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Building Social Innovation Maps (Strawman)

I received a list of agencies the other day from a manager of Audi in San Juan detailing the names of participants in a recent conversatory on social innovation networks that the company hosted. We at multiVERSIA will be tasked in the coming weeks with building out a set of visual information tools that allows the network members to gain more awareness of each other and lead to more frequent interactions. Here’s the result of the first pass, after I classified the data and injected it into a Kumu map.

Mapping Art Resources (Strawman)

I am beginning to collaborate with Antonio Gonzalez-Walker {Tony} on an effort to produce information resources and data visualizations for a client. The effort intends to produce information visualizations that residents can easily navigate to find art events and performances, while also providing a directory of art resources, producers, and other layers of participant data involved in the arts community.

I had a chance then to structure a fake data set and some fun producing basic (early) custom icons to import the strawman data layers into myMaps. The intention is that the client can more easily contribute to the design of the analytic and reporting resources. Below is the initial (v0) map.

Book Review: Tools for Complex Projects

Review of “Tools for Complex Projects” by Kaye Remington and Julien Pollack.

The authors suggest that “We are not very good at managing complex projects, much less understanding how they behave.” Projects can have multiple dimensions of complexity; and, there is no one single means to manage that complexity, because it is affected by contextual challenges.

The book is based on research and literature review intended to establish the characteristics that predominate across complex project types, categorize those characteristics into project types and identify those practices most likely to help manage complexity in each type of project.

This is a great reference resource, a supplement to case studies, that proposes a systems thinking approach to resolve project complexity by providing a set of (qualified and agreed upon) practices, methods and analytical approaches that allow individual project managers and program offices to formulate adaptable management frameworks.

For detailed notes about the book contents, please see this PDF document.