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Community engagement and co-design

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Meet Vibrant Communities Sector Lead - Natalie Coyles

Natalie Coyles, Vibrant Communities Sector Lead, ThinkPlace

Adopting the United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals as our guiding purpose has absolutely transformed ThinkPlace and the work we do. But we wanted to go further.  

We wanted to know: How might we more consciously connect the SDGs with our everyday practice as designers, as changemakers and as employees of the company called ThinkPlace.

Human-centred approach to sexual health services for rural Tanzanian youth

ThinkPlace in collaboration with Marie Stopes Tanzania Family Planning Outreach programs

The unlimited potential of digital workshops...

ThinkPlace is using digital technology to create next-generation collaboration experiences

We’ve all been there. The connection wobbles and drops out. Somebody’s mic is off. One participant has the wrong link. Another has unreliable WIFI.  

“Call them on their mobile; put them on loudspeaker…” 

Welcome to videoconference hell. 

A deep dive: Engaging with community on Norfolk Island

ThinkPlace designers Cybelle Ledez and Wai Ko on Norfolk Island

A successful quit-smoking program for young Māori women

ThinkPlace New Zealand's quit-smoking project for young Māori women
New Zealand

Most organisations aren't good at customer research. Here's why.

Customer discovery means asking the right questions
United States

It seems obvious but so many organisations don’t get it right. Why carry out customer discovery? Why do consumer research? 

It’s to ask customers what they want, right? 


Nine things I learned designing in Africa during 2018

Eliot Duffy from ThinkPlace with the local community in Africa

What is it like design thinking your way across Africa as a new member of ThinkPlace’s Kenya Studio? Eliot Duffy shares the lessons he’s learned in 2018.


Codesign means telling a story (but it might not be the one you think....)

Nina Terrey from ThinkPlace with the core design team for the Family Safety Hub.
United States

The ACT Government’s recently-announced Family Safety Hub has been widely and rightly celebrated.

"We absolutely think this work could save lives," ACT Coordinator-General for Family Safety Jo Wood said at the project’s launch.

We've got designs on a global accolade for Australia's capital...

A sculpture at Canberra airport

Montreal, Buenos Aires, Bilbao, Helsinki, Beijing… all are among the world’s most stunning cities. And all are recognised as UNESCO cities of Design.

Why not Canberra?

Adding Australia’s capital to the list of global design cities is a goal of the  Design Canberra festival. As a gold sponsor of the event and a leading voice in Canberra’s design community, ThinkPlace is proud to lead the charge.

Helping small communities become renewable energy powerhouses

Solar panels

They call it the trilemma.

Electricity bills and carbon emissions both continue to rise, while supply is at times unstable during times of peak demand.

Is it any wonder that, across Australia, towns and communities are beginning to explore how they might take charge of their energy supply? How they can harness their collective ability to generate and purchase power and play their part in accelerating a much-needed shift to renewable energy?

But it’s not easy to do.


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