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Design Thinking Flash and Keynote Inspired by Lego Serious Play!

Taking part in Lego Serious Play Workshop as a team player was awesome! Great fun and learnings from certified Lego …

 
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4 Ways to hack your own creativity

What do Thomas Edison, Frida Kahlo, and Michael Jackson have in common? That they were famous? That they were …

 
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Everyone deserves technology they can trust

Effecting Change in the Legal Profession with Design Thinking—Karla Schlaepfer gives a talk with over 70 lawyers and …

 
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Effecting Change in the Legal Profession with Design Thinking

“Effecting Change in the Legal Profession with Design Thinking” is the title of my interactive talk at Headquarters …

 
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Das dynamische UnternehmenNewsletter

Hey there! Welcome to this year’s final DdU newsletter. This time in English. The year ended with bang and a 5 day …

 
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Fit for the Future of Law?@ Legal ®Evolution at the Darmstadtium. Workshops and Coachings.

How can the Legal profession design new ways to embrace technology in a digital world? What are the prerequisites for …

 
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Design Thinking Sprint Deutschlandradio Userlab

Fantastic start for the Deutschlandradio Userlab Design Thinking Sprint. It's a challenge to carve out 5 days out of a …

 
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I’m delighted to be part of the team that facillitates a Design Thinking Sprint in Deutschlandfunk!

We started with a mini kick-off where we explored the role of empathy in User-Centered interviews. It was a new …

 
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This is a basic and fundamental tenet in Design Thinking

“Creative thinking is not a talent” It is a skill that can be learnt. It empowers people by adding strength to their …

 
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Courage is the accumulation of small steps*

Design thinking alone cannot bring about a cultural transformation in companies. But it is an muscle-building process …

 
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Design Thinking Meet-Up at the Institut der deutschen Wirtschaft

Some of the best things about this meet-up fomat are the exchange of information, seeing old DT community friends after …

 
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Design Thinking Meet-up

Our Design Thinking Meet-up at aoksystems was a total success! A good mixture of fun, good stories, shared problems and …

 
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Unser Besuch der Frankfurter Buchmesse

Impressions from the Frankfurter Buchmesse –visual impressions from Gutenberg’s Printing Press, beautiful books, spaces …

 
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Design Thinking meet-up Cologne

After meeting each other at HPI in Potsdam in 2015, Karla S. wanted to keep the spirit and contact alive and started the …

 
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Quick Guide to 3 kinds of Innovation and Drivers of new Business and Art value

“Is this innovation or can I toss it in the bin?” 10 years ago Steve Jobs introduced the IPhone – how did we manage …

 
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Arranged Marriages and Innovation: Why you need the explosive sparking of creative thinkers to the critical analysts!

Why do hot oil and water explode? Because at the atomic level, the hot excited particles collide but cannot merge. The …

 
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Forget Your Car and Kick Start Your Move to Zurich!

Design Thinking and SMIDE – use and share cool E-bikes “You ride and we take care of the rest!” This is the motto of …

 
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Digital Storytelling – 5 Things You Need to Know (in 5 Minutes)

In today’s overflowing world, how can new tech tools create visual stories that entertain and grab your customers’ …

 
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How Does Apple Make Us Love Their iPhones? The Role of Empathy in 5 minutes.

Why are certain people better listeners than others? What is it about some of your friends that makes you want to talk …

 
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What Comes Next? Holacracy, Self-management and Self-organisation at Work

Employees as entrepreneurs The Press jumped on the story and it went viral, globally. Zappos the first company to …

 
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Why You Shouldn’t Underestimate the Radical Creativity of the Gorilla Girls!

Creativity has many faces. Everyone can access their creativity to help solve problems, see different perspectives and …

 
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What You Never Knew About Introverts!

Have you heard of Susanne Cain’s Quiet Revolution? While doing some research for our book, I came across her intriguing …

 
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Are You Ready for the Father of Radical Transparency? Who this guy is and how he eliminates the pitfalls of Groupthink

Groupthink is the enemy of innovation. If everyone in the team agrees in order not to offend others. Or because it is …

How the French Artist Fernand Léger Uses “Harassment” to Make Monumental Art

“Let us take the time in this fast and ever-changing life which harasses us and tears us to pieces; to have the …

 
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“For a Better Day” or The Shape of Things to Come

Our JoinCreativePeople book project is no longer just an idea or project. Like something to talk about at cocktail …

 
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Why I Learned to Love My Messy Mind

My mind leaks. No, gross stuff does not drip out! But according to creativity scholar Scott Barry Kaufmann, leaky …

 
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5 Reasons to Take Your Brain on a Trip

Vacation or holiday just around the corner? Great! Most of us love to travel – a change of food, different people and …

 
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How to Survive the Heat in Silicon Valley, Be Global and Have Fun

“17 years in Silicon Valley” as a small progressive product design business, “is a really long time”, admits ZURB head …

 
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If Only You Were French, Male and Dead – Joan Mitchell

What is the connection between creative confidence and artists’ work? Artists have unleashed their creative …

 
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Auf der anderen Seite der Welt – und doch zuhause?

Beyond bias: Opening to human connection in Brazil Whether it’s at work or in our free time, many of us would love to …

 
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A Peek Under Our Skirts: Behind the IDEO.org Prototyping MOOC

What happens when two busy Design Thinking professionals (Karla, Pia and later Astrid) sign up for an IDEO Design Kit …

 
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Fast and Furious – Don’t Fall in Love With Your First Try! Perfect Rapid Prototyping?!

As a Design Thinking facilitator, I love the enthusiasm that is fired up when teams start building their prototypes! SO …

 
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Essentials of a Growth Mindset

What makes people tick, grow and want to learn? Carol Dweck’s TEDTalk was called the one of best in this list of the 10 …

 
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Designing Sustainability: It Is Not About Bamboo Versus Plastic

We met with Prof. Nathan Shedroff in his office at the California College of the Arts. He is among other things, the …

 
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Busted! Your Car Knows You’ve Been Drinking!

Not only does the digital transformation bring massive changes in the way we live and work but the interconnectivity of …

 
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Just us BarCamp Volunteers posing for a group picture in the summer rain!

What an amazing time in Hamburg! I think these self-organising grass-roots events are a great way to be collectively …

 
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Few Confessions of an UX BarCamp Volunteer

I really had no idea what I was in for when I signed up to help out at the UX BarCamp in Hamburg. I naively assumed that …

 
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The Big Secret of Change

Why is it so hard to change? Try something new? Or just get out of routine? Sure, routine gives us security and it is …

 
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Wow—We’re Thrilled: A Comment from Jacky Who Reads and Likes Our JCP Posts!

Wow—We’re Thrilled: A Comment from Jacky Who Reads and Likes Our JCP Posts! Dear Karla, love your new initiative! …

 
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Making the American Dream Come Alive: French Passion in Silicon Valley

In Menlo Park, a quiet neighborhood in Silicon Valley, Christophe has made his home away from Lyon into his own quiet …

 
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Bases Loaded with Creative Confidence

Angel’s Stadium, Anaheim, southern California The invitation to the Angels vs. Rangers came as a total surprise! German …

 
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Wandering Through the Gardens of the High and Mighty Google

Okay, the high and mighty Googlers never did respond our JCP interview request. We got over it. And besides we were in …

 
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A Most Informative and Amusing Talk with Professor Dr. Barry Katz

Meeting with prominent people tends to be exciting. Especially since you have spent much time preparing the logistics of …

 
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3 Sobering Reasons Not to Write a Book in New Orleans!

Although the playwright Tennessee Williams wrote several of his best works while living in the Big Easy, aka New …

 
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San Francisco, Ideo, Stanford Uni – JCP Interviews

The bags aren’t packed and we are really not ready to go – but we’re tremendously excited to have set up interviews with …

 
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Design Thinking Meet Up Cologne-Sülz

Carolin and I, together with a small group of participants of the HPI Deep Dive in Potsdam in March, were so …

 
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Tom Kelley, David Kelley: “Creative Confidence” | Talks at Google

How might companies unlock their employees’ creativity? A short summary of the YouTube film with David and Tom Kelley …

 
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We not me: 5 Important things to remember so your brainstorming works!

It’s true that brain storming has a bad reputation. Sometimes the group dynamic erupts in something called Group Speak …

 
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Why it‘s easy to be creative and what you can do about it

Do you remember gluing noodles to a picture frame as a Mother’s Day present? Every kid was creative without thinking …

 
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Experimenting – we just did it!

Let’s start with a question. When do you decide to act on your convictions? At what point, does your passion take over …

 
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Ideas that matter – Join Creative People

The easiest way to blog about deep stuff i.e. meaning. The big question – what to write, what to paint, what to create? …