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Rich Nadworny

Rich is the Design Director and co-founder of Savvy Design Collaborative. At present, Rich works with large Swedish institutions to help build and foster cultures of design-driven innovation and human-centered ways of working. He is the design thinking expert teaching sustainability innovation for the Swedish Institute’s Management program for Africa and Northeastern Europe. He teaches design thinking at the Royal Engineering School (KTH) and is a regular lecturer on creativity and innovations at Uppsala University’s sustainability department CEMUS. Between 2015-2018 Rich was the Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth College’s Dickey Center. He trained African entrepreneurs in the YALI program through his course Design Driven Entrepreneurship. He has previously worked as the capacity building lead at the service design firm Transformator and started and ran his own human centered design firm Empatico. He has a background in digital marketing and service design through his firm Digalicious and as partner, digital strategist and creative director at the brand agency Kelliher Samets Volk. He was a commentator on Vermont’s National Public Radio station (VPR) and blogged at Huffington Post. He has a B.A. from Dartmouth, an M.S. from Boston University and studied design/innovation at the California College of Arts

Learn how jamming provides huge benefits to innovation efforts.

Stop Sprinting and Start Jamming
  • Jamming when designing promotes experimentation and teamwork while sprinting can become misguided and unrealistic.
  • The author draws an analogy between the creative process of producing music and design and shows the number of benefits of jamming:
    • Jamming removes false expectations on the team to accomplish tasks within unrealistic deadlines.
    • Jamming promotes collaboration, curiosity, and experimentation.
    • Jamming allows people to have quiet time between jams to reflect and think by themselves; this gives rise to innovative ideas within the team.
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Designers understand people who they might impact, and create with others who they definitely impact, but still…in ways that might affect their work. Is it time to become self-aware? Read more in the article below.

Designers: Your self-insight is as bad as everyone else’s
  • The article explores whether designers should or should not be as self-aware as they are about other people in their work.
  • The author gives examples of what self-awareness looks like and why designers need to start analyzing themselves before they start analyzing users.
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Is Yoda truly the real groundwork of design thinking? Here is what we’re about to find out.

Design Thinking With Yoda
  • The author explains why he believes Yoda lays the real groundwork for design thinking.
  • Design thinking is a force for good, a force for change, it is a way of showing the interconnectedness of people to create a better life, business, or world.
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