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INNOVATION & ADAPTABILITY

SERVICES

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Facing Continuous VUCA Challenges?

EVERYDAY

COMPLEXITY NAVIGATION

We help organizational leaders tackle complex 

everyday challenges in an accelerated manner.

  1. Complex Cross-Disciplinary Problem Framing/Solving

  2. Design & Facilitation of Complex Strategic Initiatives 

  3. Design of Clear and Engaging Visual Strategic Stories

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Facing Need for Future Work Skills?

COMPLEXITY NAVIGATION

SKILL-BUILDING

We teach leaders skills, tools and methods synced to the complexities facing your organization.

  1. Complexity Navigation Program

  2. Custom Workshops and Programs 

  3. Custom Innovation Acceleration Labs

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Facing Need For Culture Change?

INNOVATION CULTURE

BUILDING

We help organizational leaders build positive inclusive innovation cultures.

  1. Creating Inclusive Innovation Strategy

  2. Inclusive Innovation Leadership Coaching

  3. Custom Culture Building Programs

WORKSHOPS SERVICE SPOTLIGHT

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COMPLEXITY
NAVIGATION

PROGRAM

Is the future arriving faster than you anticipated?

CASE STUDIES

 
 

TEAM

ELIZABETH PASTOR

Visual SenseMaker, Author, Facilitator, Instructor, CoFounder

Elizabeth Pastor is a recognized expert in the hybrid combination of Visual SenseMaking and Strategic CoCreation. Her passion is helping people think clearly and make sense of complex situations in new and inclusive ways. Elizabeth holds a Masters Degree in Communication & New Media Design from Art Center College of Design in California. Prior to cofounding Humantific, Elizabeth cofounded Scient’s Innovation Acceleration Lab. Elizabeth is from Madrid and lives between NYC and Madrid.

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SCOTT MCDONALD

Director, Operations

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Scott McDonald is Operations Director at Humantific. Recently joining the team, Scott has spent nearly two decades leading digital transformation consulting practices and helping clients to operationalize digital transformation. He was a co-founder of digital agency Modus and led the firm for 15 years as it evolved from an early pioneer in experience design to an innovation consultancy with global reach. He lives in Westchester County, New York with his wife and son.

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PETER JONES PhD

Senior Associate, Author, Research Director, Systemic Design Advisor

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Peter Jones PhD is an internationally recognized expert in Systemic Design and author of Design for Care, Innovating Healthcare Experience. He has decades of experience helping organizational and societal leaders tackle highly complex challenges. Peter also teaches in the Strategic Foresight and Innovation graduate program at OCAD University, where he is Associate Professor. He is a founder of the Systemic Design Association and CoChair of the upcoming RSD 9 Symposia. Peter lives in Toronto. 

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ELENA PASTOR

Innovation Coach, Innovation Strategist

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Elena Pastor is an Innovation Coach in Humantific Madrid working on learning program and skill-building related projects. She has years of consulting experience in the Spanish marketplace with a particular interest in innovation capacity building in engineering oriented organizations. She holds a Master of Business Innovation from the University of Deusto as well as a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts and a Master of Science Degree from Princeton University. She has extensive knowledge of the need for changemaking in the construction and engineering sectors. Elena coaches in Humantific’s Complexity Navigation Program. Elena lives in Madrid.

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GARRY K VANPATTER

Visual Sensemaker, Author, Advisor, Speaker, CoFounder

GK VanPatter is author of Rethinking Design Thinking, CoAuthor of Innovation Methods Mapping and an internationally recognized innovation capacity building advisor. His passion is helping to build next generation innovation leadership skills and inclusive innovation cultures. With decades of experience he holds a Masters Degree in design from Pratt Institute in New York. Prior to cofounding Humantific, GK was VP of Innovation at Scient, a Scient Fellow and CoFounder of Scient’s Innovation Acceleration Lab. GK Lives in New York City.

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JANET GETTO

Partner, Strategic Co-Creation

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Janet Getto is Partner & Master Strategic Co-Creation Advisor. Her specialty is Innovation Acceleration Leadership, Complex Problem Solving and Strategic Co-Creation Facilitation. Janet holds a Master of Science Degree in Industrial Relations and has over 20 years of experience helping organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and find emerging opportunities for growth. Many clients know Janet as a masterful co-creation teacher, executive coach and leadership advisor in addition to being a supersonic facilitator.

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JEANINE GUIDO

Senior Associate, Innovation Strategist

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Jeanine Guido is a seasoned combinator of design thinking & business thinking with 15+ years of practice experience. Formerly a Design Executive at IBM and Capgemini Invent she holds a BA in Economics from Boston College and a Masters Degree in Design from Boston University. She loves working with organizational leaders to integrate a human-centered focus into business practices and organizational structures, resulting new opportunities and new sources of revenue. Jeanine lives in New York. 

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PATCHI DRANOFF

Industrial Designer, Strategic SenseMaker

Patchi Dranoff works on wide ranging Humantific projects, most recently with the Measure of America team on societal sensemaking publications. With a background in Industrial Design, and years of experience including at S&Y Partners in New York, Patchi is a talented multi-faceted designer with a passion for effecting positive impact through design. Patchi’s experience includes strategy, information design, product/experience/event design, leadership retreats, media campaigns and various other creative ventures. She holds a BFA in Industrial Design from the Rhode Island School of Design, and has, as a life long learner, completed additional coursework in Anthropology and Humanities at Brown University and School of Visual Arts. She brings to each project a hybrid toolbox useful in many sensemaking and changemaking contexts. Patchi lives in Miami and São Paulo. 

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HUMANTIFIC BOOKS

We are delighted to announce the publication of our new book:

RETHINKING DESIGN THINKING:

MAKING SENSE OF THE FUTURE THAT HAS ALREADY ARRIVED!

Part expose, part history lesson and part provocation, ReThinking Design Thinking extends Humantific’s significant body of sensemaking work addressing innovation, design and changemaking. Connecting the dots between theory and practice, philosophy and methodology, this book shares our perspective on how Humantific makes sense of the already-arriving future of design / design thinking. 

 

With vast confusion around the subject of design thinking in the marketplace, this book jumps in with a combination of thought-provoking conversational text and explanation diagrams. Stepping outside the pervasive industry marketing narrative, ReThinking Design Thinking points out the need for a new form of readiness to better take on the scale and complexity of organizational and societal challenges now emerging. This book clearly makes the case for more robust and adaptive methods beyond the assumptions of product, service and experience creation. 

 

The good news is that this book also points out that a next generation, emerging practice community is already hard at work reinventing design thinking / doing for complex situations. If you are ready for acknowledging significant change challenges facing design / design thinking as methodology and interested in more clearly defined paths forward, ReThinking Design Thinking is for you.

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INNOVATION METHODS MAPPING:

DE-MYSTYFYING 80+ YEARS OF INNOVATION PROCESS DESIGN

Innovation Methods Mapping: De-mystifying 80+ Years of Innovation Process Design is focused on making sense of innovation process design, a complex chaotic subject. With an avalanche of innovation methods now in circulation within the marketplace, sorting out and making sense of the mess can be daunting, time consuming task. 

 

Spanning an 80+ year time period and numerous communities of practice this book offers a new and reusable analysis framework to do just that. Anyone interested in better understanding the evolutionary history of innovation process design in order to better grasp the future forward opportunities and challenges related to methodology redesign would find this book very useful. It can save you years of methods related R&D work.

Coming Soon!

ACTIONIZING ENTERPRISE ADAPTABILITY:

MAKING SENSE OF AMBIDEXTROUS CAPACITY BUILDING

In this book we are sharing how Humantific helps organizational leaders not only create an adaptable innovation strategy for the post-covid era but to actually build sustainable adaptive capacity as a deliberate skill-set. Savvy organizational leaders have already figured out that tinkering with business model canvases and "mindsets" is nowhere near enough to remain competitive today. Previously only available to our workshop participants, this book expands upon and shares what we have learned in over a decade of helping organizations build cross-disciplinary innovation skills. Whether you choose to use the term ambidexterity or adaptability if you are interested in moving beyond strategy canvas abstractions and forward into the future of adaptable work skills in the real world this book is for you.

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