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    Why Design Thinking Works: Design on the Fly

    Any designer knows the first step in the design process is understanding the problem. What is the human need that a new design can solve? On a recent design event we were faced with exactly that question, though it came in the middle of the sentence, rather than the beginning. As new information emerged during…

  • Planning for disruption: An A,B,C

    Claire is featured in this month’s issue of The HR Director Magazine speaking about how organisations can prepare themselves for disruption and harness the potential of innovation in order to maximise the opportunity it presents. You can read the article in print or online at the link provided below. Read the full article… Planning for…

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    Designing for a Brexit future

    The UK Referendum result on Brexit has provided us with only one certainty: uncertainty. In the midst of uncertainty, our experience shows that traditional approaches to strategic planning can be downright dangerous. One pitfall is to take a binary view: assuming that the future is either open to precise predictions, or that it is completely…

  • Employing a Millennial Generation

    Sarah is featured this week in leading professional title HR News talking about the issues around employing a millennial generation and how organisations need to shape up in order to capture best talent. Read the full article… Employing a Millennial Generation

  • Fewer than 1 in 10 businesses have cultures that are understood. Why does this matter and how to address it?

    Claire is featured this week in leading professional title HR News talking about why fewer than 1 in 10 businesses have cultures that are understood.  Claire explores why this matters and how to address it as an HR professional. Read the full article here. Fewer than 1 in 10 businesses have cultures that are understood.…

  • A Day in the Life of a Scribe

    If you haven’t come across a scribe before, then we hope this will provide insight into how an Innovation Arts graphic facilitator works. If you have seen our work at an event or a conference, this might answer some of the questions we are often asked about this fascinating and vibrant discipline. The primary function…

  • Setting the Stage for Creativity

    What is the best template for creativity? Is it a tortured solitary genius focused on the personal struggle for inspiration, or a group of ad men flinging ideas onto a board in a flurry of brainstorming? Is it a chamber orchestra performing Bach together, or is it a five-year-old child with a brush and paints?…

  • What is a model?

    ‘Model’ can mean different things to different people, but in the context of our work, we mean a representation of reality intended to foster understanding. Human beings use models all the time. Our observations, reflections and interpretations are all about creating mental models. Words themselves are models – a representation of reality. Just as the…

  • Enterprises as Functions

    We are all familiar with the concept of functions – the departments within an enterprise into which work is generally divided. We have a Finance function, a Marketing function, a Human Resources function and so on. But have you ever asked yourself why? Even for those of us in the habit of asking curious questions,…

  • Why are we here?

    Good question. Since you find yourself here, it is likely that, like me, you are curious. Curiosity is an interesting characteristic and one most often associated with children. It implies not just a thirst for knowledge, but a seeking out of questions. Why does curiosity diminish as we get older? Perhaps because we augment it…

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