Organizing Dialogue, Experience and Knowledge for Complex Problem-Solving

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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Facebook’s new roles for pages

by • June 2nd, 2012

Reblogged from Social media in the public sector: Facebook has introduced new roles for pages (see graphic). The manager of a page can assign the following roles: Content Creator Moderator Advertiser Insight Analyst What is unclear to me is that the manager of the page does not have the same rights as the other roles and is […]

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Have We Turned the Page on Social Science Research for Health?

by • May 15th, 2012

What will our health landscape look like without the ability to take what we know and translate it into action? Worse yet, what if we simply are unable to even know what to do because the research and evidence isn’t there in the first place to translate into anything? Without another turn towards something more positive, we are about to find out.

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Turning Thinking Talk to Action Walk (and a Trip to the Moon)

by • April 16th, 2012

We got the moon and back three times in the span of ten years from the call to action from President Kennedy. An entire country rallied around a very simple and challenging task of putting humans on the moon.

Could the time be now for us to do the same with social innovation for health?

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Advice for a Scholar Seeking a Life in Academia

by • December 18th, 2011

The need to train professionals, educate citizens and advance knowledge of our world has never been less, yet the academic environment where this takes place is changing at a pace where its easy to question what one is to do to contribute to its mission. In this continuing series on life in academia, I offer […]

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(Un)Building a Mystery: Peeking Behind the Curtain in the Academic Land of Oz

by • December 16th, 2011

The gap between what academics do and what those outside of the academy think they do is enormous. The mysteriousness and elite status that universities enjoy may actually serve to undermine the very values of inquiry and education that it seeks to promote. In this second in series of posts on academic life, I take […]

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The Alien Shores of Academia: Requiem for A Dream

by • December 15th, 2011

Aside from the church, the university remains among the oldest continuous institutions in our society.  Like the church, universities are facing challenges from massive changes in the way society views knowledge, authority and the role of the credentialed leader. This post begins a series of personal reflections looking back on a career in academia and […]

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Design Thinking and Zombies

by • November 11th, 2011

Design Thinking Foundations, is focusing on a synthesis of the literature and interviews with leading professionals from different fields within design, branding, media, and business. Our stake is less in the name design thinking, but more to determine what it is, how it is practiced, and what value it brings in an empirical and theoretically robust manner. Through research we hope to answer the question about whether design thinking is alive and well or simply the walking undead.

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Knowledge Translation Lip (Sync) Service

by • September 29th, 2011

For many, but certainly not all, of the studies we do in public and population health, the audience for this is almost the same. Not all studies or research projects will yield the kind of data that are video-worthy or inspire photosharing, but some are. And if we want the public engaged in science, if we want to reach practitioners and inspire policy makers and researchers alike to pay attention to the evidence being generated, this video might offer some suggestions for a way forward.

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Visualizing Evaluation and Feedback

by • August 3rd, 2011

Evaluation relies heavily on feedback and data; providing more visual ways of sharing this data might provide better options for explaining complex phenomena.

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