GDTA PowWow online event series

GDTA online event series

We are happy to invite you to our new online event series “GDTA PowWow” – an opportunity for global Design Thinkers to gather online to discuss important issues from our community.

At the “GDTA PowWow” series of online events, we want to take the time to gather our members and everyone from the global Design Thinking community in an informal setting to share experiences and discuss relevant questions around the themes Design Thinking, digitalization, (virtual) collaboration and many more.

Up next: GDTA PowWow #6 with Jeanne Liedtka, UVA Darden School of Business

We are happy to invite you to our upcoming online session with Jeanne Liedtka, United Technologies Corporation Professor of Business Administration, University of Virginia – Darden School of Business, which will take place on January 19th, 2021 at 6:00 pm (CET) / 12:00 pm (EST).

Jeanne Liedtka will discuss her upcoming book “Experiencing Design: The Innovator’s Journey”.

This book was created for all those who want to become design thinkers by truly experiencing it. The authors Jeanne Liedtka, Karen Hold, and Jessica Eldridge point out that the innovative potential of design can only be embraced by changing the ways we think and act. That contains the process of becoming a more real and authentic version of ourselves. Therefore it is necessary to dive deep into design experiences to effect positive impacts not only in yourself, but also in your team and organization. With this guide you will be accomplished successfully through different process phases in your personal design thinking journey.

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About our speaker:

Jeanne Liedtka

Jeanne M. Liedtka is a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s Darden Graduate School of Business and former chief learning officer at United Technologies Corporation, where she was responsible for overseeing all activities associated with corporate learning and development for the Fortune 50 corporation, including executive education, career development processes, employer-sponsored education and learning portal and web-based activities.

At Darden, where she formerly served as associate dean of the MBA program and as executive director of the Batten Institute, Jeanne works with both MBAs and executives in the areas of design thinking, innovation and leading growth. Her passion is exploring how organizations can engage employees at every level in thinking creatively about the design of powerful futures.

Her current research focuses on design-led innovation in the government and social sector, as does her most recent book, Designing for the Greater Good. Her previous books include: The Catalyst: How You Can Lead Extraordinary Growth (winner of the BusinessWeek best innovation books of 2009); Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Tool Kit for Managers (winner of the 1800 CEO READ best management book of 2011) and its accompanying field guide, The Designing for Growth Field Book: A Step by Step Guide; The Physics of Business Growth: MindsetsSystem and Process; and Solving Business Problems With Design Thinking: 10 Stories of What Works.

Previous webinars

Session #5 with Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art

In this session, Dr. Assaf Krebs, Dr. Yigal David, and Daniel Altman of GDTA member institution Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art talked about: “Intermediate spaces – Two perspectives on engineering, design, Design Thinking, and life itself. From Sound Engineering to Human Surfaces”.

About our speakers:

Assaf Krebs Shenkar

Dr. Assaf Krebs, Co-Director of Design Factory Shenkar

Dr. Krebs holds a B.Des in Visual Communication (Bezalel Academy of Art and Design), and a further BA, MA and a PhD in Classical Studies (Tel Aviv University). He has been working in the field of visual communication for many years and served as a Senior Art Director in Future Brand Israel. Krebs has participated in various art and design exhibitions in Israel and abroad. In recent years he has been part of Material Flow Collective, a group of 12 designers working together on new ecological design thinking methods (Organism 144, the group collaborative design installation will be presented at the Tel Aviv Biennale of Crafts and Design in March 2021). Krebs’ academic research focuses on skins and surfaces as a metaphor and epistemological turn in philosophy, psychoanalytic theory and cultural criticism. He is an MC researcher in COST (CA19129) – Decolonizing Development: Research, Teaching and Practice; a researcher in Fish Skin Lab: Developing Fish Skin as Sustainable Raw Material for the fashion Industry (Horizon 2020); and in Theology in the Age of Anthropocene (The Van Leer Jerusalem Institute).

Yigal David

Dr. Yigal David, Co-Director of Design Factory Shenkar

Yigal David has been acting for more than two decades in several VP and CEO positions in various Israeli telecom corporations. He is specialized in corporate strategy and product development. Yigal, a Shenkar’s Industrial Engineer, holds an MBA and Doctorate degree, both from Middlesex University London. Today, he is a faculty member and a lecturer in the School of Industrial Engineering at Shenkar. His research interests include Entrepreneurial Innovation, Product Development, Emerging Technologies, Voice Sentiment Analysis and Consumer Behaviour.

Daniel Altman

Daniel Altman, Director of Development and Strategy, Open Innovation 

Daniel is a former chairperson of “Shenkar Students’ Union” and the co-founder of “Dots – Student Entrepreneurship Club”. He is a Shenkar alumnus, holding an M.Sc & B.Sc from the “School of Industrial Engineering and Management”, with a specialization in Innovation,  Entrepreneurship, and Creative leadership. In the past two years, his position was, Shenkar’s ex-president (Former Minister of Education) Prof. Yuli Tamir’s, Advisor for development & strategy. Daniel co-initiated Shenkar’s special projects such as Design Factory Shenkar, SUGAR Network, Global Jamweek, Sustainability R&D Center, and more.

Session #4 with Arne van Oosterom, Design Thinkers Academy

After 16 years of running projects using Design Thinking, teaching it, living it, Arne came to some important conclusions. During this session he shared these moments of clarity and darkness and left participants optimistic, energised and proud to be part of the Design Thinking movement.

About Arne van Oosterom:

Arne van Oosterom

Arne van Oosterom is founder and partner at DesignThinkers Academy. The academy is part of DesignThinkers, a global innovation agency network, which Arne co-founded in 2006. DesignThinkers currently has teams in more than 20 countries.

Arne is internationally recognised as a pioneer and thought leader in the emerging fields of service design and design thinking. Successfully merging business thinking and creative thinking. He is coaching and working on global projects with organisations like Coca Cola, L’Oreal, BOSCH, Cartier, SAP, Philips and ING Bank. Arne supports those organisations in building and leading creative teams. Arne founded the Design Thinking Conference and developed service design thinking coaching and training programs like the DesignThinkers Bootcamp and Creative Leadership Program.

He has been teaching at several universities as well as facilitating in-house training sessions and masterclasses.

Session #3 with d-school Cape Town

In a discussion with GDTA President Uli Weinberg, Richard Perez, Founding Director of the Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (d-school) at the University of Cape Town, and Faculty Members Luke Doman and Mark Jackson talked about how they adapted their programs during Covid-19, using technology that is accessible for all students, and shared their vision for the future of the d-school at UCT.

About our speaker:

Richard is the founding director of the Hasso Plattner School of Design Thinking (d-school) at the University of Cape Town. Funded by Hasso Plattner the is a unique offering in South Africa that leverages the network of both Potsdam, Germany and Stanford, United States. It is the only African School of Design Thinking that is officially affiliated with Stanford and Potsdam, drawing on the unique expertise, research and networks of these two institutions. Previous to this Richard spent 3 years at the City of Cape Town as the Director for World Design Capital 2014, where he had the unique experience of working to embed a culture of design-led innovation in a government administration. Before that he spent 10 years as a partner and director in an award-winning Cape Town-based New Product Design agency. He is also an external examiner for UCT’s Engineering Design course and spent a number of years lecturing UCT Architecture students on the Theory of Structures. Richard’s education includes a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Cape Town, a Masters in Innovation Design Engineering from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College of Science and Technology (London) and an Executive MBA (awarded with Distinction) from the UCT Graduate School of Business.

Session #2 with Linlin Shui, Communication University of China

In a discussion with GDTA president Prof. Uli Weinberg and other GDTA members, Linlin Shui, Head of the Design Thinking Innovation Center at the Communication University of China (CUC), shared impressions from China during the Covid-19 pandemic and explained how CUC build a prototype for an online Design Thinking course in only two weeks.

About our speaker:


Shui Linlin, Head of the Design Thinking Innovation Center at the Communication University of China in Beijing (CUC) and Courtesy Professor at the Center of Design Research at Stanford University

Shui Linlin started her interdisciplinary, innovation-driven design thinking journey at the HPI D-School in 2009. When she came back to her own country, she took on the challenge of setting up the first design thinking school in China. Now she is the director of Design Thinking Innovation Center (DTIC) @ Art Faculty, Communication University of China.

Mrs Shui has the background of computer science and digital games design. And she is an expert of ”Online Game Content Review Committee” of the Chinese Culture Ministry, as well as the director of China Association of Social Art. She was selected as one of the ”Beijing Young Talents” in 2014.

Session #1 “Echos between Australia and Brazil – Creating virtual Design Thinking learning experiences”

In a discussion with GDTA President Uli Weinberg, Ricardo Ruffo and Reinaldo Campos from Echos Innovation Lab in Brazil shared how they are creating online Design Thinking learning experiences between Australia and Brazil.

About our speakers:

Ricardo Ruffo – Global CEO and founder at Echos  

Ricardo Ruffo is a born entrepreneur, educator, speaker and explorer. He is the founder and global CEO of Echos, an independent innovation lab driven by design and its business units: School of Design Thinking, helping to shape the next generation of innovators in 3 countries, Echos – Innovation Projects and Echos – Ventures. Naturally curious, love gets ideas flying off the paper. He always tries to see things from different angles to enact better futures. In his free time, spend exploring uninhabited places around the world surfing.

Reinaldo Campos – Partner & Head of Learning Experiences at Echos

Partner at Echos, where he has been Head of Learning Experiences since 2015, Reinaldo participated in several teams as a consultant and instructor in innovation and training projects with corporate clients in the media, health, finance, education and civil construction, among others. Among the main projects is the Google News Initiative Design Accelerator with media and communication companies in Asia-Pacific.