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IDEO U's Creative Confidence Podcast → Roger Martin, Bianca Andreescu, and systemic strategy Apr 12, 2020 highlights & strategy & systemics & podcasts

According to designer/strategist Roger Martin, a strategy is an imagined possibility with which we ask the question “What has to be true for this possibility to become real?”

In this episode IDEO U’s Creative Confidence podcast, Roger talks about how that approach helped unlock Bianca Andreescu’s success at the Grand Slam singles championship in 2019.

One of the fascinating things about this approach is that it acknowledges the need for system-wide changes. By asking “What has to be true?”, a strategist must consider all of the conditions of a system that should shift to make the imagined possibility a reality. Of course, most approaches to strategy do require some appreciation of the state of the strategic environment (e.g., the five forces model). None, however, emphasize the need to guarantee these systemic conditions quite as explicitly as asking “What must be true?”

FSG → Can Snow Clearing Be Sexist? Mar 7, 2020 systemics & highlights

And so the Swedish gender equality initiative team began to explore whet her snow clearing was sexist. Sure enough, they found the routine of clearing snow typically benefited men over women. In the winter, snow was cleared first on main roads leading into the city, benefiting commuters—who were mostly men. Foot- and cycle-paths were cleared last—not so good for pedestrians and cyclists, who were very often women traveling with children in pushchairs.

There was a cost to all this: 79% of pedestrian injuries occurred in winter, of which 69% were women. The estimated cost of these falls was SKr36m per winter, about USD$3.7m / £3m / €3.4m / Indian ₹279m. By clearing paths first, accidents decreased by half and saved the local government money.

Great action-based response to a stupid remark (“At least snow-clearing was something those ‘gender people’ can keep their noses out of,” someone had said, prompting this investigation).

Systemics and design principles in support of Tiago Forte’s PARA framework Jan 21, 2020 articles, personal knowledge management, productivity, systemics & design Tiago Forte's PARA system is a popular new approach to organizing your digital materials. I explain its usefulness with reference to some principles from systemic design. ▵
Finding the Emic in Systemic Design Projects, systemics, design, ethnography, ethics & presentations A paper presented at RSD7 in Turin, Italy. I argue that an under-emphasized but crucial variable of success in systemic design is the ▵
Leverage Analysis in Systemic Design Projects, systemics, design, systemic design & presentations Applying graph theory to understand the structure of complex problems ▵
The Global Steering Group for Impact Investment’s (2018) systemic theory of change Projects, systemics, design & apps A systems model I helped visualize for the Global Steering Group on Impact Investment in 2018 ▵
Procrastination Station Aug 19, 2018 systems sketching, systemics & productivity Procrastination is itself a systems trap. That balancing loop sucks you in. You take on sneaky little actions as dopaminergic relief to the burden ▵
Creative Education Futures Projects, systemics, design, ethnography, ethics & presentations In 2015, I supported Kinetic Café in developing OCAD University’s latest Vision and Mission statements. As part of that work, I helped scan for ▵
Leadership is… Feb 7, 2017 systems sketching, systemics & leadership Lessons learned from Memorial Student Leadership Conference (MSLC) 2017. These thoughts were spurred by Director of Student Life Dr. Jennie Massey’s ▵
Limits to (personal) growth Jan 30, 2017 systems sketching, systemics & procrastination I’m my own worst enemy when it comes to reading articles. I have 211 in a to-do list as I write this, and the larger that grows the more untenable ▵
This is why I’m here. Jan 23, 2017 systems sketching, systemics & practice Why sketch systems? Partially as a way to productively vent my sarcasm, and partially as a way to practice systems thinking. Also, maybe my ▵
Last night: “the snowfall looks so nice!”; this morning: “grumble.” Jan 16, 2017 systems sketching & systemics Shovelling as a “fix that fails”: it enables us to keep living here, when here means moving solidified rain from one side of the driveway to the ▵
Education Systemics Education, systemics, systemic design, university & projects What are the mechanisms of education systems change? How might we use systemic design to power a reform movement? What does systems thinking teach ▵
Innovation Education education, innovation, systemics, systemic design, university & projects What is innovation? How do we define innovation, its outputs and processes, and what are the skills and competencies necessary to practice and excel ▵
New year, new you Jan 3, 2017 Systems Sketching, habits, productivity & systemics Could New Year’s resolutions be doomed to fail? Driven by New Year’s culture, we commit to actions, call them resolutions, and set off to become ▵
Innovation Systemics innovation, systemics, canada, projects & university Thus, Canada should take steps to foster the idea economy. The world is changing, and Canada needs to understand how the tenets of the idea and ▵