A new phase for Asia

August 16, 2009

The BBC excitedly reported today that Japan has experienced economic growth for the last quarter. It seems as though much is being bet on Asia lifting us out of a global recession. But an important comment came from the Chinese government which has declared that future growth will have to come from ...

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Mayo Innovation Symposium

August 16, 2009

The Mayo Clinic is hosting a symposium on innovations in health care experience and delivery at their Rochester, Minnesota campus in September. I will be speaking on design thinking and health but should that put you off, their are some great speakers on the roster that will be well worth listening ...

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Paul Romer on charter cities

August 16, 2009

Paul Romer's talk on charter cities is up on the TED site. You can see it here. Here is what I said about his talk in my TED Global post: Paul Romer, the Stanford economist, proposed the idea that city states are the perfect vehicle for creating systemic change. They are small enough to be able to...

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Design Thinking at TED Global

July 31, 2009

It is just a week since TED Global finished I am only just now clearing my brain enough to be able to process some thoughts about the event. I am a TED junkie and the Oxford version did not disappoint. If anything it was a more intimate version of Long Beach with just as high quality content and the...

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#CBDQ

July 15, 2009

I am speaking at TED Global in Oxford next week on the topic of what happens when we move from design to design thinking. One of the things I am trying to do is to get the audience to suggest the kinds of questions design thinking might be used to tackle. To facilitate this I am using a Twitter hash...

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Prevention versus productivity

July 12, 2009

Apologies for being off-line but I have been taking a bit of r&r. The current debate around health care reform is both interesting and depressing. While it is reassuring to see America finally tackle the issue of universal health care access the bigger debate about affordability seems to be goi...

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How does purpose create an innovation advantage?

June 12, 2009

It may seem entirely obvious that organizations with a sense of purpose achieve greater levels of innovation than those that don't. I think of Apple (Insanely Great), and Nike (Just Do It) as good examples of purpose that guides and drives innovation, never mind the Aravind Eye Hospitals or Grameen ...

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d.light looking for Hindi speaking design thinkers

June 5, 2009

d.light, the solar powered lighting company that came out of the Stanford D-school, is looking for design thinkers in New Delhi. One of the job titles "Human Torch" sounds faintly scary but illuminating. For those who are interested in making contact, the link is here. Building design thinking capa...

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An inspirational message from Paul Hawken

June 4, 2009

Paul has long been one of the most inspirational guides for how to think imaginatively and sustainably but his Commencement address to the University of Portland in May is particularly good. Commencement Address by Paul Hawken, University of Portland, May 3rd, 2009 When I was invited to give this ...

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A curriculum for business design

May 28, 2009

IDEO colleague Ryan Jacoby has recently started a great blog about business design at do_matic. His post on a 2012 curriculum for a degree in business design is genius. Judging from the early response there seem to be plenty of people like me who would love to sign up. This looks like the education ...

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