Tag: Systemic Design

22
Feb

Elizabeth Pastor teaching in Madrid!

Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor is in Spain teaching Complexity Navigation this week! Elizabeth has become a faculty member at Istituto Europeo di Design (IEDin Madrid and now teaches there once a year in the Master of Design and Innovation Program.

From the IED website: “These…Master’s programs, conceived as research laboratories, prepare professionals to overcome the challenges of a global, interconnected market through the perspective of New Visions, New Leaders.

After seeing the impact last year when Elizabeth taught the basic skills of Humantific’s Complexity Navigation to one class of graduate students, the directors of the IED asked her to come back to teach all students in the program at the outset of the term as part of a new set of graduate level innovation skills.

Most of the skill-building that we do at Humantific is done in the context of business organizations, with organizational leaders. That full 3 level version of the Complexity Navigation Program combines skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking. We are finding that a new generation of leaders understands the usefulness of having hands-on Complexity Navigation skills in the context of a continuously changing world.

For more information regarding the Complexity Navigation Program send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com.

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..

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

DeFuzzing Design Futures Since 2002

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NextDesign Leadership Network

Concerned about the state of design leadership skill-building in academia the NextDesign Leadership initiative was originally created by Humantific CoFounders GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor in 2002. It began as a community sensemaking experiment and grew into a changemaking advocacy initiative.

Along the way we undertook and published 30 + thought leader conversations and hundreds of visual explanations regarding the current state and arriving future of design leadership.

In 2005 NextD published its legendary NextD Geographies Framework (Design at Scale 1,2,3,4) to aid in helping others better understand the various forms of design. Since then that framework has been referenced by others in hundreds of papers, books and presentations.

Since launch the NextD team has given many, many talks and held numerous public workshops around the world.

Sponsored by Humantific, the NextD Library is now located on Issuu. As a contribution to the community we happily make many documents available for free to those interested in the subject of ReRethinking Design Thinking.

We also continue to assist educational leaders interested in creating programs and cultures built around adaptable NextDesign Leadership Skills applicable in the context of Design 3 & 4 first identified as an opportunity in 2005.

As part of ongoing future work skills research NextD continues to create and share frameworks that make sense of the emerging future of design / design thinking in the 21st century.

NextDesign Leadership Principles

  1. Design thinking changes according to challenge scale.
  2. Content knowledge is not process knowledge.
  3. Facilitation is a process role not a content role.
  4. Advocating is not facilitation.
  5. Clarify/externalize/visualize process.
  6. Upstream tools are different from downstream tools.
  7. Proportion of sensemaking to strangemaking inverts as scale increases.
  8. Cocreation rises as challenge scale increases.
  9. Expand the universe, no more tribal acronyms.
  10. Think constructing challenge constellations not jumping from briefs.
  11. Sustainability is one challenge type, not meta design.
  12. Be useful in every context.

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GK VanPatter Blog Posts 2016-2017

Making Sense of “Why Design Thinking Will Fail”

Making Sense of Design Thinking & Agile Method

Making Sense of “Design Thinking is Bullshit”

Methodology Ethics: Embracing a New Era

SenseMaking is Rising: Beyond Data Visualization

Clarifying Design Thinking: Forbes Vs Humantific

Double Diamond Method: Understanding What was Missed

Origins of NextD Geographies Framework

Upstream/Downstream: Harvard Downstreams Design Thinking

NextD Early Public Workshop Examples

NextD WorkshopONE at Hyperwerk in Switerland

Hyperwerk Feedback

NextD WorkshopONE in New York

NextD WorkshopsONE, TWO, THREE in New York

In The NextD Library:

NextD Reality Check

NextD Geographies / Understanding Design 1,2,3,4

ReReThinking Design Thinking

Teaching CoCreation Now!

Understanding Design 1,2,3,4 / The Rise of Visual SenseMaking

ReThinking Wicked Problems

When [Old Design Thinking] Love is Not Enough

Design [In the Real World] is Changing / Are You?

SenseMaking is Rising

Double Consciousness / Back to the Future with Jones Chris Jones

Inspired by NextD

Design For Care

Meanings of Design Spaces

Design at Scale / DMI

New Visions, New Leaders

Humantific in Finland

CEO’s Are Designers

Aarhus School of Architecture

Design Resilience

Inspired by Skill-to-Scale