14 Aug 2018

We’re The People

“How will the fact of being women have affected our lives? What precise opportunities have been given us, and which ones have been denied? What destiny awaits our younger sisters, and in which direction should we point them?” – Simone De Beauvoir, The Second Sex Despite growing up in a family with an intense female […]

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14 Aug 2018

Echos’ Social Innovation Project – How To Promote Gender Equality By 2030?

Violence against women is a social problem that affects everyone. It is estimated that up to 70 per cent of women worldwide have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. In Australia, one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to them; one in five women experience […]

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07 Aug 2018

Multidisciplinary Teams:
The Key To An Innovative Work Environment

The term “multidisciplinary teams” originally comes from the health industry and it means “a group of health care workers who are members of different disciplines (professionals e.g.Psychiatrists, Social Workers, etc.), each providing specific services to the patient. They coordinate their services and work together towards a specific set of goals”. If we were to bring […]

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07 Aug 2018

What Kind Of Innovator Are You?

No matter what industry you’re in, innovation surely is a part of your day-to-day. Companies of every sector tend to use the term “innovation” to challenge themselves and their employees to make sure they are ahead of the curve instead of chasing tale when it comes to new technologies and market trends. A very common […]

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31 Jul 2018

Art, Worldbuilding And Design Thinking:
A Conversation With Laura Cechanowicz

It was under the heat of a 40-degree day in Kyoto that I first met Laura. It was mid-July and the Gion Matsuri parades were happening all across town, which made the streets of otherwise not so crazy Kyoto, very much alive. I was walking through an arcade, partially shopping and partially trying to find […]

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31 Jul 2018

What If Our Health System Kept Us Healthy?

For the past handful of years, there has been a buzz around the health sector with people questioning if the traditional model is working as it should or if it is as efficient and humanised as it could be. Earlier this month, our founder Juliana Proserpio spoke in depth about the new paradigms of health […]

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24 Jul 2018

Student Profile – Steve Hicks

Malala Yousafzai once said: “One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the world”. In this newsletter issue, we discuss education, innovation and how the world is changing rapidly around us. I also had the pleasure of interviewing our student and Practice Lead for Business Analysis in the NSW Department of Education, […]

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24 Jul 2018

How Design Thinking Is Changing Education

How do we educate in a world that is constantly changing? Innovation has always been a part of education, however, at the fast pace the world is changing, the complexity of getting students ready for the future becomes greater. The scholar Cathy Davidson, for instance, has pointed out that 65% of kids that attended primary […]

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17 Jul 2018

Design Thinking Ideation: The Four Golden Rules

In Design Thinking, ideation is a process in which ideas and concepts are created in order to solve one specific problem at hand. In corporate environments, these would be problems employees and clients are facing daily. For the ideation process to be successful, it is crucial that a variety of people – from different departments, […]

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17 Jul 2018

Is Creativity A Human Creation?

Last year I attended an Adobe Artificial Intelligence debate, that was part of Sydney’s Vivid Festival. The posed question that night was: does creativity require humanity? At the beginning of that night, approximately 60% of the attendees voted in favour of creativity being, indeed, a human trait. I was included in that group. Two hours, […]

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