SUPERMIND DESIGN:
HELPING PEOPLE & TECHNOLOGY WORK SMARTER TOGETHER.

Our world is filled with complex systems of people and machines that we humans have designed: from companies and governments to economies and societies. And as technologies and human desires change, the configurations of these systems often need to change, too. Supermind Design is an approach that emphasizes generating innovative new possibilities for how to configure these systems.

What is
Supermind
Design?

Supermind Design is simply the process of designing superminds. The heart of Supermind Design is generating lots of ideas to increase the chances of finding a few good ones. In addition to your own spontaneous ideas, Supermind Design includes a set of activities (called moves) which you can use to trigger more—and often more unconventional—ideas.

Why use
Supermind
Design?

Supermind Design can be useful when you want to generate innovative possibilities for systems with interacting parts, especially groups of people and computers. Supermind Design can be used by individuals or by in-person or online groups.

How does
Supermind Design
relate to other
kinds of design?

This methodology is one of many design approaches, including design thinking, agile design, participatory design, and others. Supermind Design has similarities with, and can be combined with, many of these other methods. But this method focuses specifically on helping you generate innovative ideas about how to configure superminds—especially systems of people and computers.

How does Supermind Design work?

In Supermind Design, you generate and evaluate ideas about how to define and solve problems. The seven moves in Supermind Design help you generate new ideas by going from one idea to the next, sometimes in surprising ways.

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SUPERMINDS BY THOMAS W. MALONE

The influential book explores the surprising power of people and computers thinking together.

SUPERMIND DESIGN PRIMER

The primer introduces the Supermind Design methodology as a way to build superminds.

SUPERMIND DESIGN FACILITATION TOOLS

The facilitation tools include resources that can enable and support the Supermind Design process.

SUPERMIND DESIGN LIBRARY

The library presents powerful organizational examples of superminds operating in the world

SUPERMINDS BY THOMAS W. MALONE

The influential book explores the surprising power of people and computers thinking together.

SUPERMIND DESIGN PRIMER

The primer introduces the Supermind Design methodology as a way to build superminds.

SUPERMIND DESIGN FACILITATION TOOLS

The facilitation tools include resources that can enable and support the Supermind Design process.

SUPERMIND DESIGN LIBRARY

The library presents powerful organizational examples of superminds operating in the world

Team

Meet the team that contributed to the conceptualization, development and design of the Supermind Design methodology and and materials. 

THOMAS W. MALONE

KATHLEEN KENNEDY

GIANNI GIACOMELLI

ROBERT LAUBACHER

DAVID KONG

MONIQUE FUCHS

HENDRIK MAIER

WESTERN BONIME

NICK MINICUCCI

KATHERINE LIEW

LEE MOREAU

MARISA BOHLMANN

HAI BUI

CHRISTIAN BURKHARDT

ANDRES CAMPERO

HIROTAKA MIURA

STEVEN DWYER

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