Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor will be in Barcelona November 29 doing a two hour Introductory Visual SenseMaking Workshop for the ESADE Alumni Innovation Club. Organized by ESADE Alumni and open only to its membership. See how Humantific applies Visual SenseMaking to real-life business challenges. See how onboarding Visual SeneMaking capacity can fuel adaptability & agility in your organization.
If you would like to attend a future Humantific workshop in Madrid, Barcelona or New York send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com.
Heavily weighted towards the technology aspects of the Big Data wave we were delighted to see growing awareness expressed regarding the human-centered aspects of the role of data and information in problem-solving and innovation.
For us these were the most important points in the 145 page document:
“Presenting information in such a way that people can consume it effectively is a key challenge that needs to be met if analyzing data is to lead to concrete action.”
“Human beings may have limits in their ability to consume and understand big data. The generation of big data may be growing exponentially and advancing technology may allow the global economy to store and process ever greater quantities of data, but there may be limits to our innate human ability—our sensory and cognitive faculties—to process this data torrent. It is said that the mind can handle about seven pieces of information in its short-term memory.”
“The topic of information overload has been widely studied by academics from neuroscientists to economists. Economist Herbert Simon once said, “A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.”
“Despite these apparent limits, there are ways to help organizations and individuals to process, visualize, and synthesize meaning from big data. For instance, more sophisticated visualization techniques and algorithms, including automated algorithms, can enable people to see patterns in large amounts of data and help them to unearth the most pertinent insights.”
“Advancing collaboration technology also allows a large number of individuals, each of whom may possess understanding of a special area of information, to come together in order to create a whole picture to tackle interdisciplinary problems.”
“If organizations and individuals deployed such techniques more widely, end-user demand for big data could strengthen significantly.”
“Human beings have evolved to become highly effective at perceiving certain types of patterns with their senses but continue to face significant constraints in their ability to process other types of data such as large amounts of numerical or text data. For this reason, there is a currently a tremendous amount of research and innovation in the field of visualization, i.e., techniques and technologies used for creating images, diagrams, or animations to communicate, understand, and improve the results of big data analyses. We present some examples to provide a glimpse into this burgeoning and important field that supports big data.”
“We project a need for 1.5 million additional managers and analysts in the United States who can can ask the right questions and consume the results of the analysis of big data effectively.”
The visualization examples provided in this McKinsey report are somewhat primitive and there seemed to be little awareness regarding the information design community that has been focused on shaping data and information for human digestion long before the current Big Data wave arrived.
In addition there were no examples of humans interacting with visualized information that has been integrated directly into innovation process. This report did not really talk about how leading firms are already working at this intersection combining visual sensemaking with advanced problem solving. Humantific has been working this intersection since 2001! We have already learned alot about the human to information to innovation interface! In terms of capability we call this The New Adaptability….more soon!
Overall this is an excellent report worth reading. It can be downloaded for free.
Humantific CoFounder, Elizabeth Pastor presented SenseMaking for ChangeMaking at IESE’s Graduate Business School in New York City last night.
Elizabeth explained how Humantific has, for more than ten years, been working closely with business leaders in many industries who are engaged in driving change in their organizations. Elizabeth talked about the rising interest in the subjects of SenseMaking and ChangeMaking and how Humantific started connecting them together years ago, developing new knowledge, tools and an interconnected training program.
Connecting SenseMaking and ChangeMaking Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex fuzzy challenges and embed the capability to do so into their organizations.
Today we recognize that SenseMaking has already become the 21st century FUEL for ChangeMaking.
Elizabeth will be speaking at IESE in Madrid soon, so our Spanish friends stayed tuned!
We have received many requests for NextD Workshops ONE, TWO & THREE and they are coming at the end of July!
WorkshopONE: Exploring the Language of Innovation! 1 day workshop
WorkshopONE 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.
WorkshopTWO: Understanding Cross-Disciplinary Innovation Now! 1.5 day workshop
Designed to deepen your understanding of cross-disciplinary innovation and the toolbox introduced in WorkshopONE. 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 process mastery rather than through content knowledge. Emphasis is on challenge framing mastery on the front end of complex multidimensional fuzzy situations.
WorkshopTHREE: Leading Cross-Disciplinary Innovation Now! 1.5 day workshop
Designed to advance leadership skills in cross-disciplinary innovation WorkshopTHREE helps you put to practice all the learnings from WorkshopONE and TWO in a positive, supportive environment. Participants advance their skills regarding the facilitation of cross-functional teams and small groups. Includes practice of challenge mapping on real issues.
Interested? Email vmiosuro (at) humantific (dot) com today!
The free 2-hour Glimpse into Visual SenseMaking workshop wrapped in New York last week with 40+ enthusiastic attendees engaging in the session taught by Humantific CoFounder Elizabeth Pastor. The “Glimpse” program is a series of public workshops designed to introduce participants to basic fundamentals of Visual SenseMaking and to how Humantific applies Visual SenseMaking to real-world organizational and social challenges.
If you would like to get on the attendee list for the upcoming “Glimpse” sessions in San Francisco, Madrid, or Copenhagen send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com with the appropriate city as the subject.
“Glimpse” is an introduction to Humantific’s more advanced Complexity Navigation Program for change driving leaders. The Complexity Navigation Program combines accelerated skill-building in Strategic CoCreation, Design Research and Visual SenseMaking.
If you are a leader tasked with driving change and you would like to have a conversation with Humantific regarding how Complexity Navigation skills can help accelerate your change initiative send an email to programs (at) humantific (dot) com with Complexity Navigation as the subject.