Posts Tagged ‘innovation parkour’

Matthew Milan of Normative interviewing Dennis Schleicher Jr. of UX Sears at IDEA09

Monday, September 28th, 2009

Here is a link to a video of Matthew Milan of Normative interviewing me about Innovation Parkour.

On YouTube
On Vimeo

Below is transcript of this segment of the interview

So you went in and did this on your own with another group. What did you try to improve with the practice of this method.


Well, I am a big believer in the concept of requisite variety. If we would task you all to go an invent a better fork. And you would go back and say “Oh yeah, it has 4 tines, let’s put 5 tines on it, let’s put 6 tines it.” That is a simplistic way of innovating. “Oh, you can eat more food. You can eat it faster. Isn’t that great!” But if you know lots of different ways of going about doing something such as you can do it with chopsticks like the Chinese. The Ethiopians eat it with flat bread. Royalty don’t eat at all, some one feeds it to them. Having that extra variety of approaching a problem and of seeing what the solution is allows us to innovate even more.

So I see the innovation parkour as a way to explore and to practice in a safe environment or a less non-risky environment, many ways of seeing or being creative. And it is having those obstacles are key to that experience. That is why you are taking about JJR (Jean-Jacques Rousseau) “living in chains, born in freedom” (which I paraphrased from the original “Man was born free, and he is everywhere in chains”). That we always live within walls. Most of the walls we live in are, if we would start walking to them, it would take our lifetime plus one day to get there. We are not going to get there. So we have to artificially bring these walls together just like wall-walkers. You know if you bring two walls close enough together, you can shimmy up them with both of your legs and rise to the top. How do we find these obstacles and bring them close enough so we can think about things in new ways.

And the walking around and being together with people and going to these different places, you know the existentialist standing-up of the essence with you and people working together is like an epistemic game where these people together, they don’t have each answer all them-self, but working together in a group they are able to bring for some how some reason their tacit knowledge starts to come out and come together and the solutions are absolutely incredible. Its based on collaboration, people coming together, each having maybe part of the solution or part of the idea and then not just the people, but the different places or spaces in which they are playing. That comes up. And going around to these places, you can’t “imagine” the stereotype of what that monument is. That is just too easy, you are going to the actual place, you see what’s there, what works, what doesn’t, and it’s in your face.

So I think that aspect of being there in person and working with the other people, both combine incredibly to allow us to do design thats not the synthetic logical thought of first this step and then this step kind of a recipe, but it’s something of you are opening up the refrigerator door and saying ‘What’s for dinner with what you have.”

Innovation Parkour: Experience Design Poster

Monday, June 29th, 2009

Last week I was up in Toronto and participated in an Innovation Parkour invented and hosted by Michael Dila and Matthew Milan. This is my group’s poster board from the innovation parkour exercise. We were constrained by time and decided to go hand-drawn.


Interesting things about it.
-You can see more than one perspective (like some architecture drawings) One perspective is birds eye view, from the top down, the other perspective is a side view giving elevation.
-We were “pitching” the idea so the poster even included some crib notes for us to hit on during the presentation.
-This was an attempt at an experience diagram to explain to other people what kind of experience we were trying to plan.

Group Members
Peter Flaschner
Dennis Schleicher
Patrick Keenan
John Worren

Innovation Parkour & Hardcore Parkour

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Though this Hardcore Parkour article is more about the pyhsical Parkour.  I like the last statement in the article:


Parkour has given him a venue for continuing his active lifestyle. He finds that parkour is more than just about climbing and jumping. It’s about exploring his environment.

“I like seeing something new from a different view that somebody probably has never seen before,” he said.

Mike Graef, 14, a student at Hellgate High School in Missoula, said the two years he’s been practicing parkour have already changed him for the better.

“It gives me a mindset of not hesitating and making decisions faster,” Graef said.

Innovation Parkour & Russian Spiderman video

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

Link to YouTube video on Le parkour

Notice the Title of this is


Le parkour

A great wikipedia article on parkour goes into depth of parkour and I am not sure why but after watching this video I always feel more creative, innovative, and ready to take on the world.

An interesting note is the the name of Spiderman is Peter Parker.  Parker and Parkour.  Nice.

Innovation Parkour & The Five Obstructions

Saturday, June 6th, 2009

To me the idea of using your environment and obstacles to surmount the problem you are addressing is very exciting. In order to be able to do this well, you must be prepared or in the right frame of mind.

Michael Dila and Matthew Milan are doing some very interesting work with a concept they call “Innovation Parkour” – a framework for teaching individuals and teams how to create a prepared mind for innovation, a super-charged scavenger hunt for innovation. There is a workshop Wednesday, June 10th from 10 to 12 at Net Change Week in Toronto. I attended their earlier presentation at the IA Summit in Memphis in which they did not a workshop but presentation.

In New York City this week I was at the International Center of Photography and came across the description of a class on page 44 “The Five Obstructions” by Corinne May Botz, on the Film by the same name by Lars Von Trier, which I think speaks to the this element of “obstacles” and how they help us innovate.


09SFTGS10 | Corinne May Botz

Apr 17–May 29 | Fri 10:00 am–1:30 pm

In the film The Five Obstructions, Lars Von Trier challenges filmmaker Jørgen Leth to remake one of his films five different ways, each with a different “obstruction.” Similarly, in this class students choose a particular subject matter to explore in five different ways. Students are challenged to view their subject through particular lenses, including: anthropological, voyeuristic, spiritualistic, psychoanalytic, and criminological. Accompanying lectures, readings, and discussions provide students with an understanding of photography’s relationship to these fields, and contemporary artists who appropriate and question these methods. Students hone their aesthetic and conceptual abilities and deepen their understanding of their subject matter.