Tag: Strategic CoCreation

07
Dec

Enabling Design Thinking

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter writes about one particular “fuzzy misperception wave” often appearing in Linkedin discussion groups.

“With some design thinking related discussion groups on LinkedIn now exceeding 80,000+ members, many new to the subject terrain, it is not so unusual for enthusiastic fuzzy misperception waves to build from one conversation to the next at a rapid rate. Like a fire-hose of run-away freight trains misperception waves seem to appear via social media at volumes that are no longer possible to intercept or comment on.

With everyone busy most practice leaders just let the waves flow hoping they will sort themselves out eventually. Some do. Some don’t. Some fuzzy waves are at times humorous and at other times painful to watch as they take hold and or grow.

Opposite to Donald Trump’s twitter postings, most practice leaders try to select their discussion participations and contributions carefully in consideration of limited time constraints..:-)

In this vein and considering the increasing impact of discussion groups we try to pick and choose which fuzzy misperception waves are important enough to comment on, to make more sense of and or to offer an alternate perspective on for our Humantific readers.

One such misperception wave, popular at the moment is depicting Design Thinking as a “mindset” thing.

Often seen in discussion threads is this murky phrase: “Design Thinking is a mindset not a process.”…On and on it goes being reposted many times by its advocates.”

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Read the entire post here on LinkedIn.

Related:

Humantific: Making Sense of Service Design Thinking

Humantific: Making Sense of Design Thinking & AGILE Method

Humantific: Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

 

 

 

 

 

16
Oct

Humantific leading BRAINBOOM at IED

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Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be back at Institute for European Design [IED] next week leading BRAINBOOM a customized innovation skill-building experience created for incoming graduate students by Humantific in collaboration with IED leaders.

Building on the theme of New Visions, New Leaders, we have redesigned orientation in the form of a cross-department skill-building experience. At IED incoming graduate students from multiple departments now experience orientation together as a foundational skill-building workshop!

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29
Sep

Elizabeth Pastor at Mexico Conference

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On Thursday October 1st Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be giving a talk on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at “3er Coloquio Nacional de Investigación para el Diseño” conference in Mexico City.

We are seeing rising interest in SenseMaking and ChangeMaking throughout Latin America.

For more information on the “3er Coloquio Nacional de Investigación para el diseño” conference go here!

Humantific has been integrating data and information visualization into purposeful Strategic Cocreation for more than ten years. To do that we utilize and share with our clients a much broader innovation enabling toolset than is typically found in the current evolution of the data visualization and design thinking communities.

Our “secret innovation enabling sauce” is the hybrid combination of advanced cocreation skills combined with deep visual sensemaking capacity.

Related:

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Humantific at City of Austin

Humatific leads BRAINBOOM in Madrid

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

02
Dec

Humantific at ICADE MBA Program

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Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor is this week teaching cross-disciplinary Strategic CoCreation skills in the Executive MBA Program at ICADE, one of Spain’s leading Business and Economics Universities. We continue to see interest in practical innovation skill-building rising around the world. Near and dear to much of what we do at Humantific is the theme of New Terrain, New Leaders, New Skills. It is a theme that we believe in as we work with several forward thinking graduate schools.

Strategic CoCreation skill-building is part of Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program. These are 21st century leadership skills taught in experiential workshops.

To inquire about having Humantific teach Complexity Navigation in your organization or graduate program feel free to send an email to programs (@) humantific (dot) com

Related:

Elizabeth Pastor at TeamLabs / Spain

Teaching Complexity Navigation

The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

When [Old Design Thinking] Love is Not Enough

30
Jun

GK VanPatter at Systemic Design

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Humantific CoFounder GK VanPatter will give a talk on the creation of the new book: Innovation Methods Mapping / DeMystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design at the upcoming Systemic Design Conference in Oslo, Norway, October 8th-11th.

In the global marketplace today there continues to be rising interest in forms of design thinking operating at the scale of complex organizational and societal changemaking.

In tandem with that interest wave there is no shortage of terms being used in the marketplace right now for design thinking at scale, including Meta Design, Systemic Design, Systems Oriented Design, Strategic Design, Meta CoCreation, Design 3 & Design 4, NextDesign Leadership, Design At Scale, Whole Systems Design, Adaptable Inquiry, Strategic CoCreation, Complexity Navigation, the OTHER Design Thinking, etc. Whatever you choose to call it evidently recognition of the need for new forms of upstream design thinking at the scale of organizations and societies has arrived.

There is now a growing community of practioner leaders and academic leaders interested in this subject that Humantific has been involved in since its founding.

Being hosted by the Oslo School of Architecture & Design the Systemic Design conference is specifically focused on “Relating systems thinking & design.”

See more here on the conference site.

Related:

When [Old Design Thinking] Love is Not Enough

NextDesign Geographies
Understanding Design 1,2,3,4

SenseMaking is Rising

NextDesign Leadership Workshops

 

 

14
Jun

Summer Workshops Coming Soon!

Hello, Friends of Humantific: Summer has arrived (in North America) and things are cooking! We have been receiving numerous requests for public Humantific workshops, so we are looking at the possibility of offering a series of sessions in various locations this summer. We are checking in with you today to coordinate possible dates and locations. Would you like to attend a Humantific workshop in New York, San Francisco, Madrid, or São Paulo? You are invited to review the following workshop information and let us know your interests asap.

Why CoCreation & Visual SenseMaking? In the rapidly changing marketplace of today, we are delighted to see cocreation, collaboration, codesign, changemaking and sensemaking being identified in every major business conference, and in many future-oriented business publications, as key leadership skills for 2013 and the emerging future. Ahead of the curve? Waiting for tomorrow? No need to wait. The curve has arrived!

Humantific Workshops: Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program is specifically designed for organizational leaders, who seek to rapidly skill-up their innovation-related leadership skills. The program is modular, flexible, and customizable, depending on the needs of yourself and your organization. Click here for more information on the complete program. Skills are immediately useful in every country, industry, and organizational context.

1. Strategic CoCreation Introduction Workshop
One day:
July 23, 2013 (NYC)
$700 ($650 with early registration)

The Strategic CoCreation Introduction is both a mind-awakening experience as well as a learning/skills development workshop. Exploring the language of innovation involves learning individual and group innovation skills at a tabletop level (i.e., the tools and behaviors). Participants experience the art and science of creative problem solving and learn about their own individual styles. The skills learned in WorkshopONE are general innovation process skills.

A Small Fraction of What You Learn:
– Introductory Cross Disciplinary CoCreation Skills
– The Language of CoCreation
– How Team Dynamics Connect to Innovation
– Innovation / Collaboration Behaviors
– How Not to Kill Innovation

Click here for further explanation on the nature of this workshop.

2. Strategic CoCreation Advanced Facilitation Workshop
Four days:
July 23-26, 2013 (NYC)
$2,600
($2,500 with early registration)

Designed to deepen your understanding of cross-disciplinary innovation and the toolbox introduced in the Strategic CoCreation Introduction Workshop. Participants significantly advance their co-creation, creative problem solving process mastery in a positive, supportive environment. Master meeting roles and learn how to lead through proces mastery, rather than through content knowledge. Emphasis is on challenge framing mastery on the front end of complex multidimensional fuzzy situations. Participants advance their skills regarding the facilitation of cross-functional teams and small groups. Includes practice of challenge mapping on real issues.

A Small Fraction of What You Learn:
– Advanced CoCreation Facilitation Skills
– Upstream Challenge Mapping
– How to Defuzz Complex Situations
– Mastery of All Meeting Role Behaviors
– Advanced Team Dynamics Leadership

3. Visual SenseMaking Workshop
One day:
July 31, 2013 (NYC)
$700
($650 with early registration)

This full-day session explores the fundamentals of Visual SenseMaking and its direct application in solving organizational challenges. You will learn to draw a visual toolkit, which you will use to construct basic concept models. To practice these newfound skills, you will tackle a work-related challenge through a series of focused lessons and guided, step-by-step exercises. No previous experience or formal drawing skill is necessary.

A Small Fraction of What You Learn:
– Introductory Visual SenseMaking Skills
– Basic Frameworks for Visual Modeling
– A Simple Repeatable Visual SenseMaking Process
– Today – Tomorrow Diagramming
– How Visual Sensemaking Connects to Innovation

Click here for further explanation on the nature of this workshop.

 

24
May

Humantific Returns to BBC London

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The Humantific Academy team returns to London this week to do back-to-back skill building workshops for the BBC Customer Experience Group.

Many Humantific clients are interested in how we do what we do and seek knowledge transfer. Inside Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program we teach advanced skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking. Combined these are next generation innovation leadership skills.

Last summer we introduced the program to the BBC and they asked us to come back to London to do another round of skill-building in a series of back-to-back Strategic CoCreation workshops throughout this week.

Many experience design groups are seeking to add additional upstream value in their organizations by upskilling in the direction of Strategic CoCreation. They want to be able to go out into their organization to help other groups with all kinds of innovation and change related challenges not just experience design related challenges.

Related:

Humantific Teaching MBA Students at ICADE Business School