Tag: Visual Sense-Making

11
Nov

Making Sense of Strategic Design 2015

Talking up SenseMaking

[Part 2 of 3]

Ana Barroso in Conversation with GK VanPatter

Ana Barroso: Welcome back to Part 2 of this conversation GK. Here in Latin America we are seeing rising interest in the subject of sensemaking, maybe because we have a lot of complicated things going on here!

One of the layers of findings you apply to the NextD Geographies framework has to do with the toolboxes that are increasingly more complex and cross disciplinary in Design 3 and 4. What skills does it take to conduct a visual sensemaking process? Do you believe a non-designer, without formal academic training, can make a good 3.0 or 4.0 design thinker or sensemaker? Can you describe the process of capacity building Humantific does in its innovation capacity programs?

Continue Reading..

19
Nov

A Portrait of California 2014-2015

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Humantific for Good is delighted to announce the publication of A Portrait of California 2014-2015. This amazing series from Measure of America is transforming the role that data informed visual sensemaking and insight creation are playing in policy making and change making.

Since 2006 Humantific for Good has been working with Measure of America, an initiative of the Social Science Research Council.

“Portrait of California 2014-2015 brings together data, innovative analysis, the American HD Index and visual sensemaking to enable engaging “apples-to-apples” comparisons of California’s counties, major cities, 265 Census Bureau–defined areas, women and men, and racial and ethnic groups.”

Created by authors Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis, A Portrait of California 2014-2015 is part of Measure of America social sensemaking book series as well as related conversations and interactive tools.

CONSORTIUM OF FUNDERS

Blue Shield of California Foundation
California Community Foundation
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Humantific For Good
The California Endowment
The James Irvine Foundation
The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation
United Ways of California
Weingart Foundation

Key Findings in A Portrait of California 2014-2015:

“Income inequality is in the headlines these days. But to focus on inequality in income alone is to take a narrow view of the problem. Mutually reinforcing inequalities in health, education, environment, neighborhood conditions, wealth, and political power have created an opportunity divide that higher wages alone cannot bridge.

If California were a country, it would rank thirty-fourth in the world by population and eighth by the size of its economy—big enough for a seat at the G8. So what happens in California has national, and even international, significance.

This 2014–2015 update of the 2011 California report allows us to compare outcomes from one place to another and to look at changes over time. The result is a comprehensive reference tool and a critical starting point for informed discussions on change making policy solutions.”

Related:

 Breathing Life into Numbers

Portrait of Sonoma County Launches

SenseMaking for ChangeMaking

05
Jun

Portrait of Sonoma County Launches

We are delighted to announce the launch of A Portrait of Sonoma County.

A Portrait of Sonoma County is part of the Measure of America social sensemaking book series created by Sarah Burd-Sharps and Kristen Lewis of the The Measure of America team in collaboration with Humantific. The Measure of America is an initiative of the Social Science Research Council. For more information visit measureofamerica.org

Key Findings:

An entire decade separates the life expectancies in the top and bottom census tracts.

Those who are born in Kenwood/Glen Ellen can expect to live 75.2 years, while those in Central Bennett Valley average 85.7 years.

Analysis of Sonoma County’s ninety-nine tracts shows a clear positive correlation between life expectancy and education: people in neighborhoods with higher educational attainment and enrollment have longer lives.

Variation in educational outcomes by census tract in Sonoma County is significant and meaningful. The range in the percentage of adult residents with less than a high school diploma is huge, going from a low of 0.4 percent in North Oakmont/Hood Mountain to a high of 46.1 percent in Roseland Creek. The range in school enrollment is likewise vast, from 53.8 percent in Forestville to 100 percent in Central East Windsor.

Men in Sonoma County earn about $8,500 more than women. This wage gap is similar to the gap between men and women at the state level, although it is around $1,000 smaller than at the national level.

Buzz:

The Press Democrat

Sonoma County Gazette

California United Ways

Healthy Sonoma

15
Apr

Visual SenseMaking in Madrid

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Upcoming at Matadero Madrid, Humantific is holding an open public Visual SenseMaking workshop on April 29.

Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be teaching a one hour introduction to Visual SenseMaking in Spanish. All are welcome.

For those who might not know: Visual SenseMaking is not graphic facilitation! Come and learn more about how Humantific does what it does to help organizational leaders make sense of complex situations and convert complexity to innovation fuel.

Registration is now open!

Elizabeth will also be doing BRAINBOOM 2 with graduate students at the European Institute of Design next week in Madrid…See here!

Questions? Email us: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

 

 

11
Nov

ReAppreciating Fritz Kahn

fritzKahnCoverCongratulations to our friends and colleagues Thilo von Debschitz and Uta von Debschitz for the successful redesign and republishing of the new expanded 390 page volume on Fritz Kahn. Bigger and better than the previous 2011 version this large format 2013 monograph will become an inspiring historical volume for many interested in the early days of what might be called metaphorical or analogous information design.

Inside are wonderful early versions of several forms of information design (now often being redepicted as “info-graphics”) including data visualizations and idea or concept visualizations. You don’t have to agree with every idea to appreciate the richness of this amazing work.Continue Reading..

28
Oct

BRAINBOOM! in Madrid: It’s a WRAP!

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BRAINBOOM! wrapped up on Friday in Madrid. Thanks to all who participated.

Our congratulations and best wishes go out to all of the masters students at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) Madrid who kicked off their year with the 4-day BRAINBOOM! event, designed and delivered by Humantific. Nearly 200 participants from around the globe came together for 4 days of intensive cocreation, visual sensemaking, and envisioning skill-building. It was an incredible few days for all involved.

Our special thanks goes to the IED faculty and staff for a great collaboration! Thanks for having the courage to undertake such an adventuresome rethinking of graduate student orientation with us.

Interested in Future Workshops?

Skill-building workshops is only one of many work streams at Humantific. We are doing workshop based cross-disciplinary innovation skill-building on an ongoing basis with organizations in numerous countries. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific in to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building, innovation strategy creation, strategic thinking for leaders, feel free to let us know. Send email to: engage (at) humantific (dot) com

18
Oct

BRAINBOOM! IED Madrid

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This week Humantific is in Madrid to help kick off the European Institute of Design’s Masters students’ 2013-2014 year! BRAINBOOM is a four night back-to-back innovation skill-building event October 22-25.

Rethinking graduate design student orientation!…Lets get to it!

Lead by Humantific’s Elizabeth Pastor and Valentina Miosuro BRAINBOOM! | innova, visualiza, colabora is a program designed for 180+ students to rapidly become familiar with their new colleagues, new environment and learn new innovation skills that will help them succeed in their programs. Designed and delivered by Humantific in collaboration with IED the BRAINBOOM skill-building experience also helps the graduate students to begin thinking about how to act on their future aspirations and goals.

Check it out at IED here.

Follow the BRAINBOOM event on Twitter at #BrainBoomIED

 

08
Jul

VISUALIZED Berlin Conference

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Humantific is delighted to announce our co-sponsorship of the upcoming VISUALISED Berlin Conference to be held on October 5th. We liked many of the explorations that we saw in New York at VISUALIZED 2012 so we are excited to see what comes out of this Berlin conference event this fall.

Apart from the current marketplace preoccupation with “data visualization” we understand the bigger picture, that visual sensemaking has a long history and remains in a state of change across multiple paths today. One of those paths is what is going on around the VISUALIZED community and it remains a rapidly changing neighborhood in the broader visual sensemaking ecology. We like experimental gatherings sharing new work and we think this event holds significant promise in this direction.

EarlyBird tickets are already sold out! 

Click here for more VISUALIZED Berlin information and/or register.

Can’t make it to Berlin on October 5th? Stay tuned for the next event in New York, in early 2014 here!

Related:

SenseMaking for ChangeMaking

Out of Balance Competition Winners Announced

ReAppreciating Richard Saul Wurman

Before, During & After Isotype

Lost Stories Information Design History

 

18
Jun

Elizabeth Pastor in Madrid

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Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor is teaching graduate students in Madrid this week at Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and at ICADE graduate business school.

Elizabeth is a faculty member at Istituto Europeo di Design and teaches there once a year in the Master of Design and Innovation Program. She teaches both Strategic CoCreation and Visual SenseMaking.

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.

In business communities around the globe we are seeing rising awareness of sensemaking and cocreation as key future leadership skills.

Interested in Future Humantific Workshops?
Humantific has announced new workshops…see here! Humantific conducts cross-disciplinary innovation skill-building on an ongoing basis with organizations globally. If you would like to consider bringing Humantific to your organization to help with your innovation skill-building and strategic thinking for leaders, contact us: engage (at) 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.