When Design Factory NZ coach, Aidan Bigham was asked to create a design thinking course for global online learning platform FutureLearn, he was expecting some interest, but sign-ups to the free four-week course took him by surprise.
Design Factory NZ
Changing the world with innovation.
If you are interested in growing your innovation capabilities, developing your leadership skills and cultivating powerful personal growth, you have come to the right place.
Design Factory NZ offers programs for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, as well as professional development courses and workshops for businesses and community groups.
What is Design Thinking?
- Design Thinking is a methodology for creative problem solving
- Design Thinking focuses on solutions
- Design Thinking is a creative process to build up ideas
- Design Thinking is more of a creative, than traditional, problem-solving approach
The DFNZ Way of problem-solving and innovation draws on a range of world-proven frameworks created and tested among our Design Factory Global Network.
At our heart are human-centred designs and a core belief that the best solutions are created with those who are experiencing the problems. This model, developed out of Stanford University, and used by organisations such as Apple, Toyota, Nike, Xero and more, provides an overarching frame for our innovation approach.
We supplement this with a range of other tools and approaches, including transdisciplinary innovation, action-learning, personal development plans, Lean business canvas, and more.
- Mauri mahi, mauri ora
- Growth – not just grades
- Discover the new, embrace the uncertainty
- Think by doing, talk by showing
- Create like no one is watching
- Put people at the centre of everything
- Celebrate your successes and learn from your failures
Design Factory Global Network
Design Factory NZ is part of the Design Factory Global Network (DFGN) - a network of innovation hubs in universities and research organisations in five continents of the world.
DFGN is on a mission to create change in the world of learning and research through passion-based culture and effective problem solving. Shared understanding and common ways of working enable Design Factories in the network to collaborate efficiently across cultures, time zones and organisational boundaries fostering radical innovations.
We provide a range of opportunities to participate in the Global Network – from our annual global hackathon Rat Relay, through to internships at Design Factories around the globe.
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