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.

Thanks
Kingsley Jones, Ben Pecotich, Zoe Rosen, Lucas Mara & James Cooper
Sydney Design Thinking Organising Team

Upcoming events (4)

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #43: Design MegaMeetup - UX Australia 2019

We've teamed up with five other Sydney design meetups to put on a Design MegaMeetup as part of UX Australia. This will be an interactive session with some lightning presentations by speakers here for UXA... including Aral Balkan, Liz Jackson, Joe MacLeod, and Chris Noessel. So if you're missing out on UXA this year, a great way to get a taste of what you're missing! WE ARE NOT TAKING RSVPS ON THIS PAGE. PLEASE GO TO http://bit.ly/uxa-megameetup-2019 Please go to the booking page (http://bit.ly/uxa-megameetup-2019) for details and to buy your ticket. There's a small ticket price of $10 (+ booking fee) to stock the fridge and get some food organised. The meetup groups putting this one are: • Design Systems • Enterprise UX Sydney • IxDA Sydney • Sydney Design Thinking • UX Book Club • Web Accessibility & Inclusive Design Sydney VENUE SPONSOR Arq Group are hosting us at the office on Level 23, 680 George St, Sydney.

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #44: Reflections on 2019 Good Design Awards

Please join us for some thought provoking conversation with interesting people keen on design thinking. This month Ben Crothers will be sharing his reflections as one of the judges on the 2019 Good Design Awards. Ben will showcase several of the award winners that bring out what's best about Australian design, and why they won. This will highlight contemporary design topics that affect us all. What is design actually doing to improve all of our lives? What are we doing to tackle the gnarly challenges? What are we doing to foster a circular economy and eliminate waste? Where does design ethics play in the rise of misinformation, echo chambers, AI and bots? Where are the marginalised design voices? And in all the digital sameness, have we forgotten to be curious and imaginative? In this talk, Ben will also share some behind-the-scenes moments of method, magic and inspiration from this year's Good Design Awards. We hope this sparks interesting conversations and debates about which design entries resonated with you, and what you would pick as a winner. BEN CROTHERS Ben has been involved in design since before Netscape ruled the www, and in digital strategy for about the last 15 years. Ben is currently Principal Design Strategist at Atlassian, and spends a lot of his time teaching and coaching in design techniques, facilitating strategic workshops, and helping teams apply design thinking to frame problems better, and to be more creative. He is one of the minds behind the Atlassian Team Playbook, used by thousands of companies around the world. Previous to Atlassian, Ben was a design director at Second Road (a strategic innovation consultancy), and ran several projects to help companies and government departments be more creative in solving complex problems for their customers and communities. Above all, Ben wants everyone to be just as good at the whiteboard as they are at the keyboard, to be better at thinking, communicating, and solving problems visually. He regularly teaches sell-out classes at General Assembly and companies such as Channel Nine, Commonwealth Bank, ABC, Tobias & Tobias, and Fjord, to name a few. He's author of two books (Presto Sketching and Draw in 4!), and he bleeds whiteboard ink. Ben also enjoys extreme sports like abstract painting and brewing beer. You can find out more about Ben at: http://www.bencrothers.com/ https://good-design.org/judges/ben-crothers/ https://www.linkedin.com/in/bencrothers/ EVENT SPONSOR Thanks to ThoughtWorks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #45: Design Thinking in Social Enterprise Startups

Please join us for some thought provoking conversation with interesting people keen on design thinking. SPARK FESTIVAL EVENT SPONSOR Thanks to ThoughtWorks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.

Sydney Design Thinking Meetup #46

ThoughtWorks

Please join us for some thought provoking conversation with interesting people keen on design thinking. EVENT SPONSOR Thanks to ThoughtWorks Sydney for hosting us and providing refreshments.

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