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Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm Hardcover – March 21, 2017
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"This book makes powerful sense. Madsbjerg is a fascinating fellow, philosophically astute and immensely business savvy. Packed with a rich array of concrete examples and thick data, Madsbjerg shows how the problems of the coming century are cultural and how we require the tools of the humanities--especially philosophy--in order to confront them successfully. This is essential reading for anyone in the world of business and everyone with a concern for how human beings make sense of their world. Highly recommended."―Simon Critchley, Hans Jonas Professor of Philosophy, The New School
"Having helped some of the world's largest companies transition for the digital age, it's clear to me that those best positioned to win in today's marketplace possess a deep and human understanding of their customers. Companies must master not just big data, but thick data--insight into culture, history, and the social structures underlying human behavior. Sensemaking is the road map for how this works, and it is essential reading for anyone looking to thrive in a world of digital disruption."
―Francisco D'Souza, CEO, Cognizant
"Almost twenty years ago, I wrote, 'To be qualified to be a chief executive officer, you must be broad-gauged, widely read, and have many diverse interests.' This remains just as true in today's world, where companies have become enthralled with quantitative analysis. Christian Madsbjerg's Sensemaking is a powerful defense of human intelligence to solve problems. Anyone who dreams of leading a company should read it--and heed his wonderfully contrarian advice."
―Jeffrey Fox, bestselling author of How to Become CEO and How to Become a Rainmaker
"Many have decried the widespread conclusion that the humanities have lost relevance, but few have proposed how to respond. Offering neither a rearguard defense of the humanities as we have known them, nor an unrealistic plea to other fields simply to take them seriously, Christian Madsbjerg offers a ringing endorsement of how humanities knowledge is still critically necessary to make sense of the world and its problems. With roots in Aristotle, Sensemaking calls on humanists to reinterpret their contribution while showing others how they cannot do without it. It is a book of the first importance."―Samuel Moyn, author of The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law and Professor of History, Harvard University
"Producing a mixture of how-to text and trenchant philosophy, Madsbjerg illustrates his formula for problem-solving with rich, captivating anecdotes.... Madsbjerg is no Luddite-he fully understands the value of data generated by algorithms-but he feels certain that one finely tuned human mind can solve problems that are beyond the grasp of emotionless computers."―Kirkus Reviews
"Madsbjerg thinks that if businesses accept pure data as the only truth, they are in danger of losing their ability to understand people. But it is by no means the author's aim to dismiss stem subjects. Through his particular method, his intention is to help companies find the right balance. The best CEOs can read a novel and a spreadsheet."―Financial Times
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But the author cherry-picks some ideas from history and tells anecdotes about very rich, smart people who used their human intuition to understand a situation and make a bunch of money from it, basically asserting that liberal arts educations can provide us with this intuition which can then be wielded in some Machiavellian fashion in order to bring us great material wealth under this late capitalist system. If you're interested in that sort of thing, this book will probably not ultimately help you achieve it, but might make you feel better about how you are oriented toward the world.
It might also be good for a high school student in this classic situation of wanting to go to college to major in something "artistic" while their parent(s) or guardian(s) want them to major in business or something. The student could give this book to their parent(s) or guardian(s) and it will explain to them how majoring in business will not really help a person succeed at business, and so their more artistic major subject of study might actually end up bringing them more material success in the world of business.
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1. Culture – not individuals
2. Thick data – not just thin data
3. The savannah – not the zoo
4. Creativity – not manufacturing
5. The North Star – not the GPS
It is quite remarkable how to build the art of sensemaking. I have worked for an Organization previously in a leadership role, and familiar with ReD Associates work - Fascinating. This book is a reflection of what they really to transform your organisation.
I would conclude with a section from the book itself. It is paramount to understand the Thick Data and not just thin data.
“In a bureaucratic system, data is very abstract – mostly numbers and reports,” she told me. “The data is well done technically, but it is very hard to get any feel for what kind of human situation underlies the documents. What is really going on for people?” Margrethe Vestager, European Commissioner for Competition, head of the European Union’s antitrust agency.
The only reason, I didn't do five starts as I am a visual person and would love more visuals in the book.
Mr. Madsbjerg asserts in his book that “…by studying art, science, the humanities, social science and languages the mind develops the mental dexterity that opens a person to new ideas, which is the currency for success in a constantly changing environment…”. Reading this book and contemplating on the ideas that are articulated in it, makes unambiguously sense of the above sentence.
"at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter how much hard data we have in our hands, how many brain scans we’ve monitored on our screens, or how many different ways we have segmented our markets. If we don’t have a perspective on the human behavior involved, our insights have no power. When we lose touch with the human circumstances present inside every single election, behind every breakout innovation and each and every successful corporate initiative, we limit our ability to genuinely understand our world. "
Coloquei o trecho aqui porque ele define muito bem o assunto da obra. Madsbjerg critica arduamente a abordagem baseada em hard data predominante nas principais formas de gestão da atualidade. O livro pode ser considerado um conglomerado de críticas ao data driven decision making em sua forma mais comum.
O outro lado abordado pelo autor é a solução proposta pelo autor: Integrar o lado humano junto aos números para uma gestão eficaz. Essa é a sua grande missão. Segue outro trecho:
"With sensemaking, we use human intelligence to develop a sensitivity toward meaningful differences—what matters to other people as well as to ourselves."
O chamado é realmente para que passemos a enxergar o contexto social das coisas, a estrutura cultural que permeia qualquer extração de significado.
Finalizo a review com mais um trecho que ilustra o ponto com maestria e me posiciono como um grande defensor da abordagem de Madsbjerg, às vezes parece que o excesso de dados que conseguimos obter através dos avanços tecnológicos trouxe junto uma cegueira que é, na minha opinião, justamente a falta do Sensemaking que é proposto pelo autor.
"In algorithmic thinking, a bottle of perfume is defined by how many milligrams of liquid exist within it; a pen is a piece of plastic with metal attached to it. In contrast, sensemaking perceives everything in relationship to everything else. The perfume becomes equipment—along with lipstick, high heels, and text messages—in the world of dating. The pen, along with a word processor and paper and books, is part of the world of writing. Pens, perfume, hammers, word processors: everything in our lives has some bearing on everything else. Nothing exists in an individual vacuum."
Todos os trechos entre aspas foram retirados da obra: Madsbjerg, Christian. Sensemaking: The Power of the Humanities in the Age of the Algorithm Hachette Books. Edição do Kindle.
But to make his point the author goes too far and too long. It becomes more like preaching than making a logical point. And then, the book is probably twice the length it should be.
Overall, a good read that remind us to keep ourselves, context, the humanities into the loop when making decisions and not just rely on data analysis.
Christian Madsbjerg's classic is a beacon of hope to some of us who have discarded the humanities in pursuit of tech and in turn lost our way and purpose. We realize our world needs poets as much as it needs data experts. An algorithm is never a substitute for human intelligence.
A must read. #humanities #algorithms #intelligence
Of course those kinds of tools are not perfect, so it's not correct to say those technologies can do "anything". But it's not a big problem at all. If you have some imagination, you can do "almost" anything with the techniques. Or at least you feel so. It's similar when talking about money. Money is so convenient that you feel you can do "almost" anything with it.
I don't know why the author is against those technologies. Maybe he isn't interested in it and finds himself left behind. He didn't have to dis algorithm when talking about the power of the humanities.