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The Global Design Thinking Alliance once again extends its network. From now on the GDTA can benefit from an idea and practice exchange with six other institutions: The Design Thinking Observatory at Politecnico Milano, Design Thinking Center Moscow, Industry Research & Development Group (IRDG), ULBS Sibiu, Darden School of Business, and Shenkar Collage for Design, Engineering, Art.

The sustainable exchange between GDTA members enables the growing Design Thinking movement to become better known and foster the application of the approach and methods worldwide. Thereby its acceptance and positive impact on the world grows constantly.

Observatory „Design Thinking for Business“ at Politecnico di Milano, Italy

The Observatory Design Thinking for Business was founded in 2017 due to the increasing pervasiveness of this approach in different application contexts: from strategic consulting to digital transformation, from digital experience design (UX / UI) to the development of new consumer experiences. In particular, the Observatory aims to be the reference point for the community of innovators who adopt pioneering approaches such as Design Thinking in creating value for their companies, researching new practices and wanting to be in the right networks.

Design Thinking Center Moscow, Russia

Design Thinking Center Moscow is a non-profit educational private institution created by a team of passionate believers and practitioners of Design Thinking in 2018 with a founding assistance of one of the oldest CX/UX teams – Wonderfull Laboratory. They are founded to provide Russian professionals in product and design development, service design, T&D and other disciplines to build up their creative confidence and skills in Design Thinking according to world standards.

Industry Research & Development Group (IRDG), Ireland

IRDG is a non-profit, business-led, cross-sectoral Innovation Network of over 300 member companies and higher education institutes in Ireland, working together to drive excellence in Innovation within Ireland’s industry to create growth, jobs and prosperity. Their vision is that IRDG is recognized as “The Innovation Network” on a national level, creating a dynamic community of innovative companies and institutes.

Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Design Thinking School, Romania

The Design Thinking School of the university in Sibiu (ULBS D-School) is the only center in a Romanian university offering Design Thinking courses for teachers and students. With 9 faculties organized in 25 different departments, 24 research centers and international programs developed with partners from 24 countries and 130 foreign universities, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu (LBUS) stands for diversity, promoting the slogan: “A thousand identities. One university”.

UVA Darden School of Business, USA

The University of Virginia Darden School of Business delivers the world’s best business education experience to prepare entrepreneurial, global and responsible leaders through its MBA, Ph.D., MSBA and Executive Education programs. Darden’s top-ranked faculty is renowned for teaching excellence and advances practical business knowledge through research. Darden was established in 1955 at the University of Virginia, a top public university founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819 in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Shenkar – Engineering. Design, Art, Israel

“Shenkar – Engineering. Design. Art” has established itself as one of the leading colleges in Israel. Every year, Shenkar’s graduates find themselves in the forefront of research and the industry, exhibit their works, participate in competitions, and win prestigious awards. Combining faculties of engineering, design, and art is the basis of this institution’s unique multidisciplinary academics, allowing students and professors to combine cutting-edge technologies with contemporary design and artistic concepts.

We look forward to shaping the Global Design Thinking Alliance together with our new affiliated members.

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