Day Zero workshop: Smart Cities; exclusive or emphatetic?


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.

It’s going to be a (couple of) beautiful day(s)…


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


Workshop Day 2 impression #CIALE #DOON #i3B @HealthValley

collage_workshop dag 2

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

#CIALE #I3B #DOON #HealthValley #EFRO

collage_workshop Vicarvision

Another two days in the making for a workshop on strategy, vision and innovation. This time we are working with #VicarVision.

We are looking at their current business model, from there we can move into new possibilities in existing and new markets and customer segments. We just started so it will be interesting to see what these two days will bring.

#eti2018…we are done!!

For recognizing participation in the panel discussion on Health 2.0 in the Lubelski Innovation Week.

So nice to receive something like this.

Thank you #Lubelski region for having us tell the @healthvalley story

#lovemyjob #ikagai