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GK VanPatter

SenseMaker, Author, Advisor, CoFounder | Humantific / New York

New York, United States

"SenseMaking for ChangeMaking"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Business, Work & Strategy
Technology & The Future
Global Issues
Government & Community
Media & Journalism
Creativity & Design

My tags:

ActivismArchitectureArtBusiness DevelopmentCommunityCultureDigital MediaEducationEntrepreneurshipEventsHistoryJournalismSciencePhilanthropyPsychologySocial ChangeStrategy GeneralTechnologyTravelWriting

Very good at:
+ Visual SenseMaking of Complex Situations
+ Inclusive Innovation Cuture Building
+ Hybrid Innovation Practice / Methods / Tools Creation

About me & my work:

Humantific helps organizational leaders tackle complex challenges and build SenseMaking for ChangeMaking capacity. We are pioneers in how to make sense of and integrate visualized data, information (in some communities now being reframed as "evidence") into the multi-disciplinary innovation process. In Humantificland we call these Complexity Navigation skills and consider them to be next generation innovation leadership skills. Since 2002 we have been teaching these skills to organizational leaders from many different backgrounds in our Complexity Navigation Program.

Prior to cofounding Humantific I was a Scient [Master] Fellow and CoFounder of Scient’s Innovation Acceleration Labs. In collaboration with Elizabeth Pastor we conceived of Scient’s inclusive innovation strategy as well as all aspects of the lab system, its physical environments and its cross-disciplinary learning programs. Those were the good old days when the focus was on grow, grow, grow. Many Scient colleagues viewed the Innovation Lab team as the spiritual aspect of the company and we still work with many colleagues today. At the center of our work for more than 15 years has been data-information visualization / sensemaking integrated into innovation process.

I have a masters degree in design and was involved in the architecture business for numerous years before finding my way to the sensemaking business and then the organizational changemaking business which we now combine. I was happy to be an early advocate of extending the application of next generation design thinking into the realms of organizational and societal transformation. Much of my early career took place in multi-disciplinary architecture/design firms so I saw early on what was there, and not there across many disciplines. Early in my career I became an advocate of reaching out beyond design for leadership tools and knowledge applicable to cross-disciplinary contexts.

My research interests include: Innovation Dialogue Mapping, NetBehaviors, Integrative Thinking, Cognitive Bias, Thinking Made Visible, Team Dynamics, Think-Balance, Design Thinking Geographies, Systems Thinking, Experiencial Learning, Innovation Methods Mapping, History of Innovation, Creative Intelligence (1950-2013), Open Innovation (1950-2013), Distributed Cognition Systems, Enabling CoCreation in Organizations, Systemic Design and Inclusive Innovation Culture Building. As an example of how we output and share our research see our virtual books: Design Thinking Made Visible & Innovation Methods Mapping.

My links:

Thinking Made Visible Research

Humantific Library on ISSUU

Humantific Website

Innovation Methods Mapping

SenseMaking for ChangeMaking


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