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Wicked Problems: New book from Jon Kolko available free online

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I’ve spent years working in a consulting and professional environment with designers, technologists, and business folk who love the professional competency they’ve built, but constantly bemoan the lack of meaning behind the projects they are working on. We’ve come far enough in establishing processes and methods for creating successful products and services that we can now afford to as, and to answer, this important question: “What should I work on?”

It was with that question in mind that I wrote my newest book, Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving. The book is a call to action for designers, urging us to be more proactive in working on the pressing social and system problems that plague the world. It includes a template curriculum, case studies, and thoughts about the best use of our creative and strategic talent.

The book is available for purchase in print or as an eBook, but also for free online as HTML. Check it out at https://.wickedproblems.com

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Jon Kolko, Jon Kolko is Vice President of Consumer Design at Blackboard; he joined Blackboard with the acquisition of MyEdu, a startup focused on helping students succeed in college and get jobs. Jon is also the Founder and Director of Austin Center for Design. His work focuses on bringing the power of design to social enterprises, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship. He has worked extensively with both startups and Fortune 500 companies, and he's most interested in humanizing educational technology. Jon has previously held positions of Executive Director of Design Strategy at Thinktiv, a venture accelerator in Austin, Texas, and both Principal Designer and Associate Creative Director at frog design, a global innovation firm. He has been a Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in building both the Interaction and Industrial Design undergraduate and graduate programs. Jon has also held the role of Director for the Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and Editor-in-Chief of interactions magazine, published by the ACM. He is regularly asked to participate in high-profile conferences and judged design events, including the 2013 Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards. He has taught at the University of Texas at Austin, the Center for Design Studies of Monterrey, in Mexico, and Malmö University, in Sweden. Jon is the author of three books: Thoughts on Interaction Design, published by Morgan Kaufmann, Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner's Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis, published by Oxford University Press, and Wicked Problems: Problems Worth Solving, published by Austin Center for Design. His fourth book, Well Designed: How to use Empathy to Create Products People Love will be published by Harvard Business Review Press in November, 2014.

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