Design Thinking: Practicing Innovation

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Institute for International Communication, St. John's University

SymposiumDec-10On December 13, 2017, graduate students of International Communication at St. John’s University presented a variety of innovative projects they developed throughout a class in Design Thinking at a Graduate Symposium. The event was organized and moderated by Dr. Minna Horowitz, who led the Design Thinking class during this fall semester. 

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Data, Part 2: Data for Global Goals

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Data Part 2 – My summary of the #Data4SDGs event, 19 Sept 2017.

https://instituteicm.com/2017/09/19/data-part-2-data-for-global-goals/

Institute for International Communication, St. John's University

2017-09-19 12.17.13This is the second of the two-part blog series on current discussions about data and its social, economic, and cultural implications.

The first part was based on the MyData 2017 conference; you can read it here.

This post, by Minna Horowitz, discusses data as a tool in implementing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs, sometime called Global Goals), based on a related workshop at the UN Headquarters (19 September 2017).

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Why Didn’t I Leave Brooklyn Sooner?

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A great post by a dear friend — our neighbor in BK and in Catskill…

Dog Poet Laureate

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Why didn’t I leave the City sooner? This is a question I often ask myself. I’ve been living in the Hudson Valley for two years after living in Brooklyn for fifteen. My last few years in Brooklyn were like being in a bad relationship, it held so much promise but really couldn’t deliver. Like somehow if I stayed there maybe my dreams of being a writer-musician-wunderkind would come true, but in reality I was working so much I had nothing left at the end of the day to pursue my creativity.

I stayed because of my business. I just didn’t know how I would make money somewhere else. I stayed because of my ego. There’s some kind of identity of being a New Yorker that I wanted to hang onto. I had worked so hard to carve out my little niche that I was reluctant to give it up.

But…

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TIPS from the Living Lab Research #1: General organizational checklist

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Some concrete tips from our GESCI-AKE Living Lab Research, Part 1!

GESCI- AKE Living Lab Research

This checklist is based on the LL co-learning and co-creation processes of GESCI-AKE. Note that it lists core organizational issues that those projects have considered, and solved, but that may be very contextual, depending on the field and the kind of project at hand.

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  1. What are the innovations – business models to be developed? What kind of businesses are being developed in the programme/project hub? Is the model focused on creating start-ups (a concept focused on high capital commercial venture products) or also “creative” ventures, collectives based on other alternative strategies like open access / open content and sharing?
  2. What are your desired outcomes? Are all kinds of outcomes desired (products, services, media content)? If so, they may need different kinds of training and development processes.
  3. How to select your participants? How do your formulate the basic requirements for candidates? Do you choose individuals, or teams and team members? Can…

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