Four ways to improve how Government engages with citizens

There are strong aspirations from people in Government to work more collaboratively with citizens. The ​IAP2 public participation spectrum​ is cited in policy and strategy as a model for engaging communities and increasing public impact. The spectrum is a useful frame to describe the current...

What is Successful Service Design?

After a prompt from Apolitical, we got to thinking about how we might describe successful service design… particularly to a government audience. Simply put… Successful service design delivers outcomes that matter to all the users and stakeholders of a service. However, this is not so simply done, and there tend...

Horses, Trojan horses and organisational culture

Animal metaphors are common in business circles. The other day Karina and I were discussing the type of work we do around organisational culture. We spend an increasingly large amount of time talking about tigers, elephants, Trojan horses and the impact these ‘Trojan horse’ projects...

Talking at Intersection in Prague

Karina and I were delighted to share our experiences and thoughts around human-centred organisational transformation at the Intersection conference in Prague last week. The conference brought together executives, architects, designers, change managers and others with a shared interest in helping organisations become better versions of themselves.Our...

Designing human-centred organisational culture

I have just published an article over at Medium based on the talk I gave at this year's UX Australia. The article captures my reflections on the role human-centred designers should be playing to help organisations become better versions of themselves.The talk is inspired by...

Service design workshops (Canberra)

We are delighted to announce that we'll be running our popular service design workshop series again in Canberra on 29th to 31st October. Please join us for one or all three days of theory, practice and fun around service design:Day One: Customer research and...

Leading human-centred design for organisational transformation workshop

Building on last month's webinar on transforming organisations with design, we will be running a new one-day workshop on 'Leading human-centred design for organisational transformation' in Canberra and Sydney in July.The workshops build on our experience bringing a human-centred mindset to a range of public...

Using human-centred design methods in museums

Over five months in 2017 we coached over 40 staff from the Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences (MAAS) in human-centred design methods using a ‘design sprint’ process. The goal of each sprint was to generate and test ideas to improve the visitor experience in the...