What we're about

Design Thinking is a human-centred approach to innovation and solving complex problems – it’s as much about doing as thinking.

The vision for the meetup is to build a community and ecosystem of people from a diverse range of design practices, industries, contexts and roles… to learn and share. To find their tribe. To get exposed to what others are doing and be inspired. We have a strong focus on using design to have a positive impact on people, our planet, and business.

We’re proud to see this in our community – our members are anthropologists, experience designers, chemists, architects, researchers, engineers, service designers, mathematicians, consultants, app developers, project managers, medicos, startup founders and many other roles.

We keep it pretty casual with plenty of time for networking, talks and panels on a broad range of topics, and a healthy Q&A that often turns into a group discussion. You can read a bit about the history and journey of our community and events here (http://dynamic4.com/ideas/sydney-design-thinking-meetup-1-2000-15-months).

New members are welcome! If you’re not a member already, feel free to join our community. Each meetup audience is curated to a degree to make sure we have a mix of new people, as well as the committed regulars.

We’d love to hear from you if you’re keen to speak – or if there’s someone you think we should invite to speak.

Ben Pecotich, Zoe Rosen, Lucas Mara & Kate Linton
Sydney Design Thinking (SydDT) Organising Team

Upcoming events (2)

SydDT #74: Design Thinking in Social Enterprise Startups

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Our October meetup is part of Spark Festival - a celebration of entrepreneurship everywhere. It brings together all walks of the startup world who share a common goal: to imagine and bring to life exciting, valuable, and successful ventures. Spark's mission is to drive prosperity for all Australians via the growth of thriving new economy businesses.

We're also partnering with some key supporters of the social enterprise ecosystem for this one... the Social Enterprise Council of NSW & ACT (SECNA), Dynamic4 & StartSomeGood.

Naomi Tarszisz
Founder & CEO, rePlated
Naomi packed in a perfectly enjoyable career leading digital transformation for brands like Qantas & Westpac because she wanted to live with purpose. It led her to startup rePlated which is looking to fix the problem of single-use around takeaway food. They are currently a top B Corp for Environment and their first product, the rePlated Mealbox, recently won Gold in the Good Design Awards.

It's been a long journey through product development and she is passionate about great design, the circular economy, local manufacture, and supporting women on their startup journey.

Andrew Akib
Co-founder/CEO, maslow.io
Bio coming soon...

More speakers coming soon...

We're obviously still in the middle of a pandemic and attendance means complying with NSW State Gov and venue covid restrictions. If you're not feeling well on the day please stay at home.

Thanks to Thoughtworks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.

SydDT #75: Good Design Awards 2022 Highlights

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Come join us for some fun conversations with interesting people keen on design thinking. This month Ben Crothers and Kate Ingram will be sharing their reflections as a couple of the judges on the 2022 Good Design Awards.

Good Design Australia has a proud history that dates back to 1958 and they're passionately committed to recognising, rewarding, and promoting the importance of design to business, industry, government and the general public... and the critical role it plays in creating a better, safer, and a more sustainable and prosperous future.

Ben Crothers
Principal Facilitator, Bright Pilots. Good Design Ambassador
Awesome bio coming...

Kate Ingram
Associate Director, Customer Brand & Marketing Advisory (CBMA), KPMG. Good Design Ambassador
Awesome bio coming...

Thanks to Thoughtworks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.

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