Tool: I Like, I Wish, What If (retrospective activity)

A clever way to get feedback without lots of negative feelings. Instead of asking about positives and negatives, which usually puts pressure on people, halts their thinking, moves them forward negativity. This tool helps to bring feedback in the same...

Tool: Empathy Map (research, empathy)

Empathy maps are yet another tool to exercise empathy and understand someone on a deeper level. Paired with other tools - personas, for example - present a powerful compendium of the user/target group. Using empathy map can be a bit intimidating at first,...

Inspirational recommendations: Anna Akana (YouTube videos)

One of my favorite YouTubers is Anna Akana and her comedy/life commentary channel. It's not a vlog or a skit channel, but it deals with life and laughter via short videos or short films. Anna focuses on dealing with simple, everyday problems in a funny...

Addressing critical claims about design thinking, part 1

I've presented to you before the critical view of design thinking, a few articles and videos that generally say it's trash. The time has come to address some of the accusations and misconceptions that float out there in the sea of the world wide web... And...

Is design thinking just an empty term? Critical opinions

Like with literally everything else, design thinking has supporters as well as adversaries. It's easy with supporters - the logical ones see the benefits but try to tackle all the hurdlings as well. And I strongly believe that those who oppose have their...

Inspirational recommendations: The Ground Up Show (podcast)

"The Ground Up Show" is a podcast for those bold enough to take the small steps - as the author Matt D'Avella says himself. And I like it! I like it because this tagline doesn't put pressure on big names, important topics (important to whom, exactly?), and...

Tool: Elephant in the Room (creativity warm-up)

This exercise is a whole ton of fun! It can be a great break exercise, but it also serves a purpose, quite a few actually: + Helps to take the mind of the current issue. + Introduces a little bit of fun. + Taps into the kid-like approach. This exercise can...

Tool: Rose, Thorn, Bud (retrospective activity)

A simple activity to reflect on performed actions or meetings, that taps into own's doings/thoughts. This activity is based on one simple idea, that: + Roses are what we did right, something we are happy about, positive things. + Thorns are the negative...

MY EXPERIMENT REVEALED during Design Thinking Week 2018

This year's edition of Design Thinking Week in Kraków was short in time, but not in ideas and passion. There were workshops on how to become more empathetic, a project to create new version of a traditional Cracovian hat that would appeal as a souvenir,...

Supporting Uni of North Carolina with design thinking

Due to the ideas and perseverance of Dr. Lance Cummings, Asst. Prof. of English at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, technical writing, eLearning and new ways of teaching found their ways to the classes at UNCW. These topics are not part of the...

Teaching design thinking to college kids (in Northern Ireland)

I'm so happy to see that the idea of creativity, "alternative" approaches to life, and cultivating curious minds find their way to schools and kindergartens. I'm solely behind the idea of letting kids and teenagers act on their ideas, supporting them, and...

Asynchronous conference iDesign Learning 2018

I love all initiatives, especially the ones where I can dish about design thinking! iDesign Conference was an event held totally online, devoted to all things eLearning, and using one of the eLearning tools (Canvas Instructure). What a great idea already -...

TEDxKazimierz Adventure with Design Thinking

Talking about design thinking and how its mindsets can change the world is one of my favorite things to do. TEDxKazimierz was kind enough to ask me and Karolina Adamczak to host an open lightning workshop devoted to this methodology. This wasn't anything...

School systems in New Zealand and Poland

There are a few things that can expand your horizons like no episode of "Friends" will. Playing board games with your family and friends. Reading. Building stuff from Lego blocks. Falling on your butt when jumping over a bench. Traveling. Ever since I...

Girls-in-Tech Week in Derry, Northern Ireland

Derry/Londonderry is not a tech city, about 90% of any tech or startup-related events happen in Belfast and Dublin (Google much?). If you add the general approach of "tech if not for girls" to the mix (something that still exist!) - not a lot of...

Polish-American Innovation Bridge 2016 (PAMI), Krakow

There is nothing better than exchanging creative ideas, bouncing them off each other, getting some advice from those who know more about innovation and business. Polish-American Innovation Bridge was organized to foster precisely that! 2017 was the 3rd...

Tool: Personas (empathy)

One of the best ways to better solve someone's problems is to understand them clearly, understand their lives. And there is no better way to do so that try to be them, be in their shoes and see the world from their perspective. Obviously, we can never...

Design Thinking Week 2017 (3rd edition), Krakow

Design Thinking Week is a week-long (d'oh) festival focused on design thinking (double d'oh) that takes places in many cities across Poland. 2017 held the third edition and as previously, it was organized by my NGO, Innovation and Creativity Lab Foundation...

Design Thinking Week 2015 (2nd edition), Krakow

I was over the moon hearing about the 2nd edition of Design Thinking Week! Though smaller than last year, equally - if not more - inspiring and engaging! Krakow participated again, and Innovation and Creativity Lab Foundation (Fundacja Laboratorium...

Redesigning services with the Polish Ministry of Digital Affairs

Prior to my lecture, I haven't heard much about design thinking, service design, lean management, or any other process design methodology to be applied in Polish governmental organization. Imagine my surprise when I was contacted by a former listener of my...

Your City is Our City Urban Festival in Krakow, 2014

Design thinking is a versatile methodology that can help upgrade various areas of life for the better. Urban designers have already tapped into the creativity and human-focused traits to upgrade and redesign public spaces, bike routes, entire buildings, or...

Teaching Brainstorming at the Innovators’ Summit 2014

Ever since I accepted design thinking as my personal business savior, I feel the urge to share my knowledge and its teachings with others (well, I’m also a teacher at heart, so there you go), and I did precisely that at the Innovators' Summit, with a smile...

INNOVATION IS SHITE! (not clickbait) – soap! conf 2018

And I can still smell the fresh paint... Just kidding, it's only been a year since my last soap! conf appearance! If you're interested in my 2017 soap! conf experience, just click here (pssst, it's gobsmackingly magnificent!)! Aaaanddd, now for the main...

eLearning Summer School 2018 Podcast

Hej, cześć! Letnia Szkola eLearningu to edukacyjny podkast o e-learningu, szkoleniach i rozwoju, prowadzony przez Piotra Peszko. Podkast nagrywany jest w języku polskim. Jeśli chcesz przeczytać posty po polsku to kliknij tutaj, znajdziesz tam pełne opisy...

[Polish] Narzędzia w eLearningu (Letnia Szkoła eLearningu 2018)

Hello, hi! Letnia Szkola eLearningu is an educational podcast about e-learning, training, and self-development run by Piotr Peszko. The project is led in Polish, therefore the following text (as well as linked episodes), are in Polish. Please click here if...

So you brainstormed… now what?

Well, there you are. You've just run a successful (or was it... buahahaha [insert evil laugh]) brainstorming session (and you can read about my semi-hatred towards brainstorming, just click here, lol) that saw no arguments, no bias, but tons of ideas! Now...

I hope I ACE-d it! ACE! conf, May 2018

Aced it? Get it? Coz, ACE... ace-d it? Moving on! When Paul Klipp, the brain behind ACE! conference, invited me, this shortstack geek passionate about design thinking, to speak at the event, I was over the moon. I love spreading info about creativity and...

Brainstorming SUCKS. Is there something better?

Well, OK, "SUCKS" in all caps might be a strong word. But there, I said it: I do not like brainstorming, almost "hate it with the fire of a thousand suns." This widely used technique (well, semi-wildly, as quite often I see it being misused, actually),...

Design Thinking Week 2014 (1st edition), Krakow

The year I started my adventure with design thinking was the first year that Design Thinking Week was organized, and not only in Krakow but many cities across Poland. Design Thinking Week is a week-long festival when people from various backgrounds share...

soap! conf 2017 – the only techcomm conference in Krakow

When I started my adventure with tech there wasn't a lot of events happening for people who were interested in technical communication, online solutions, or technology business. Hell, back then the word start-up existed only in Silicone Valley (even though...

Women Techmakers Belfast Summit 2018

I had the immense pleasure to be featured at a women-run conference with my talk about - yes, yes - design thinking! This one, however, was not predominantly about the methodology, but about how it can empower you to be better, both professionally and in...