Tag: DD4D (Data Designed for Decisions)

18
Dec

Another OTHER Design Thinking

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Here at Humantific we are always delighted to see design education community change initiatives inspired by The OTHER Design Thinking 2013-2014, Occupy Reimagining Design 2011 and the body of work within NextDesign Futures 2002-2014. Are you ready to be surprised?

Yes that’s right, there is Another OTHER Design Thinking out there, just announced!

Last week the academically focused PhD Design discussion list, well known in the transformation practice community for being slow to adapt, least effective, and often unfortunately down-right nasty when it comes to the subject of design futures made what was for that group, a big leap forward. A few of its loudest, self-appointed leaders announced in a 3 page manifesto posted inside their debating group and across social media that they were finally ready to recognize a multiple part change wave occurring beyond the confines of their circle.Continue Reading..

05
Sep

Michelle Obama talks Data Analytics!

We were delighted to see Michelle Obama’s insightful comments on the relationship between complex problems, data analytics and creating the future that were embedded in her speech last night at the Democratic National Convention. Who knew she knew data analytics?! Michelle gave a glimpse into Presidential sized challenges:

“I’ve seen how the issues that come across a President’s desk are always the hard ones – the problems where no amount of data or numbers will get you to the right answer…” Michelle Obama

We certainly agree!

As trendy as the data analytics and data visualization movements have become and as useful as data analytics are to all organizations today, outside of those movements it has been recognized for some time that data analysis is capable of generating only certain types of pictures.

In our change making work with organizational leaders we find that a useful first question to ask is WHEN is the picture that you seek to create? Are you seeking to create a picture of Yesterday, Today or Tomorrow?

We ask this knowing that any serious look at the history of data visualization will surface the realization that the vast majority of data visualizations that have been generated since the 18th century as well as those being generated today are pictures of yesterday and today, not pictures of tomorrow. In spite of advancing technology tools that orientation inside the data visualization business has not changed in 226+ years!

At Humantific we certainly recognize that while data analysis and data visualizations can significantly enhance organizational sensemaking of yesterday and today, pictures of tomorrow need to be cocreated. The not so hidden truth is that cocreating futures together requires a very different kind of skill-set than simply crunching and visualizing data sets.

Most forms of complex problem solving, all forms of meaningful organizational change and societal change require cocreation across many constituents, many disciplines. However well intentioned, change making is rarely as simple as placing visualized data in front of human eyeballs. Lets get real. If effective change making was that simple we would be living in a quite different world today.

This cocreation realization has been at the center of our Humantific work since we founded the company in 2001. We are deeply involved in visual sensemaking and realize that its real value is made possible in the context of cocreation. It is a realization that we share with the organizations that we have ongoing work with. Savvy organizational leaders are already operating in the beyond data analytics era. In that next era that is already here, sensemaking and cocreation are deeply intertwined.

Full transcript of Michelle Obama’s Convention Speech

Related:

Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor presents SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at the “Data Designed for Decisions Conference” in Paris.

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04
Feb

Humantific at Big Data Conference in Paris

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will speak on the subject of SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at the VisionPlus 13 Conference in Paris June 18-20, 2009.

Being organized by the International Institute of Information Design (IIIID) and the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) the conference focus is Data Designed For Decisions / Enhancing social, economic and environmental progress.

For more information about the conference go here:
Data Designed For Decisions

Background:

From the conference materials: “Data is collected for all areas of life. It is available in abundance – the question is, how can it be used effectively? How can it help people understand, and how does understanding help people to take action?

Experts from around the world will investigate the effects of selection, visualization, interpretation and communication of statistical data, and how it can be effectively used to:

• help understand complex issues,
• make data relevant at a personal level,
• close the gap between objective measurement and perception,
• take decisions based on evidence.

Speakers will be from such diverse disciplines as information design, visualization, social sciences, cognitive science, earth sciences, the media, development planning, economics and statistics.

The goal of the conference is to provide a platform for exchanging different views, methods and approaches. Participants should expect to leave with new insights into their own subject, unexpected alliances, and visions for the future.”

Humantific has many friends in the IIID community and appreciate its high standards and rigor.

Some History:

In 1999 VanPatter and Pastor presented Conceptual Idea Modeling at Vision Plus 6 in Vienna. In 1998 Pastor presented her graduate thesis, Conecta Learning System at Vision Plus 5 in Schwarzenberg.

For more information about IIID go here:
International Institute for Information Design

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