is known and what is in progress, ie not yet resolved becomes more clear.

Often being presented under different themes, one common thread across many civic innovation initiatives are the stated goals of achieving/building adaptability, agility, flexibility, resilience, fluency, fluxability, adaptive capacity. As an objective this is not so different from many large business organizations today operating in a continously changing world.Continue Reading..


Envisioning Futures Program


Working in collaboration with a leading global financial services corporation based in San Francisco, Humantific has created a repeatable Future Envisioning CoCreation Workshop that is being rolled out to hundreds of employees in the next 12 months. As global markets remain turbulent adaptive organizations are investing in proactive envisioining that maximizes collective brainpower.

Making extensive use of visualized customer research and future horizon trends, Humantific designed the learning experience, the data/information fields, the envisioning exercises as well as the skill-building program within.

Physical experience future envisioning gives employees the opportunity to step away from their daily activities, deliberately focus on the future and make constructive use of their own marketplace observations while engaging with colleagues from many disciplines. Its also an opportunity to do common-language cocreation skill-building across the organization so it adds multiple levels of value simmaltaneoulsy.

We can’t tell you what exactly happens in confidential client sessions but we can say that each is focused on generating scores of constructive outcomes that are directly useful to the company in various ways.

Connecting the dots between new generation leadership, proactive envisioning and everyday innovation, many organizational leaders are looking for ways to make innovation real, inclusive and actionable by design rather than by accident.

To inquire about Humantific Academys innovation skill-building programs and or culture building services send an email to programs (@) humantific (dot) com.


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Meet Me at MoMA

Every month MoMA opens its doors to people with Dementia and their caregivers for a special visit. These guests don’t walk around the whole museum. Rather, they focus on four or five works in depth and engage in a conversation with the MoMA staff about the importance of those works in the history of art. In January, they discussed the meaning of tradition and innovation and related it all to the theme of “New Beginnings.”

The pace, structure, and theme have the purpose of making art accessible to people with dementia, considering their experience with the disease: memory loss, disorientation, problems with language and abstract thinking.

The MoMA Alzheimer’s Project is the nationwide expansion of MoMA’s art and dementia programs, including Meet Me at MoMA, the Museum’s outreach program for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.

The project broadens the reach of MoMA’s art and dementia programs through the development of resources that can be used by museums, assisted-living facilities, and other community organizations serving people with dementia and their caregivers.

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Early Ballot Poorly Designed

Today we saw the US election ballot being sent out to early voters here in New York state and what a SenseMaking nightmare it is folks. It looks like the Board of Elections in New York did not learn anything from that last US election.  What happened to the much ballyhooed “Design for Democracy” work done by the AIGA here in Manhattan? Was there no uptake right here in New York state?

Imagine senior citizens trying to figure out this ballot! It lists Obama/Biden in two different columns and McCain/Palin in three different columns with no explanation as to why. The entire multi-year election process comes down to these tiny little ovals on a ballot form! The creators of this document have evidently decided that the needs of the processing machine are more important than the cognitive needs of the humans attempting to fill out this form. When there is so much invested in this election process and so much at stake it boggles the mind to see this important instrument done so poorly. With a little SenseMaking brainpower this could have been designed so much more effectively for everyone of voting age. Keep your fingers crossed that next week voters across the country can figure out the myriad of ballots awaiting them. Honestly our government must start doing a much better job with democracy related instruments if democracy is to survive. In its present form this early ballot instrument is unfortunately not representative of a leading nation. Come on folks we can do better than this!

PS: We are interested in all other US election 2008 ballots so feel free to send your scans to research (at) humantific (dot) com