Analytical Engine

Innovation. Design.

Who We Are

aanalytical Engine is an Innovation and Digital Service Design Consultancy. We have over 14 years experience engaging organizations in a design thinking process that includes business model design, digital product design, development of communities of practice, and organizational culture change. The organizations we work with are grappling with the complexity and speed of technological change and its impact on strategy, operations, and the necessity to innovate their business models.  We work with social enterprise, public sector and charitable organizations motivated by social innovation and positive changemaking.

Design Thinking
Strategic Foresight
Technological Change & Innovation
Coaching & Training

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"The world is increasingly confronted with complex societal challenges including poverty, crime, health issues, and an aging population. Better service design is one of the keys to improving how we address societal issues." Mieke van der Bijl-Brouwer, Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation, University of Technology Sydney, Australia

Services

Innovation Design

We take a human-centred approach to innovating program and service delivery for impact and change.  Human-centred design starts with a deep understanding of the challenges your customers, employees, and communities share, in a discovery process that uncovers where your organizational goals and end-user needs intersect in the most desirable, feasible, and functional solution.

Strategy Development

We work with boards and leadership teams to position organizational strategy within the broader ecosystem of change and complexity.  We approach feasibility studies, business modelling, and strategy from a systemic perspective, understanding that we are all operating in a situation of great social and technological complexity.  We help diverse stakeholders come to a shared vision of their preferred future, and codesign implementation plans that will get them there.

Coaching & Training

Training, workshops, or facilitated organizational learning: We build consensus and generate engagement and buy in, so that you can tap into your most valuable resource to drive innovation efforts: your employees, stakeholders, and communities.  Sustainable innovation comes from deep, internal cultural change inside “learning organizations”.

Areas of Expertise

Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a way of approaching business problems from the outside-in.  Design Thinking is the foundation of all of the work we do, whether it be strategic business planning, innovation design, or shifting company culture.

Foresight

We approach research from a foresight and scenario planning perspective: we are always scanning for signals and trends relevant to the future of innovation. We help organizations find their “Blue Ocean” through the use of foresight.

Facilitation

From Open Space-style facilitations of large groups, to user testing, to focus groups, we have experience in guiding groups towards consensus and solution.  We draw heavily on methodologies such as Liberating Structures, Gamestorming, and Sharpe’s Three Horizons.

Systems Thinking

Wicked problems need more than a design thinking process to solve; they require system literacy or “Systems Thinking”.  We take a systemic view on organizational issues whether we are looking at impact, innovation, or ecosystem-level design.

“Choosing to include everybody early in small and big decisions that will affect them is by far more productive than choosing to include everybody later when it is time for them to implement decisions from which they were excluded.” — Henri Lipmanowicz

"Choosing to include everybody early in small and big decisions that will affect them is by far more productive than choosing to include everybody later when it is time for them to implement decisions from which they were excluded." -- Henri Lipmanowicz

Case Studies

Inspirations Studio: Social Enterprise Innovation Facilitation · Innovation · Strategy Development
CAMH: Strategic Content Audit Innovation · Strategy Development · User Research
Lucalex: Digital Business Development Digital Product Design · Innovation · Strategy Development
Pull: How Technology is Changing the Conversation Digital Product Design · Innovation · User Research
Shoppers Drug Mart: CSR Research Innovation · User Research
AgendaCamp Facilitation · Strategy Development · User Experience Design
MHHR mockup Enbridge Gas Distribution: My Home Health Record Digital Product Design · Innovation · User Experience Design · User Research
TVO.org Digital Product Design · Facilitation · Strategy Development · User Experience Design · User Research
Kano Model of Functionalities The Association of Community Legal Clinics in Ontario Digital Product Design · Facilitation · User Experience Design · User Research
PWBBooklet Photographers Without Borders: Workshop Leader Facilitation
Tvoparents.com Digital Product Design · Innovation · Strategy Development
Loopy Logical: Learning Binary Innovation
Come visit us at Toronto's social innovation hub
720 Bathurst Street., Toronto ON
Telephone: +1 416 452 7511 – Email: christine@analyticalengine.ca

Contact

Contact us by email

christine@analyticalengine.ca