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Founder DesignThinkers Group, DesignThinkers Academy & Design Thinking Network. I develop, coach and facilitate creative multidisciplinary teams and communities to drive positive change. My personal goal: Humanize Organizations
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Posted on August 17, 2015 at 13:30 0 Comments

It’s March. I’m in Barcelona. March is a good time to be in Barcelona. It’s raining in Amsterdam, but not here. It’s almost 9.30 in the morning and the sun is strong and warm. I wonder if there’s a bad time to be in Barcelona? Probably not.


But before reading any further, please turn on the soundtrack for this article





The Muppet Show, or the problem with Keynotes…

Posted on August 10, 2015 at 13:00 2 Comments

Okay, before I start this (mild) rant I’ll give you a little context.

I speak at conferences and struggle with it every time. Why? Insecurity? Yes for sure. I also always wonder if I really have something interesting to say. And don’t like to give the same talk twice and get bored with my own story. I do feel comfortable being on a stage though. I’ve played in a band for many, many years and I’ve done stand-up comedy (all pre-YouTube & Facebook… thank goodness ;-) ). I like it up…


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"Hi Sudipa, I'm not sure if I can answer your question but I'll try. There are a few schools offering a Master degree in Service Design. However, my opinion is that Service Design is a team effort. A service is very complex and this no one…"
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is Design Thinking usefull for HR?

Q: I see a growing interest of HR departments in design thinking. Do you think there is value in design thinking as a tool/ method/ mindset for developing a set of incentives & KPI's to drive behavioural change?See More
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Conversations Matter

It’s March. I’m in Barcelona. March is a good time to be in Barcelona. It’s raining in Amsterdam, but not here. It’s almost 9.30 in the morning and the sun is strong and warm. I wonder if there’s a bad time to be in Barcelona? Probably not. But before reading any further, please turn on the soundtrack for this article  I’m guessing you know this scene: Two old men sitting on a bench, just talking. In this particular scene the men are sitting in the shade of a palm tree on one of the ancient…See More
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At 19:55 on May 19, 2015, Karl Stevenson said…

Hey Arne, thanks for the help mate! I'll let you know how I get on.

Good man!


At 20:58 on September 15, 2014, Sarah Moriarty said…
Hi Arne,
Good to be part of the community :)
I was sent info about your 3 day workshop in October which looks amazing but I simply can't make it (kids, work etc...) so, wondering if you have any plans for similar workshops in the UK?
Really hope so, Sarah
At 16:26 on September 3, 2014, Victoria Marafetti said…

Hi Arne, thanks for your email! 

It would be great if you could help me spread the word. We need more design thinkers to join us :)

Btw, if you need my help, please email me. I will be more than happy to help you. 





At 19:18 on August 21, 2014, Victor Haze said…

Ja fijn hoor wanneer een organisatie een professionele fotograaf inhuurt om een profiel foto te maken...

At 19:13 on August 21, 2014, Victor Haze said…

Hallo Arne, zeker een goed idee. Sprak vandaag met Panton, een industrial designers club uit Deventer die alleen maar voor de zorg ontwerpen. Ook bezig met SDT. Ken jij ze?

Vandaag een door Ingeborg ontwikkeld model besproken wat zorginnovaties kan ondersteunen. 

Zodra ik in 020 buurt kom meld ik me voor bijpraat sessie... ;-) 

Anders bij Novio Tech Campus? 

We spreken elkaar!


At 12:55 on April 3, 2014, Kwela Sabine Hermanns said…

Hello Arne,

could to reconnect. Let's talk some time on whether and how you'd like to be part of my little research project,.



At 13:40 on July 31, 2012, PILAR SAURA said…

Hi Arne and thank you for caring! 


At 11:38 on July 8, 2012, Gary Lloyd said…


Thanks for the advice - I have written a short blog post to gauge interest.


At 0:25 on June 15, 2012, Rogier Bosch said…

Hoi Arne,

Vind dit ook echt een super vinding, jullie Design Thinkers creation.

Leuk om er in mee te gaan.

Hoe gaat het met de kleine man en kleine vrouw en jou vrouw. haha

Hoop dat alles goed gaat bij jullie. 



At 19:44 on June 13, 2012, Bob Cooper said…

Hey Arne - I could have sworn I had registered when this site first launched, but alas, I guess I have too many logins/passwords to keep straight! Site looks great.

All the best




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