Shaking the System of Knowledge Translation and Journalism

Leveraging systems change comes when you are willing to examine the system itself, not just the component parts. News media

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300: Crises in Complexity, Opportunities in Design

In 2009 Censemaking was launched as a platform to explore issues in complexity and ways we can make sense of

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Disrupted Time: Review of Present Shock

Most simply, ‘present shock’ is the human response to living in a world that’s always on real time and simultaneous.

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Too Much Social Media, Not Enough Social Message

Social media is any networked information technology, tool or platform that derives its content and principal value from user engagement

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Wet and Dry Design for Social Innovation

Create systems that are too bounded (dry) and we risk sucking the moisture from the human elements (the wet) that make real social innovation happen. Our challenge is finding the right balance between the controlled, stable environments that these new technologies afford and the self-organized, emergent and innovative environments needed to implement and scale our initiatives more effectively.

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Design for Social Norms or Social Change?

Just as we create path dependencies for one set of values, so too can we do the same for others and with other people. The focus on the outcomes of systems rather than their design is problematic if we want change. Starting with design and values at the outset, being conscious of who we invite in and how we engage them and by remaining contemplative about how these systems unfold and the emergent patterns that shape them, designers of all stripes may be better positioned to create social change rather than just for social norms.

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