Resiliency through Social Innovation – Design for Engagement and Humanization

I wonder why so many design initiatives are so data and information constrained. What about actual human behavior and how to apply its chaotic nature into rational logistics? Where we need to go to move beyond rational design? How do our relations integrate into information from a design perspective? Imagine how the concept of ‘resiliency’ ties into an understanding of sustainability through the ‘supply chain’. Imagine reforming our concept of ‘supply’ to eliminate the ‘chain’ but still keep the … Continue reading “Resiliency through Social Innovation – Design for Engagement and Humanization”

Social Dennovation (not social innovation)

Where is social innovation is headed? Whose lives are actually being improved? How are individuals becoming more self resilient, independent, and free? It seems we need to coin a new term to contrast the lack of useable effective innovation that is happening. Let’s call it ‘dennovation’. (LOL! My Google spell checker tried to correct this word 7 times!) For those of you who feel you are making a difference, dare I ask you to think again? … Continue reading “Social Dennovation (not social innovation)”

Social Innovation … What is it really?

Social Innovation is the next wave that pushes whole system design to new heights. It goes beyond sustainability by allowing technology, humanity, and environment to synchronously converge within an ecological world society that is more conscious, and more aware of our creative collective impact. It defines how our creations can better fit into a greater whole, thereby sustaining and evolving planetary systems (including ourselves), rather than unraveling and destroying it.  Social Innovation Review out of … Continue reading “Social Innovation … What is it really?”

UNconferences – Doorway Into True Social Innovation

Collaborative design with no boxes holding us in!? … Awesome! Facilitation Across Time and Space: How to Create Change Through Virtual Environments. Unconferences provide a newer form of creative freedom that empowers participants into defining their own creative paths. Satisfying individual needs by allowing ‘them’ to be the authors, presenters, and facilitators. By sharing knowledge across previously impassable boundaries, unconferencing holds the potential to be the primary way that SOCIAL INNOVATION will be formulated. I’ll … Continue reading “UNconferences – Doorway Into True Social Innovation”

Ritual’s Role in Social Innovation and Design

DO WE NEED RITUAL? No matter what we do – from guiding our child’s evening prayer, to the way we prepare our food, to how we hire and fire people at work, to how we say hello on our iphone, to celebrating our nations leaders, to ringing the bell on wall street, to starting an act of war. It’s all loaded with ritual. Ritual is what defines our lives. The blending of these rituals becomes … Continue reading “Ritual’s Role in Social Innovation and Design”

Social Innovation in Action: Vic Applies for the Bucky Fuller Design Challenge Award

BuckyFuller Design Science Challenge: How to shift innovation’s intent from creating intellectual widgets to forming intelligent societies. I want to share that last week I applied for the Bucky Fuller Challenge Award. Hoping you will wish the inGENuity team and me lots of luck. Learn more at links to the story below. Vic 🙂 . . . . * the bucky challenge process* ingenuity innovation center and land* vic’s collaboration with ingenuity team

Collaborative Design: Methods for Developing Social Innovation and Social Capital

How does one go about building social innovation and creating social capital? Creating more grounded transformative work is done by formulating a collective research process that builds shared capacity. If done well, an emerging social system moves itself (self adaptive) into momentous collaborative action.  CREATING SOCIAL INNOVATION – RESEARCH STAGES Asking powerful questions within dynamic interactive feedback loops is key to establishing a foundation for the collective to stand on. Some general advice about how to do social research … Continue reading “Collaborative Design: Methods for Developing Social Innovation and Social Capital”

Fractal Scaling Social Innovation – Alignment with Fractal Brain Studies

The Fractal Nature of Nature There has been talk within my Facebook ‘Social Innovation’ groups to figure out a way to scale it for growth. I proposed that we can not apply the same methods to social innovation as we have for all our other forms of innovation, as that would backlash and bring down the potential breakthroughs that SI are beginning to tap into. The idea of ‘fractal scaling’ popped out of my brain … Continue reading “Fractal Scaling Social Innovation – Alignment with Fractal Brain Studies”

What is Social Innovation? An Online Collaboration Project

To demonstrate how Social Innovation can work in collaboration … As we move into an age of human(e) design and collective creativity, my ultimate goal is to co-create an ebook that collectively defines what SOCIAL INNOVATION (SI) is. It becomes a practical guide for every manager or guiding group (of a family, village, organization, community, company, or corporation) who recognizes that SI is no longer merely a do-good concept, but has evolved to become a founding … Continue reading “What is Social Innovation? An Online Collaboration Project”

Why the Social Innovation Movement is Bound to Fail: It’s The Money Stupid!

For social entrepreneurship to truly take hold, a redesign of the world’s money systems has to be a part of any complete social innovation plan. . WHAT SECRET LIES BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS OF EMERALD CITY? We all go around wondering why such bad things happen. Why are so many out of work? Why I can’t make ends meet at the end of the month? How come green technologies rarely seem to reach the marketplace? Why … Continue reading “Why the Social Innovation Movement is Bound to Fail: It’s The Money Stupid!”

Social Innovation, Sustainable Business, Technical Design, Organizational Development

Download Resume from gDocs Vic Desotelle – Resume (831) 515-8141, vicdesotelle @ gmail.com, Santa Cruz, CA, http://VicDesotelle.com/resume LinkedIn Recommendations       Social Innovation Blog Social Innovation, Sustainable Business, Technical Design, Organizational Development  PROFESSIONAL SUMMARY My background is broad and systemic, which is a prerequisite for building and running effective programs. I have diverse skillsets in sustainable development, online e-learning tools, technical design engineering, leadership training, group facilitation, small business management, entrepreneurial coaching, organizational change, and team collaborative … Continue reading “Social Innovation, Sustainable Business, Technical Design, Organizational Development”

Social Innovation: A Three Phase Transformation Process

I often like to dabble in the abstract. There, I am taken to transitory state that help me feel closer to the Creative Source. For example: below consists of two intertwined trinity models, of which I like to play with when considering the architecture of ‘whole systems’. These models help us to both ‘look at’ and ‘participate in’ (w)holistically oriented organizations and communities: “structure-pattern-process” and “principle-practice-policy“. Note the principle of ‘three’ shows up in my … Continue reading “Social Innovation: A Three Phase Transformation Process”

Innovation and the future of socialism and capitalism

“You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it”, says an economics professor at a local college. He made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an ENTIRE class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer. The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. … Continue reading “Innovation and the future of socialism and capitalism”

World War 3 – In the Name of Social Good – For Who?

With the Ukraine literally ‘up in arms’, is World War 3 on its way? As with most all wars, this one’s about power mongering. Nothing different. They’re all the same. It has little to do with keeping freedom. In fact, war itself demonstrates we have never had it. I feel helpless to its ways. Wars are run by the bad guys in my view, always have been. Those who want to profit. A method built … Continue reading “World War 3 – In the Name of Social Good – For Who?”

A Six-Point Architecture For Mapping Next-Generation Innovation

A deeper Learning conversation has emerged that we believe will help designers of companies, technologies, and communities, to develop new forms of offerings that are more appropriate for a conscious global culture. These conversations are the result of a new framework for organizing ourselves, where our activities now relate to what we call a Regenerative Commerce system. One that provides a balance of Equitable, Ecological, and Economical products and services to our global communities – … Continue reading “A Six-Point Architecture For Mapping Next-Generation Innovation”

Sustainable Innovation Is Impossible Under Today’s Monetary System

Knowledge is power. Truth in Knowledge is Transformative.  I’m sure I am irritating some of you with my remarks that social capitalism and sustainable business can NOT happen under the existing monetary model, which is now globally applied. I find it interesting that no one has either supported nor refuted this point here. However, I implore you to consider this as a an extremely important point regarding transformation and real sustainable change. If we wish to create … Continue reading “Sustainable Innovation Is Impossible Under Today’s Monetary System”

Concentrix Management: How To Cross Pollinate Innovation Teams

Concentrix Management (CM) is a model for distributing and managing information with the intent to cross pollinate ideas and concepts across sub-groups so that each part of the system knows about the ‘whole’ (of which all working groups within it reside) without overloading any one person. ——————————————————– We are each at the center of our own Universe. How does yours relate to mine? ——————————————————– CM is an important communications tool that allows innovation to emerge … Continue reading “Concentrix Management: How To Cross Pollinate Innovation Teams”

Values: The Obstacle That Keeps Us From Deeper Collaboration, Innovation, and Change

Dance of the ‘Victor Victim Villain’ Archetypes The three ‘V’s – victor, victim, villain. If you are human being, you can’t escape it. We all wear their cloaks at times in our lives. You are more dependent on these three V’s than you probably know. Our ways of thinking shape our world. Whether we know it or not, the way we formulate our ideas do control how we see the world and how we make choices. Consider … Continue reading “Values: The Obstacle That Keeps Us From Deeper Collaboration, Innovation, and Change”

The Link Between Ethics and Innovation

Ethics to Innovation Article By Vic Desotelle and Michael Kaufman Table of Contents Introduction The Ethics/Innovation Relationship What are Ethics? Forces Creating Managerial Dilemmas (Principle Forces Creating Practical Dilemmas) What is Innovation? Innovative Wholes and Inventive Systems (Fractal Wholes vs Fractured Parts) The Emerging Global Ethic Innovation through Ethical Tension Sustainability: Bridge from Ethics to Innovation The New Innovation Strategy Architecting a Regenerative Commerce Conclusion Ethics to Innovation CONVERSATION WORD MAP . . Introduction In … Continue reading “The Link Between Ethics and Innovation”

Ethics To Innovation Workshops

From Ethics To Innovation Preparing Your Enterprise for an Emerging Global Ethic I train businesses and educational institutions using a unique approach to ethics management. My ‘Right vs Right’ workshop has been taught at UC Santa Cruz’s Leadership and Management Programs. By incorporating our workshop, managers gain a deeper understanding of ethics’ role in their workplace. They also gain essential leadership tools for creating and sustaining a healthy company. Organizational Ethics: A Conceptual Overview Today’s troubling business … Continue reading “Ethics To Innovation Workshops”

Mapping Next Generation Innovation

Considering A Six-Point Architecture For Mapping Next-Generation Innovation A deeper Learning conversation has emerged that we believe will help designers of companies, technologies, and communities, to develop new forms of offerings that are more appropriate for a conscious global culture. These conversations are the result of a new framework for organizing ourselves, where our activities now relate to what we call a Regenerative Commerce system. One that provides a balance of Equitable, Ecological, and Economical … Continue reading “Mapping Next Generation Innovation”

Defining the Innovation Economy

Podcast from iInnovate http://iinnovate.blogspot.com/ LISTEN UP … Geoffrey Moore – VC, Consultant, and Bestselling Author of Crossing the Chasm … Geoffrey Moore is a VC with Mohr Davidow Ventures, consultant and, most famously, the bestselling author of Crossing the Chasm, Inside the Tornado and Dealing with Darwin. http://iinnovate.blogspot.com/2007/01/geoffrey-moore-bestselling-author-of.html Talks about: -Darwin vs Ecosystems -Competition vs Altruism -Self limiting boundaries -Google as aggressive organism -Patterns of success -Social networks (web 2.0 latest) -Core vs Content Innovation … Continue reading “Defining the Innovation Economy”

Living Strategies: Bringing Innovation To Life

Guiding Your Organization Through The Rugged Landscape Ahead By Arian Ward of Community Frontiers As we all know well, the world has changed dramatically since the times when traditional strategic planning first became the foundation on which organizations of all types are based. The landscape on which organizations operated then was relatively predictable, stable, and homogenous. Now it is filled with uncertainty, rapid change, and increasingly diverse players and dynamics. These players not only think … Continue reading “Living Strategies: Bringing Innovation To Life”

Innovation and the Great Global Warming Debate

This is a great article. I like the authors that counter an anticipated perspective based on their status; in his case, as a scientist. I agree with Botkin’s perspective here. Note that the author’s points do not counter any of my other social-intellectual points made earlier. I too have as much concern for the exaggeration of our isolated focus as I do for my sense that humanity is a major instigator in the break-down of … Continue reading “Innovation and the Great Global Warming Debate”

Triple Bottom Line Investing: A New Framework for Innovation

I have long awaited the day when business and technology would begin to use principles of sustainability as the foundation for how we create and pay for our products and services. Well, the future has arrived with the concept of “” and socially responsible investing, which holds a whole new framework for innovation to emerge. If you like to watch your money AND the planet grow green take a look below. Thank you Cliff for … Continue reading “Triple Bottom Line Investing: A New Framework for Innovation”

Vic on Sustainable Innovation

I have long awaited the day when business and technology begin to use principles of sustainability as the foundation for creating and using products and services. Well, the future has arrived and I’m all over it. Under concepts like ‘triple bottom line’ and ‘social responsibility’ the idea of innovation is showing up in new ways. Thus, I will be spending ample time discussing these kinds of concepts and looking at how their use in day-to-day … Continue reading “Vic on Sustainable Innovation”

The Game Is Up … Preserving Our Soul

Yes, the game is up. And most of us know it, but can not speak to it. So how do we know what to do? What will others do to us if we tell them that we are lost? I will let poet master David Whyte express this point. Listen deeply into the poem and allow personal time for the silence he speaks of to breathe into you. Sit with the mythic images that appear … Continue reading “The Game Is Up … Preserving Our Soul”

Changing Normal: Wisdom-based Societies in the Making

WHOLE SYSTEM COMMUNITIES BY DESIGN Culture change happens as a conscious co-creative emergent process. Below I describe my vision for an online community that I am creating called ‘Changing Normal’. A collaborative process for designing and developing a more livable and sustainable future. I will be an interactive website featuring an open and flexible framework using ‘community domains’ to provide a comprehensive approach for building real-life  communities that are designed with the whole-system in mind. Participants … Continue reading “Changing Normal: Wisdom-based Societies in the Making”

SUPPORTING SMALL BUSINESSES AND STARTUPS WITH A FOCUS ON SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION.  Vic Desotelle I have expertise in organizational development, whole-system design, online group facilitation, collaborative process, web design, and strategic planning. GLOBAL TRANSFORMS FOR SOCIAL INNOVATION *Sustainable Systems *Collaborative Design *Leadership Ecology *Cultural Mythology I bring 20 years of experience with for-profit, non-profit, and startups, with a diverse skill set in technical engineering, online business development, executive and team leadership, group facilitation, and collaborative organizational change. … Continue reading “”

Ventures

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: PERSONAL & TEAM CONSULTING Solutions for Organizational Design and Sustainable Innovation Discovery Colabs * What is collaborative design? * Sustainable business created with a collaborative design facilitation process * Organizational learning concepts applied to company development * Green Business Planning Workshops (green company development support) * Collaborative Design Facilitation (with an online, distant network focus) See My Concept Articles Below Blog For Social Entrepreneur Startups (new!) Authentic Leadership Ecology What Is Sustainable Innovation Next Generation Innovation Mapping … Continue reading “Ventures”

Resume

. “You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.” – R. Buckminster Fuller     Practical Summary of Vic’s Skill Sets Technical Project Management, Startup Business, Green Development, Group Facilitation, eMarketing, Corporate Communications, Sustainability, Leadership Coaching, Change Management, Social Innovation, Organizational Learning, Instructional Training Program Startup Management: Company development and technical management for entrepreneurs * Social innovation program management within startup or changing environments Business on the Web: Internet … Continue reading “Resume”

Sustainability Reporting and the Creative Process

Which of you are familiar with the concepts of creativity, innovation, and sustainability? I seek direction from you on how to incorporate ‘deep creative’ processes within Discovery Fuel’s emerging ‘sustainability reporting’ CoLaboratories. The sustainability reporting phenomena is a rapidly growing trend within organizations world-wide and covers all sectors including business, NGO’s, communities/cities, education, and government. These reports help to clarify and monitor how well companies are improving their ecological, social, AND economic objectives (otherwise known … Continue reading “Sustainability Reporting and the Creative Process”

Building a Sustainable Enterprise: Considerations for Effective Application

Sustainable Innovation Through Whole System Design My experience has taught me that the design and application of sustainability requires a ‘whole-systems’ approach. It requires ability for team members to work while recognizing multi-system interdependency’s called a ‘Design Ecology’. For example, although energy is a critical touch-point for effective implementation of sustainability, the impact on other aspects of enterprise becomes systemic and dynamic. This means that, when a new energy solution is applied, its impact goes … Continue reading “Building a Sustainable Enterprise: Considerations for Effective Application”