Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

How to recognize Design Thinkers

by • October 31st, 2012

Reblogged from Team cognition: Since R. Martin and others hijacked the term ‘designthinking’, there is an ongoing dispute. Two thought worlds exist and possibly these can be united by laying bare the essential characteristics of a ‘design thinker’. Thought worlds Design thinking frames the verb ‘design’ as a specific cognitive activity in order to solve […]

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Designing Spaces for Creativity

by • October 21st, 2012

Reblogged from Creativity & Innovation: I’ve just spent two stimulating days with a small group of architects, university professors, and creativity researchers, at a beautiful old lakeside estate called Marigold Lodge, in Western Michigan. Our goal: To collect everything we know about how to design spaces that maximize learning and foster creativity. With funding from the Sloan […]

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Design Thinking: Thinkers, Science and Practice

by • September 6th, 2012

The Thinker, Auguste Rodin

 If to think and be aware of those thoughts (to think about thinking) is a defining feature of what it means to be human, why is it such a challenge to think about types of thinking? An answer to that question might help explain why design thinking is so difficult to translate into action and […]

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The Ideology of Scaling Social Innovations

by • August 24th, 2012

Box scaling

Without best evidence (which is almost always lacking in social innovation by its very nature), setting performance targets related to scale a priori is foolish. For innovators themselves, equally foolish is not gathering the kind of information about the systems they are operating in to know if they are the human or the ant and whether a shower is on the way.

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Designing a Social Innovation Wonderwall

by • July 22nd, 2012

Wonder octopus

Paying attention to the social, technological, economic and environmental stresses and challenges we face isn’t always conducive to positive thinking and sometimes its useful to look at where problems are being addressed rather than created. Where to go for such inspiration is question is where this post begins.  And all the roads that lead you […]

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Marketing Metaphors of Meaning in Complexity

by • July 17th, 2012

Karl Heyden Eine interessante Geschichte

Marketing is largely about identity and stories about identity. Marketers want to influence what you do (choose, use, purchase, etc..) and how you experience what you do when you do it. To do this, they know the importance of design and the stories to accompany that design. Design, when done well, is partly about creating empathy with those who are to benefit from the products of design and the best products out there are ones that apply empathy and guide behaviour at the same time. Storytelling is the vehicle that links them together.

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Empathy: The Ultimate Design + Systems Challenge

by • July 1st, 2012

Empathy

Empathy is a central feature of good human-centred design, yet is often practiced narrowly. Visualization with systems thinking and mindfulness are three additional features that can transform empathy from a simple tool to a vehicle for transformation by connecting us less to absolute problems and more to relative ones. In today’s Globe and Mail newspaper […]

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The Hyberbole and Exaggerated Demise of Design Thinking

by • June 14th, 2012

It is time to pull design thinking from the embers of hyperbole and placed under the microscope and macroscope of reflective practice and research. Once there, we might better comment on what this idea means for business, social innovation, human services and our overall wellbeing by pointing to something other than an exclamation mark to make our point.

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Design Thinking’s Timely Death

by • June 13th, 2012

Reblogged from The Multidisciplinarian: William Storage           11 Jun 2012 Visiting Scholar, UC Berkeley Center for Science, Technology, Medicine & Society Design Thinking is getting a new life. We should bury it instead. Here’s why. Its Humble Origins In 1979 Bruce Archer, the great mechanical engineer and professor at the Royal College of Art, wrote […]

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Contemplating Better Public Health: Perspective is Everything

by • May 31st, 2012

How might we apply the lessons from cigarette use to mental health promotion? How might we design programs, spaces, places, and social conventions that promote the quiet contemplative acts that come from taking that cigarette break and offer potentially great value to tobacco users without creating harmful effects for others?

Engaging design, complexity and imagining the systems that influence them both might yield considerable insight into how we manage other public health problems and how we might better promote mental health in the protection of physical well-being.

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