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Natasha Jen: ‘Designthinking is bullshit’

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“Design thinking uses just one tool: 3M Post-Its,” says Pentagram partner Natasha Jen. “Why did we end up with a single medium? Charles and Ray Eames worked in a complete lack of Post-It stickies. They learned by doing.”

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Keuzesite Domela ~plantsoen (in Dutch only)

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#1woord (in Dutch only)

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Design thinking needs to think bigger

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Grasduinen in West

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grasduinen-logoRead a report and/or check our Facebook page. (Dutch only)

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Designthinking with the hood.

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sessie-1A group of dedicated inhabitants in the Spaarndammerbuurt is working to maintain a public garden by and for the neigbourhood. About which there has been a rub with the council for quite some years now. Until a recent meeting with a local councillor allowing them to prove their point. It’s now or never to make this spot our own and of the neighborhood. (more…)

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Social Design for Wicked Problems: authorship as warranty for social impact.

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Last Friday I attended a dialogue at Kennisland between their research project ‘The Wicked Series‘ in collaboration with Hivos and ‘Social Design for Wicked Problems‘ (SDFWP) initiated by Het Nieuwe Instituut, Twijnstra Gudde en Tabo Goudswaard.  The Wicked Series organized by Kennisland and Hivos spanned three evenings in which 40 participants were invited to unravel -in collaboration with relevant (experience) experts- the (un)logic of a series of wicked social issues. SDFWP involves a research project in which design teams work on three different topics, one for ING/NN, a (Dutch) bank/ insurance company, one for the Municipality of Amsterdam and another one  introduced by the designers themselves. SDFWP I observed from a distance since it kicked of with an ‘expert meeting’ at the conference WhatDesignCanDo 2013 in Amsterdam. In the Wicked series I attended as a participant in 2013.
What these projects share is their intention to deal with/unravel the complexity of (global) social issues. What fundamentally sets them apart is the way they both deal with context, a key-factor in ‘wicked’ issues. (more…)

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On the importance of ‘making’

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Recently I was at a windowmakersshop because I needed a fence for a stairwell. It always takes some getting used to dealing with skillful craftspeople. If anything goes, you have to contemplate well about what it is you really want. And how nice that these professionals then actually are so skilled. And patient. Because they know that this one solution should be the ultimate one (for you) (because that’s what they know for sure). It is then quite useful to be able to think in terms of what can be made and what you exactly want yourself -and what is feasible (-but that will be a separate blog post). (more…)

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Spoorzone Tilburg, former Van Gend&Loos industrial zone

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VGLWhat will happen with the former industrial zone of Van Gend&Loos in the heart of Tilburg’s city centre? Three scenarios for urban development are being explored. For the scenario of ‘temporality’ Who cares? together with Corline van Es designed a series of exploratory steps for two working sessions with an “expert-group” -a varied group of experience experts in the area of temporal urban development- to map out the potential of this scenario. The outcomes of these sessions will result in an inspirational guide for the municipality of Tilburg to elaborate on the possibilities of developing this particular piece of public space in Tilburg in this way. The campagne to start collecting ideas for this ‘citypark’ has been initiated by now www.tilburgaanzet.nl

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Digital Cities Agenda – Cocreating OUR CITY

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collage-DSAThe Digital Cities Agenda (DSA) was initiated to foster knowledge and practice sharing amongst Dutch cities about what works and doesn’t when interacting online/digitally. This particular session(Dutch), organized by the DSA and Corline van Es, was aimed at finding out based on what means (offline&online) well weighed communication/policy decisions can be made. Specifically based on (zooming in on) the needs of different people involved. Who cares? co-designed and facilitated a process that, in a designerly way, tried to identify proper ways of addressing and involving people (internal and external) effectively in public initiatives. Focussing not so much on solutions as well as coming up with the right questions and using knowledge and information effectively to help map out potential approaches.

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