Tag: NextD Geographies

23
Dec

Occupy Reimagining Design Education

Humantific CoFounder, GK VanPatter was recently interviewed by Wycliffe Radum of Aalto University Design Factory in Finland.

Wycliffe Radum: In the first Future of Innovation [CEB] conference in Helsinki, in September 2009, you challenged Aalto University’s designers to reach into the realm of organizational innovation by designing strategies and systems rather than products and services. Two years have passed since the conference and you have visited Aalto University a few times during this period. Do you perceive that Aalto University has risen up to the challenge? Has there been a noticeable shift towards the desired organizational changes?

Garry K. VanPatter: “Hello Wycliffe: Happy to do this with you…Yes, I do well remember speaking at that Future of Innovation Conference in Helsinki. I met many terrific people there doing interesting work including some Alto leadership folks who were working on the university combine initiative at that time. It seemed then like an ambitious undertaking. I do recall that several Aalto leaders were interested in the NextDesign Geographies Framework of Design 1,2,3,4 in addition to what Humantific does……”Continue Reading..

07
Dec

Acknowledging The Great Divide

We were delighted to see President Obama touch on a theme that is near and dear to Humantific in his address to the nation last night from Osawatomie, Kansas. That theme, the continuing existence of what is being framed today as “The Great Divide,” seems to be re-arriving in mainstream consciousness in the United States.

For us it has been and is the central theme of an ongoing project that we have been privileged to participate in: the ground-breaking, social sensemaking book series entitled The Measure of America. Authored by Kristen Lewis and Sarah Burd-Sharps, The Measure of America began in 2008 as a book series but soon became a significant social change movement. The series has had a tremendous impact on bringing clarity to many dimensions of The Great Divide discussions. The 2010-2011 edition: The Measure of America 2010-2011: Mapping Risks and Resilience reveals how Americans stack up in health, education, and income.

Of course, many of us will recognize that the topic of inequality is not a particularly new one for this country. It is just that many of the issues remain largely outside mainstream media coverage and unresolved. The Measure of America series has been instrumental in changing that picture. All of a sudden, in 2011, everyone seems to be interested in subject of The Great Divide! Woooooo Hoooooo!

Of course understanding the “Divide” and acknowledging that it exists is not the same as repairing it. We remain optimistic that growing acknowledgement and broader discussion of The Great Divide will go a long way towards realizing much needed societal change.

See more from The Measure of America series:

01
Dec

Humantific at Telefonica Madrid

Last week, Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor was rocking away in Madrid teaching two back-to-back workshops at Telefonica. As part of an introduction to Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program, Elizabeth taught A Glimpse into Visual SenseMaking and A Glimpse into Upstream Challenge Framing. Both sessions are designed to introduce cross-disciplinary skills useful to organizational leaders who are faced with challenges beyond product and service creation presumptions.

During the Visual SenseMaking workshop, participants learned the benefit of using visual models to bring clarity to complicated business ideas. Each person created their own visual toolkit and learned basic visual sensemaking skills.

The afternoon session was focused on Upstream Challenge Framing, a skill in high demand today as organizational leaders are increasingly tasked with tackling highly complex challenges in their institutions and communities.

Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program focuses on a synthesized set of concrete skills that leaders can put into practice in their organizations and in societies.

Stay tuned for news about more Glimpse sessions in New York and San Francisco!

See more here:

Visual SenseMaking For Leaders
CoCreation / Sustainabilities FlipSide
CoCreating Strategy

26
Oct

Teaching Co-Creation Now

Continuing its ReReThinking Design series, NextDesign Leadership Institute has published a new virtual book: “Teaching Co-Creation Now” which makes transparent several long-brewing but seldom-talked-about graduate design education challenges. Like most NextD material, this story reflects considerable synthesis after years of listening to NextD Academy workshop participants and many visiting graduate students from around the world.

To quote the story’s author, GK VanPatter: “Not everyone is going to like the notion of defuzzing this particular subject, but when it comes to deeply understanding what the rise of cocreation really means for graduate design education, it’s getting very late. It’s possible that we have not been clear enough in some of our own earlier materials. Cross-disciplinary cocreation remains at the core of next design, whether everyone likes it or not.”

Recognizing that it’s important to walk the walk, and not just talk the talk, NextD Academy has been offering next design leadership workshops every summer since 2003. Numerous forward thinking design education leaders have attended.

Join the NextDesign Leadership Network conversations!

26
Sep

Humantific Teaches in Madrid

Humantific Teaches in Madrid:
IED’s Masters of Design and Innovation Program

Elizabeth Pastor, partner and co-founder of Humantific, taught at the European Institute of Design Madrid this summer. She held a one week workshop on innovation and visual sensemaking at the Masters of Design and Innovation program, the most advanced level of education at the European Institute of Design Madrid.

The program was a success and the school’s director, Dario Assante, has asked Elizabeth to further the collaboration with the program and participate in future years. The skills and tools that were taught in the workshop are part of from Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program and provided a solid structure and guidance for masters students who are given a fuzzy challenge to untangle and innovate on, during their one year program. She will be participating in the beginning of the program next year to provide the tools early on in the student’s journey through complexity.

See some student feedback:

“I found the whole process extremely interesting. Beginning with a fuzzy idea and ending with a concrete solution was fun and done in a structured process. Also the innovation profile was enlightening and on a personal level it was eye opening.”

“Visual modeling does help a lot to present/clarify the ideas not only to your audience, but most importantly, to your own self!!”

“I learned good techniques to work in teams, understood the importance of ‘No judging’, and the good results that the concepts of ‘diverging’ and ‘converging’ give.”

“I think this way of problem solving improves the relationship between people as much as the work itself.”

“We are more used to thinking in thoughts or words although our work is very visual. Thinking visually adds the most necessary element.”

“After this course, I want to be an Information Designer!”

“I like the structure, the dynamics, and the efficiency of solving problems this way. I am going to apply this to my projects in school and at work!”

“Elizabeth was great!! Clear, professional, communicative, inspiring… great facilitator and educator!”

More about the workshop and program from IED’s Website:

 

SenseMaking, Humanizing Organizations

IED Master Madrid launchs the new Masters of Design and Innovation

23
Sep

ReThinking Self-Organizing Innovation

Humantifc CoFounder GK VanPatter rerethinks the subject of self-organizing innovation. Having problems with getting innovation going on your cross-disciplinary team? Wasting alot of time and energy? Frustration levels rising? Are you experiencing the High-High-Low Effect?

We love self-organizing initiatives and recognize that there are many ways to self organize innovation efforts in organizations and in society.

The difficult truth is, in the marketplace we see a lot of innovation initiatives being referred to as “self-organizing” and “emergent” that look like mirror images of innovation efforts from 15-20 years ago. Some of the most well intentioned self-organizing innovation efforts seen today, seem to jump off from an odd-ball mixture of up to date and outdated knowledge. Often seen is what we call the High-High-Low Effect: High awareness of content and technology knowledge combined with low awareness of cross-disciplinary innovation process knowledge. For participants it can be a puzzling picture to be swimming around in…..See more inside the White Paper.

23
Aug

NextDesign Leadership Institute

About NextD / DeFuzz the Future: Update July 2015:

NextD has been DeFuzzing the Future of Design Leadership at Scale, Design Thinking at Scale, ReScaling Design Methods, ReThinking Design Thinking since 2002. The NextD initiative was originally created by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor as a community sensemaking experiment. NextD has been sharing that sensemaking in numerous forms, accross numerous platforms for more than ten years. As a contribution to the community we are happy to make many of those documents available for free to those interested in the subject of ReRethinking Design Thinking.  (See links below.)

Since launch the NextD team has given many, many talks and held numerous public workshops around the world (see examples below). NextD continues to create and share frameworks that make sense of the emerging future of design in the 21st century. We also continue to assist organizational leaders, educational leaders interested in created programs and cultures built around adaptable NextDesign Leadership Skills.Continue Reading..

11
Aug

NextD Workshops: That’s a Wrap!

Our congratulations goes out to all attendees of this year’s NextD WorkshopONE, TWO & THREE. Participants from around the globe (6 countries in total) came together for 4 days of intensive facilitation training in New York City. It was an incredible few days for all involved, our special thanks to Humantific Strategylab leaders Elizabeth Pastor and Janet Getto for helping us turn our fuzzy problems into action!

Interested in Future Workshops?

Conducting NextD Workshops is only one of many work streams at Humantific. We are doing workshop based cross-disciplinary innovation skill-building on an ongoing basis with organizations in numerous countries. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific in to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building, innovation strategy creation, strategic thinking for leaders, feel free to let us know. Send email to: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

27
Jun

Thinking Made Visible Research

We are delighted to see so much interest in Humantific’s Integrative Thinking Research Initiative. Much to our surprise viewers of the Design Thinking Made Visible Project story have exceeded 15,000.

Posted for public viewing the research outcome included these findings:

Integrative Thinking Research: 10 Key Findings:

Finding 1
This research predates and debunks the widely publicized 2009 academic theory that thinking attributes (reliability & validity) can be rigidly pre-assigned to individuals or teams based on discipline labels such as design, designer or business, business manager. (This is a nice way of saying this was already known prior to 2009.)

Finding 2
Some students of design schools have the same thinking preferences as some students in business schools and vice-versa.

Finding 3
Professors and students are generally unaware of how radically different design process approaches are from one person to another.

Finding 4
Many students of design/innovation are not accustomed to externalizing their thinking process.

Finding 5
For numerous students in this study design thinking jumps off from a framed problem defined by a brief. Often there was no process activity upstream from the brief.

Finding 6
Design Thinking processes often appear very different visually while similar fundamental steps can often be found within. Some steps appear universal, other situational.

Finding 7
Most Design Thinking processes seen here have assumptions embedded that outcomes will be product or service creation.

Finding 8
Most design thinking process models seen in this study contain no reference to behaviors.

Finding 9
This research makes visible why the orchestration of design innovation work remains complex and a key challenge for teams and organizations.

Finding 10
This research suggests that real tools and visually sharable results are extremely useful in moving understanding of Integrative Thinking beyond stereotypical notions of design thinking and business thinking.

You can see these findings on pages 119-129 inside the Design Thinking Made Visible Project.

For “What is Integrative Thinking” see page 13-29
For “Humantific’s Innovation Harmonics” see page 18-29
For “Integrative Thinking in History” see page 131-135

Humantific has numerous streams of Thinking Made Visible Research in progress. Not all Humantific research is public. We often work with business leaders seeking to create private internal research projects focused on better understanding various aspects of their organizations “Innovation Brain”.

If your business organization or school would like to participate in one of our public or private streams of Thinking Made Visible Research send an email to thinkingresearch (at) humantific (dot) com.

27
Jun

Humantific at the BBC

Bringing Complexity Navigation Skills to the BBC in London

Humantific is working with the BBC bringing Complexity Navigation Skills to their User Experience & Design senior leadership team this summer and fall seasons.

Humantific’s Janet Getto and Elizabeth Pastor spent a week in London this past June with BBC’s User Experience & Design senior leadership team. The Strategic CoCreation program was focused on learning cross-disciplinary innovation process skills. The team was very engaged and enthusiastic and gave the whole experience a 9.1 average rating (over 10). Adam Powers, Head of User Experience & Design for Branded Experiences, had great things to say after the experience:

“Humantific were hired by BBC UX&D to deliver a four-day workshop. I am not overstating things when I say that Janet and Elizabeth’s work was transformational for the fourteen people that attended. Seismic organisational changes in BBC UX&D meant that all attendees were particularly open to new ways of thinking, problem solving and collaborating, but Humantific gave us shape and extraordinary focus. We left with practical tools and felt empowered to use them, along with a sense of shared purpose that unified a previously disconnected bunch of creatives. Many organisations can provide training in this Design thinking /Innovation space, but Janet and Elizabeth bring unique insights and approaches – and what’s more, they bring themselves. Inspirational.”

Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor and Michael Babwahsingh will be back this fall for the second part of the program focused on Visual SenseMaking. Stay tuned!