Boom …

Just realised a commonality with all the ideas I’ve been working on, on and off, for the last 12 months.

All (NDIS, education, makerspaces, social enterprise, etc etc) are trying to grapple with moving from output to outcome.

And I think that’s the problem I am going to work on. Yay. I knew I’d get there eventually if I read enough and sketched enough and talked to as many different types of people as possible.

Rightio. Let’s get to work.

Strategy and design

Here is the clinker- strategic design *may* result in a strategy by design, but it doesn’t always (or have to). A strategic design approach utilises the best of a design process with the best of strategic frameworks to create a (super?) problem solving approach for particularly complex problems. In slight contrast, strategy by design uses design as a conscious catalyst for change, considering the artefact on a broader scale than immediately intended. Strategy by design involves asking the question, what is the biggest impact I can/will have with my design? whereas strategic design may ask, how can I plan and achieve the most effective strategic outcome from using a design approach?

Waded into the world of investors and term sheets and obligations to investors and control and ownership and governance and co-founders and blah blah blah, and waded right back out again a few months later trying to get that stuff off my shoes after seeing some stuff and reading some stuff and thinking no, or no, not until there’s a product that’s making sales that you’re confident in.

Why technology will never fix education?

“Sadly, what we found was that even when technology tested well in experiments, the attempt to scale up its impact was limited by the availability of strong leadership, good teachers, and involved parents — all elements that are unfortunately in short supply in India’s vast but woefully underfunded government school system. In other words, the technology’s value was in direct proportion to the instructor’s capability.”

“Over time, I came to think of this as technology’s Law of Amplification: While technology helps education where it’s already doing well, technology does little for mediocre educational systems; and in dysfunctional schools, it can cause outright harm.”

“One problem is a widespread impression that Silicon Valley innovations are necessarily good for society. We confuse business success with social value, though the two often differ. Just for example, how is it that during the last four decades we have seen an explosion of incredible technologies, but America’s poverty rate hasn’t decreased and inequality has skyrocketed? Any idea that more technology in and of itself cures social ills is obviously flawed. Yet without a good framework for thinking about technology and society, it’s easy to get caught up in hype about new gadgets.”

This whole article is worth a read. Also talks through motivation.