About Marc

Marc’s career spans 35 years in business, design, education and technology. His work as designer, researcher, and educator has put him on the frontier of applying design methods to social and strategic questions. He is a founding faculty member of the Masters in Design for Social Innovation program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Practice at the Carnegie Mellon University Graduate School of Design. Marc’s interests include cultural immersion, language, cooking and photography.

Gallery: Frontier Retreat 2016

Frontier Retreat | Summer 2016 | Chouteau County, Montana Our second Frontier Retreat was a rare and thorough experience for everyone involved. These few photos give some feel for activities. Interested in joining us? Here are the details for the 2017 retreat. And to learn a little more, you can read a summary of the 2015 retreat activities in this blog [...]

By | 2017-06-28T18:44:04+00:00 January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Galleries, Hosting & facilitation|0 Comments

Podcast Series: Fundamentals of Social Innovation

We are very happy to be collaborating with Burgert Kirsten and his Liminal Podcast, to produce a series of interviews about the work of shifting social patterns in communities and organizations. You can find the details and stream all the episodes here. Session 1: The Great Turning Session 2: Social complexity and human depth -- the materials of social innovation Session 3: Approaches to [...]

Methods of Reflection: The Interview

VIdeo of a 30-minute conversation between Marc Rettig and Hannah du Plessis of Fit Associates, and Joe Kappes of Cooper, following up on our two-part article about "the creative pause" as an antidote to analysis paralysis and diagram hypnosis.

By | 2017-06-28T18:44:04+00:00 August 5th, 2016|Categories: Feature, Hosting & facilitation, Organizational work, Video|Tags: |0 Comments

The pause that gives insight

Part 1 of an article in Cooper Journal: "We notice two common patterns among our students, clients, and workshop participants: diagram hypnosis—mistaking the map for the territory, and analysis paralysis—becoming overwhelmed and blinded by complexity."

By | 2017-06-28T18:44:05+00:00 June 24th, 2016|Categories: Hosting & facilitation, Organizational work|Tags: |0 Comments

Leadership development in Tokyo

Both Marc Rettig and Hannah du Plessis will be featured presenters at Sociomedia's upcoming UX Strategy Forum in Tokyo on May 27. The theme is Leadership Development, and many of those attending will be people who are working to develop design capacity and customer-centric cultures in large organizations. These challenges are particularly ripe for the "social design" approaches we have been [...]

By | 2017-06-02T15:53:04+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Categories: Events, Past events|0 Comments

Rettig @ UX London: Cultures of Creativity and the Tools of Dialogue

Fit Principal Marc Rettig will be a featured presenter at UX London this coming May. European friends, we hope to see you there! Marc will give a talk and conduct a workshop. Talk: A frontier for designers -- cultures of creativity This talk will be an update of Marc's popular keynote at last year's UX Advantage conference, available on the web as an [...]

By | 2017-06-28T18:44:05+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Events, Past events|0 Comments

Rettig @ UXii: Deeper Organizational Listening

Marc Rettig will be conducting a full-day workshop and giving a plenary presentation at the upcoming UX Immersion: Interaction conference, April 18-20 in San Diego. Workshop: Adventurous User Research Techniques for Uncovering Deeper Insights You can read the full description here. In brief, this workshop brings some of the methods of "social design" to the commercial designers and researchers at this conference. How [...]

By | 2017-06-02T15:53:50+00:00 April 4th, 2016|Categories: Events, News, Past events|0 Comments

Experiencing emergence with The Systems Game

In her book, Coming Back to Life,  Joanna Macy described a way for people to have "a direct experience of the dynamic nature of open systems." Since that is a key idea in our Social Design Foundations class in the Carnegie Mellon School of Design, we played Macy's "Systems Game" to explore ideas of complex social systems. Here's what happened.   Debriefing: [...]

By | 2017-06-28T18:44:05+00:00 March 22nd, 2016|Categories: Working in systems|0 Comments
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