Visualization as Process, Not Output ~ “If we set out to visualize, instead of making a visualization, we can end up with any number of outcomes. In fact, many of those outcomes may not even be visualizations, but rather solutions, new ideas, and better questions. Any good visualization process is iterative. And if we allow ourselves to think more about the value of the branching points of that process than we do a single result, we leave ourselves open to many more possibilities. A verb-based approach to visualization also lets us think of it as a tool that can be used in many different projects; not only those whose results involve charts and graphs, or sticks and balls” ~ Jer Thorp. via Harvard Business Review, published April 3, 2013.
What Can Children Teach Us about Innovation? Everything, Says Stanford Design Researcher ~ via Forbes, published December 6, 2012.
Machines of Laughter and Forgetting ~ On technology as both problem-solver and troublemaker. “We must distribute the thinking process equally. Instead of having the designer think through all the moral and political implications of technology use before it reaches users — an impossible task — we must find a way to get users to do some of that thinking themselves.” via New York Times, published March 30, 2013.
Why Stealth Innovation Is Not a Solution ~ On innovation fundamentally being a team sport. via Harvard Business Review, published March 26, 2013.
Vivek Wadhwa: Why I Don’t Advise Startups to Hire M.B.A.s ~ via Wall Street Journal, published April 1, 2013.
Lessons Found In The Mud ~ via New York Times, published March 29, 2013.
Don’t Get Mad–Get Innovative ~ History is riddled with genius inventions born of hair-pulling frustration. Here’s what today’s entrepreneurs can learn about finding inspiration in pain points. via Fast Company, published April 2, 2013.
Startup Takes Aim at Old-School Ways ~ The Saxifrage School, Mr. Cook’s two-year old experiment, is seeking to upend the traditional notion that college students need a sequestered, ivy-covered campus—and will endure the price tag that comes with it. He is gambling that for a nominal tuition—$395 a class—they will use the public library, the neighborhood YMCA and existing apartment buildings to study, play and live in. “What’s the point of spending a fortune to reinvent the wheel?” said the 28-year-old Mr. Cook. “Everything you need to operate a campus is already right there in the community.” via Wall Street Journal, published April 2, 2013.
Need a Job? Invent It ~ Tony Wagner on how to prepare today’s students for the changing economy and disappearance of middle class jobs: “Reimagining schools for the 21st-century must be our highest priority. We need to focus more on teaching the skill and will to learn and to make a difference and bring the three most powerful ingredients of intrinsic motivation into the classroom: play, passion and purpose.” via New York Times, published March 30, 2013.
Prepare Your Brain for Change ~ Margaret Moore, CEO of Wellcoaches Corporation, explains ways to de-stress and de-clutter your mind so you can perform at your cognitive and creative best. via Harvard Business Review, published April 2, 2013.
The Future is Uncertain. It’s Time to Start Asking the Right Questions ~ “We need to build this capacity in ourselves & the people around us to ask the right question.” ~ Hal Gregersen .via BigThink, published April 3, 2013
Everything I Know: 42 Hours of Buckminster Fuller’s Visionary Lectures Free Online (1975) ~ via Open Culture, published August 8, 2012.
Lessons In Disrupting The Status Quo In Handy Visual Form ~ A new site takes the information from Beautiful Trouble, a guidebook to creative activism, and puts it in easily digestible visualizations to help prepare you for your next protest. via FastCo.Exist, published March 29, 2013.
A Matter of Perspective: See Ordinary Landscapes Become Rock-Face Monsters ~ Andreflections by Andrey Antov. via FastCo.Create, published
100 Websites You Should Know and Use (updated!) ~ via TED Blog.
Office Furniture Designed To Spark Inspiring, Random Encounters ~ Antenna Design‘s new line for Knoll is purpose-built for the spontaneous work encounters that often spark innovation.via FastCo.Design, published April 1, 2013.