There’s a huge gap between what’s important to a company,
and what’s going on in the real world
Christian Madsbjerg in Fortune
Rand Corporation engineers William Welser and Dave Baiocchi bring AI and Systems expertise to social-science- and humanities-based consultancy ReD Associates
New York City/Copenhagen – March 14, 2018 – ReD Associates, the strategic consulting firm known for its use of the human sciences to develop insights and solutions for a wide range of clients, announced today that William (Bill) Welser IV and Dave Baiocchi, two highly acclaimed scientists and engineers most recently from RAND Corporation, will join the firm as partners.
ReD Associates, the worlds most advanced human science consultancy, is now partnering with Cognizant, the most successful and fastest growing technology advisor in the world. Together, sophisticated technology and deep human insight can make the next wave of digital transformation a meaningful one.
Harvard Business Review
Wall Street Journal
An emerging method is dramatically shaping how businesses can apply the human sciences. This new approach is finding its way into the labs of technology companies such as Intel, IBM, and Samsung; the marketing departments of large consumer-product companies such as Adidas, Lego, and Procter & Gamble; global health care companies such as Novo Nordisk and Pfizer; and the thinking and writing of business leaders and new breeds of consultancy that, like our own, merge hard and soft sciences.
The two founders of ReD Associates, Christian Madsbjerg and Mikkel B. Rasmussen, discuss the importance of thick data for businesses in the Wall Street Journal. As the authors argue, big data—the latest fad occupying business—can actually cut leaders off from the rich qualitative reality of their customers’ everyday lives.
You can change the world in three ways: You can revolt, you can vote for a party and hope the government will fix it, or you can work with the commercial world to work with them to make it better. All three are great means to change the world. We work mostly with corporations, not only to make them profitable but to make them more humane. We help them build services and products that are meaningful and helpful. I think it's very old thinking to split the world into two with the commercial sector that's only interested in money and the public sector that's only for common good.
Michele Chang-McGrath talked to the FT's retail editor, Mark Vandevelde, about the recent woes of retailers.
Sometimes growth can't come from doing more of the same. You need a creative leap. And that creative leap is also destructive — destructive of assumptions and principles that have served you well in the past but now hold you back. How do you break the impasse and find the new assumptions that will take you forward? Alastair Dryburgh talks to Christian Madsbjerg of ReD Associates.
ReD concludes a failure to account for these human (and economic) motivations encourages gaps of understanding regarding the best processes to use to combat the human phenomena.
When access to goods becomes so effortless, what drives customers to invest time and effort in ‘going shopping’?
When you rely on algorithms for everything from your commute to work to your lunch order, Sensemaking suggests, you aren’t just altering the way you do things. You are changing the very filter through which you view reality.
In his article "The Right Bedside Novel Could Do Wonders For Your Career," George Anders discusses Christian Madsbjerg's new book "Sensemaking."
Partners at ReD Associates talk about how anthropology can heal the anxiety of our broken relationship with money
In this extract from our book 'The Moment Of Clarity' it is described how Adidas managed to reinforce its relationship with consumers while delivering 10-fold profit.
In this podcast Charlotte Vangsgaard, partner at ReD Associates, explain how to study markets through systematic observation instead of linear and rational reasoning: “We try to work without a hypothesis.”
Fortune speaks with ReD’s Christian Madsbjerg about flawed business thinking, the arrogance of Silicon Valley, and why he prefers to hire anthropology majors at his consulting firm.
Instead of focusing on products, the anthropologists and sociologists at ReD Associates are working to understand “worlds” — the contexts in which people live and create meaning in their everyday lives.
The Danish consultancy ReD Associates is able to uncover the underlying motivations behind customer behavior — even if the customers themselves are not able to articulate them.
Christian Madsbjerg is a co-founder of ReD Associates. He explains that it is only about 2% of the time that our actions are based on conscious and rational decisions. His company focus on the 98%.
LE CERCLE/POINT DE VUE - La France a un avantage culturel unique grâce à la présence importante des sciences sociales dans la société. Nos entreprises devraient y voir une opportunité.
The more we rely on AI and machine learning, the more work we need social scientists and humanities experts to do.
Would you use a driverless car if your chauffeur was your status symbol? Tech’s unspoken hurdles
What Silicon Valley is missing is an understanding of people—what is meaningful to them, the way they live their day to day lives, what would make a difference for them on an ordinary Tuesday in Phoenix or Shanghai. There is a dearth of deep, nuanced cultural knowledge in tech. Luckily, there is an app for that: reading.
To understand Trump’s popularity, you need to understand the principles guiding life in rural America.
As thousands of neuroscience findings are called into question, the new study out of Sweden offers an opportunity to reprioritize. What kind of information provides the most apt description of how you first fell in love?
Succesful companies design for the everyday life of the consumer, and not just the clinical trial
As recent news of Macy’s tumbling stock prices suggests, today’s middle-class shoppers are looking for more than a bargain.
Broadcast & Podcast
Christian Madsbjerg talks about the impact it has, when CEOs observe and listen to their customers as fellow human beings, and provides advice for how entrepreneurs can utilize the thinking behind Sensemaking to improve their own business.
Christian Madsbjerg talks about the role of design, the dangers of relying on focus groups and how anthropology is the most brutal cost reduction tool in the world.
Christian Madsbjerg on Danish National Radio's morning show, P1 Morgen, about spreadsheet culture and the value of reading literary fiction.
Demetri Kofinas speaks with Christian Madsbjerg about the history of western philosophy, artificial intelligence, and how the humanities can help businesses solve their hardest problems.
"We need people who can develop medicine, and we need the people who can figure out how to get people to take their medicine. We need both” - Madsbjerg on NPR's The Takeaway.
Christian Madsbjerg discusses Sensemaking and Big Data in this segment of The Economist Radio.
Mikkel Rasmussen from ReD Associates took the stage at TEDx Tottenham to ask: Do you like cooking?
ReD Associates Partner Eliot Salandy Brown explores the gaps between the assumptions big businesses make about consumers and the reality of what we (real people) actually think, do, and need.