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Reflection on Reshaping Boundary: Art, Design, and Management Workshop

Last two days were quite exciting. I was facilitating Reshaping Boundary Workshop, together with Lucy Kimbell who was the primary designer of the workshop. The idea was originally conceived by Fred Collopy as an on-going design inquiry of new way of new way of engaging design and management. While we were somewhat nervous the day before the workshop, it turned out to be better than anyone of us expected. Detailed design and careful preparation of materials and space paid off. What bound participants together, however, I believe was a certain sense of shared purpose, destiny, and urgency.

The idea behind the workshop was the movement between stakeholder experience and the invisible structure that generates that experience. The participants were given a persona of a stakeholder and asked to start from the reflection of their current image to the imagination of the future. The first day ended with a 2D sketch of the future experience and structure.

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Academy of Management 2009 in Chicago

Currently I am in Chicago to attend 2009 Academy of Management Meeting. I will try to tweet using #AOM2009 while I am there. I have two panels that I am being part of. The first panel tomorrow is on digital convergence and the emergence of new firms. I will be talking about the new innovation opportunities that arise from radical digital convergence. The second panel on Saturday is on teaching design methods and skills to MBA students. I will be sharing my experiences of teaching “Designing Innovation in an iPod world”. Both sessions will be fun and interesting. I will also try to attend few research presentations before I return home on Monday.

Today, it was a beautiful day and I had a chance to walk down the Millennium Park. I took some pictures using my new iPhone 3GS. Here are some of those pictures.

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In case you were wondering why I did not post anything last two months: I was busy having too much fun with family in Korea and dealing with flooding in the basement. Well, in fact, I was completely overwhelmed by the Special Issue of Organization Science, NSF proposal and few revisions for journal articles. Now, the summer is almost gone, I should try to be more consistent in my posting.

A Psalm of Life — Longfellow

Tell me not, in mournful numbers,
Life is but an empty dream!
For the soul is dead that slumbers,
And things are not what they seem.
Life is real! — Life is earnest —
And the grave is not its goal:
Dust thou art, to dust retunest,
Was not spoken of the soul.
Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,
Is our destined end or way;
But to act, that each to-morrow
Find us farther than to-day.
Art is long, and time is fleeting,
And our hearts, though stout and brave,
Still, like muffled drums, are beating
Funeral marches to the grave.
In the world’s broad field of battle,
In the bivouac of Life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!
Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act — act in the glorious Present!
Heart within, and God o’er head!
Lives of great men all remind us
We can make our lives sublime,
And, departing, leave behind us
Footsteps on the sands of time.
Footsteps, that, perhaps another,
Sailing, o’er life’s solemn main,
A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,
Seeing, shall take heart again.
Let us then be up and doing,
With a heart for any fate;
Still achieving, still pursuing,
Learn to labor and to wait.

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reframing: vision

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One of the most challenging things in life perhaps is seeing things from a different perspective. We always see things in the "correct" way and in an appropriate way. It usually is the same way that we always think about. One of the reasons that I like taking pictures is that it is a powerful reminder that we can re-frame things. When you take the camera away from your eyes and start taking pictures, you begin to see things in an inappropriate way and non-proper way. That's when the fun begins.

To re-frame, one also needs to de-frame. The world in which we live has no frame. It is unbounded possibilities of connections and expansion. De-framing is an active re-immersion back into the context. Only then, we can begin to re-frame.