Design thinking for accessibility: getting into a user’s… wheelchair

There is this moment during a workshop, when as a facilitator you need to push your participants out of their comfort zones, watch them struggle and push them again.  In design thinking, this is taken to the extreme.  It is the component dedicated to empathy. The first two days of our design thinking workshop in … More Design thinking for accessibility: getting into a user’s… wheelchair

Launching a project in a new place? Go to a museum! (or watch tv series)

Photo credit: markdrasutis (CC) Please note:  In this blog post I am advocating for (contemporary) art, because this is what works for me, but please be mindful that the following refers equally well to broadly understood culture, including or maybe even beginning with TV series (in Polish), and that everyone should choose the area they … More Launching a project in a new place? Go to a museum! (or watch tv series)

Open and user innovation: Understanding humans

Last month, I joined over a hundred researchers and practitioners for a fascinating and intellectually nourishing conference on open and user innovation (Brighton, UK). And if I could turn back the clock, I would literally drag all of us there. My motivation to go there is pretty clear (I’m lying, I just wanted to meet Prof. Eric von Hippel). But … More Open and user innovation: Understanding humans

Just fell in love with a tool! Check this if you’re visual too!

Some laugh at my flipchart fetish. Nothing I can do about it. I just have to see things. I understand theoretical constructs by drawing. I win arguments (or get to understand that I lost) by drawing. I prioritize by drawing. I plan my work by drawing. That’s my way. But that’s not easy if u … More Just fell in love with a tool! Check this if you’re visual too!

Apply now! The challenge of applications

In times of scarce resources (more people competing for fewer funds) and growing openness to crowdsourcing as a method to identify interesting solutions (often accompanied by prizes), the manner in which you transmit what you have in mind carries a live-or-die kind of weight with it. And since we’re usually filling applications not  because we … More Apply now! The challenge of applications