unconscious incompetence in the development sector

I’ll try to keep this post upbeat, but I must be honest – it will be very much against how I feel right now. And it is for a good reason.  Recently, my boss sent me an article by Jenny Mackness entitled “Living in a state of conscious incompetence.” Conscious incompetence is the second stage in … More unconscious incompetence in the development sector

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!