Reinvention Through Play

How to Shape Better Branded Experiences Few industries exhibit the symptomatology requiring a prescription for innovation more potently than the world of biopharmaceuticals. With players across the healthcare system looking to introduce patient-centric design to their services, it’s easy to see where challenges remain. Due to the regulatory barriers they face, biopharmaceutical companies seem to…

Bringing Life Into Death

The desire to give death meaning is universal. Death allows us to understand that our existence is finite, and this in turn grounds us in our experiences. But despite the advancements humankind has made in the fields of science and technology, death itself remains one of life’s unsolved mysteries. If death has a purpose, what…

Extraordinary Future 18: An Exploration of Canada’s Thriving Tech Scene

Extraordinary Future 18, held September 19–20 in Vancouver by Cambridge House International, billed itself as a “cornerstone event showcasing Canadian technology.” The event was designed to connect the most cutting-edge businesses with the capital they need to create tangible, lasting change. Indeed, by bringing blockchain entrepreneurs, eSports enthusiasts, cannabis pioneers, and others together under one…

Feelings at Play

Finding Radiant and Radical Ways to Be Present With Cancer You’re diagnosed with cancer for the second time in your thirties. You have two young children under the age of five. You’re an entrepreneur in a physically demanding industry. You work with people whose livelihood depends on your creative vision. Rendered motionless by the terminal…

The Role of the Ritual

When we build insights, we are trying
 to elevate something that has been observed during anthropological fieldwork into something that has profound meaning for the design process and allows us to identify problems that can be addressed as we build a product or service. This is not always easy, because people are often looking for…

Life With Death

Surviving Mortality and Overcoming the “Crisis” of End-of-Life Care   When was the last time you thought about your own death? Not because the possibility of death was imminent – rushing toward you on a busy highway or following you too closely on a deserted street – but because you were interested: feeling curious or…

The Challenge of Applying Science to Purpose

The concept of purpose is abstract, and it could very well be perceived as being at odds with science and its relentless pursuit of causal relationships. Indeed, in biology and genetics (my original field of study), purpose usually refers to some feature 
that has evolved under evolutionary pressure. The purpose of opposable thumbs is to…

If You Build It, They Will Care

Designing Empathetic Spaces and Objects 
for the Future of Caregiving “There is no doubt whatever about the influence of architecture and structure upon human character and action. We make our buildings, and afterwards they make us. They regulate the course of our lives.” —Winston Churchill, addressing the English Architectural Association, 1924 “It doesn’t
 make you…

The Frontier Within (Part 2): AI Innovations in Healthcare

This post was originally published on the Digitally Cognizant blog. It is the second post in a series on “Digitizing the Human Body.” See Part 1 here. AI and advanced machine learning promise to reinvent healthcare, a sea change heralded by numerous AI-driven innovations, pilot projects, products, and techniques. In fact, the use of AI in the life…

Power in Numbers: IoT and the Quantified Self

Self-knowledge through numbers has long been the unspoken slogan of the Quantified Self Movement (QSM). Since its inception, the movement’s goal has been to enable a better understanding of ourselves and our actions and motivators through a quantified lens. However, as wearables give us access to personalized data, they also allow the sharing of this…

Patient Centricity: A Manifesto

Currently, in healthcare, the term “patient centricity” is commanding significant thought and attention. While this, by and large, is a good thing, it is by no means uncomplicated or without nuance. Tracking the phrase means coming to terms with its complicated history and contested deployment. In one sense, patient centricity is nothing if not a…

Julielynn Wong on the Future of Healthcare

Award-winning, Harvard educated physician, innovator, and powerhouse, Julielynn Wong, is radically transforming the healthcare industry through accessible 3D printed medical solutions. Julielynn is the President of 3D4MD, and has served as the Health and Safety Officer for the Mars Desert Research Station. She seeks to inspire a new generation of innovators through her novel and interactive…

Anne Beal on the Future of Healthcare

The future of healthcare isn’t just about research and technological advancements. According to Anne Beal, Chief Patient Officer at Sanofi, the future of healthcare is all about the patient. As healthcare professionals embrace their roles as members of a customer-facing industry, the focus of providing care will shift away from output and toward the patient’s…

Women and Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the umbrella term used to describe a healthcare approach that incorporates a wide range of health modalities – including Ayurveda, manual therapies, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine, herbal supplements, chiropractic, yoga, and holistic nutrition – into conventional biomedicine. Integrative medicine as a field arises from the frustrations of physicians who feel they…