Dialogues at the Intersections of Power

Peter Jones Dialogue, Sensemaking

Tuesday Sept 1 Design with Dialogue holds an inquiry into the systems of power we face in modern civilization, and the structures and forms it takes. To come prepared to this discussion, consider any number of deep pre-reads, such as the Off-Guardian’s “Left and Lockdown“, Charles Eisenstein’s The Coronation, or something (anything) from Matt Taibbi’s recent substacks. But it’s August, your summer is running down, and most of these are actually quite long. We didn’t want to direct an argumentation as much as open up and rethink forms and sources of power. We proposed a few discovery questions to shape the inquiry: In a complex society with heterogeneous forms of power, are we each subject to different structures and forms of power we experience?Or is there a sense in which we are all subject to the same powers, whether we accept them or not? How do you hold agency? Do our unique histories and commitments determine the boundaries of our personal power to alter policies, events, outcomes, and eventually our society? What structures are now available, or foreclosed, for acting …

Rethinking Design / Systems / Thinking

Peter Jones Design Management, Sensemaking, Systemic Design

The design community is once again rethinking all the thinkings. It’s about time, as we’ve been through more than a decade after the last global crash and we are now at the start of the next, much longer crash, or the Long Crisis of the Anthropocene. This crash will be political, cultural and financial (unlike the 2008 Minsky Moment (credit implosion) based on the corrupt underpinnings of mortgage-backed securities). Will the design community and design education be prepared this time? Or will we be arguing about ideology and single-cause design activism? Perhaps the compelling ideas of the prior decade are fuzzy by now, but we were busy bringing new design-led interdisciplines into schools and defying the complaints of those that insisted “design education must change.” It was changing – and now we’ve seen several hundred graduates from the OCAD University Strategic Foresight & Innovation MDes. We saw the rise and fall of Transformation Design that attended the hopeful resurgence of new design thinking. At the time, by 2010 at the latest, we were already arguing Design Thinking (the corporate training …

Foresight Playback: Cyclic Models in Foresight Research

Peter Jones Cultural innovation, Innovation, Strategic Foresight

In a series of posts here, I’m continuing to discuss our Strategic Foresight & Innovation research after student graduation. Neal Halvorsen completed his MRP Foresight Playback (Mapping the Future of Industrial Regions by Learning from Historical Cycles of Innovation) after conducting field research in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. Dayton is almost 500 miles south of Toronto, following the 401 to I-75 South to  Detroit, Toledo, Lima, and then Dayton (a string of cities connected on I-75 to the auto industry). Neal’s MRP on learning from historical cycles of innovation is at: Notably he draws on the mix of cyclic anticipatory models “Kondratieff, Schumpeter, Elliot waves and the Fourth Turning generational cycles are brought together to show how cycles of innovation and decline can be mapped over long periods, adding to the insights that other foresight methodologies can bring to cluster planning.” Uniquely. He integrates these to synthesize their complementary relationships over time, to examine historical patterns into contemporary era, and to suggest this model as a long-horizon planning system for innovation cluster foresight, strategic formation, and investment. Neal’s Medium …

Navigating the Complexity of Cancer Diagnosis

Peter Jones Co-Creation, Design for Care, Systemic Design

A team from OCAD University’s Health Design Studio [1] designed a series of synthesis maps for the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, for a project to proposes systemic responses to the clinical and social complexity of cancer pre-diagnosis in Canadian care provision. In the two synthesis maps presented here, we represented clinical diagnostic processes and the patient experiences associated with navigating the complexity of cancer diagnosis for three cancer sites, across three (representing 6) geographical regions. The maps were constructed in an iterative design and research process by the HDS as part of a larger CPAC collaboration to identify evidence-based opportunities for system-level change in cancer diagnosis to improve patient experience and clinical practices. The maps present an integration of current knowledge from clinical practice and patient experiences drawn directly from interviews and workshops with patient advisors, primary care physicians and cancer specialists. Two Maps Tell the Story The clinical process map, A Clinical System Perspective of Pan-Canadian Cancer Diagnosis, represents the complex steps of current pre-diagnosis practices for patients living within three geographic regions. Three cancer sites were chosen to …