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Visualizing and Interacting with Systems

There are a number of useful models for visualizing and interacting with systems. This is part of the second stage of the information process with Social Innovation Labs. Once a group has an understanding of the current state, how can information visualization help participants understand the relationships between elements of the system, play with alternatives … Continue reading Visualizing and Interacting with Systems

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Using data visualization to gain a common understanding of a system

At its simplest, data visualizations can help Labs participants gain an understanding of the current state of the system. As Frances Westley says,  “Tools for producing infographics that clearly show the relationships between different data are becoming much more widely available [such as those by Hans Rosling]”. Examples of this can also be seen at … Continue reading Using data visualization to gain a common understanding of a system

A Framework for Decision Making in Social Innovation Labs

Having just wrapped up the Graduation Diploma in Social Innovation at the University of Waterloo, I want to take the opportunity to share some of what I learned and some of the ideas generated through the program. To start, this post introduces a framework for decision making in Social Innovation Labs environments. These Labs are … Continue reading A Framework for Decision Making in Social Innovation Labs

Where are the Green Jobs?

A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak on a panel at EPIC in Vancouver on low-carbon careers.  Then last week had a followup interview on the topic of green jobs and the green economy. Both have prompted me to think more about what we really mean by "green jobs". The first … Continue reading Where are the Green Jobs?

Thoughts from SAP Sustainability in Business Summit

Back from a bit of a blogging hiatus! I happened to be in Toronto a couple of weeks ago and was able to attend SAP Canada's first Sustainability in Business Summit.  There were almost 300 attendees for full day of presentations, workshops and networking - all interested in learning more about how to make business … Continue reading Thoughts from SAP Sustainability in Business Summit

Shared Measurement Systems for Non-Profits

Attended a great webinar this morning hosted by FSG Social Impact Advisors. They are a non-profit consultancy focusing on social impact measures. The webinar talked about some of the research they have done in the sector. One of the fundamental challenges for non-profits and funders is that funders naturally want to see the results of … Continue reading Shared Measurement Systems for Non-Profits

BC Apps for Climate Action contest for developers coming soon

I'm very excited about SAP sponsorship for an upcoming developer contest by the Province of BC.  The province is working with nine sponsors to develop an apps contest for climate action software applications. The contest asks participants to design fun, dynamic and innovative applications for both the Internet and mobile devices using government data. Like … Continue reading BC Apps for Climate Action contest for developers coming soon

Missing Links: Traditional Media Still Doesn’t Get It

I don't usually get drawn into debates about the roles of mainstream vs.  new media. Commentators such as Reilly Yeo at The Mark have done a great job of that here What really struck me over the weekend was how out of touch organizations such as The New York Times still are, despite their efforts … Continue reading Missing Links: Traditional Media Still Doesn’t Get It