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Cameron Norman
Works at Cense Research + Design
Attended Ontario College of Art & Design
Lives in Toronto
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The series on paradox continues as the matter of politics, democracy and the power of the people get puts under the spotlight as we consider what it means to empower, express power and re-claim power in this post-liberal, globalized, information age and…
The series on paradox continues as the matter of politics, democracy and the power of the people get puts under the spotlight as we consider what it means to empower, express power and re-claim pow…
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In this mini-series we look at the phenomenon of paradox and some of the prominent ones in our social world. Today we look at human disconnection in the face of mass-urbanization, globalization, social media and information technology and why so many feel…
In this mini-series we look at the phenomenon of paradox and some of the prominent ones in our social world. Today we look at human disconnection in the face of mass-urbanization, globalization, so…
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If there was a word we could use to define the current times, paradox would certainly have to be a leading candidate. Can we learn to love this seemingly maddening force or are we doomed to accept this emergent complexity? This first in a series looks at…
If there was a word we could use to define the current times, paradox would certainly have to be a leading candidate. Can we learn to love this seemingly maddening force or are we doomed to accept …
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                            Doing new things to create social value means going into the great unknown, yet our fear of being lost need not prevent us from innovating, wisely and sustainably. Instead of being lost alone, we can be lost together.  I’ve…
Doing new things to create social value means going into the great unknown, yet our fear of being l…
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International sporting events like the World Cup and the Olympics provide intriguing examples of the complexity and situated-nature of culture and heritage as people from all walks of life reveal, (re) create, adopt and adapt to some form of unique and…
International sporting events like the World Cup and the Olympics provide intriguing examples of the complexity and situated-nature of culture and heritage as people from all walks of life reveal, …
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  As cities and regions worldwide celebrate Pride the role of diversity, understanding and unity has been brought to mind just as it has contemplating the British public’s choice to leave the EU with Brexit. Both events offer lessons in dealing with…
As cities and regions worldwide celebrate Pride the role of diversity, understanding and unity has been brought to mind just as it has contemplating the British public’s choice to leav…
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  Our series on paradox continues today by taking a look at the curious case of failure and how it’s popularity as a means to success represents more than just a paradox, but a series of contradictions that might just thwart the very innovation it seeks…
Our series on paradox continues today by taking a look at the curious case of failure and how it’s popularity as a means to success represents more than just a paradox, but a series of…
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There is a point at which information ceases to increase knowledge and understand and begins to undermine it, creating a paradox. When information on nearly anything is more abundant than ever the choices we make about how to engage it become more…
There is a point at which information ceases to increase knowledge and understand and begins to undermine it, creating a paradox. When information on nearly anything is more abundant than ever the …
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This year I took a summer holiday — something I’ve not done in years — and was reminded what literally stepping away from your everyday life and journeying to other spaces and places does for the mind, the heart and the soul. As kids (and adults) all over…
This year I took a summer holiday — something I’ve not done in years — and was reminded what literally stepping away from your everyday life and journeying to other spaces and pla…
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  It has been a heavy few weeks in the world. In times like this we often raise our voice to speak when perhaps we ought to listen more, for it is in listening and asking questions that we may be better positioned not only to understand what’s happening…
It has been a heavy few weeks in the world. In times like this we often raise our voice to speak when perhaps we ought to listen more, for it is in listening and asking questions that we may…
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Systems change is a goal for many social advocates — whether aimed at politics, climate change, social norms or beyond — because often it’s only through changes to the interrelationships and boundaries that contain a system can lasting shifts be noticed.…
Systems change is a goal for many social advocates — whether aimed at politics, climate change, social norms or beyond — because often it’s only through changes to the interrelati…
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Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is a nod to the future and the past and both perspectives illustrate how citizens everywhere are struggling with how to best make their world – and to what extent that’s possible. These are design choices with…
Britain’s vote to leave the European Union is a nod to the future and the past and both perspectives illustrate how citizens everywhere are struggling with how to best make their world –…
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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.
Basic Information
Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Social Innovation Design and Evaluation Consultant
Skills
Design thinking, program evaluation, research, program design, strategy, foresight, public engagement,
Employment
  • 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
Previously
Calgary - Vancouver - London, ON - Regina
It's really hard to beat this place if you want a good pub experience. It's not fancy or sophisticated, but the staff are terrific, the cook tries new things out for special events like World Cup or Euros, and the food is decent. The offerings are not overwhelming in size, but nor are they too small. It's a wonderful space to watch something like a baseball or soccer game with friends. They are one of the hidden gems for watching football (soccer) and one of the best all-round pubs you'll find for the basics, done well, with a twist. Their mac and cheese is off-the-charts good and their nachomari is a weirdly wonderful mashup of calamari and nachos.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Among the best pen and stationary stores in Toronto, or most places. The staff care about the art of writing from paper to pens to the kind of joyful accompaniments to it all. The quality of the products and the selection are both first rate. Many shops try and cater to everyone, interspersing kitschy novelties among more substantial product choices and this place resists that and goes only with the kind of things that are nice to hold, look at, use and share. They have a range of brands from some more popular to more obscure, which makes this a delight to shop in. Take Note is a gem for the stationary set.
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Public - 2 months ago
reviewed 2 months ago
Beautiful architecture and a well-functioning, high quality collection of shops and services in the market make this a must. Many of these 'iconic' places can lose their appeal with a poor selection of shops, but that isn't the case here. You may stay for the market, but the real feast is taking in the amazing structure around the market. It makes for wonderful photos and is simply an architectural wonder.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Hard to beat of Van Gogh is your thing. It's well laid out and offers an enormous amount to see. The crowds can make the experience a little less inviting so go when it's quiet if you can.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
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A unique collection of furniture that is hard to find a peer to compare with and the best service I've found at any furniture seller. The style is mostly urban hip and vintage industrial inspired products, but they have custom designed wallpaper, too. Everyone associated with this store -- from the owner to the sales associate to the contractors they use for delivery -- were wonderful to deal with. I got a table that is unique, of great quality, it looks terrific and continues to wow both me and my guests. The table's unique and has a crank system to raise and lower and mine happened to have a glitch associated with it (despite having tried many in the store that all didn't, which made me think I got a fluke). The team came back to replace the base right away without question and now it's perfect. Throughout the process of looking, buying and delivery everyone's been great and the table is fantastic. I'd highly recommend this place.
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Public - 4 months ago
reviewed 4 months ago
This is a gem of a store. For those looking for unique, well-made, and tastefully eclectic and exceptionally designed products for home and office, this is the place to go. Rather than clutter the shop with things, the owners have curated a collection of products that are all exceptional in their design and character and are distinct. I bought some stationary products imported from Japan that one couldn't find elsewhere and, were it not for the limited space in my luggage to take home with me, I would have taken more things with me. The shopkeeper is friendly, knowledgeable and has an eye and background for good design and can provide a story on the products if you want.
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Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago
Friendly staff with lots of energy and one of the best beer selections in the city. It's a nice, off-the-beaten path place to relax and hang out.
Public - 5 months ago
reviewed 5 months ago