We need leaders who care, who are concerned about the state of things and want to do something about it. In her new book Dr Melis Senova is reaching out to the curious and open-minded among us.
Are you ready?
This is your training.
Just like an athlete trains their body, we need to train our minds. If we are to head out there into the world and re-wire the systems that contribute to the challenges facing humanity, we need to be professionals. We need to be Olympic Grade athletes at what we do. These challenges are tricky, they take commitment, resilience and determination. It takes real GRIT. To get there we need to commit to doing the work ourselves.
We need to be prepared to look under the hood, to explore what makes us tick so we know how it is aﬀecting our work. We need to be willing to go places that might be a little ugly, and we might not like what we see, but that’s ok. At least we’ll know what to do about it.
The world needs people who care, who are deeply concerned about the state of things and want to do something about it. Sometimes people think that doing good is ﬂuﬀy, that it’s ﬂowers, unicorns and rainbows. To me, tackling the challenges that face humanity head on is a blood and guts business. It’s about rolling our sleeves up and getting stuck in. We WILL NOT be able to change anything if we continue to be bystanders, devaluing work that has a hint of humanity about it.
This is not a numbers game.
In fact, this is not a game. This is how we get this planet and the most destructive force on it – PEOPLE – thinking and being in a way that disrupts the current paradigms, which are based on value extraction, rather than creation.
The shape of the problems we face today are ripe for this type of work. They require a human centred perspective. The challenges we face are socio-technical in nature, which makes them complex and dynamic. Many moving parts, all changing over time. This is volatile and ambiguous. It requires a diﬀerent type of thinking, one that is suited to this problem context. The thinking needs to be creative, future and outcome focussed. It needs to be intention based, not retrospective. We need to focus on the world we want to create and then go about creating it in a way that is inclusive, compassionate and strong.
In my recent book, I focus on the individual human – THIS HUMAN – because if you can become one of the people having mastered themselves in this work, then we have another powerful creator amongst us, working towards creating a world of abundance and equality.
This Human reaches out to those who are curious, open-minded and are seeking to become masterful in their craft of designing meaningful alternate realities for humanity. The book empowers people to maximise the impact of their work by unveiling the mindsets that occur, and need to occur, to ensure this level of impact can be manifested in the world.
Dr. Melis Senova is a pioneer in design thinking and founder of global strategic design consultancy, Huddle. She is a leader committed to making a positive change to humanity and focussed on human-centred design for the transformation of service, culture, communities and business. Melis has deep academic qualifications and vast business experience, underpinned by a PhD in Human Factors (user-centred design).
A highly regarded and enterprising thought-leader, Melis brings innovation and creativity to lead businesses and organisations towards exciting and ground-breaking frontiers through the power of design. By collaborating with other influential change makers on a global scale, Melis seeks to provide pathways to re-imagined realties.
Melis is also the founder of Huddle Labs (a research capability innovating the definition of value in a post-capitalist society), Huddle Academy (a school focussed on building creative problem solving skills for individuals and organisations) and Huddle Foundation (a platform that connects designers, philanthropists and social enterprises). She is a member of Creative Victoria’s Creative State Advisory Board, a member of the Victorian State Government’s Innovation Expert Panel, and a member of the advisory board for A Vision for Australia (a series of Annual Economic Summits hosted by Global Access Partners).