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ThinkPlace practices human-centred design. We call ourselves human-centred designers. And we have long believed that this is the best way to design for maximum impact and for positive change in the world.
Human-centred design means using tools and methods to understand the needs of the people we design with and for. It means we go to great lengths to ensure that voices of people throughout the system are heard and included as we design better futures – including services, models and systems.
Reach out your hand. Grab a card. Get ready to build your own arts or cultural organisation.
Apply your knowledge of the cultural sector. How well can you align your new creation with one or more of the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals?
They are some of the world’s most innovative companies and some of its biggest names.
Titans like Apple and Google, challenger brands turned market leaders like Chobani yoghurt and Casper Mattresses, and start-ups – like Allbirds shoes – that have left their footprint all over categories ripe for disruption.
It is an ambitious goal, but one that could play a huge role in improving health outcomes for a large number of people across the world.
And ThinkPlace is delighted to have played a role in helping bring this important intervention to life.
“Bank the way you want.”
“Our focus is on improving customer experience and building trust.”
When you surf the websites of Australia’s largest financial institutions the picture is of an industry obsessed with putting customers first.
Take, for example, the investment specialists who list their top priority for 2018 as: “Continuing the customer-centred transformation of our business.”
At ThinkPlace we are witness every day to the power of design thinking to drive creative approaches that help tackle some of the world's most complex problems.
But even we have been surprised by the amazing transformations that have been made possible by introducing these ideas into the school curriculum.
When the United Nations adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals in 2015 a set of massive challenges was laid down to the world (including ending poverty, reaching zero hunger and tackling inequality).
Together, they could not be more important. But how on Earth can they be achieved?
At ThinkPlace we strive to be innovators. We never want to do things tomorrow the same way we did them yesterday.
But we do so as a company with a declared purpose. We design for a better world, in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
And we do it collaboratively, as design-partners with the people who will be affected by the change we seek to bring.
It’s an ambitious goal to say the least: attempting to transform the way an entire nation makes and executes public policy.
But it’s one that is well-suited to the ThinkPlace methodology and a challenge that our Wellington studio - working with a coalition of policy leaders, young analysts and all those in between - took on with relish.