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February 19, 2018

In a world built on old rules and systems, how does anyone imagine the possible let alone realise it?

Hierarchy, processes, rules, dare I say are the norm in public sector organisations. These are designed to create stability, predictability, accountability — allow for...

January 18, 2016

Much is spoken of in regards to Japan’s glorious innovation past, and indeed conversely where has it gone. But if you take a look at innovation in Japan, you inherently find a paradox; existing in the same way it appears across all aspects of the country and indeed it...

October 7, 2015

Last week I am very excited to say that with the support of many people, the University of Technology, Sydney launched the Japan Alumni. The event held at the Google offices in Ropponggi saw approximately 35 people come together, share a drink and their Australian expe...

August 3, 2015

Of recent months I have had a number of people in their early career reach out to me and ask the question ‘How do I get a job in design thinking?’ Whilst I understood what they were asking, it is still slightly an odd question considering ‘design thinking’ is an approa...

July 6, 2015

As human-centred design enters all facets of industry vernacular and we buoy up the sales of post-it notes globally I kindly ask you to stop to pause for one moment and reflect.

Imagine a 16-year-old girl, she lives in a public housing community in the outskirts of a la...

June 9, 2015

I was fortunate to listen to Hervé Ladsous, Under-Secretary-General and Head of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations speak at the UN University in Tokyo earlier this year. He was gracious as he answered an array of serious questions from the audience questions on...

March 2, 2015

I’m on the exciting journey of connecting with new and interesting people having recently relocated to Tokyo for my Husband’s job. Moving to a new country where of course most people’s first language is not English, presents interesting challenges across the ‘settling...

February 2, 2015

Is the term ‘participation economy’ just a way in which brand strategists and marketers engage with a generation consumed by their world of abundance or a frame from which to design a new future? Whilst I tiptoe around my near non-existent knowledge of economics, I con...

January 5, 2015

As a child our holidays were often spent on the laid back south coast of NSW. One summer, my dad and I participated in a sand castle competition at the caravan park we were staying. We had so much fun. My dad (an engineer) set about designing and implementing our castl...