Contrarian, Spiritual, Strategic Innovation

We often speak of social innovation as if we’re applying the principles of business and product innovation to a social product. However, there are significant differences in how we treat service markets and how we participate in communities where we (and participants) have a democratic stake. They are both social systems, but markets are organized . . . → Read More: Contrarian, Spiritual, Strategic Innovation

OCADU wins the Rotman Design Challenge

Congratulations to the OCADU team for winning the Rotman Design Challenge!

The team from our first year OCAD University graduate program MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation won the Rotman Design Challenge on Saturday, for a high-touch (not high-tech) proposal for Mayo Clinic for early disease prevention, Mayo Moms. Mayo Moms leveraged a known health . . . → Read More: OCADU wins the Rotman Design Challenge

Should the MBA be a creative program?

On Design Observer Bruce Nussbaum wants to fail Financial Times’ top 100 business schools.

Let’s Give an “F” to the FT List of Best Business Schools

OK, at least some of them. But it is hard to argue with their top 10 – Stanford has the d.school link, and Wharton is a top systems and . . . → Read More: Should the MBA be a creative program?

Organizational evolution: Are values really accessible in design?

In expanding roles as social designers and process facilitators, can we help communities and organizations change an enduring and robust values system?  If we are outside of the social system being intervened, can we really help change values, or is this an inside job?

I’ve been part of an online argument about this question. Systems . . . → Read More: Organizational evolution: Are values really accessible in design?