The first in a series of posts about why the value set underpinning ‘social design’ work matters. ‘Ethical’ values of equality & fairness are fundamentally different to ‘managerial’ values of innovation & empathy.
The Family by Family “Doco” (as we say in Australia) is now online. Hear the families and professionals we worked with introduce Family by Family and go behind the scenes to hear about the approach behind the project. Available in 10, 16 and 25 minute versions for your viewing pleasure.
What happens when you meet with an applied academic, realist evaluator, business analyst, and social return on investment consultant?
Live Futures asked ” What future do we want?” and “How do we get there?”. I shared four tools we use to get to the future; co-design, comparing behaviours, prototyping and, surprisingly for me, building on the evidence of what’s worked elsewhere.
Roger Martin’s book ‘The Design Of Business’ provides a useful model for understanding innovation and has a description of Design Thinking that holds water. One of the few design theory books that’s worth more than you’ll get for it at the second hand bookseller.
Design thinking, and Tim Brown are everywhere. Tommorrow I’ve been invited to take part in a reading group at Central Saint Martins that will debate some of the issues raised and questions not answered by Brown in his talks and book.
Real design thinking, as opposed to the new & trendy design thinking, starts with the premise that social problems are wicked: they can never be fully defined or solved; only re-solved with solutions that are inseparable from our values and judgments.
We respond to an article by Tim Brown and Jocelyn Wyatt on design thinking as a tool for social innovation, arguing that design thinking alone can’t solve social problems.
Wired’s attempt to solve a pressing social problem through design thinking actually shows the limits of design thinking.