hyper-connected pattern seeking

Harold Jarche

From a recent post by the BBC : Crucial in surviving all of these unpredictable variables is the use of network design tools – software suites that can simulate what happens at the point of disaster. Workers have to be able to recognize patterns in complexity and chaos and be empowered to do something with their observations and insights. Innovative and contextual methods mean that standard processes do not work for exception-handling or identifying new patterns.

Social innovation labs, initial thoughts

Dave Snowden

For one reason or another I’ve ended up talking about various social innovation labs in multiple locations over the last couple of weeks and I’ve got a call on the subject tomorrow. At its worse the subjects becomes objects in a process designed more for the ego needs of the facilitation team and the satisfaction of explicit targets set by an Authority. As I suggest this is a common pattern over many a field.

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Idiots, Networks and Patterns

Harold Jarche

StevenBJohnson ~&# you can’t have an epiphany with only three neurons&# - Where Good Ideas Come From [innovation is about networks]. The Physics of Finance: The more chaotic our environment & less control we have, the more we see non-existent simple patterns , or as Valdis Krebs pointed out, seeing fictitious patterns in random data is called “ apophenia &#. Tweet Here are some interesting things that were shared via Twitter this past week.

Patterns of Emergent Cities: 1. The Founder - EMERGENT CITIES

Seb Paquet

Patterns of Emergent Cities: 1. This is the first in a series of posts describing patterns that help understand the experience of building something really new, together. These pattern descriptions are chiefly informed by my observations of social dynamics in all kinds of creative initiatives. The patterns are meant to be used as templates to guide anyone who is going down the path of getting something like an emergent city up and going. Next pattern: 2.

Quip: innovation

Clark Quinn

Optimal execution is only the cost of entry; continual innovation is the necessary competitive differentiator. The rate of change is increasing, and the patterns we imagined we saw (and explained away when violated) are more clearly representing the chaos seen in a fractal world. In a time when competitors can copy your innovation in a matter of months (or less), you can’t just plan, prepare, and execute optimally any longer.

Where innovation comes from

Jay Cross

In sum, they innovate. Steven Johnson has written a book that looks at innovation from all angles. He explains what nurtures innovation. Innovation = working smarter. Where Good Ideas Come From, The Natural History of Innovation is a book about the space of innovation. Johnson’s book argues that a series of shared properties and patterns recut again and again in unusually fertile environments. Innovations can be market-driven or not.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Patterns of Business Innovation in China and India

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? From a strategist’s viewpoint, though, what I miss in such coverage is any deep analysis of the patterns of business innovation that might help to explain the explosive growth in both economies or the implications for Western companies.

The evolution of design to amplify flow

John Hagel

If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J.   By pulling back from individual disciplines, it identifies patterns that were either missed or misunderstood in more narrow contexts. There is an imperative here:  “The constructal law is a shout from the rooftops: Everything that flows and moves generates designs that evolve  to survive (to live).

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Innovation in an Age of Austerity

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

On December 7 I participated in an Innovation Summit sponsored by the UK Innovation Research Centre (UK-IRC) at the University of Cambridge. The UK-IRC is “a collaborative initiative for cutting-edge research and knowledge exchange activities on how innovation can make businesses more competitive, improve public services delivery and help the UK meet the social, environmental and economic challenges it faces.”

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

Dave Snowden

Today I was privileged to be invited as to present along with four others at an Innovation Diffusion workshop for UCL in connection with the NHS. In the afternoon the wider audience synthesised the the material and came up a list of characteristics that the health system needs to allow innovative ideas and practice to diffuse through the service as a whole. While incentives have their place, its unlikely that financial incentives will stimulate innovation per se.

Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 : Andrew McAfee’s Blog

Andy McAfee

Andrew McAfee’s Blog The Business Impact of IT Home Home RSS Search Toward a Pattern Language for Enterprise 2.0 June 10 2009 Comments to this post A Pattern Language , published in 1979 by Christopher Alexander and his colleagues, was a landmark book in architecture that also became a landmark in other fields like computer science ; one review called it “The decade’s best candidate for a permanently important book.&# First is a set of patterns where 2.0

How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

Adaptive Path

The book, a sweeping history of autism in both science and society, contains some powerful implications about designing for human cognition and what “normal” really means. JJG: This notion of building a better world for autistic people is where the work that we do as user experience designers really comes into play. She immediately saw that the design of the catwalk would not have been able to support the weight of the number of people who were expected to walk on it.

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How Autism can Influence Design: In conversation with Steve Silberman

Adaptive Path

The book, a sweeping history of autism in both science and society, contains some powerful implications about designing for human cognition and what “normal” really means. JJG: This notion of building a better world for autistic people is where the work that we do as user experience designers really comes into play. She immediately saw that the design of the catwalk would not have been able to support the weight of the number of people who were expected to walk on it.

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Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

Beth Kanter

Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here ) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.).

The Social Network Is the Computer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This ecosystem has been designed to stimulate and manipulate the human psyche, “to draw us in and persuade us to change how we shop, vote, and exercise, and even who we love.”

The Innovator's Prescription: A Disruptive Solution to Health Care

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

He is one of the world's foremost thinkers in strategy and innovation. In particular, Clay – since I know him personally, I feel I can call him by his first name - is an expert in dealing with disruptive innovations, developing organizational capabilities and finding new markets for new technologies. His first book, The Innovator's Dilemma is a classic. There is a well established pattern. However, technology is only an enabler of innovation.

Hidden Wealth: Science, Technology and Services Innovation in the 21st Century

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The Royal Society , - the UK’s national academy of science, - recently released a report: Hidden Wealth: the contribution of science to service sector innovation. This excellent report represents the findings of a major study on the role of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to innovation in the services sector. It is one of the most comprehensive investigations of the impact of services innovation in the 21st century.

May the Network Force Be With You

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Social physics functions by analyzing patterns of human experience and idea exchange within the digital bread crumbs we all leave behind as we move through the world, - call records, credit card transactions, and GPS location fixes, among others.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Hamel on Management Innovation

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? The HBR article broadly deals with the topic of management innovation and it helps to expand our view of innovation. But here’s the tension that pervades Hamel’s article(s): are we focused on breakthrough management innovation or continuous management innovation?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Retailers and Customers

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? Almost a decade ago, I detected an intriguing pattern regarding the unbundling and rebundling of firms (purchase unfortunately required). And it seemed to fly directly in the face of the pattern I outlined above.

Presentation to UNCTAD's Advisory Group on "Developing skills, knowledge and capacities through innovation: E-Learning, M-Learning, cloud-Learning"

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Only after this, do we move into the idea, of learning design and pedagogy, which is drawn primarily from the field of distance learning, where courses are rounded up as packages, or what we might call program texts, designed to lead the student through a course of instruction. You begin to think in course packages complete with content, learning design, everything you need for an online course. It is, in many ways, an unbundling of this traditional course design.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Innovating on the Edge of Big Waves

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? Executives can gain significant insight into the innovation process by looking in unexpected places like the big wave surfing arena. Innovations in big wave surfing Surfing has a long and distinguished history.

Social Physics - Reinventing Analytics to Better Predict Human Behaviors

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

T hey eventually discovered that all event-data representing human activity contain a special set of social activity patterns regardless of what the data is about. These patterns are common across all human activities and demographics, and can be used to detect emerging behavioral trends before they can be observed by any other technique. .

How to Use Design Thinking to Improve Your Nonprofit’s Digital Strategy

Beth Kanter

We used some Human Centered Design techniques from their “ Innovating for People ” design methods recipe book. It was the most stimulating web platform strategy session that I have ever experienced! What is Human Centered Design? Is it only used by people with artistic talents and graphic design skills? Anyone can be a designer! It also helped us a group see the problem together – an important base for innovative thinking.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Understanding individual human mobility patterns" (nature article)

Mark Oehlert

eLearning Guilds Summer Seminar Series » June 19, 2008 "Understanding individual human mobility patterns" (nature article) ( link ) Cautionary Note: Id like to read this article but dont really want to drop $32 for the privilege. This inherent similarity in travel patterns could impact all phenomena driven by human mobility, from epidemic prevention to emergency response, urban planning and agent-based modelling."

Artificial Intelligence is Ready for Business; Are Businesses Ready for AI?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

They see AI-driven innovation as driving increased revenues and higher productivity rather than just cutting costs. Demand forecasting, supply chain optimization, and improved product design and productivity. “ Organizations need to constantly anticipate the future to gain competitive advantage. AI allows businesses to provide better forecasts for their supply chain and design better offerings. It can discern trends and patterns that can be acted on.”.

AI - the Creation of a Human-Centric Engineering Discipline

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Practices, building blocks and tools have started to emerge, as have a number of sophisticated mathematical techniques such as those underlying deep learning. “What we’re missing is an engineering discipline with its principles of analysis and design…”, notes Jordan. the discipline focused on finding patterns in data and on making well-founded predictions, tests of hypotheses and decisions.”. AI is rapidly becoming one of the most important technologies of our era.

Machine Learning and Knowledge Discovery

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This is evidenced by the number of companies embracing AI as a key part of their strategies, the innovative, smart products and services they’re increasingly bringing to market, and the volume of articles being written on the subject. As new data is ingested, the system rewires itself based on whatever new patterns it now finds. To automate the process, the host can then use machine learning to discover common patterns or features among all the guests.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Wikipatterns: A How-To Site on Driving the Adoption of Wikis Within Your Organization

Mark Oehlert

A collection of patterns and anti-patterns (or actually resistance patterns) for moving forward with Wikis within your organization. The site also includes people patterns and forms (anti-patterns) that resistance can take, like " Manager Lockdown " "This pattern refers to the situation where a manager takes ownership ofcertain wiki content which is particularly visible and unintentionallydiscourages people from changing their content.

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The Top Ten Emerging Technologies of 2017

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Sustainable Design of Communities Dramatically Reduces Waste - “Moving beyond the green-home level, ambitious projects are attempting to join blocks of buildings into a single sustainable unit”. As new data is ingested, the system rewires itself based on whatever new patterns it now finds. Deep learning looks for patterns of patterns, with each successive layer looking for patterns in the previous layer.

Has AI (Finally) Reached a Tipping Point?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

AI suffers from what’s become known as the AI effect : AI is whatever hasn’t been done yet, and as soon as an AI problem is successfully solved, the problem is no longer considered part of AI. “The same pattern will continue in the future,” notes the report. “ Artificial Intelligence Cloud Computing Complex Systems Data Science and Big Data Innovation Smart Systems Society and Culture Technology and Strategy

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Offshoring - The GE and McKinsey Connection

John Hagel

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel Exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core About Recent Posts The Great Reset Passion and Flow Economic Recovery? Outsourcing as executed by GE has produced no material innovation. Do you have some good sources for designing business processes in modular form?

Sensemaking and the power of the humanities

Harold Jarche

Is Design Thinking actually sensemaking? There is a great section on “Design Thinking: The Anatomy of a B t Tornado”. Innovation without any social context — “Unless we truly know what matters to … [people] … we cannot really understand anything at all about the objects … that they use.”. Get under the skin of consumers — “The proponents of design thinking defend their ideology by saying they spend time with people … [but] … The time they spend with people is quite limited.”.

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Smart Cities: A kind of 21st Century “Urban Electrification?”

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Among the various theories for urban design, two major approaches stand out: top-down, central planning; and bottom-up, grass-roots planning. First of all, mission critical applications, including those used by the police, fire department and emergency management need to be very carefully designed and operated. It increases transparency and enables citizens to develop all kinds of innovative apps to complement the government’s own applications.

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Can AI Help Translate Technological Advances into Strategic Advantage?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Can they help increase innovation and productivity and drive long term growth? A recent Harvard Business Review article, - Designing the Machines that Will Design Strategy , - takes these questions a few steps further. In their view business strategy consists of a series of highly interrelated conceptual and analytical operations, including problem definition, signal processing, pattern recognition, abstraction and conceptualization, analysis, and prediction.

Why Do We Need Data Science when We’ve Had Statistics for Centuries?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Data analysis has been generally used as a way of explaining some phenomenon by extracting interesting patterns from individual data sets with with well-formulated queries. Unlike database querying, which asks What data satisfies this pattern (query)? discovery asks What patterns satisfy this data? ,” notes Dhar. Suitably designed machine learning algorithms help find such patterns for us.

A Framework for Building AI Capabilities

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s only been in the last few years that complementary innovations, especially machine learning have taken AI from the lab to early marketplace adopters. In the 1960s and 1970s, IT brought automation to a number of discrete business processes, including transaction processing, financial planning, engineering design, inventory management, payroll and personnel records.

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Social Business in the Age of the Customer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

This puts business and government leaders at risk of being overcome by the tidal wave of rapid change and innovation spearheaded by knowledge-empowered customers, partners, and competitors.”. It requires a complementary set of management competencies, much softer or people-oriented in nature, including a focus on human capital, strategy, decision making, innovation and social skills. .

Improving the Odds of Success for Corporate Transformations

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Looking back upon my long career , one of the major factors shaping my views of strategy and innovation are the powerful transformational forces that I saw buffeting the IT industry over much of that time. For a startup a transformative innovation is all upside, an opportunity to take-on established companies with new products that offer significantly better capabilities and/or lower costs. Patterns of Transformation. Patterns of transformation differ across industries.

Reflections on Storytelling

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

It’s a good way of explaining what the new innovation is all about in as simple a way as possible. The dot-com era was famous for its many innovations, but also for its hype. My personal experiences with e-business and similar initiatives have sensitized me to the power of storytelling when introducing a disruptive innovation in the marketplace. Transmedia storytelling is one of the major area being pursued at the Annenberg Innovation Lab.

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Strategy and Execution in an Increasingly Complex World

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Once upon a time, design and manufacturing were quite distinct steps in the development of products. But, as development cycles start to shrink, we saw the rise of design for manufacturability , that is, the close collaboration between engineering design and manufacturing so that products are as easy as possible to manufacture. It must embrace innovations like cloud computing, flexible cost structures and partnering capabilities to allow them to rapidly scale up or down. .

Complex facilitation

Dave Snowden

Back in the DataSicences Genus programme we put a lot of effort into Joint Application Design (JAD) workshops, the point I which I also did some experimentation with Soft Systems approaches. Methods are designed to change interactions, not to change people.

The Vital Role of Culture in Business

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Strategy provides clarity and focus for collective action and decision making… Culture, however, is a more elusive lever, because much of it is anchored in unspoken behaviors, mindsets, and social patterns… whereas strategy is typically determined by the C-suite, culture can fluidly blend the intentions of top leaders with the knowledge and experiences of frontline employees.”. Learning - characterized by innovation, creativity, knowledge, being open-minded, exploring alternatives.