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Cameron Norman
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Attended Ontario College of Art & Design
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Our obsession with happiness is leading to research that shows it isn't so simple, easy and not always useful to relentlessly pursue.
The concept of maximizing happiness has been explored by researchers, who have found that pursuing concrete 'giving' goals rather than abstract ones leads to greater satisfaction. One path to happiness is through concrete, specific goals of benevolence -- like making someone smile or increasing recycling -- instead of following similar but more abstract goals -- like making someone happy or saving the environment.
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A leader in business innovation argues that we need to consider building systems akin to 'parallel operating systems' if we want to build and sustain innovation and adaptation capacity. Interesting idea. 
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Organizational creativity and its failures: The real story behind some of the "successes" that weren't quite what they appeared to be. 
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Why is Cap'N Crunch looking down to you? The psychology of cereal boxes and how it influences kids
A new study finds cartoon mascots are always designed to make love to your eyes. Cap'n Crunch? More like Svengali.
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I like how this has been framed: Design thinking as a unified framework for innovation.
Over the years the question of what makes some companies, and the people within, more or less creative than others has been studied ad nauseam. The idea of innovation within business has long been thrown around, it’s a kind of catchall term used for everything a company must do continue [...]
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The health of your office -- from standing desks to better lighting -- profiled on Marketplace. Good, short piece that might get you think more about where you work and its effect on you. 
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Analyzing the health of the office | Marketplace.org
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A little inspiration for your mid-week. Steve Jobs managed to say some great things. 
Words of wisdom from the former Apple executive.
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Hashtag science #hashtag  :) 
Have you ever found yourself explaining hashtags to someone whose only connection with the word is as a telephone button? Internet language has evolved considerably over the past few years as social media has taken off. Hashtags are a huge part of this evolution. What once was a telephone button is now a social media [...]
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Who would have thought that failure would be held up as something to be desired just a few years ago? Yet, it is one thing to extol the virtues of failure in words, it is quite another to create systems that support failure in action and if the latter…
Who would have thought that failure would be held up as something to be desired just a few years ago? Yet, it is one thing to extol the virtues of failure in words, it is quite another to create sy...
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I agree wholeheartedly. I see most of the conversation being one big distraction fuelled by wishful thinking. The term 'failure' is really about 'not succeeding' , which is fine, but when used in learning context there really isn't much that can be called "failure". But learning is so much more difficult, slow, complex (as you noted) and really not at all sexy, which is why its been harder to take root. 
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Micro-meditations as a way to bring the benefits of mindfulness into the everyday. 
Two techniques that fit into any schedule.
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This is much easier to tackle than trying to meditate for larger chunks of time at the same time of the day. I think it could work both as an alternative to more traditional meditation or as an alternate route there.
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Social Innovation Design and Evaluation Consultant
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Design thinking, program evaluation, research, program design, strategy, foresight, public engagement,
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  • CENSE Research + Design
    Principal, 2005 - present
    I lead a consultancy that focuses on the design of social innovation, working with organizations in health and human services and industries using social enterprise to learn about their work and aid in their efforts to become more innovative, sustainable, and adaptive.
  • University of Toronto
    Professor, 2006 - 2012
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Toronto
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Calgary - Vancouver - London, ON - Regina
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Design. Systems. Foresight. Health. Innovation. Education
Introduction
I am the Principal of CENSE Research + Design, a health-focused design studio centred on social innovation. We focus on developing strategic learning systems, creative education, and program development aimed at helping organizations innovate and address complex problems more effectively.

I hold a PhD in Public Health, did a Post-Doc in Systems Science and Knowledge Translation, and am currently completing a Masters degree in Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCADU in Toronto. 

All this gets combined creatively to help those seeking to make this world a bit better deal with the complexity of social systems to innovate, learn and share what they know. 
Education
  • Ontario College of Art & Design
    Strategic Foresight and Innovation, 2011 - 2013
    Focus on design thinking, strategic foresight, business model innovation, leadership and systems thinking
  • University Of Toronto
    Public Health Sciences, 1998 - 2004
    Focus on behavioural science approaches to public health and health promotion with speciality in evaluation, measurement and eHealth along with post-secondary teaching.
  • University Of Regina
    Psychology, 1991 - 1996
    Focus on psychology as a discipline in all major forms: behavioural, cognitive, psychodynamic, social, experimental and research.
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
    Community Psychology, 1996 - 1998
    Emphasis on community research and practice, education, and program evaluation.
  • University Of British Columbia
    Systems Thinking & Knowledge Translation, 2005 - 2006
    Emphasis on systems thinking and complexity science, knowledge translation and integration, public health learning.
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