Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

Creating Campires For Innovation and Knowledge Translation

by • June 21st, 2011

Metaphors and analogies are commonly used in systems thinking and complexity science to illustrate concepts that are, on their own, relatively complex and awkward to describe literally. A campfire provides both a metaphor for bringing people together, but also a literal tool that could be used more effectively in work with groups struggling to innovate, collaborate and contemplate together. From a design perspective, campfires and the social system that they create around them provide an opportunity to enhance intimacy quickly, allowing for the potential to explore issues in ways that are more difficult to do in other settings.

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Gaming the Health System for Innovation and Change

by • June 10th, 2011

Yesterday I attended the Cure4Kids Global Health Summit at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. The three day event (continuing for the next two days) aims to bring together researchers, practitioners, and clinicians working on issues of importance to child and youth health — including an emphasis on the role of engaging young people. […]

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The Persistent Myth of the Lone Genius in Art and Science

by • June 7th, 2011

Of the many persistent myths about innovation, the lone genius is about the most sticky. Continued research shows how untrue this is.

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