Tag: Transformation


Elizabeth to teach in Masters Program


Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching in the new Communication Design Labs Masters Program in the European Institute of Design in Madrid. She recently visited the school and met with Alejandro Norniella, and had a short interview. See it here:



Elizabeth Pastor at Hub / Madrid


Elizabeth Pastor visits with friends at The Hub Madrid for spontaneous social innovation. A great place that brings entrepreneurs and social innovators, right next to the great CaixaForum in Paseo del Prado. Thanks Felix for inviting us!



Markets for Giving Workshop


Humantific has been working with LiquidNet for Good and Global Giving to codesign a three day Markets for Giving strategic cocreation workshop that was codelivered June 23-25 at Liquidnet corporate headquarters in New York.

Multinational workshop participants included thought leaders from numerous philanthropic organizations. In addition, Humantific provided the strategy cocreation methologies, the visual sensemaking and the hands-on process facilitation for this important event.

Working accross mutiple disciplines and organizations the participants were able to come together to cocreate a unified future philanthropic eco system visual model. Navigating through significant complexity the group was able to create unified challenge maps that became go-forward roadmaps for this important on-going initiative.

Helping diverse groups tackle complex social innovation challenges including infrastructure creation is exciting and meaningful work for the Humantific team. These are projects that we love to pitch in on and help out.

Participating organizations included:

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Hewlett Foundation

Network for Good

Conexion Columbia

Help Argentina

Give Well

New Philanthropy Capital

Keystone Accountability

Hope Consulting

Great Non Profits


Mission Fish


Acumen Fund

Donors Choose

Charity Navigator


Root Cause

Social Actions



Sea Change Capital Partners


Humantific at Icograda Madrid

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Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be speaking on SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at Icograda’s Straight to Business Conference in Madrid, June 24-25.

“Straight to Business: Icograda Design Week in Madrid 2010 will bring together designers, business leaders, key regional and international stakeholders. This event will be a forum to discuss the business side of design and recognise communication design as a key strategic tool to drive economic growth.

Icograda regards the Icograda Design Week in Madrid 2010 as an opportunity to build on existing relationships and create new dialogue with Members, key stakeholders and decision makers driving the global agenda.

The conference takes place from 24-25 June and will include invited European and international speakers. The theme ‘Straight to Business’ has been organized around these four topics:

  1. New business models
  2. Keys to growth in business
  3. Design and new economy
  4. Design beyond business

Simultaneous English/Spanish translation will be available throughout the conference sessions.”

Register Here!


Making Sense of Complexity


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.”


Design Thinking Made Visible Project


For those interested in the subjects of Integrative Thinking, Organizational Transformation, Reinvention of Design, Constructing Inclusion, Thinking Diversity, Design 3.0, 4.0, Visual SenseMaking, Strategic CoCreation, Design Thinking, Innovation Harmonics:

Humantific has published the Design Thinking Made Visible Project as part of our virtual book series. It provides a glimpse into Humantific’s ongoing Integrative Thinking Research Initiative underway for ten years and models how design thinking has already been reinvented to better serve as enabler of organizational and societal transformation.

This chapter of research provides a window into Humantific’s Design Thinking Made Visible research in progress in collaboration with numerous universities around the world.

This research project was designed as a collective sensemaking exercise that could be undertaken in undergraduate or graduate schools by professors and students without any special design thinking or innovation process mastery training provided.

Shown here are actual design process drawings, made by 5 groups of students in 5 schools, as well as their class innovation profiles.

Participating Schools Shown in this book:

Domus Academy, Italy

Aarhus School of Architecture, Denmark

National Institute for Design, India

University of Kassel, Germany

Regents Business School, UK

(Other schools are in progress)

Included in the book is a glimpse into how Humantific enables Integrative Thinking in organizations utilizing its Innovation Harmonics Framework.

Creating Innovation Harmonics in organizations begins with raising awareness that thinking differences exist. Making Thinking Visible represents one stream of Humantifc work.

Book Contents


What is Integrative Thinking?

What is Integrative Thinking Enabling?

Design Thinking Made Visible Project

Research Results

What the Research Shows

Integrative Thinking: In History

Included in the book:

What The Research Shows: 10 Key Findings:

Finding 1

This research predates and debunks the 2009 academic theory that thinking attributes (“reliability”, “validity”, etc) can be rigidly pre-assigned to individuals or teams based on discipline labels such as design, designer or business, business manager.

Finding 2

Some students in design schools have the same thinking preferences as some students in business schools and vice-versa.

Finding 3

Professors and students are generally unaware of how radically different design process approaches are from one person to another.

Finding 4

Many students of design/innovation are not accustomed to externalizing their thinking process.

Finding 5

For numerous students in this study, design thinking jumps off from a framed problem defined by a brief. Often there was no process activity upstream from the brief.

Finding 6

Design thinking processes often appear very different visually while similar fundamental steps can often be found within. Some steps appear universal, others situational.

Finding 7

Most design thinking processes seen here have assumptions embedded that outcomes will be product or service creation.

Finding 8

Most design thinking process models seen in this study contain no reference to behaviors.

Finding 9

This research makes visible why the orchestration of design innovation work remains complex and a key challenge for teams and organizations.

Finding 10

This research suggests that real tools and visually shareable results are extremely useful in moving understanding and dialogue regarding integrative thinking beyond stereotypical notions of design thinking and business thinking.

The Design Thinking Made Visible Project is intended to inform and inspire dialogue regarding the realities of Design Thinking and Integrative Thinking by Design already underway in organizations today.

To inquire about participating in Humantific’s Thinking Made Visible Research send an email to thinkingresearch (at) humantific (dot) com.


SenseMaker Dialogs Registration Opens


SenseMaker Dialogs 2
Rethinking the Boundaries of SenseMaking

Registration is now open!


Richard Saul Wurman
Garry K. VanPatter


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


Go here to register:

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:


You can join Social SenseMaking on Facebook.

You can join SenseMaker Dialogs on Facebook.


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


Innovationens ABC in Denmark

Our friend and colleague Trine Nielson in Copenhagen has a new book out this month: Innovationens ABC in which she provides an overview (in Danish) of innovation enabling considerations for organizational leaders. Humantific’s SenseMaking for ChangeMaking framework is referenced along with several other innovation focused consultancies.

Published by Gyldendal Business in Denmark it can be ordered here:

Innovationens ABC


Bogen giver også seks bud på, hvordan en virksomhed kan øge sin innovationskraft :

1. Vær tæt på sine kunder, både nuværende og fremtidige.
2. Lad innovationen indgå i strategien.
3. Kend dine medarbejderes kompetencer og færdigheder.
4. Led forandringer.
5. Hav fokus på ressourcer, videndeling og samarbejder.
6. Hav klare processer, værktøjer og metoder.

Interview with Trine (in Danish) for JP Radio


Innovation uden magi
En hæmmende, bevarende eller udviklende kultur – og en gennemført strategi i virksomheden – afgør, om innovation kan lykkes.