Tag: Rise of SenseMaking

03
May

Making Sense of Complexity

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Appearing today in the New York Times: Making Sense of Complexity

“Look at the military’s PowerPoint slide of the Afghanistan war, a labyrinth of cross-thatching lines and arrows swirling around words like INSURGENTS and COALITION CAPACITY & PRIORITIES. “When we understand this slide,” said Gen. Stanley A. McChrystal, who leads the American effort in Afghanistan, “we’ll have won the war.”

“..Complexity has a way of defeating good intentions. As we clean up these messes, there is no point in hoping for a new age of simplicity. The best we can do is hope the solutions are just complicated enough to work.”

13
Jan

SenseMaker Dialogs Registration Opens

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Rethinking the Boundaries of SenseMaking

Registration is now open!

Speakers:

Richard Saul Wurman
Garry K. VanPatter

 

Date: February 16th (Evening)
Location: Parsons The New School for Design, NYC

SPACE IS LIMITED!

Go here to register:
http://www.eventbrite.com/event/407433645

SenseMaker Dialogs speaker series focuses on exploring the rapidly changing hybrid activity of SenseMaking in the 21st century.

No longer just focused on data and information visualization, the boundaries of what sensemaking is and what sensemakers do in the context of organizations and society is in a state of rapid transformation like never before.

Leading sensemakers today have become integral to many forms of changemaking occurring in organizations and in societies around the world.

In SenseMaker Dialogs, speakers from diverse backgrounds will explore these shifts.

Each talk features two speakers.

This February 16th evening event is being held in the Theresa Lang Community & Student Center at Parsons The New School for Design, 55 West 13th Street in Manhattan.

See more details here:

http://www.eventbrite.com/event/407433645

You can join Social SenseMaking on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=63415711568

You can join SenseMaker Dialogs on Facebook.
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=108739564847

07
Jan

Wurman Speaks at SenseMaker Dialogs

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Pioneering SenseMaker, Richard Saul Wurman will speak at SenseMaker Dialogs in New York on February 16, 2010!

Official online registration will open soon.

Sponsors: Humantific & Parsons, School of Design Strategies.

Moderator: Elizabeth Pastor.

Location: Parsons, The New School for Design in Manhattan.

Date: February 16, 20010

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Tickets: $12.

SPACE IN PARSONS AUDITORIUM IS LIMITED!

To get on early registration list: email programs (at) humantific (dot) com

What is SenseMaker Dialogs?

SenseMaker Dialogs is a speaker series launched in 2009 focused on the rapidly changing hybrid activity of SenseMaking in the 21st century.

Organized by Humantific in collaboration with Parsons, School of Design Strategies in New York SenseMaker Dialogs celebrates and shares views into the revolutionary wave in sensemaking that is underway in our increasingly complicated world.

Leading SenseMakers today are already involved in much more than data and information visualization. SenseMakers have become integral to many forms of change making occurring around the world.

The boundaries of what sensemaking is and what sensemakers do is in a state of rapid transformation like never before. SenseMaker Dialogs will explore these shifts.

Each talk features two thought leaders engaged in exploring the boundaries of sensemaking.

Join SenseMaker Dialogs on Facebook.

Questions? Send email to: programs (at) humantific (dot) com

18
Dec

The Future of Innovation Published

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Just published and now available: The Future of Innovation.

Humantific, Strategos, IDEO, Mckinsey, IBM, Nokia, Philips, Siemens, and London Business School are among the contributors to the book.

“[Editors] Bettina von Stamm and Anna Trifilova have gathered together the thoughts and ideas of over 200 of the most creative innovators from business, professional practice and academia from nearly 60 countries. The contributors look at innovation from almost every angle. Their statements offer an unparalleled view of innovation and provide a depth of insight that is extraordinary. The editors’ reflection on each statement and on the sections within the book, provide useful links between themes and reinforce the relationships between many of the ideas.

Anyone interested in innovation (student, researcher or practitioner) will benefit from this global thought collection. The contributors’ multiple perspectives, models, practical examples and stories provide a sense of innovation that no single writer could ever capture.”

See here for the entire list of Contributor Affiliations.

The Future of Innovation Book can be ordered here.

Friends of Humantific receive a 20% discount off the retail price by entering this promotion code: G9BPF20

The Future of Innovation Initiative

You can find out more about The Future of Innovation initiative here:

“Welcome to the Future of Innovation: Here over 350 leading thinkers from business, government, consulting and academia from around the globe share their thoughts, experiences, dreams, visions, hopes, concerns, and passions around The Future of Innovation, providing you with insights into tomorrow’s innovation agenda so that you can start acting on it now.”

Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program

To inquire about how Humantific can help your organization adapt to a continuously changing world by building an inclusive innovative culture that maximizes diverse brainpower send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com

09
Nov

The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

First presented in 2005 this diagram is utilized in several public workshops and keynote talks that extends ten years of Humantifc work. CoFounders Elizabeth Pastor and GK VanPatter connect the dots and share views into the relationship between rising complexity of human challenges, the information tsunami and the significant rise of interest in Visual SenseMaking around the world.

Making the distinction between SenseMaking (making the strange familiar) and StrangeMaking (making the familiar strange), Humantific points out a paradigm shift underway across Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 that has enormous implications for 21st century design education as well as strategic design practice.

In a post consumer society it is a brain and skill shift equivalent to the retooling of the industrial era. Making sense of organizational and social complexity in order to get ready for change is very different from focusing on making cool products to consume. SenseMaking requires a different skill-set than StrangeMaking.

For more info see:

GK VanPatter Interviewed by Peter Jones

Design 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 / The Rise of Visual Sensemaking

Design 4.0 Rocks the House

SenseMaker Glimpse Wraps in New York

More SenseMaker Dialogs coming soon

You can join the open SenseMaker Dialogs group on facebook.

26
Oct

GK VanPatter at Malmö University

Humantific Co-Founder, GK VanPatter will give a free open to the public talk on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking in Malmö, Sweden on November 12, as part of a new speaker series being organized by the MEDEA Societal Entrepreneurship Program at Malmö University.

“MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative is a center for new media research and development at Malmö University, Sweden. Medea is built around co-production with actors outside academia – companies, organizations, artists, citizens, etc. A special focus is put on the development of new creative practices and on new public spheres.”

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12
Oct

Executive Summary Portrait of Louisiana

For those interested in the just published Portrait of Louisiana and the role of social sensemaking in driving social change an executive summary is now available in PDF form.

For more information on the Measure of America initiative go here:

02
Oct

SenseMaker Dialogs

SenseMaker Dialogs is a new speaker series focused on the rapidly changing hybrid activity of SenseMaking in the 21st century. The series was launched August 13th in New York, sponsored by Humantific and Parsons School of Design Strategies in New York.

SenseMaker Dialogs celebrates and shares views into the revolutionary wave in sensemaking that is underway in our increasingly complicated world.

Leading SenseMakers today are already involved in much more than data and information visualization. SenseMakers have become integral to many forms of change making occurring around the world.

The boundaries of what sensemaking is and what sensemakers do is in a state of rapid transformation like never before. SenseMaker Dialogs will explore these multi-dimensional shifts.

Each talk features two thought leaders engaged in exploring the boundaries of sensemaking.

Moderator

Elizabeth Pastor
CoFounder, Humantific

Speakers

SenseMaker Dialogs 1

Marshall Clemens
Founder, Idiagram

Brian Willison
Director, Parsons Institute for Information Mapping

Upcoming Speakers
(Dates to be confirmed)

Richard Saul Wurman
http://www.192021.org

Paolo Ciuccarelli
http://www.densitydesign.org

Elizabeth Pastor
http://www.humantific.com

FAQS

What is SenseMaking?

SenseMaking is primarily a domain of knowledge about how humans make sense of complexity.

Many historical and current definitions exist.

This series seeks to make sense of what 21st century SenseMaking is becoming.

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Who is the audience for SenseMaker Dialogs?

Everyone interested in the broad subject of SenseMaking is welcome.

The series is focused primarily on SenseMaking in organizations and societies.

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Who should attend SenseMaker Dialogs?

Forward thinking leaders in business and society.

Leaders in organizations encountering mountains of complexity and continuous change.

Those seeking to harness next design thinking in their organizations.

Graduate design education leaders seeking insights into the future of design innovation.

SenseMaking experts seeking to join and help construct a 21st century SenseMaking community.

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What are the backgrounds of the guest speakers?

Speakers in SenseMaker Dialogs come from diverse backgrounds.

If you have a suggestion regarding who would make a great speaker let us know.

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What industries and societies most need SenseMaking?

The need to make sense of fuzzy complexity applies to every industry and every society.

SenseMaking has already become an integral aspect of many change driving initiatives in organizations and in society.

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How can I get involved in SenseMaker Dialogs?

If you would like to become a SenseMaker Dialogs volunteer or sponsor send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES: If you would like to become a cosponsor of the SenseMaker Dialogs series, please send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com with “SenseMaker Dialogs Sponsorship” as the subject.

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You can join:

SenseMaker Dialogs on Facebook

Social SenseMaking on Facebook

Also see GK VanPatter on Karl Weick’s SenseMaking.

28
May

SenseMaker Dialogs Coming Soon!

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SenseMaker Dialogs is a new speaker series focused on the rapidly changing hybrid activity of SenseMaking in the 21st century. Organized by the Humantific team in New York, SenseMaker Dialogs will celebrate and share views into the revolutionary wave in sensemaking that is underway in our increasingly complicated world.

Leading SenseMakers today are already involved in much more than data and information visualization. SenseMakers have become integral to many forms of change making occurring around the world.

The boundaries of what sensemaking is and what sensemakers do is in a state of rapid transformation like never before. SenseMaker Dialogs will explore these multi-dimensional shifts.

Each talk will feature two thought leaders engaged in exploring the boundaries of sensemaking (speaker list TBD). The first SenseMaker Dialogs session is tentatively scheduled for mid-July in New York. These will be bi-monthly mid-week evening sessions from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Space will be limited.

Online registration will be opening soon. If you would like to get on the early registration list, send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com with “SenseMaker Dialogs” as the subject.

Join the group SenseMaker Dialogs on Facebook!

19
May

Visual SenseMaking Workshop Wraps

[slideshow=26]Humantific’s Visual SenseMaking Workshop wrapped up on Saturday at Pratt Institute in New York. Taught by CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor the workshop focused on Visual SenseMaking in the context of organizations. An enthusiastic group that included numerous graduates of NextD innovation workshops spent the day learning how to create their own visual thinking toolbox, unpack complexity and construct strategic stories.


Some Feedback from Participants:
“A great experience”
“On a scale of one to ten : 10”
“Extremely helpful”
“Helps me understand how to map patterns with diagrams”
“Most meaningful: Triggers diagramming words!”
“Everything was useful”
“Most meaningful: Mapping each other”
“Will help me work with my students to frame thesis problems”
“I begin to see how Humantific visualizes complex concepts”
“How can I get really good at this?”

The next Visual SenseMaking workshop will be in Barcelona later this summer.

If you would like to be notified about our future Visual SenseMaking workshops send an email to: programs (at) humantific (dot) com with workshops as the subject.

What is Visual SenseMaking?
Visual SenseMaking is the activity of making sense of ambiguous complex
situations through visual methods and tools including words, images,
drawings, diagrams, charts, graphs, etc. This involves not only visual thinking,
but creating visual ordering systems.

While the skill of Visual SenseMaking can be broadly applied to many life
situations on planet earth, in Humantific workshops we focus on Visual SenseMaking in the context of organizations, organizational situations, systems, processes,
challenges, opportunities, etc.

Is Humantific Visual SenseMaking different?
Yes! The Visual SenseMaking that we teach is not about drawing conversations.
We overlay an adaptable problem solving logic that makes for a much more
robust toolkit applicable to serious business challenges of all types. This
workshop takes you inside the world of Visual SenseMaking at Humantific.
Previously only offered as part of our extensive Complexity Navigation Program,
this new one-day stand-alone session is geared for business leaders who seek
to get started on the road to becoming a Visual SenseMaker.