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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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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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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16 Jul 2019

Around The Globe: Four Projects That Are Building Desirable Futures

At Echos, we believe that we have the power to design desirable futures. This idea isn’t based on a feeling; it is based on what we observe it’s happening in the design world. Our Designing Desirable Futures course comes from this notion: using a methodology that utilised design to create an inclusive, strategic and desirable […]

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16 Jul 2019

Innovation & Social Change At UN’s Festival Of Action – Part 1

Some of the most complex problems in the world are represented by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the SDGs. These 17 goals and 169 targets aim to transform the planet until 2030. They are global, interconnected and multidimensional: we define them as multi-complexes. As Design Thinking is an important approach to solve complex problems, […]

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04 Jun 2019

5 Ways To Lead In An Era Of Constant Change

It is no secret, and we do talk about it a lot here at the Echos’ blog: technology constantly drives change. With the advancements of AI and machine learning our always-evolving world seems to be spinning faster and faster. What do these accelerated changes in environment, culture and customer demand mean for companies across the […]

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28 May 2019

Designing For Invisible Ecosystems

How can we use design to create a sustainable world, a world with a real future? The engineer and biodiversity scientist, Jessica Green, talks about how, if we think about the invisible ecosystems around us, we can design for a better tomorrow. “Our bodies and homes are covered in microbes — some good for us, […]

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