I am really excited to announced that I will be at the D.Confestival in Potsdam Germany from the 20th to 22th of September 2012!

The first event of its kind for Design Thinking worldwide, the “d.confestival“ is the destination for multidisciplinary thinkers travelling to Potsdam to collaboratively impact the future of Design Thinking in the fields of management, learning and research.

On their 3-day journey, visionary participants will experience an exceptionally productive atmosphere created by merging the focus of a conference and the fun of a festival.

Design Thinkers, innovators and creative pioneers like Hasso Plattner, David Kelley and Oliviero Toscani interact in vibrant open formats with international experts. The aim of the three-day conference: The development of innovative ideas, concepts and user-centered creative processes as the raw material for the competitive advantage of tomorrow.

This Design Thinking Conference cum festival is hosted at HPI School of Design Thinking, Europe’s first school of innovation based on the model of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, ie the famous Stanford D.School.

What is even more awesome is that I have been invited to co-facilitate a workshop run by the very cool Arne van Oosterom from the Design Thinkers Group in Amsterdam. I consider it a rare privilege and honor to work with Arne, and when he asked if I was interested, I could not turn him down!


Please excuse the shameless graphic, as we are just too excited about this opportunity.

We will be running a workshop on the 21th of September called “From Design Thinking to Doing Business” (This is a working title, and the program has not been updated), so if you are at the conference do drop by and say Hi!

We are now accepting applications for our 5th Introduction to Design Thinking workshop.

I’m also happy to say that the workshop has been updated with new awesome content. We live and breath Design Thinking, so we took in the feedback and validation by our participants and improved our program. Here are some of the changes:

1) Our participants gave a thumbs up on our pedagogy that Design Thinking comes with Design Doing. They did this by consistently highlighting the hands-on activities as their favorite. So we are going to further expand on this.

2) We increased the number of hands-on activities cover about 75% of our 2 day workshop. This is an increase from 50%. Everyone will now be on their feet more frequently, not just me! 😉

3) We have included more case studies.

4) Due to popular demand we are now running different types of Design Thinking workshops every month. Our Introduction to Design Thinking will still be bi-monthly, however in the off-month we will run workshops that focus on different aspects of Design Thinking. For example workshops on infographic design, experience design, and service design etc. are on the way. So do stay tuned, we will send the information via the usual channels.

So if you are interested in attending or someone you know that might be interested in attending, please do let me know?

Here are the dates of the workshop:
DATE: 27 & 28 Sept (Thursday and Friday)
TIME: 9 am – 5.30 pm
LOCATION: Singapore Management University, Singapore.

Registration closes at 11.59pm on the 14th of Sept 2012. Please RSVP by then. As usual spaces are limited, so do sign up or sign your friend up soon! (More details are in the graphic below. Click on it for a larger view)

Our 4th Introduction to Design Thinking Workshop 4 is finally back!

Though slightly delayed (we skipped our last one due to some administrative matters), we are now never more ready to facilitate 2 days of awesome design thinking activities! Here are the dates of the workshop:

DATE: 26 & 27 July (Thursday and Friday)
TIME: 9 am – 5.30 pm
LOCATION: Singapore Management University

Registration closes at 11.59pm on the 13th of July 2012. Our workshops usually fill up fast as spaces are limited, so I would not wait to sign up if I were you!

For the full details of the workshop, click on the image below for a larger view.

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I’m going to be presenting at the 4th Pecha Kucha Night here in Singapore and speaking about “How design makes people’s lives better”.

In typical designer fashion I’m still tweaking it, but the premise is that it’s going to a different take on Design Thinking with the focus on what good it actually does. Hopefully it is going to be more exciting that the usual boring talk about process and tools.

It’s going to be on this Friday 18 May (Tomorrow!), 7pm at the Loft Cafe in Chinatown. If you happen to be in Singapore, do stop by and say hi! I’ve heard that it’s a full house; so do come early to get your seats.

See you there!

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