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February 11, 2022 - Comments Off on Thicket turns one!

Thicket turns one!


This month marks Thicket's one year anniversary!

As many of you know, I launched Thicket one year ago believing that design could facilitate social change, and systemic scale was possible. In February of last year, I started inviting like-minded individuals to collaborate to bring these ideas into reality. By summer, we had a team. By fall, we had our technology platform, the Possibility Engine. By winter, we had a full service consulting practice and design lab. In one year, Thicket has developed a whole new approach to creating impact in complex systems. We have a new article in Stanford Social Innovation Review today that represents our latest thinking called "Cracking the Black Box of Human Reasoning."

This week, we are partnering with the Institute for Child Success to host a documentary film screening and conversation in New York. "Small Steps" explores the lives of young mothers and their children, and opportunities for design to connect and align systemic resources  to better serve their needs. We hope you'll be able to join us Thursday evening at Fordham University. Get all the film screening details.

We're looking forward to exciting things in year two!

February 10, 2022 - Comments Off on Thicket Labs featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Thicket Labs featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review

Read our new article published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. "Cracking the Black Box of Human Reasoning" explains why we combine big data tools suited to working with complex systems data with participatory design tools in our work.

February 19, 2022 - Comments Off on We need more creative research design

We need more creative research design

In 1981, a curiously profound experience took place in a converted monastery in New Hampshire. Psychologist Ellen Langer brought together eight men in their 70s to embody their earlier selves in an setting designed to evoke the year 1959. For five days, the men treated 1959 as their present. Before arriving, the men were assessed on such measures as manual dexterity, flexibility, hearing and vision, memory and cognition. At the end of the five days, the outcomes were remarkable, ranging from greater manual dexterity to improved eyesight. The findings were also small scale and framed by a research design so unorthodox as to be quite possibly unpublishable. Dr. Langer never attempted to submit the study to journals.

Nevertheless, Dr. Langer’s groundbreaking work on the mind-body relationship is part of a swelling chorus of researchers and scientists demanding that we adjust our understanding of the relationship between people and their health. The study of human factors like perception, cognition, motivation, decision making, trust, truth, respect, and cultural context is directly challenging our existing methodologies for how we learn about ourselves.

The world needs more creative research designers like Dr. Langer.

Ellen Langer at PopTech