… I came across this beautiful German poem…
Was es ist (Erich Fried)
Es ist Unsinn, sagt die Vernunft.
Es ist, was es ist, sagt die Liebe.
Es ist Unglück, sagt die Berechnung.
Es ist nichts als Schmerz, sagt die Angst.
Es ist aussichtslos, sagt die Einsicht.
Es ist, was es ist, sagt die Liebe.
Es ist lächerlich, sagt der Stolz.
Es ist leichtsinnig, sagt die Vorsicht.
Es ist unmöglich, sagt die Erfahrung.
Es ist, was es ist – sagt die Liebe.
Today we worked with dr. Anne Stenros and ROND from Finland on a very interesting open space format workshop on designing the Smart City.
We first explained the Open Space format to all the participants after which we discussed in a circle the Who, Why, When, What, Where and How of the design challenge.
Then we went in small groups into a deep dive for the specific design challenge, in our case; how do we design the conversation? We went from the Why? to the How and the What and finally pitched the solutions to the rest of the group.
Tomorrow the conference will start. I am so curious to find out what the two days will bring on new insights.
Keep you posted.
Above some views as I cycled to work this morning. It is going to be a beautiful couple of days looking ahead. Today first of all of course the ‘Made by Google’ event from New York and Paris. You can find everything you need to know about the Pixel 3, Pixel 3XL, Pixelbook Slate etc. etc. here on this excellent website.
But there is more exciting stuff this week.
Tomorrow I will be part of the Design Thinkers Conference Day Zero in Amsterdam discussing Smart Cities – Inclusive & Empathic. This is an invitation only event that gathers experts in foresight, thought leadership, futurism, urban planning, social entrepreneurship & change agents to find solutions to some of the critical barriers that stop us from progressing in our society and making cities livable for our future generation. This is part of my ongoing activities within the Creative Leadership Platform (formerly DesignersDNA).
Since Wednesday is only Day Zero there is more to come. On Thursday and Friday I will join the Design Thinking Conference ‘Through Different Eyes”. It is the second edition and just like last year there will be a wide range of different speakers and activities.
It will be an exciting, exhilarating, immersive and energy-consuming and -producing couple of days. I will probably meet some people I met last year and obviously some new acquaintances will be in the process as well. Combine this with a couple of days in the capital in a small hotel at the Prinsengracht and you see why I am looking forward to this.
The goal of this knowledge seeking adventure is off course to be able to implement these newest insights into the workshops as I have been giving them this last month. Since I know what to expect of the conference from last year, I expect to have a much greater learning experience.
So keep an eye out for any updates these next couple of days. It’s going to be fun. If in the meantime you would like to know more about design thinking, workshops or innovation management, feel free to reach out to me.
#designthinking #SDT #innovation
I must have listened more than a thousand times to this performance. It never seizes to amaze me.
The reaction of the crowd to the crescendo halfway. And the builtup to the finale. The final ‘umuhm’ of one of the guitarists at the final chord stroke. Unbelievable, goosebumbs after all these years…
Today with 30+ people from the province innovation ecosystem paying a visit to imec Leuven. Seeing the world leader in open innovation for r&d in IC and digital technology. 4000 researchers from 80 countries brought together in over 30 years of development. €2B invested in cleanroom infrastructure etc.
Tonight some more explanation on stage about @healthvalley and ‘Care as a Business partner’.
Day 2 with Vicarvision. Working on Stakeholder mapping, Target groups and Persona’s. From there we can move into new Value Propositions based on various products, markets and customers. Energy remains high and we can also iterate on certain models to make the canvasses better suited for the specific questions that Vicarvision has.
To me this is one of the strengths of the methodology. That with a few tweaks in the canvas you can even make it more personally attractive to this specific group.
Again great working with @joyceoomen and @hugobakkenist