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Design Thinking Methodology In Action

  • 08 Mar 2018
  • 5:15 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E. Gallery Room
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  • Registrations through to Jan/31 2018
  • Registrations from Feb/1 2018


Date: Thursday March 8th 2018
Fee: Guests $75 (CAD) Early Bird through March 1st, $85 thereafter (CAD)

Location: Ontario Heritage Building, 10 Adelaide St. E., Gallery Rm.

Description: Design Thinking Methodology In Action

Event Itinerary:

  • 5:15 - Sign-in and open networking
  • 5:45 - Board introductions
  • 6:00 - Facilitated Networking
  • 6:30 - Primary event
  • 8:15 - Event wrap-up and other business

Primary event: Design Thinking Methodology in Action

Some of the world’s leading brands, such as Apple, Google, Samsung, and GE, have adopted the Design Thinking approach to their innovation challenges. Design Thinking is being taught at leading universities around the, what is it and why is it so popular?

Design Thinking is an iterative process in which we seek to understand the user, challenge assumptions, and redefine problems in an attempt to identify alternative strategies and solutions that might not be instantly apparent with our initial level of understanding. At the same time, Design Thinking provides a solution-based approach to solving problems. It is a way of thinking and working as well as a collection of hands-on methods.

Rather than having a talk and a discussion about Design Thinking, in our ninety-minute session, we will have a hands-on experience of using the Design Thinking methodology in action. Come ready to apply and learn! You will leave with both an interesting experience on which to draw and practical takeaways you can use.

Lee-Anne's Bio: Lee-Anne McAlear is an award-winning facilitator, consultant and speaker. She is Program Director at the Centre of Excellence in Innovation Management at The Schulich School of Business, Executive Education, York University; the founding partner of the Toronto-based innovation and leadership house, CURRENT; a Director of the International Association of Innovation Professionals (the only association offering globally recognized innovation certifications) and a featured speaker with the leading speaker bureau, NSB.

She has worked extensively in the innovation space on four continents and in over 32 countries in both the public and private sectors. Lee-Anne has piloted several global innovation initiatives that have, for example, delivered new approaches to brand revitalization, new methods for delivering patient care and new ways to address customer retention.

In her work at Schulich, she and her team are responsible for designing and delivering programs enhancing the innovation and leadership capabilities of executives and their people. Her Strategic Innovation Program (5 days) continues to be one of the top three offerings at the Schulich School of Business Executive Education Centre.

Facilitated Networking:

We will be doing a facilitated networking exercise at our March 8 event. We’ll be looking for ways that TODN members can strengthen our network and help each other. Before the meeting, we encourage you to think about the following questions:

Is there some issue in your work or life where you can imagine that other members of TODN might be able help, in a short conversation?

Some area where you’d like to tap into the expertise or insights of other people at the meeting, or just hear about their personal experiences?

Some other conversation you think would be helpful to you?

Our facilitator will be matching people up, so people can help each other out, and find the conversations they need to be having.

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