Gimme Some Slack!
Can Design Save us from Efficiency?
Original Publication: Contract Design Magazine, June 2011, pg 72
The design and consulting industry have become addicted to “picking up slack” ... eliminating inefficiencies that can be “measurably reduced”. But the best business thinkers today believe that slack is essential to innovation and a sustainable economy. Can the design industry get past our dead-end obsession with short-term efficiency and begin nurturing some "slack" before it’s too late?
The Innovation Paradox:
How Innovation Products Threaten the Innovation Process
Original Publication: Reconstruction: Studies in Contemporary Culture, Vol 10, 2 Nov 2010
Innovation outputs may appear prolific and encouraging today - but will this last? This paper proposes that certain cognitive and cultural attributes vital to innovation, creativity, risk-taking and complex problem-solving skills, are themselves at risk... The conflict between innovation 'products' and 'process' is the Innovation Paradox.
Useable Space: Culture Versus Technique in the Pursuit of Design
SMArchS Thesis: M.I.T., August 2005
A study was carried out to explore methods for improving the understanding and practice of design as a means of self-discovery, intersubjective dialogue and cultural development. Using MIT as a laboratory and case study...
Craftsmanship, Culture and Technology in Workplace Strategy
Craftsmanship, Culture and Technology in Workplace Strategy: Building a creative and efficient environment for your company
The Young Executives of the Italy-America Chamber of Commerce invite you to a conversation with workplace design and strategy experts:
Scott Francisco, Pilot Projects Design Collective
Sara Matiz, MAD
Filippo Soave, Perkins and Will
Is craftsmanship relevant in our technological age? Does it impact organization culture and workplace design? How can productive organizations be supported by design? As Italian traditions intersect with contemporary business process, are craftsmanship and technology at odds with each other? What does a workplace look like that supports both craftsmanship and a streamlined business model? Details here.
International Jacques Ellul Society Annual Conference
“Jacques Ellul and the Lightsaber: The Cultural Potential of Inefficient Techniques”
Scott Francisco. July 2012
“Envisioning Adaptation: Design as a Bridge to a Sustainable Future”
Scott Francisco. May 2012
"16th Century Spice Trade: Ships, Organizations and Cargo”
Scott Francisco. 2009
“Design for Change; "Obscure Dependencies”
Scott Francisco. 2008-9
IFMA International Facilities Management Association
“In Pursuit of the Creative Workplace”
Scott Francisco. 2005
International Conference on Communities and Technologies, Milan
Communities vs. Networks
Scott Francisco. 2005
Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture
Scott Francisco. 2002
HGTV: This Small Space
Segment on Toronto Loft-Conversion Project.
Scott Francisco. 1998