Tag: SenseMaking

08
Nov

NextD Journal Reboots

Design Thinking is Changing! Are You?

Returning from a long pause, an experimental version of NextD Journal will be launching soon. Remaining focused on sensemaking the new series will undertake a ten part document review with commentary from numerous invited contributors.

Stay tuned!

NextD Journal is sponsored by Humantific.

28
Sep

Storming Design Thinking

Making Sense of What Matters

Humantific responds to the Harvard Business Review article by Natasha Iskander.

“This week we are doing something we don’t usually do. In the last few weeks several readers have asked us, via twitter and email, what we thought of an article that appeared recently in the Harvard Business Review so we decided to make this the focus for this weeks’ post. What we thought would not fit in the little comments box over there so we will post it here for our readers…:-)

Upon reading that particular article in the Harvard Business Review by Natasha Iskander ambitiously entitled “Design Thinking is Fundamentally Conservative and Preserves the Status Quo” we were reminded that the storming of Design / Design Thinking is not new, taking on many forms over the years, from informed to uninformed and many shades in between.

With open minds we can see the storming is often useful, at other times counterproductive and occasionally just plain entertaining. For those who might not know, that storming is often coming from inside the design communities as much as from external players, competitors, detractors.”

See GK VanPatter’s post on LinkedIn here:

26
Sep

Thanks Kate Storey!

“What a Strategic Innovation Consultancy looks like!”

Just catching up to this one. It was inspiring to see graduate student Kate Story’s post on Medium inspired by Humantific. When we are busy doing our work everyday we do not always think about how or if our work might inspire a new generation of design leaders so it is always great to hear from those who see the value in what we are doing. Making great use of our materials we loved your post Kate!

Kate Storey: “Humantific’s academic prowess affords them the ability to extend and adapt contemporary Design Thinking theories. Their rigour has allowed them to craft their own space and convey it with mastery — see how they articulate the 10 key differences (pp77–97) between themselves and the ‘Mainstream Design’. [7].”

“Humantific understands that designing the conditions for humans to change is a key factor for success. A clue maybe in their name, that they know that the humans are the ones it all comes down to — and that often human design is the focus for adjustment to overcome our human selves, and make work towards a better future possible.”

Kate Gets it!

Kate, we see you are in Melbourne but we hope you stay in touch with us and visit us if you come to New York.

21
Aug

Humantific at Google New York City

Elizabeth Pastor Presents!

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor gave an informal Humantific talk today at Google here in New York City.

Lots of interest in the NextDesign Geographies Framework… Design 1,2,3,4.

Lots of interest in Upstream and Downstream methods.

Lots of interest in learning more about how to bring understanding of cognitive/thinking styles into cross-disciplinary team consciousness.

If you would like Elizabeth to come and give an inspirational Humantific talk to your in-house group on topics such as SenseMaking for ChangeMaking, Building Inclusive Innovation Culture, Upstream Challenge Framing, or Rethinking Design Thinking, feel free to send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com.

If you are an organizational leader and would like to join our Friends of Humantific LinkedIn Group feel free to send us an email. 🙂

15
Jun

Future Work Skills Academy Launches

Future Work Skills are Here!

For all those interested in the emerging future of work: Future Work Skills Academy has launched! We are delighted to collaborate on this important initiative with 4th Industrial Revolution.

Its been an interesting journey and for everyone involved a tremendous amount of work to create this virtual program designed around future skills articulated in the Institute for the Futures 2020 Report..

Huge thanks to our fearless project leader Donna Patricia Ann Eiby who was the driving guide behind this initiative.

We are thankful for being included and we learned a lot by jumping in to create a virtual version of our introductory SenseMaking Workshop starring Elizabeth Pastor!

 

Go here to sign up: See Humantific Cofounder, Elizabeth Pastor teaching SenseMaking in this virtual session!

 

Interested in Future Work Skill-Building?

We have an entire physical world skill-building program combining Advanced Problem Solving and Visual SenseMaking.

Feel free to write to us: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

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22
Dec

Danish School of Media & Humantific

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Future Work Skills in Denmark

We are delighted to be partnering with the Danish School of Media and Journalism on building a new cross-disciplinary innovation initiative focused in the Scandinavia marketplace.

With a happening leadership team, the university is a renowned knowledge center for the media and communications sector in Denmark focusing on lifelong learning and innovation. DMJX leaders have identified the need to train for high complexity and complex problem solving. What a great fit with Humantific!

In the new year Humantific will be bringing our Complexity Navigation Program to Denmark, doing a series of SenseMaking and ChangeMaking workshops in Copenhagen and Aarhus in collaboration with the Danish School of Media and Journalism.

With so much change occurring in the media, journalism, communications and related industries globally it’s an exciting time for adaptive future work skill-building.

Watch the DMJX video here:

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“The Danish School of Media and Journalism (DMJX) was formed in 2008 by a merger between the Danish School of Journalism and the Graphics Art Institute of Denmark. Located in Copenhagen and Aarhus, the institution is the only place in Scandinavia that covers the whole media sector and provides design and content to the media industry (journalism, photojournalism, graphic design, interactive design, creative communication, TV and media directing and media production and management) through a wide range of Bachelor and Master’s degrees, diplomas and courses.”

Stay tuned…More to come!

06
Dec

Future Work Skills Academy Launching

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10 Future Work Skills

Humantific is delighted to participate in the soon to be launched Future Work Skills Academy being organized by the talented folks at the 4th Industrial Revolution. Getting set to launch is a new virtual learning platform uniquely focused on teaching the 10 Future Work Skills identified in the study by the Institute for the Future in California.

Those skills include:

SenseMaking

Adaptive Thinking

Transdisciplinarity

Design Mindset

Computational Thinking

Social Intelligence

Cognitive Load Management

New Media Literacy

Cross Cultrual Competency

Virtual Collaboration

Humatific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching the SenseMaking module in virtual classroom form, as part of the Future Work Skills Academy faculty.

You can see the program description here:

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If you would like to invite Humantific to particpate in your organizations future work skills capacity building initiative send us an email: engage (at) humantific (dot) com.

 

Images Credit:

Photo Image by 4th Industrial Revolution. Diagram by Instiute of the Future.

26
Oct

SenseMaking Rising

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Beyond Data Visualization

Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter posts to his LinkedIn blog:

Visual SenseMaking continues to rise and for us that’s all good news. Some of our Humantific readers will know that long before the “Big Data” wave arrived, Elizabeth Pastor and I first presented on the subject of how information informs innovation at a Cooper Hewitt Design Museum conference, here in New York City in 2001.

Since that time, we have learned more and more by working with organizational leaders using visualized information as fuel to help tackle complex challenges and drive change. By 2001 we already knew that SenseMaking in an innovation context involves more then just making sense of data. 🙂

The secret sauce of Humantific has always been the combination of SenseMaking and ChangeMaking, how to integrate various forms of insight directly into the cocreation or innovation process.

Being engaged in this work for a prolonged period of time certainly accelerated our understanding early on, regarding how methods need to change in order to be reflective of this information-based fuel. Writing an R&D type book on the history of innovation methods helped to drive home this realization. 🙂

For us the vast overblown overemphasis on “Big Data” has been a bit of a side show distraction but realization is finally emerging in the marketplace that data itself is not a magic bullet. Unless you widen the inputs beyond just data and integrate those insights into to a learnable changemaking process, nothing much is going to occur with just the data visualized.

In our Humantific work, data is not the king of the castle but rather is recognized as one form or one dimension of insight that we want to weave into the SenseMaking puzzle. In our Humantific practice we created the 5 Dimension model of SenseMaking that includes the integration of upstream framing, ie; making sense of the challenge or opportunity space……

What we are teaching is how to operate and move forward constructively in contexts where the challenges and opportunities are uncertain.

What we are not teaching is downstream assumption-based Design Thinking methods. By 2001 we had already figured out that in the context of complex organizational and societal contexts, assuming up front that you know what the challenges are does not make much sense.

Participants in our Complexity Navigation skill-building program receive this workbook. We are trying to decide whether we should publish a public version of this book this year so if you would like to send us your vote feel free!

See the entire post here:

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26
Jun

Future Work Skills Academy

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Coming Soon!

Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor will be the Skills Coach for the SenseMaking portion of a new virtual learning program being organized by The 4th Industrial Revolution and designed around Future Work Skills 2020. Among our clients we see considerable interest in on-boarding Future Work Skills.

The 4th Industrial Revolution is a digital platform that brings together the world’s leading contemporary thinkers and practitioners in the 10 skills identified by the Institute for the Future’s (IFTF) 2011 report: Future Workskills 2020. The goal is to enable you to find and refine the humanness that sets you apart from machines. In a computational world where the rise and rise of the machine continues unabated the 4IR.org provides a key to unlock  your potential as a human being and find your place in the workforce of the future.”

“We do this through 30 Masterclasses – online, using the latest training techniques and technologies. And available to you 24/7 to be consumed as you want it, when you want it.”

Elizabeth will be sharing her insights as an cross-disciplinary innovation leader, designer, facilitator and educator with a unique expertise in Visual SenseMaking and Strategic Co-Creation.

See the overview here: http://ow.ly/y6LV306OddW

For more information send us an email: kickitup (at) humantific (dot) com

For information on Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program containing skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research & Visual SenseMaking see here.

30
Mar

The Karl Weick Question

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GK VanPatter’s new LinkedIn blog post addresses this often asked question: How does 21st century SenseMaking practice differ from Karl Weick’s SenseMaking?

“Many of our clients and readers know Weick’s work well. Often the question behind the question is: How does that literature, that theory, those constructions fit with what we do at Humantific?

Widely recognized as an important American organizational psychologist and theorist, Karl E. Weick is among the pioneers of the contemporary SenseMaking movement. The author of several important books including SenseMaking in Organizations, his work connects across numerous knowledge communities of practice.

While acknowledging and appreciating Karl Weick, we think it is important to recognize that his work represents only one of several avenues that lead into what is now 21st century SenseMaking. Weick’s avenue is one that happens to have a particular texture, tone, and focus. Other avenues with different textures and tones also exist.

To place Weick in perspective we appreciate this cross-community picture:”

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See entire post on LinkedIn here: