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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, 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 stands between [...]

The Internet of Sentient Things - Upgraded twice on Day 2

Yesterday I attended a really cool event called xCAMP, 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 made brief presentations, [...]

Innovation Parkour Field Lab in PHX

If you are anywhere near Phoenix on 8 April, you should consider coming to our daylong Innovation Parkour Field Lab workshop, 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, like creativity, has certain roots in [...]

The Unfinished Interview with Dave Gray

Dave Gray is the Founder and Chairman of XPLANE, the visual thinking company. Founded in 1993, 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 to educators, corporate clients and [...]

The (Overlapping) Elements of Design Thinking

My partner in Torch, 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 for a [...]

Talk vs. Action: Conversation as Technology

Talking is often dismissed, especially in business, 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 in the slick grease of [...]

Innovation Parkour’s 1st “Live Fire” Scramble

Yesterday, 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 assignment and [...]

Thinking about Design Thinking: an emerging literature?

For all the talk about design thinking, 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, its approved reading list, the schools which teach its tenets, organizations that instantiate its practice, or the [...]

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, 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 less it seems [...]

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 [...]