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Does design or design thinking change the world?


I completed my Ph.D. in 2015. In my Ph.D., I applied design thinking as a research process, with the aim to understand humanitarian action. The main message became, during my research, that the humanitarian system is a wicked problem. It is currently a … Continue reading

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Green walls and economic opportunities to migrate


During my work for UNIDO, I used to have a pretty good overview of Latin American projects in the GEF, the global environmental facility. Today, I read an editorial piece about the unintended impacts of ‘green walls’ made to stop desertification, financed through GEF. This piece … Continue reading

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Lecture on Design without Borders Uganda by Kathinka Hasselknippe


Dear all designers and non-designers interested in the power of design in all contexts; and particularly in design for development and humanitarian design, Industrial designer Kathinka Hasselknippe will hold a lecture on Design without Borders Uganda At 12:30 on Tuesday … Continue reading

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“This will be the battle of the century” – City of Amsterdam on Smart Cities


Originally posted on Design Thinking:
During the Annex63 meeting on energy in urban planning in Amsterdam and Leiden, the City of Amsterdam shared some of their experiences and concerns. They have recently gone through an organizational change and say that…

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Humanitarian design – YouTube lecture 


My lecture at Big Design 2016 symposium

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https://designthinkingresearch.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/do-people-starve-in-nordic-countries-linking-food-waste-and-need-in-trondheim/


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Big design reflections


Truls Ottesen Johansen from Big Design triggered some deep reflection among the students at our Design Thinking class today. Asking questions like ‘is war designed ‘ made the students dig deep into ideas of measurability, rationality and what constitutes a ‘good design … Continue reading

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