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