20 Aug 2019

Design Thinking And Zero-Gravity

Design Thinking is an approach used to create human-centred, innovative solutions; it carries in itself a space in which two forces – connection and disconnection – meet. I call this space, metaphorically, the zero-gravity space. I noticed that because people are aching to find new ways to think, when they start to apply Design Thinking […]

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20 Aug 2019

The Fastest Way To Kill A Company Is By Neglecting Its People

Have you ever wondered how your employees feel every morning before they go to work? Do they feel discouraged, happy, anxious, motivated, stressed? Why is organisational culture so important? Dr Pragya Agarwal, a social psychologist, creative entrepreneur, writer, TEDx speaker, an inclusivity and diversity consultant, and Forbes contributor, believes that a positive workplace culture increases […]

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13 Aug 2019

Creative Confidence And Leadership Through Design

Do you consider yourself creative? How come? Ask this question to your friends, family members, work colleagues. Ask them also to define creativity and observe their answers. You will likely hear things such as “I’m an analytical kind of person, numbers are my forte” or “I am not creative at all; I can’t even draw. […]

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13 Aug 2019

Corporations, Listen Up: Innovation Only Happens Through People

You may have heard about an innovative project or idea that was about to take off but ended up never happening. There is so much innovation happening inside of organisations and so many ideas that don’t move forward. Since we founded Echos in 2011, this question kept us wondering why innovative projects or ventures don’t […]

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06 Aug 2019

Do All Companies Innovate In The Same Way?

In the current global business landscape, a competitive company is a company that invests in innovation. Defined by its human-centred, status-quo breaking characteristics, innovation can happen in many ways. THE TYPES OF INNOVATION Incremental Innovation This is a low-impact kind of innovation. Incremental Innovation happens by a series of small improvements to an organisation’s existing […]

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06 Aug 2019

Marty Neumeier & How Design Changes Companies For Good

Companies around the world are constantly seeking ways to create innovation, but are they doing it the right way? “The complex business problems we face today can’t be solved with the same thinking that created them. Instead, we need to start from a place outside traditional management. Forget total quality. Forget top-down strategy. In an […]

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30 Jul 2019

Francisca Limberger Talks Female Freedom At Primer19

Primer Conference is an annual event hosted by the Design Futures Initiative, a nonprofit organisation based in San Francisco, CA. The event was created to gather people from around the world to speculate futures; they also have an annual gathering for the Speculative Futures community to get together, with meeting points all around the globe […]

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30 Jul 2019

A Futurist, A Writer & The Pope Give Their Two Cents About The Future

What does the future hold? In the three TED Talks below, futurist Anab Jain, polymorphic playwright Sarah Jones, and His Holiness Pope Francis speak about their versions of a desirable future. Anan Jain: Why We Need To Imagine Different Futures “Anab Jain brings the future to life, creating experiences where people can touch, see and […]

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23 Jul 2019

Alumni Profile – Khawar Saleem

For this week’s Alumni Profile, I had the pleasure of talking to Khawar Saleem, who is a Director, Enterprise Architect (EA) in the NSW Department of Education. Education is one of the main pillars of any successful society, and so, designing for education is of utmost importance. In this interview, showing his sense of humour, […]

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23 Jul 2019

Innovation & Social Change At UN’s Festival Of Action – Part 2

Welcome to part 2! If you haven’t read the first part of this report, please start there.  Today, we will report on the initiatives we started after attending the Global Festival of Action – the third edition of the largest United Nations global event for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). UN’s SDGs event in Bonn, Germany. […]

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