Brainstorming in a group can be challenging – but it can yield unique, innovative results.
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With companies encouraging greater teamwork, an expert outlines how to innovate effectively and problem solve as a group.
Successfully innovating requires business executives to create an innovation-focused company culture, to engage strategically beneficial innovation practices and to avoid those that only work for certain industries.
Innovative companies engage in many highly touted best practices. While they can enhance competitiveness, some are more important than others and need a strategy for effective implementation.
Engineering lessons can be found in many books kids already have at home or their local library.
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Picture books and young adult biographies can introduce kids to design-based thinking and engineering habits like creativity and persistence.
A worker pours dry ice into boxes containing Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.
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From designing vaccine supply chains to improving PPE to rebuilding trust, systematically bringing engineering knowhow to public health problems could make a huge difference.
Combining design innovation methods with medical disciplines such as microbiology can help tackle health related challenges.
Academics, farmers and entrepreneurs in Malawi integrate their expertise.
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Local based approaches from farmers, researchers and entrepreneurs prove successful for innovation in Malawi.
‘Design for a giant crossbow.’
Leonardo da Vinci
As Leonardo da Vinci found centuries ago, scholars of art, design, engineering and science can work together for mutual benefit.
For businesses to make a success of design thinking, they must exercise common sense by being clear about their goals and setting realistic targets.
Design thinking isn’t a cure-all for every organization, nor is it a dying fad. But in the right circumstances, it can bring great value to a business.
Senior leaders need to move beyond design thinking as it’s often introduced in non-design-savvy settings, like business schools, and get to deep design thinking that inspires and ultimately produces results.
Leaders in private and public organizations should seek creative problem-solving skills to better innovate. Design thinking may be the answer.
Teachers come to adopt a design thinking mindset through a combination of design experience, professional development and ongoing support.
The recently released Gonski report contains a recommendation to supporting teacher collaboration. Researchers in Queensland have been conducting research on how design thinking can foster this.
The author, second from left, is seen in this photo in a designed leadership dialogue session. The techniques of designers can help make us better leaders.
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The mindset, tools and techniques of designers can make us better leaders. Here’s how.
Design thinking workshop.
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The establishment of science centres for young people is one of many initiatives hoped to fix South Africa’s education system.
A Unicef team creating a collaborative paper plane.
How do you teach empathy? Can it be in a way that foregrounds ancient, indigenous knowledge and practices? Design thinking might hold the answers.
It may look like a game of Lego, but it’s a serious exercise in innovation.
We’re living in a time of rapid transformation in terms of what’s required for a country’s workforce. Design thinking is one way to prepare graduates for these changing times.
Embodiment of defiance… or foolhardy design?
Are terrorist attacks also an implicit design critique of our urban landscape? An architect and urban designer suggests we can fight terrorism by not building obvious targets.
What is it that draws young people to ISIS? And how can we design policies that prevent youth alienation?
Every Thursday, I go to the Prahran Market in Melbourne and buy, among other things, cut flowers. Since moving into a mid-rise apartment from a flat with a garden, I arrange flowers for my dining room…
Learn to think like a child.
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It makes perfect sense. If you need to design a new school or playground, who better to help than the children who are going to use it? Gradually, more architects and landscape designers are bringing young…
While design alone cannot solve global poverty, the Moneymaker pump is making a difference for many Africans.
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Designers aim to change peoples’ lives, ideally for the better. The American co-founders of design and development company KickStart, Martin Fisher and Nick Moon, set themselves a particularly difficult…
The Lego brick has now become a basic module of virtual “brickworlds”.
“Danish design” usually conjures up images of mid-century modern furniture – functional yet sculptural – but Denmark’s most successful “design icon” is a humble plastic brick: Lego. In 2013, the Lego Group…