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Category Archives: Participation

Debt Slavery has a Cute New Name: Kwedit

A service which allows users to pay later for what they want to do online now. What’s wrong with that? If you don’t have a credit card, adiposity bank account or other means to facilitate your online transactions, why should you be barred from the world of commerce, especially when it is all that [...]

The Internet of Sentient Things - Upgraded twice on Day 2

Yesterday I attended a really cool event called xCAMP, information pills organized by my friends Nabil & Riwa Harfoush (a killer father/daughter act). They have started a project to examine the opportunity for and develop a plan to scale the work of Natalie Jeremijenko’s fascinating xClinic work.
During a discussion after Natalie & Nabil had [...]

Innovation Parkour Field Lab in PHX

If you are anywhere near Phoenix on 8 April, no rx you should consider coming to our daylong Innovation Parkour Field Lab workshop, help part of the pre-conference workshops of the 2010 IA Summit.
Innovation Parkour is a framework for the “open source” development of a practice of innovativeness. We believe that innovativeness, information [...]

The Unfinished Interview with Dave Gray

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, more about the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, unhealthy XPLANE has grown to be the world’s leading consulting and design firm focused on information-driven communications. Dave’s time is spent researching and writing on visual business, as well as speaking, coaching and delivering workshops [...]

The (Overlapping) Elements of Design Thinking

My partner in Torch, approved Robin Uchida, and I have been talking about how the application of a familiar analogy might help to illuminate the elusive qualities of design thinking. We thought it would be an interesting experiment to see what folks would come up with if tasked with submitting three entries or nominations [...]

Talk vs. Action: Conversation as Technology

Talking is often dismissed, abortion especially in business, side effects as something that is categorically inferior to doing. Why is that? And just what is the “doing” here referred to? The simple reason for this so-called “bias to action”, I think, is that within the economy of industrial production, talk is just grit [...]

Innovation Parkour’s 1st “Live Fire” Scramble

Yesterday, treatment Innovation Parkour (IP) co-creators, Matt Milan and Michael Anton Dila led the first IP live fire exercise at the Net Change Week at MaRS. We had almost 40 participants, who were ultimately divided into 6 project teams. After an introduction to the core ideas of Innovation Parkour, the participants were set an [...]

Thinking about Design Thinking: an emerging literature?

For all the talk about design thinking, price it is more than a little bit difficult to pin down just what it actually is. Who would be the definitive authority on the matter? Where is design thinking’s authoritative publication, pharm its approved reading list, pharm the schools which teach its tenets, organizations [...]

Keep the Internet Open: The Value of the Unfinished “Design” of the Web

This past Sunday New York Times has an article about security and the Internet. This is not too strange. More and more, about it people use the Internet for commerce and commercial transactions. People pay bills, buy everything from books and DVDs to automobiles and T-shirts bearing crowdsourced designs. People worry, though less and [...]

Designing for the Cognitive Surplus

Designing for the Cognitive Surplus
Clay Shirky has suggested a term for a newly visible natural resource: he calls it the cognitive surplus. This surplus is created when we turn our attention away from television and allow ourselves apply our minds to anything else. Just as we are reckoning with other parts of the digital economy [...]