I will be at the D.Confestival in Potsdam to Co-Facilitate a Workshop!


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!

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Brian Ling (Design Sojourn)

Brian is a multidisciplinary Design Leader with more than 18 years of experience leading strategic design programs that drives successful Brands and Fortune 500 businesses such as GE, Philips, Nakamichi, Flextronics, Ericsson, Hannspree, and HP. His passion is in helping organisations leverage on Design Driven Innovation to make people’s lives better.

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