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KATHRYN BEST

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I am an author, speaker and educator in design, strategy and systemic change. I offer insight and foresight on ways to enable change through creativity, design, innovation and transformation. My goal is to inspire others to make the changes necessary so as to place universal values, beauty, wisdom and wellbeing at the core of life and business.

  • Creativity is about the power of imagination. What can be imagined can be created.

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  • Design is about purposeful creativity. It’s about honoring yourself with balance and beauty.

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  • Innovation is about unlocking resources, capacities and new ways to organize.

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  • Transformation is about changing the state of play, the status quo, into something better.

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Much of what I do involves being a catalyst in how individuals and organizations think about:

 

Where am I?

Where do I want to go?

How can I get there?

 

All change produces entrepreneurial opportunity.

We live in challenging times, and there are many different opportunities now available to us.

Future growth will come from taking the risk necessary to imagine things differently, to design new realities and to bring them into concrete form.

 

Vision is the way.

Purpose is key.

Intention matters.

Perception is everything.

 

 

SPEAKER
business | government | education | cultural events

 

CATALYST
insight | foresight | hindsight

 

AUTHOR
design management | design strategy | systems design

 

ENTREPRENEUR
creative leadership | win-win partnership | business development

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Design is a people-centred transformational process.

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ABOUT ME

I grew up in the United States and Northern Ireland, studied in Scotland, worked professionally in the United States, United Kingdom and the Netherlands, and now live between Egypt and the United Kingdom. In London I teach about creativity, design, innovation and transformation and occasionally run a Meet-up group called ‘the new enlightenment’ via GlobalNet21. In Luxor I am piloting a project to do with social enterprise, local empowerment, tribal wisdom and the role that creativity and design can play in catalysing the wellbeing of a small community. I am also an RSA Fellow, a Freeman of the City of London, a Reiki Master and an architect of books, buildings and new philosophical realities. I do more than a little globetrotting for speaking and teaching engagements.

The origins of the name ‘Best’ are from the days of the Medieval Courts where the troubadours – lyric poets – were granted great freedom of speech. They were charged with spreading stories of chivalry and courtly love, and acting out news of far off lands and historical events – since it was long before the invention of theatres and newspapers.

Troubaire (langue d’oc): to compose, to discuss, to invent

Troubadours were trained artists who lovingly crafted their words to please and woo the listeners. Compositions were formulaic in their inclusion of metaphysics and intelligence, metaphor and symbol. What a poem appeared to be about on the surface was rarely the only meaning available.

During the Crusades, the troubadour tradition led to a new and unprecedented interest in beautiful objects, elegant manners, poetry, music and literature. Eleanor of Aquitaine was the matriarch and worldwide patron of the troubadours and their ‘courts of love’.

Today, courts of love and stories of inspiration and beauty are needed more than ever. I believe that the wisdom of love, compassion and wellbeing is the most valuable asset we can share with each other. It is especially important in light of the world we live in, the challenges we face, and the systemic rethink taking place all around us. We need to put beauty and balance back into our systems.

The other origin of the name is… Beste (French): beast or ‘brutal person’…..

 

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BOOKS

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Wellbeing by Design

Wellbeing by Design

  • Author: Kathryn Best

AN OPERATING MANUAL FOR HUMANITY AND BEYOND

 

Wellbeing by Design: An Operating Manual for Humanity and Beyond is an invitation and a call to action for a new generation of change makers to put wellbeing at the heart of our systems, our structures and our lives. The current state of our world merely reflects the level of consciousness of how we are encouraged to operate. It does not have to be like this. We have the right to imagine a better way of life. We have the power to bring better visions of life into reality. We can take back control of our systems, structures and selves and begin to consciously shape a different world and a reality of wellbeing for all.

 

 

Design Management: revised second edition

Design Management: revised second edition

  • Author: Kathryn Best

Design plays a key role in shaping the world and generating new products, systems and services. Managing design can be a strategic leadership role promoting and demonstrating the positive impact that design can contribute to an organization at many different levels. It can also be a tactical managerial role, where the focus is on delivering a specific project, task or outcome.

 

Combining both theory and practice in an accessible overview of the subject, Design Management provides a clearer understanding of design’s role in business and the broader context, as well as the importance of design as a way of creating value in any organization. With examples from a wide range of fields from architecture and interiors, to brand agencies, to product and retail design plus interviews with design managers from around the world, Design Management is a guide for students of design, design management, marketing, media communications and business studies, and for anyone involved in the management of design and creativity. This book leads the student through the key knowledge, practice and skills areas of design management, focussing on strategy, process and implementation.

 

New to the second edition are key skills exercises and new interviews with key international design managers who offer advice and insights into effective design management.

 

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What can design bring to strategy?

What can design bring to strategy?

  • Author: Kathryn Best

WHAT CAN DESIGN BRING TO STRATEGY? DESIGNING THINKING AS A TOOL FOR INNOVATION AND CHANGE

 

How we can design long-term value, lifelong well-being and sustainable growth into our systems, services and behaviors? A systemic overhaul of many of our existing (and collapsing) infrastructures and institutions – institutions built on old world industrial economic models – is called for, so as to more suitably reflect the needs and aspirations of the knowledge economy and beyond. By putting people at the core of how products, services and systems are designed, design as a methodology is well positioned as a way to bring ‘fresh thinking’ to current debates about whether to restore, redefine or redesign our systems – systems which ultimately define peoples’ daily interactions and influence the quality of their life experience.

 

You can download this book for free here – http://www.slideshare.net/KathrynBest/documents

 

 

The Fundamentals of Design Management

The Fundamentals of Design Management

  • Author: Kathryn Best

The Fundamentals of Design Management is a comprehensive guide to managing the people, projects, processes and procedures behind the design of our everyday products, services, environments and experiences. This title emphasizes the inter-disciplinary nature of design management, and as such is of relevance to those from a number of backgrounds: art and design, business, marketing or media. It explicitly places the principles and processes of design within the context of a business or enterprise. The Fundamentals of Design Management considers the process of managing design through the experiences of a range of design practitioners and industry experts.

 

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Design Management

Design Management

  • Author: Kathryn Best

Design Management – the management of design strategies, processes and projects is an intricate subject. As the role of design in the world continues to broaden, organisations are increasingly viewing design as being integral to their decision-making processes.

This book leads the student through the key knowledge, practice and skill areas of design management, focusing on the strategy, process and implementation involved in the management of design. Opening with a contextual overview of the subject, this book then explores the stages involved in the application of design to business. Each topic is accompanied by key questions that get the reader thinking about the issues raised, and professional case studies and interviews demonstrate the knowledge and practices described. Areas of key practical skill are outlined to bridge the gap between creativity management, academic theory and professional practice.

 

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The Idiots Guide to Virtual World Design

The Idiots Guide to Virtual World Design

The Idiot’s Guide to Virtual World Design is about design in virtual space and how to go about designing and planning a virtual world – before even considering the programming of 3D aspects of digital reality. Using insight, cartoons and humour, the book explores concepts faced by all virtual world builders including, why shouldn’t we simulate reality? How do we organise information? It is a “treatise for non-techies on the aesthetic and intellectual implications and creative potential involved in composing and working in virtual spaces” (Seattle Weekly). The book presents ideas for ways to order virtual worlds and alternative realities and argues for an architecture of virtual worlds that is not constricted to mimicking ‘real’ world situations or dynamics. Published in 1994 by Little Star Press (Seattle).

 

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SERVICES

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PROGRAMS

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PERSPECTIVES

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BOOK REVIEWS

Read about other people's experiences of using my books.

  • Amazon.co.uk

    A great holistic introduction to design management. A book which succinctly covers the many areas that design management touches. It’s a hard task to explain design management to anyone, as it covers so many subjects and areas, but by the end of this book you have a great feeling of understanding and appreciation of the discipline. Short, concise, no waffle, gets straight to the point and covers it enough to go off and ponder what she has touched on and further develop yourself.

    Amazon.co.uk
  • Royal Society of the Arts

     A clear guide to the key knowledge, practice and skills required when applying design to business. It promotes a clearer understanding of the relationship between design and management and its importance within a successful organisation. Having established a long-running and successful tradition of projects that celebrate and promote good design, the RSA has a strong commitment to exploring how design can be used to remove the barriers to social progress. Encouraging the effective use of design in business strategy, Design Management makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the potential uses design.

    Royal Society of the Arts
  • Goodreads.com

    It’s like having a lot of ideas but logically you get someone puts them in order. Very good and very didactic.

    Goodreads.com
  • There few books on design management and none like this. It is almost a ‘coffee table’ volume with excellent figures and color pictures throughout. The first amazing thing about it is the price. Compare what you get with this with other similar books to see what good value it is. Kathryn takes a broad view of design management eliciting the views of many other authors and this gives the volume the ‘balance’ that many design books fail to achieve. It helps the designer clarify the role and position of their particular specialism in the ‘big picture’ of the total design process. It is also such an enjoyable read that I would even recommend it to non-designers. The structure of the book is quite clever. A good feature of any book is to inspire the reader to take things a bit further, and certainly Kathryn’s book has achieved this. There is an excellent glossary – I personally believe that defining design terminology is important so that designers and non-designers at least are using the same words in the same way.

    Engineering Designer
  • Amazon.co.uk

    If you are a designer or a design manager or just interested in design this is for you. This book opens your mind and knowledge of design and how it can be developed to improve your understanding of design management within an organization, internally and externally. It provides you with the basic principles that can be applied to any industry to make your new-found skills transferable. A very valuable toolkit to have.

    Amazon.co.uk
  • This is a dynamic publication that delivers exactly what it says on the tin. The second of two books by Kathryn Best is a critical addition to any aspiring design manager’s library. It would also serve as a valuable reference tool for any business leader who wishes to successfully harness the power of design.

    Engineering Designer
  • Wellbeing is something that should definitely concern all of us. Well-being can transform our world, starting with the individual and radiating out into local and regional communities and from there the planet itself. Wellbeing By Design offers easy to assimilate gems of information as well as practical tools to turn this inspiring vision of personal and global wellbeing into a reality.

    Steve Nobel, founder of Conscious Media
  • Amazon.co.uk

    A great holistic introduction to design management. A book which succinctly covers the many areas that design management touches. It’s a hard task to explain design management to anyone, as it covers so many subjects and areas, but by the end of this book you have a great feeling of understanding and appreciation of the discipline. Short, concise, no waffle, gets straight to the point and covers it enough to go off and ponder what she has touched on and further develop yourself.

    Amazon.co.uk
  • Royal Society of the Arts

     A clear guide to the key knowledge, practice and skills required when applying design to business. It promotes a clearer understanding of the relationship between design and management and its importance within a successful organisation. Having established a long-running and successful tradition of projects that celebrate and promote good design, the RSA has a strong commitment to exploring how design can be used to remove the barriers to social progress. Encouraging the effective use of design in business strategy, Design Management makes a vital contribution to our understanding of the potential uses design.

    Royal Society of the Arts
  • Goodreads.com

    It’s like having a lot of ideas but logically you get someone puts them in order. Very good and very didactic.

    Goodreads.com
  • There few books on design management and none like this. It is almost a ‘coffee table’ volume with excellent figures and color pictures throughout. The first amazing thing about it is the price. Compare what you get with this with other similar books to see what good value it is. Kathryn takes a broad view of design management eliciting the views of many other authors and this gives the volume the ‘balance’ that many design books fail to achieve. It helps the designer clarify the role and position of their particular specialism in the ‘big picture’ of the total design process. It is also such an enjoyable read that I would even recommend it to non-designers. The structure of the book is quite clever. A good feature of any book is to inspire the reader to take things a bit further, and certainly Kathryn’s book has achieved this. There is an excellent glossary – I personally believe that defining design terminology is important so that designers and non-designers at least are using the same words in the same way.

    Engineering Designer
  • Amazon.co.uk

    If you are a designer or a design manager or just interested in design this is for you. This book opens your mind and knowledge of design and how it can be developed to improve your understanding of design management within an organization, internally and externally. It provides you with the basic principles that can be applied to any industry to make your new-found skills transferable. A very valuable toolkit to have.

    Amazon.co.uk
  • This is a dynamic publication that delivers exactly what it says on the tin. The second of two books by Kathryn Best is a critical addition to any aspiring design manager’s library. It would also serve as a valuable reference tool for any business leader who wishes to successfully harness the power of design.

    Engineering Designer
  • Wellbeing is something that should definitely concern all of us. Well-being can transform our world, starting with the individual and radiating out into local and regional communities and from there the planet itself. Wellbeing By Design offers easy to assimilate gems of information as well as practical tools to turn this inspiring vision of personal and global wellbeing into a reality.

    Steve Nobel, founder of Conscious Media

       

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      TESTIMONIALS

      Read about other people's experiences of working with me.

      • Kathryn supports you to understand the inspirational importance of beauty and design in the business domain and guides you through the process to really achieve this.

        Professor Frans van der Reep, The Netherlands
      • Kathryn showed excellent communication and management skills. She closely supervised a group of 30 delegates and over 10 experts and speakers, and successfully gave each one of the experts, speakers and delegates the space for their own independence and creativity to shine thorough. It would be a great pleasure to experience Kathryn’s (DM) process and implementation again in the future.

        Malwina Studzińska, Gdynia Design Centre, Poland
      • ‘… An inspiring mentor. Much of her knowledge and characteristics have been passed on to many under and post graduate learners who are now practicing in industry. With her warm and humorous personality, Kathryn is consummate professional who is a delight to work with and a great person to know.

        Elroy Blackwood, Owner, Indelible Design
      • There are many observations I can make of her warmth, insight and ability to communicate complex ideas to students. She has a natural ability to be one step ahead and ready with answers while also structuring ‘learning’ in a way that engages. Her understanding of her subject matter was phenomenal.

        Julian Lindley Sustainability Consultant and Senior Lecturer, University of Herefordshire
      • Kathryn was beyond inspiring and captivating in her teachings… dedicated and passionate in all respects. Not only that but she has guided me throughout my career since graduating. I highly recommend Kathryn to anyone looking to learn from or work with her.

        Sam Selby, Designer and Founder/Owner of BoboStar
      • Let me express my utmost appreciation for accepting our invitation… your personal participation, engagement and substantive contribution determined to a great extent the success of the conference, which is proven by numerous positive opinions voiced by the guests of our event.

        The Patent Office of the Republic of Poland
      • I haven’t met anyone before who is so skilled at swiftly integrating ideas and complex multidisciplinary information into sound and innovative texts. She demonstrates this in her design management books and I had the delight of witnessing it live when we worked on research projects at Inholland. We got great quality work done under her guidance and in perfect team harmony.

        Jaap van der Grinten, teacher/research fellow at INHOLLAND
      • Kathryn is very inspiring to work with. With her energy and humor and in a motivated team, she could move mountains. As a design management expert, she is very skilled and she has led very successful projects.

        Niels Broekzitter, INHOLLAND
      • Kathryn’s leadership and the successful ‘topic led’ experiment are helping us enormously – enlightenment is a worthy work in progress. I recommend Kathryn as an assured and calm facilitator, who creates a gathered, focused and stimulating atmosphere to support effective group engagement and co-working.

        Anne Bennett, Anne Bennett Consulting
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      Archives and Special Collections Centre (ASCC) – Project to Enrich Practice-led Teaching, Learning and Research

      Archives and Special Collections Centre (ASCC) – Project to Enrich Practice-led Teaching, Learning and Research

      University of the Arts London is home to seventeen unique cultural collections and archives focused on film-making, printing history and graphic design. These include the Stanley Kubrick Archive, the Catherine Arthur Collection, Decorated Books from The Netherlands and a Zine Collection of 2000 publications. After a winning bid to the UAL Enquiry Through Innovation Programme, the students of the MA Design Management and Cultures Course at LCC worked collaboratively with the artist, curator and critic Peter Suchin, archives staff and myself to bring the experience of the LCC Collections and Archives alive through a practice-led project. The unique archive materials provided extraordinary insights into the creative processes of the artists and makers, as the students themselves created their own contribution to the archive as a cultural legacy of their time in London.

      Open Eyes Economic Summit

      Open Eyes Economic Summit

      Organised by the Foundation of Economy and Public Administration (FGAP) and hosted by the ICE Congress Centre in Krakow, Open Eyes Economic Summit brings together Polish and international representatives of business, public sector, government and non-governmental organizations and the worlds of academia, culture politics, journalism and public relations. Under debate was the value of intellectual potential, innovation and creativity in relation to business, start-ups, marketing, science, NGOs and students.

      DMI Academic Design Management Conference

      DMI Academic Design Management Conference

      The Design Management Institute (DMI) Academic Design Management Conference (ADMC16), hosted by Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) brought together academia, industry and government researchers and practitioners to discuss The Inflection Point – Where Design Research Meets Design Practice. New forms of collaboration and knowledge transfer are changing the course of companies, industries, economies and governments through connection, combination, cooperation and collision. I survived the peer-review process and delivered a research paper presentation on Wellbeing by Design within the conference track on Society (Design and Design Management for Social Innovation).

      Zamek Cieszyn: Designing Possibilities

      Zamek Cieszyn: Designing Possibilities

      Located in a remarkable area of cultural tourism in Poland, Zamek Cieszyn (formerly Silesia Castle of Art and Enterprise) is all about solving problems though design and transforming our lives for the better. Design has the power to increase the competitiveness of businesses, institutions, towns and regions as well as support the development of tourism and innovative enterprise. Through Research, Exhibitions and an Enterprise Club, the Castle exposes colleagues, local businesses and government to regional/ international expertise in media, design, architecture, craft and enterprise. For the 12th anniversary celebrations, I joined a panel debate and delivered a talk on the new economy.

      Culford Scholars Programme

      Culford Scholars Programme

      Culford is a boarding and day school located in Suffolk (England) that believes learning should be challenging, enriching and fun. As part of the Annual Scholars Programme, I was invited to talk about Creativity, Design and Innovation as Catalysts for Transformation and Change. How can design be engaged to support wellbeing and positive change in business and society? The Scholars Programme brings academics and speakers to the school as a way to inspire Culford students to reach their full academic potential.

      Creative Leadership: Presentation at the Saatchi Gallery for Europe Talks

      Creative Leadership: Presentation at the Saatchi Gallery for Europe Talks

      Based in The Netherlands, Europe Talks hosted a one-day event for entrepreneurial individuals to gain insights into culture and enterprise in London. I delivered a talk at the Saatchi Gallery on Creative Leadership – the Female Touch which explored the shifting dynamics of the business landscape and the qualities needed to lead in changing times.

       

      London Design Festival: LCC Design Research Exhibition

      London Design Festival: LCC Design Research Exhibition

      London Design Festival is a month long celebration of creative talent in the city. As part of the festival, the Design Research Exhibition celebrated the inventiveness and breadth of design research undertaken by the community of staff at University of the Arts London / London College of Communication. I was one of 60 academics and associates showcasing projects, artefacts, platforms and practices from a variety of commercial, cultural and historical contexts.

      Research at the Intersections of Design + Management and Academia + Industry (DESMA)

      Research at the Intersections of Design + Management and Academia + Industry (DESMA)

      DESMA held their 2016 meeting at the Institute for Design Innovation at Loughborough University London. The discussion focused on new ways to grow a vibrant and sustainable community of practice across Europe where members can share knowledge and continue to support collaboration between academia and practice. As one of the facilitators for the day’s events, my role was to help in framing the variety of perspectives, exchanges and insights of the day. The DESMA network of researchers, universities and industry partners is funded by the European Commission’s Marie Curie Actions.

       

      One Day Two Delays: London Exhibition and Education Event by Kathryn Best and Peter Suchin

      One Day Two Delays: London Exhibition and Education Event by Kathryn Best and Peter Suchin

      Hosted by And Event Space and the Royal College of Art Society with support from University of the Arts London/London College of Communication, this one-day exhibition took the form of a structured exchange between myself and Peter Suchin, Artist, Curator and Critic. As writers and practitioners of the visual arts, we presented a range of textual responses to each other’s visual work. Conceptual triggers were used to destabilize what is tacit or implicit in the work and open up the received images to unintended or unpredictable modes of address. The participation of the audience led the discussion into the relationship between writing, creative practice, collaborative exchange and new ways to challenge the gallery space both experientially and environmentally.

      WIPO/UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY OF WOMEN

      WIPO/UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON INNOVATION AND CREATIVITY OF WOMEN

      Under the Honorary Patronage of Anna Komorowska, the President of the Republic of Poland’s Wife, this 7th annual conference on Women’s Contribution to Innovation and Creativity focused on the business opportunity of design for regional and small-to-medium enterprise development. Innovation and women’s empowerment are rarely discussed in the same context but each has essential value for human progress.  Under discussion were ideas for how creativity and innovation can impact and improve women’s wellbeing, empowerment and gender equality. I made a speech and took part in the panel discussion on design and enterprise. The Conference was organized by: United Nation’s World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the Patent Office of the Republic of Poland (PPO), Warsaw Stock Exchange and the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Poland).

      WELLBEING BY DESIGN: A DESIGN CHARETTE FOR UK-MEXICO YEAR OF CULTURE

      WELLBEING BY DESIGN: A DESIGN CHARETTE FOR UK-MEXICO YEAR OF CULTURE

      UK Mexico 2015 is a partnership between the British Council, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Mexican National Council for Culture and Arts, and Mexican and UK cultural and education institutions. As part of the programme of activities showcasing UK-MX collaborations in culture, education, science and trade, I worked with 200 students and 30 staff from the school of engineering, architecture and health at Tecnológico de Monterrey (Guadalajara/Jalisco). The Charette introduced the research, tools and methods of wellbeing by design, and presented a call to action for students to work in teams as change-makers and entrepreneurs, addressing problems, envisioning solutions, challenging the way things are and reimagining the way things could be.

      MIND MEXICO: MEXICO INNOVATION AND DESIGN THINK TANK TEC SESSION

      MIND MEXICO: MEXICO INNOVATION AND DESIGN THINK TANK TEC SESSION

      Think Tank Tec hosted by MIND is a multi-disciplinary and designerly forum for discussion and debate on innovation in Mexico. I presented a session on design + management as a catalyst for innovation + enterprise. Starting with the idea that design management was originally a bridge between design and business, the seminar explored the idea of engaging design + management as an approach and ‘toolkit’ that could enable a continuous culture of innovation and instill a more entrepreneurial attitude to organizational change.

       

      DESMA Network

      DESMA Network

      Funded by the European Commission F7 and Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions, the DESMA Network (Design as Driver of Innovation and Competitiveness) is an initiative of 12 partners set up to train a new generation of researchers. The Network engages academia and practice in rethinking the relationship between design and management and acts as an open platform for debate. Experiencing Processes was the contribution I made to the DESMA book which showcases the projects that are reinventing Design Management research in Europe and beyond.

      PILOT PROJECT ON EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES, LEARNING COLLABORATIVELY AND IMPROVING WELLBEING

      PILOT PROJECT ON EMPOWERING COMMUNITIES, LEARNING COLLABORATIVELY AND IMPROVING WELLBEING

      In Luxor I am piloting a project to do with creative enterprise, community empowerment, collaborative learning, tribal wisdom and the role that creativity, design and innovation can play in catalysing the wellbeing of a small community.  The city is well known as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is the largest open-air museum in the world and home to both the Valley of the Kings and Hassan Fathy’s 1940 ‘sustainable architecture’ and ‘participatory design’ housing experiment. The pilot project is located within a resilient tribal community where village elders still govern and where strong networks of co-operation and exchange are commonplace.

      TANGIBLE LEADERSHIP SERIES: INSPIRING BUSINESS CIVIC LEADERSHIP

      TANGIBLE LEADERSHIP SERIES: INSPIRING BUSINESS CIVIC LEADERSHIP

      INSPIRING BUSINESS CIVIC LEADERSHIP

      The Tangible Leadership Series brings together intellects and advocates of business and civic leadership to face the challenges of creating an excellent Ireland and influencing far beyond. Tangible is a beacon of leadership and inspiration for those with passion and talent in the battle for a positive future of peace and prosperity. At the core of Tangible lies collaborative leadership, shared excellence, ‘pay it forward’ and Corporate Social Responsibility. My talk at the first event of 2016 in Howth addresses practical ways to add positive value through Creative Enterprise, Community Empowerment and Collaborative Learning.

      European House of Design Management (EHDM)

      European House of Design Management (EHDM)

      Expert talk during the collaborative workshop launch of EHDM, a consortium of 6 European partners co-funded by the European Union. The project’s purpose is (1) to transfer design management knowledge, understanding and know-how from the private to the public sector, and (2) to co-design practical tools and training modules for embedding design management practice into European governments.

      The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)

      The World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT)

      WCIT is a biannual event offering global perspectives from internationally recognized leaders in government, industry and academia. Delegates from over 90 countries – users, providers, media and academia – come to discuss emerging markets, legal and policy issues, political and economic trends, emerging technologies, ICT user perspectives and business opportunities in the global marketplace. I participated in the Creative Industries track during the Amsterdam Congress, which secured an award from European Best Event Awards (EuBEA) as the best European Congress and Convention of the year.

      United Nations Environmental Programme Seminar-Presenter

      United Nations Environmental Programme Seminar-Presenter

      The International Awards for Liveable Communities (LivCom) rewards cities that are developing international best practice infrastructure projects for better managing the local environment and prioritizing a healthier, more sustainable society. This seminar hosted by the UNEP focused on the role of the UN as an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator for promoting the wise use of the planet’s natural assets for sustainable development.

      Gran Canaria

      Gran Canaria

      The International Seminar of Sustainable Regions is a meeting place for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences on sustainable development. Faced with insufficient water resources, a growing population, increasing tourism and an economy dependent on agricultural exports, this region of Gran Canaria is currently transforming itself into a major integrated system of self-sufficiency and renewable energy. The intent of this annual seminar is to share international best practice, explore new market opportunities for sustainability, secure the commitment of the local population, engage young people in the world of innovation and put the plans into practice.

      International Forum Design Awards

      International Forum Design Awards

      An iF Award is an internationally renowned seal of quality for excellent design and covers the disciplines of product, communication, packaging, interior architecture and professional concept. Jury members are international experts brought in to assess, discuss, touch and test each competition entry using a set of clearly formulated criteria as well as each jury member’s individual perspective, experience and feel for future trends. It is the aim of iF (International Forum Design Hannover) to strengthen public awareness of design.

      Curitiba Design Week

      Curitiba Design Week

      D Week Talk (Oscar Neimeyer Museum), design leadership workshop (MBA Design and Innovation) and strategy session facilitator (School of Architecture and Design, Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Paraná). The trip was hosted by Centro Brasil Design and Universidade Positivo as part of D Week, the national design integration festival for design, innovation and business.

      Gdynia Design Center

      Gdynia Design Center

      Co-funded by the European Union, this 3-year project to support the creative industries included the delivery of design management workshops in Poland and Germany. My role was (1) to co-ordinate the process for the training in Gdynia (2) to introduce the Polish and German clients and case studies (engineering, furniture, product and service design) (3) to moderate the 10 specialist experts and (4) to assist the 30 participants within the 6 interdisciplinary groups.

      Inaugural Speech

      Inaugural Speech

      Public speech delivered to accompany the inaugural ceremony for the position of Research Professor, the Centre for Cross-media, Brand, Reputation and Design Management, and the publication of What Can Design Bring to Strategy? Designing Thinking as a Tool for Innovation and Change.

      Estonian Book

      Estonian Book

      A speaking tour during Tallinn’s City of Culture celebrations and the launch of the Estonian version of The Fundamentals of Design Management (Disainjuhtimise alused). The book’s translation served government visions to anchor the creative industries as a catalyst for growth and a powerful contributor to the national economy. Events included the “Visible and Invisible Design Management“ Conference (Design Night team and LoovEesti), Design Management Workshops (Design Center and the Estonian Association of Designers), a Talk at the Art Academy, and a book launch during Design Night Festival (Design Centre and LoovEesti).

      Design and Economic Growth

      Design and Economic Growth

      How can governments stimulate eco­nomic growth and international trade through the creative industries, and specifically through national design capabilities? Commissioned by DDFA (Dutch Design Fashion Architecture), this collaborative research investigation by Inholland and the University of Wuppertal resulted in an SME toolkit for design entrepreneurship and for improving the cultural understanding and business success of Dutch designers entering the German market. The toolkit was also used in India and China.

      Clerkenwell Design Week

      Clerkenwell Design Week

      Talk on Design as an Enabler of Change at the Concept Lounge (hosted by BN Office Solutions). CDW is the UK’s leading independent design festival, located in the ‘creative hub’ of Clerkenwell – an area boasting over 60 showrooms, many creative businesses and more architects per square mile than anywhere else on the planet.

      21 Design Stories | Co-curators Krzysztof Bielski and Kathryn Best

      21 Design Stories | Co-curators Krzysztof Bielski and Kathryn Best

      Commissioned by The Institute for Industrial Design (IWP), this exhibition formed part of the Polish government’s Design Your Profit initiative (improving the competitiveness of enterprises through design) and used measurable facts and figures to evidence 21 design management success stories. After opening to the public in Warsaw, the exhibition went on to tour 5 cities nationally. Further activities included media interviews, entrepreneurial workshops and curatorial essays.

       

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