Tag: Rise of SenseMaking


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


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


The Rise of Visual SenseMaking 



Humantific at VizThink in San Jose

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be facilitating a session at the upcoming VizThink 09 Conference in San Jose, California on February 22-25.

At Humantific, Visual SenseMaking is a hybrid activity integral to ChangeMaking that combines visual design thinking, challenge framing and advanced strategic problem solving.

Elizabeth teaches Visual SenseMaking in Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program that combines skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking.

In that program business executives learn a five dimensional model of SenseMaking that includes:

1. understanding the opportunity space

2. understanding the humans in the opportunity space

3. understanding the information in the opportunity space

4. understanding the opportunity owners

5. understanding the project team.

It is an incredibly useful innovation toolkit for all 21st century change making leaders.


Visual SenseMaking For Leaders
The Complexity Navigation Program / Health Care Innovation

NOTE: The next Visual SenseMaking Workhops will be held in the spring in New York and Madrid.

To express interest in registering send an email to:
programs (at) humantific (dot) com


Humantific at Design Next in India

Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor will be giving a talk on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at the Design Next / Inspiring Transformation Conference in Pune, India December 1-3 2008.

From the conference program: “The Value of Design: There is more to design than simply about “look and feel”. Design is about creating strategic solutions to business problems. The speakers in this section will describe the importance of design in todays economy and will talk about the increasingly crucial role of design in competitiveness of companies in the global economy.”

Of course to answer the question about the value of “design” one has to be able to decipher and explain which “design” one is referring to. Elizabeth will be talking about the value of Design 3.0 / Transformation Design.

Find more details on the conference in Pune see here:

Also see Reflections on the 2007 Leadership by Design Summit in Bangalore.


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 


Humantific Book

Humantific CoFounders, Elizabeth Pastor and GK VanPatter are at work writing
SenseMaking for ChangeMaking, Making Innovation and Change Happen, a new book focused on the SenseMaking revolution underway in the innovation enabling arena. Pioneers of the modern, Visual SenseMaking movement VanPatter and Pastor made their first conference presentation on the role of Visual SenseMaking in innovation acceleration in 1999 at Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, New York. The new book opens a window into ten years of lessons learned in practice working with organizations in the context of change and innovation initiatives, as well as sharing the emerging state of Visual SenseMaking for ChangeMaking today. If you would like to get on the Humantific book list send an email to projects (at) humantific (dot) com.

Update: 2012. Yes this book is still being worked on in between client projects. Yes we are a little behind schedule!


Visual SenseMaking for Leaders

Humantific will hold its first OPEN Visual SenseMaking for Leaders Workshop in October, 2008 in New York. Previously only available as part of the Complexity Navigation Program (seen in the photos above) this new condensed Introduction to Visual SenseMaking is designed as a one day session for business leaders who have to explain complex ideas, stories, strategies, products, services, change initiatives, etc, to diverse audiences; investors, partners, employees, customers, etc. Participants are introduced to the power of visual thinking and learn some basic methods for making visual sense of complex situations. This one day workshop is ideally suited to business executives, team leaders, project managers who want to tap into Visual SenseMaking as part of their design thinking toolbox. Space is limited. If you would like more info about this or any Humantific learning program send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com.