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2017-06-13 - #061

Co-Creating a Shared Vision of the Future & Hospital as a Business for Flourishing

I'm delighted to be able to announce that this month our speakers will be by our members Roxanne Nicolussi and Jyotish Sonowal who will be reporting on their graduate research projects - completed as part of their OCAD U Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation. 

Roxanne will be summarizing her work Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises: Co-Creating Shared Vision of the Future for SMEs and Jyotish will be discussing his work Hospitals as a Business for Flourishing: A Process Innovation for Rethinking Healthcare Business Models.  

As usual, we are meeting on the 2nd Tuesday of the month
  • Date: Tues June 13
  • Time: 90 minutes starting 16h30 EST /21h30 GMT / 22h30 CET

To join the meeting please see to the F2F co-ordinates and virtual logistics posted to our LinkedIn Group in this post.

Anyone who joins the LinkedIn forum is considered a member of this group and is welcome to join at the meeting.

Roxanne and Jyotish provided the following information about their work:

Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises: Co-Creating a Shared Vision of the Future for SMEs Hospitals as a Business for Flourishing: A Process Innovation for Rethinking Healthcare Business Models


Roxanne is an innovation strategist who takes a “big picture” perspective to support sustainable and transformational change. With a Master’s degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, she is adept at applying strategic foresight and design thinking skills to solve complex problems.

A member of the Association of Professional Futurists, Roxanne is passionate about uncovering current trends driving the future. Her most recent research, “Bigger Thinking for Smaller Enterprises”, encourages small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Ontario to acknowledge the possibilities for the future of their organisation, align with other members’ mental models to co-create a desirable future, and use that vision to form the strategy required for its attainment. The project applies foresight methodology to address the challenge Ontario’s SMEs face regarding long-term strategic planning. Using a shared vision of the future as a means for transformational change, her work contributes to the practice of reverse-engineering futures and long-term strategic planning to improve Ontario’s economic resilience by focusing on its largest contributors. SME strategic planning processes were analysed and compared with needs to inform the design of a five-phase process, The Future Co-Creation Engagement, to lead partakers through the process of co-creating a long-term vision for the future of their organisation and strategizing its execution. She is currently testing and growing the practice of The Future Co-Creation Engagement with Edward James Consulting Ltd.

Roxanne uses her skill set to investigate future business opportunities and turn findings into actionable insights for her clients. She has a track record of co-creating and influencing the future of businesses as an Innovation Strategist for Great-West Life Assurance Company, Creative Director for LUJA, VP of Marketing for Laurier Consulting Club, VP of Communications for CICDA, and Brand Strategist for Jenesis. Passionate about leading change, Roxanne volunteers her time directing social impact competitions, innovation roundtables, and hackathons. Roxanne has worked and travelled in 15 different countries and is always looking for the next adventure. 

This research looks at relevant literature in the field of business models, sustainability, and flourishing, with health care as the context. This action led design research introduced a business modelling artefact (the Flourishing Business canvas) to a group of decision makers at the level of director and managers, in North York General Hospital in a generative workshop session. The data from the workshop and interviews with other clinical directors are tallied and analysed to look for common challenges faced by the hospital and areas of opportunities. The unique contribution is the design of a process and method for representing conditions and elements of flourishing within healthcare service lines: a business process that is currently desired but unavailable to organisations 

With a background in graphic design, Jyotish has had a successful career as a typeface designer, specialising in Indic scripts. After completing his undergraduate studies at the National Institute of Design, India he joined the Indian Type Foundry (ITF). During his four years at ITF, he has designed and collaborated on typeface design projects for the ITF’s font library and organisations such as Apple, Sony, Google fonts and Monotype Imaging. He was also a core team member for the India-based legal innovation startup, LawforMe. Equipped with well-honed SFI skills, he is planning to take on complex problems facing the developing world especially in the field of healthcare, poverty alleviation, waste management and access to law.

The slides presented plus a link to the unedited recording of this meetin are available via our drop box.  Please contact Prof. Nabil Harfoush for access via the LinkedIn group.

The link to the recording is posted as a comment to the Linkedin Post about this meeting, along with on-going discussion about the meeting by our members.

Attendance list was updated at the event (if a location is not provided participant was in Toronto)
  • Roxanne Nicolussi, Innovation Strategist, MDes. Strategic Foresight and Innovation
  • Jyotish Sonowal, MDes. Strategic Foresight and Innovation
  • Peter Jones (SSBMG co-founder, Prof. OCADU MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation) 
  • Antony Upward (SSBMG co-founder, Convener Flourishing Business Innovation Toolkit project), Madrid
  • Ian Pinnell, B Corporation Education Expert and Community Animator for the Flourishing Enterprise Innovation Toolkit project
  • Kelly Okamura, GooderGoods
  • Christina Davie, Process Consultant at Nexus Digital , Ottawa
  • Harvey Weisfeld, Better My Business and Lean for Flourishing Startups
  • Panagiotis Panagiotakopoulos, Close the Loop
  • Doug Worts, World Views Consulting
  • Sunita Ferrao, OCADU MDes Strategic Foresight and Innovation Student
  • Katie Elder, Masters Student, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability