IIDA Perspective - Spring/Summer 2015 - 54
Gamestorming: A Playbook for Innovators,
Rulebreakers, and Changemakers
by Dave Gray, Sunni Brown, James Macanufo
"Gamestorming" presents a unique collection
of games aimed at overcoming confl ict,
increasing engagement, improving collaboration
and communication in cross disciplinary teams
through visual thinking, and creating power
meetings and powerful ideas.
The 80 games found in "Gamestorming" help
you break down barriers, communicate better,
and generate new ideas, insights, and strategies.
The authors have identified tools and techniques
from some of the world's most innovative
professionals, whose teams collaborate and
make great things happen.
Change is on the Wind: Managing Change for a
by Cheryl P. Duvall, with illustrations
by Caroline Devereaux
Written in the form of a fable, "Change is on the
Wind" tackles the challenge of the ever-changing
landscape of the modern office, where real estate
is constantly shrinking while additional demands
are placed on employees for innovation and
produc tivity. How do you help employees make
the leap to a new culture and location without
missing a beat?
The story begins on a savanna, or perhaps it's an
office, where the King, or maybe the CEO, rules over
a population that enjoys luxurious accommodations including enclosed personal spaces, private
habitats, and spacious quarters. Sound familiar? But
the King sees into the future, and announces that
their land will soon be taken away! They must
relocate the kingdom to smaller accommodations,
across the "Great Divide"...and soon!
PHOTOS COURTESY OF TED TALKS
A guiding coalition is formed by the visionary
Lady K, who recognizes that the real work lies in
getting the kingdom to accept change in order
to live successfully and happily in the new land.
She skillfully engages the kingdom's mighty
and small in the "top down-bottom up" approach
of an effective change program. A Change Agent
Committee, representing all the tribes in the
kingdom, is appointed, intentionally including
a few resisters. A Pilot Project in the kingdom's
coveted Central Park is the key to early wins.
And a detailed communications plan that parallels
design and construction is highly effective in
getting the word out, squelching rumors, and
involving the whole kingdom in the change.
The fable format makes for delightful reading
and presents a sound methodology to bring the
mighty and the modest along in the journey.
"'Making the unfamiliar, familiar,'" is a timeless tenet
of fables, learning, and change management. Cheryl
Duvall, FIIDA, deftly combines all three in Change is
on the Wind, to tell the story of a Kingdom (recognizable to all readers) that needs to embrace and enact
change. Whether you are considering change for
yourself or your organization, or a seasoned expert
charged with implementing change, this instructional guide told as a simple fable is an excellent tool."
- Cheryl Durst, HON. FIIDA, LEED AP,
Executive Vice President and CEO, International
Interior Design Association
The Future of Gaming: Trends driving positive
change through game-like experiences
PSFK's "The Future Of Gaming" continues the
conversation and looks at key trends emerging
within the gaming space that brands, non-profits,
and communities can leverage to build engagement and motivate their target audience towards
achieving a desired goal or outcome. It is designed
to inspire anyone tasked with creating compelling
user experiences, whether that be on a digital
screen, in the real world or somewhere in between.
The Future of Retail
In the fi fth volume of "the Future of Retail" report,
the PSFK Labs team explores the dynamic social,
technological, and physical forces influencing
consumer behavior and driving next-generation
The report looks at how, in order to stand out from
the competition, retailers, and brands must make
the best use of their customers' time and attention
by designing multichannel experiences that
strike a perfect balance between efficiency and
enjoyment, relevance, and surprise.
A Beautiful Constraint: How To Transform Your
Limitations Into Advantages, and Why It's
by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden
"A Beautiful Constraint" is a book about everyday,
practical inventiveness, designed for the
constrained times in which we live. It describes
how to take the issues that we all face today: lack
of time, money, resources, attention, know-how,
and see in them the opportunity both personal
and organizational transformation.
The ideas in the book are based on the authors'
extensive work as business consultants, and are
brought to life in 35 personal interviews from such
varied sources as Nike, IKEA, Unilever, the U.S.
Navy, Formula One racecar engineers, public
school teachers in California, and barley farmers
in South Africa. Underpinned by scientific research
into the psychology of breakthrough, the book is a
practical handbook full of tools and tips for how
to make more from less. Beautifully designed
`and accessible, A Beautiful Constraint appeals
beyond to anyone who needs to fi nd opportunity
in despite limitations.