Cost Drivers in the Healthcare Ecosystem

Sometimes the fewer words the better – this long infographic (reasonably well-sourced) just tells part of the story – cost drivers and population / disease trends. What it doesn’t show are the relationships to policy (Obamacare changes), institutional change (new care models), and skilled personnel supply crises (2M nurses needed by 2020).

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Robots & executive bonuses may have (already) taken your job

From AP and reposted everywhere:  Recession and technology killing off middle-class jobs

Entire employment categories are beginning to disappear faster than labor economists had believed as computer software, robots and other devices become more sophisticated and powerful — and millions of more jobs will follow suit

 Five years after the start of the Great Recession, . . . → Read More: Robots & executive bonuses may have (already) taken your job

Wisdom of Caring and Empathic Practice

For over 10 years (at least since the 1997 Dorothy Leonard article Sparking Innovation through Empathic Design) design research has advocated the practice of empathic design, listening closely to customers and learning from their behaviors to innovate for unspoken “needs.”  We might consider this common knowledge at this cycle of practice, or even “common wisdom.”

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Imagining Canada’s Future

Canada’s research council for social science and humanities, SSHRC, funded six regional panels to understand and imagine possible futures for the country in a global context through the next two decades.  Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) at OCAD University led a panel for the Southern Ontario region, in partnership with University of Ontario Institute of Technology . . . → Read More: Imagining Canada’s Future