A Chat with Our Professor of Health Design

Peter Jones Wu Wei

Appearing on the DiabetesMine community site, I’ve been asked to participate as a juror on their diabetes innovation contest. Here’s why: Peter Jones may have a common name, but he’s a rare animal. He’s one of the few academic design experts focusing specifically on the user experience in healthcare. And we are delighted to welcome him this year as one of our expert judges for the 2010 DiabetesMine Design Challenge! FYI, Peter has a PhD in Design and Innovation Management, and publishes research in organizational behavior, strategic innovation, and human information interaction as a visiting scholar at the Laboratory for Collaborative Diagnostics at The University of Toronto. He also runs his own consultancy, Redesign Research, and is currently writing a book. Today, his perspectives on how improved design can help change healthcare for the better: DBMine) Peter, you run an online community called Design for Care and are writing a book about “enhancing the human experience of health” through design. Why is all this necessary? What would you say has been missing that we’re looking for? PJ) Design for Care …

Healthcare Innovation Contest launched by DiabetesMine!

Peter Jones Wu Wei

We previewed this opportunity a month ago, but now its live.  Design for Care community member and DiabetesMine founder Amy Tenderich founded and leads this contest. I am a judge on the review panel for entries, and I promise to be impartial if your proposal comes our way. There are 3 prizes of $7000 each, an extraordinary award. Winners will also get help from IDEO (and others) to design and produce their concept. You have two months to conceive and prepare an audacious, health-changing service or device for people with diabetes or clinicians. The details are in the linked press release 2010 Contest press release – FINAL. DiabetesMine™, a leading informational and community web site for people with diabetes, today announced kickoff of the 2010 DiabetesMine Design Challenge, a competition designed to foster innovation in diabetes design and encourage creative new tools that will improve life with diabetes. This annual web-based competition is hosted at diabetesmine.com/designcontest, and is underwritten by the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), an independent philanthropy committed to improving the way health care is delivered and financed in …

Uffe Elbaeck rocks Toronto’s Designers with Dialogue

Peter Jones Transformation Design, Wu Wei

Uffe Elbaeck, the founder of Denmark’s innovative social design organization KaosPilot, generously shared his breakthrough leadership experience in organizing the recent Outgames 2009.  While visiting in Toronto, we were very fortunate to have him join us for our Design with Dialogue session, at OCAD’s Strategic Innovation Lab. Uffe shared his experience using the Kaospilot models for social innovation across the entire lifecycle of the World Outgames event. Sketching models of the decision/knowledge conflict cycle, the design process, stakeholder participation, and organizational leadership, he led us through a visual narrative of creative leadership.  Here he shares the KaosPilot design cycle, an organizational design system for managing communication and developing a design concept based on working through Ideas, Needs, Purposes, and the Values to be addressed in the concept, organization, and practices. While in Toronto, Uffe is working on a book on transformative leadership for social change, which we will help promote in 2010. He promises a public lecture and a workshop in November at the Centre for Social Innovation. It will be world-class, and well worth your changing plans to attend. …

Business as Agent of World Benefit

Peter Jones Transformation Design, Wu Wei

This year’s Global Forum at Case Western, Business as Agent of World Benefit, brings a stellar A-list of presenters and world-class problems together for 3 days of workshops, discussions, and Appreciative Inquiry dialogues. With keynotes and discussions from everyone from Bill McDonough to Janine Benryus, and bringing U Toronto’s Roger Martin together with Case’s Cooperrider and Fred Collopy, the Forum is the place to be the first week of June. Their Concept whitepaper describes BAWB as: The 2009 B.A.W.B Forum is organized around three thematic tracks: (1) the discovery and advancement of management-as-design (2) the exploration of massive innovation—that is, the principles and managerial practices for systemic innovation, scaled-up solutions, and new ways of engaging multiple actors, institutions and sectors, and (3) the design of management education, envisioning the new horizons of management education of the future, where shared “principles for responsible management education” inspire new curricula and new learning environments in areas such as corporate strategy and sustainable value, global citizenship, cradle-to-cradle design, and scaled up social entrepreneurship. The new OCAD graduate program on Strategic Foresight and Innovation will …