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Warm Ups: One Hand Paper Airplanes

Warm Ups: One Hand Paper Airplanes It is not unusual to have lull in meetings and workshops, usually right after lunch in the early afternoon. People are digesting their lunches feeling lethargic and the creative juices have all but come to a halt. As a facilitator, it’s your job to …

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Visual Facilitation Training

Visual Facilitation is an innovative way of representing the information through the use of graphic symbols and minimal text. It can also be used as real-time note taking method at meetings, seminars, and conferences. At these events, the “visual facilitators” will listen to a speaker while capturing the content in …

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Design Thinking in Eye Care

Sankara Eye Care Institutions is a group of 13 eye hospitals across India, tirelessly working with one single vision  – “To work towards freedom from preventable and curable blindness”. With the help of 125 Doctors, 600 paramedical professionals and 275 support staff they have touched the lives of over 40 …

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SIGNS OF THE SEASON, PART II

This directional sign utilizes stencil lettering, in the customary corn-green, to direct us to the corn stand. Opposed to hand lettering, stencil letters reside halfway between rough hand lettering and professional typographic signs. These letters are based on the font Bookman Demi Bold, originally a Scottish font from 1860 and …

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SIGNS OF THE SEASON, PART I

I spend a lot of time in the country in upstate New York during the summer. As much as I love the constant intensity of New York City, being in the country provides a sense of balance, it is everything the City isn’t. Quiet, lush, slow. August is a particularly …

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Enactus: Social Engagement With Design Thinking

Students from the student community Enactus joined a Design Thinking workshop to elaborate a strategy for generating innovations. They found creative ways of approaching challenges and visualizing ideas. Making Knowledge Transfer Cool and Easy Enactus is a worldwide, non-profit organization that enables students to employ entrepreneurial spirit to tackle societal …

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We need to build around our innovation capital

Innovation will continue to struggle if we don’t understand its capital make-up. If we don’t understand where the innovation value resides, we will certainly struggle to continue to build innovation’s position in the organization. Today innovation is still regarded as ‘expendable’, sacrificed on the altar of short-termism. This creates a …

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The Work-to-be-done around innovation and its design

Actually most of our innovation capital is learning capital. The more we strengthen our knowledge and value our people, the more we can generate new knowledge, build greater narratives, deepen discussions, make better connections and build our interactions out across growing communities. The more we discover, the more knowledge we …

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Design Thinking Workshops

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words “Design Thinking?” You probably think that these words are related to designers or the design industry, right? Well, you’re right… but only partially. After all, the person who coined this “problem-solving methodology” is none other than …

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Best Practices for Innovation Management

In the first post of this series, we explained the catalyst for the book Innovation Management Framework: Enabling and Fostering Innovation in Your Company written by Marco Cigaina. We also looked at the overall Innovation Management Framework (IMF). Now, let’s turn our attention to best practices for taking advantage of …

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Fundamentals, for a better User Interaction

In the past couple of months, I read lots of online material on User Experience. The content varies from technologies supporting the best UX to emotional aspects behind a good UX. My understanding of UX, with the background of being developer is documented in my earlier blog: UI is not …

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How the Cloud transforms the Innovation Model?

We are all familiar with the traditional innovation model. It always starts with an idea that solves an existing challenge. Then, you would prepare a Business Plan get some funding and start building your solution. When you are done, you deploy it to your target customer and either succeeds or …

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UI is not UX. How is that possible?

Hello Everyone. Recently, in an online video on User Experience( by Google ), the host stated that UI is not UX. The statement seemed innocuous and left me wondering (for a while) the idea behind this title. It did seem like the intention of the title was to break an …

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My Experience with SAP Design Thinking Workshop

Couple of weeks back  I got a chance to attend SAP workshop on Design thinking(DT) in Bangalore, India. I was floored by the DT  mindset  and the power it brings along for Innovation , providing customer delight not to forget it saves training costs!.“Design thinking” as a mindset has been …

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Design Thinking outside of SAP

One of the interesting things I find working at SAP is that a lot of what we do reolves around innovation and a lot of thought has been put into how we encourage innovation to build unique and superior products.   The key design foundation at SAP is “Design Thinking” …

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Massimo Tamburini,1943-2014

The design and motorcycle world bids farewell to Massimo Tamburini who succumbed to lung cancer at the age of 70 on April 6, 2014. Often referred to as the Michelangelo of motorcycling, he is responsible for the development of two of the most desirable motorcycles ever made; the Ducati 916 …

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