Using participatory design for redesigning organisations

I awoke to a beautiful morning in Melbourne today – perhaps Spring is finally on our doorstep and realised that in fact I was supposed to be in beautiful Spain today instead delivering a paper at the Information Seeking in Context conference. Thankfully I have a wonderful co-author and our ‘compromise’ was I would developContinue reading “Using participatory design for redesigning organisations”

Designing workplaces conducive to work

In an episode of the US sitcom Better Off Ted a staff survey revealed low employee morale. To solve this, the director Veronica calls Linda, an employee, into her office and asks what would make the employees happy. Linda says the company treats them all like drones and suggest Veronica let everyone decorate their cubiclesContinue reading “Designing workplaces conducive to work”

What comes first – great leaders or great followers?

Jye Smith‘s post Great Leaders, Great Followers on his blog A Digital Perspective echoed many of the sentiments I feel about leadership and ‘followership’ – and what indeed does come first great leaders or great followers (or as Jye calls them supporters)? Can you have one without the other? Inspired in part by 10 waysContinue reading “What comes first – great leaders or great followers?”

The shift toward innovation, culture and design thinking

Reflecting on the business morning of Design Capital, part of the State of Design Festival, three weeks on three key themes continue to recur in my mind. • Innovation • Organisational culture • Design thinking Roy Green, University of Technology Sydney Business School, commenced the morning stating: For knowledge and innovation, the global financial crisisContinue reading “The shift toward innovation, culture and design thinking”