“The Global Design Thinking Alliance is a network of institutions that teach, research and further develop the methods and mindsets of Design Thinking. This worldwide network of institutions promotes excellence in Design Thinking education and research.

The aim is for the GDTA to become the global platform for the exchange, debate and exploration on best practices in Design Thinking education, training and research. The GDTA enables encounters and creates learning opportunities for both experienced and aspiring design thinkers from a wide range of disciplines. In this way, the network will facilitate the lively debate needed to inform and drive the development of design thinking education.

By extending, strengthening and deepening the collaborative ties between educators and practitioners of Design Thinking, the alliance will create a suitable institutional framework to accelerate this global exploration.”  (source: GDTA)

We are pleased to announce that, representing Australia and Brazil, Echos is now an official GDTA affiliated member. GDTA has 16 members in 15 countries, all of which are Universities pioneering Design Thinking methodologies:

Oceania
UTS Business School, University of Technology Sydney; Sydney.
QUT Design Lab School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty, Queensland University of Technology; Brisbane.
Echos Innovation Lab; Sydney.

Asia
Genovasi Malaysia; Petaling Jaya.
CUC Communication University of China; Beijing.

Europe
Open Lab; Stockholm.
The London School of Economics and Political Science; London.
HPI School of Design Thinking; Potsdam.
V&A Museum of Design; Dundee.

Africa
American University in Cairo, Center for Learning and Teaching; Cairo.
Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking, University of Cape Town; Cape Town.

North America
Penn State University, College of Engineering; Pennsylvania.
Ivey Business School, Western University; London.
UBC School of Public Policy and Global Affairs, The University of British Columbia; Vancouver.
Tecnológico de Monterrey; Guadalajara.


Prof.Uli Weinberg, GDTA’s President (left) and Ricardo Ruffo, Echos’ CEO & Co-Founder (right).

South America
Universidad Mayor; Santiago.
Echos Innovation Lab, São Paulo.

The GDTA created a multilateral network that fosters multidisciplinary and intercultural exchange. Together, Echos and the other members of the GDTA will help leverage Design Thinking to shape the future of education, help track complex societal challenges, and support global transformation processes. 


The Global Design Thinking Alliance members

Echos enters the Alliance as the only non-academic organisation to join this group of fine institutions. Echos contribution to the Alliance will be the notable impact it has created in the Design Thinking community, with 35k+ trained students and 100+ finalised projects around the world.

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