Tag: Markets for Good

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

 

 

 

29
Apr

Data Visualization as Innovation Fuel

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Contributing recently to the Markets for Good blog, Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter wrote Data Visualization Meets CoCreation.

In this brief paper GK suggests to the philathropic community, taking advantage of what leading business organizations have already learned: that innovation involves equal amounts of challenge framing, idea-making and decision-making. Improving decision-making is not in itself, a formula for enabling cross-disciplinary innovation.

GK suggests moving beyond just data visualization and decision-making to utilize sense-making visualizations as fuel for cocreated innovation. In the organizations that Humantific works with sense-making visualizations are already playing key roles in every phase of the change-making process from the early fuzzy situation stages through to ideation and implementation.Continue Reading..

05
Mar

Data Visualization Meets Co-Creation

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The good folks at Markets for Good / A Social Sector Powered by Information recently invited Humantific to contribute to their exploratory conversation on the subject of Data Visualization in the social sector.

You can read the full unedited version of GK VanPatter’s contribution including references to deciphering your organizational challenges in this downloadable PDF: Data Visualization Meets CoCreation or read the short version on the Markets for Good blog.

“Time is flying by around the Big Data phenomenon so let’s shift gears and kick it up a few notches from what your readers might be expecting here… Big Data is occurring, not in isolation, but rather in parallel to numerous other paradigm shifts …Lets set aside the tactics of Big Data for a moment and consider the bigger strategic picture…What these new generation leaders have in mind looks more like data thinking meets complex problem visualization, data meets and informs strategic cocreation.” GK VanPatter

Humantific Survey / Social Sector Challenge Mapping

From the 10 challenges listed in the attached document choose 3 challenges that are most important to your organization right now and place them in chronological order of importance (with most important at the top). Feel free to post them on the Markets for Good blog or below. If you have another challenge not listed, feel free to add it to your list.  We will share the results.

Related Posts:

Markets for Giving Workshop

Markets For Good Heavy Lift

Mapping Markets For Good

21
May

Innovation Key to Philanthropy

We were happy to see Rex Sinquefield pointing out in Forbes Magazine the rising realization in the philanthropic community that “Innovation is Key to the Success of 21st Century Philanthropy”. It’s already the focus for many leading philanthropic organizations right now including the Rockefeller Foundation, Heron Foundation, Markets For Good, and others.

Related:

Markets For Good Heavy Lift

Markets For Giving Workshop

Mapping Markets for Good

27
Nov

Markets For Good Heavy Lift

Outlining an ambitious revolution in how information could, should, and hopefully will play a key role in future social change-making, long-time Humantific collaborator, Markets For Good, has published a new report entitled: “UpGrading The Information Infrastructure For Social Change”.

Forget the fluffy, high-profile, change-the-world stuff – someone has to do the hard work of building awareness of the need for more social change infrastructure, and our friends at Markets For Good have taken on that important heavy-lift task. Humantific is delighted to be helping!

Markets For Good is an effort to improve the system for generating, sharing, and acting upon data and information in the social sector. Our vision is of a social sector powered by information, where capital flows efficiently to the organizations that are having the greatest impact, programs and interventions are more effective and responsive, beneficiaries have a voice, and there is a dynamic culture of continuous learning, development, and innovation.”

“Our hope is that this paper, together with the new website www.marketsforgood.com, can help to expand and amplify a conversation to explore issues, discuss challenges, and discover the best approaches for getting and using better, more reliable, and more consistentdata in the social sector. While this paper is an outgrowth of numerous discussions among more than 20 social sector intermediaries that have been part of the Markets For Good collaboration, we realize that we are still very much at the beginning of this journey. As such, we intend this paper to be a ‘living document.'”

“We recognize that this vision is ambitious, and realizing it will require many technical, behavioral, and cultural changes….We look forward to your thoughts, and hope you join us as we imagine, and help build, a better tomorrow.”

You can dowload the new UpGrading The Information Infrastructure For Social Change” report here!

Humantific works with LiquidNet, LiquidNet for Good, Markets For Good, and several other organizations involved in this important social change initiative that is sponsored by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, and LiquidNet.

Related:

Humantific facilitates Markets For Giving Workshop in NYC.

Mapping Markets For Good

Humantific is also involved in numerous other Social SenseMaking for ChangeMaking projects, including the ground-breaking Measure of America initiative.

 

28
Oct

Mapping Markets For Good

Humantific and LiquidNet partnered to create Making Sense of Markets For Good which was presented and was on display at the SOCAP10 Conference in San Francisco, October 4–6.

Markets For Good was designed to help explain the primary challenges and opportunities within the philanthropic ecosystem— the giving markets.

More information can be found on the Markets For Good site here.

Download the Markets For Good screens here:

View the presentation on SlideShare here:

Both LiquidNet and Humantific not only devote a percentage of their revenues to social change related causes but are also directly involved in numerous social change initiatives.

In addition to Visual SenseMaking, Humantific works with LiquidNet For Good to plan and deliver hands-on Strategic Cocreation Sessions working with leaders from numerous philanthropic organizations.

If you would like Humantific to help you design and facilitate your social change related workshop send an email to engage (at) humantific (dot) com.