Living Climate Change

September 29, 2009

One of the most important ideas about design thinking is that it creates new ideas that provide new choices for business and society. As we move toward December and the climate change negotiations in Copenhagen I worry that we have far too few ideas to talk about. It is all too easy to argue over wh...

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Design thinking in the New York Times

October 6, 2008

Janet Rae-Dupree wrote about design thinking in the business section of the New York Times this weekend. It is good to see the discussion about the broader role for design appearing in the mass media. The article illustrates the very gray line between the traditional role of design and the more stra...

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What does design thinking feel like?

September 7, 2008

John Maeda (President of RISD) would likely answer that question by saying "a banana". He often talks about how hard it is to describe design and I agree with him. On the other hand I think one of the biggest obstacles to using design thinking as an effective problem solving approach is anticipati...

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Rules of behavior for emergent experimentation

August 18, 2008

I am a big fan of a culture of experimentation as a driver of innovation. I believe it creates the divergence necessary to create the best, and least incremental, options. I also think that if an organization relies on top down direction to achieve that experimentation then it risks missing many of ...

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