5 Top Design Thinking Conferences From Around the World

The approach of design thinking is becoming a popular way for creatives to solve problems and find innovative solutions for clients. The various design thinking processes, tools, and techniques have even begun to be adopted by social and business organizations because of its effectiveness for focusing on the client or user. One of the best…

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TED Talks: “Got a wicked problem? First, tell me how you make toast” by Tom Wujec

TED Talks video description: Making toast doesn’t sound very complicated — until someone asks you to draw the process, step by step. Tom Wujec loves asking people and teams to draw how they make toast, because the process reveals unexpected truths about how we can solve our biggest, most complicated problems at work. Learn how…

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TED Talks: “10 myths about psychology: Debunked” by Ben Ambridge

TED Talks video description: How much of what you think about your brain is actually wrong? In this whistlestop tour of dis-proved science, Ben Ambridge walks through 10 popular ideas about psychology that have been proven wrong — and uncovers a few surprising truths about how our brains really work.

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TED Talks: How to Manage for Collective Creativity by Linda Hill

TED Talks video description: What’s the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work, and giving every great idea a chance? Harvard professor Linda Hill, co-author of “Collective Genius,” has studied some of the world’s most creative companies to come up with a set of tools and tactics to keep great ideas flowing…

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TED Talks: “What If 3D Printing Was 100x Faster?” by Joseph DeSimone

TED Talks video description: What we think of as 3D printing, says Joseph DeSimone, is really just 2D printing over and over … slowly. Onstage at TED2015, he unveils a bold new technique — inspired, yes, by Terminator 2 — that’s 25 to 100 times faster, and creates smooth, strong parts. Could it finally help…

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TED Talks: “How equal do we want the world to be? You’d be surprised” by Dan Ariely

TED Talks video description: The news of society’s growing inequality makes all of us uneasy. But why? Dan Ariely reveals some new, surprising research on what we think is fair, as far as how wealth is distributed over societies … then shows how it stacks up to the real stats.

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TED Talks: Paper Towns and Why Learning is Awesome by John Green

TED Talks video description: Some of us learn best in the classroom, and some of us … well, we don’t. But we still love to learn, to find out new things about the world and challenge our minds. We just need to find the right place to do it, and the right community to learn…

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TED Talks: A Visual History of Human Knowledge by Manuel Lima

TED Talks video description: How does knowledge grow? Sometimes it begins with one insight and grows into many branches. Infographics expert Manuel Lima explores the thousand-year history of mapping data — from languages to dynasties — using trees of information. It’s a fascinating history of visualizations, and a look into humanity’s urge to map what…

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TED Talks: The Power of Believing that You Can Improve by Carol Dweck

TED Talks video description: Carol Dweck researches “growth mindset” — the idea that we can grow our brain’s capacity to learn and to solve problems. In this talk, she describes two ways to think about a problem that’s slightly too hard for you to solve. Are you not smart enough to solve it … or…

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TED Talks: How Too Many Rules at Work Keep You from Getting Things Done by Yves Morieux

TED Talks video description: Modern work — from waiting tables to crunching numbers to dreaming up new products — is about solving brand-new problems every day, flexibly, in brand-new ways. But as Yves Morieux shows in this insightful talk, too often, an overload of processes and sign-offs and internal metrics keeps us from doing our…

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