Starting to look around for good articles to comb through for next Wednesday's conversation table with University of North Carolina students on "Design Thinking."
According to Mark Dziersk's article in Fast Company, the methodology commonly referred to as design thinking is a proven and repeatable problem-solving protocol that any business or profession can employ to achieve extraordinary results. "Define the problem. Sounds simple but doing it right is perhaps the most important of all the four stages. Another way to say it is defining the right problem to solve."
"A couple of years ago, big infographics with little substance were able to draw in lots of visitors because they were something new to look at. However, now these sort of infographics draw backlash. You have to put in the time to think about the story you want to tell and show some actual insight:" Nathan Yau on infographics, Smashing Magazine.
"Rebranding is a good chance to sort out your overall brand strategy." This article offers advice on how to position, launch and develop your brand both online and in the real world, and make it truly, in their words, "funky."
Tip: listen for the unexpected by being open. In Dialogue and the Art of Thinking Together, author William Isaacs says: 'We are closed to hearing the unexpected from others, cutting ourselves off from honest exchanges that leave us enlightened and inspired to take action. This is the antithesis of dialogue.'
Venessa Miemis' blog post about "embodied experiences" versus just going to stuff where tehre are talking heads resonates with our stance here at Orangutan Swing. Panel discussions are out, dialogue in a round and inclusive way is IN. Checkit!
One of our favorite events is KORNER, the series of informal 'drink and draw' get-togethers hosted by Akira and Dipika of Design Kompany. We started because we had no other co-workers, and continue because we still don't. Be our design-nerd conversation partners over beer and doodling? --Dipika Kohli
What reminds us of our impermanence more than seeing our small children growing up? Frans Hofmeester filmed his daughter from birth up until she turned 12 years old and made this time lapse edit. --Dipika
“They do not provide answers, they ask questions." Experts on how to think about your career give tips on starting with a blank page and questionnaire. This is about the setup of thinking about a problem, before actually strarting to *do* things. That's exactly what we like to focus on here at Orangutan Swing: preparing for brilliant outcomes by staging great upfront dialogue. Stuff like that and other insights in this article by Harvey Scachter in the Globe and Mail.
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