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Arvind Venkataramani

Design Researcher | SonicRim

San Francisco, United States

"We're all better together"

Generally thinking:

Education & Academia
Business, Work & Strategy
Technology & The Future
Global Issues
Sustainability & Environment
Government & Community
Media & Journalism
Arts & Entertainment
Creativity & Design
Body, Mind & Science

My tags:

CommunityCultureDanceDigital MediaEducationFoodGovernmentHistoryLawSciencePhotographyPsychologySocial ChangeStrategy GeneralSustainabilityTechnologyTravelWriting

Very good at:
+ Modeling situations
+ Making sense of ambiguity
+ Playing along

About me & my work:

I make connections across boundaries, for the perspectives thus revealed.

For 8 years I've helped organizations understand people, practices and the fit between lives and products, and thence identifying opportunities for new products and services. At SonicRim, a co-creation innovation consultancy, I specialise in the 'fuzzy front end' – the complex space of ambiguity in a business domain where new products and business models are not obvious, predictable or even visible.

Of late, I have been studying the organizational infrastructures required for innovation, and how to create them. This means looking at the relationship between design and research, insight and data making and thinking, process and content, institutions and practices, values and culture – and how to integrate them together into something sustainable.

I have a hybrid training as a computer scientist, interaction designer, and ethnographer. I model, bricolage, sketch, prototype, design, photograph.. Currently, I'm obsessed with uncovering why certain imagined futures are more compelling than others, which allows me to read a lot of steampunk novels.

To any new endeavour, I bring my abilities to frame, to switch and connect levels of description, to formally model phenomena, to make sense of complexity, to think in terms of systems, and to integrate perspectives as an intentional outsider and cross-cultural interpreter.

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