We do what we love & love what we do.
"The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle. As with all matters of the heart, you'll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don't settle."
- Steve Jobs @ Stanford University Commencement 2005
This 9-month program is the first of its kind in Norway. We launched it in 2015, in collaboration with DesignArena, the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Bergen Academy of Art & Design (KHiB), and Bergen University College (HiB). After receiving excellent reviews from the first cohort of students, we are now on the second iteration of the program.
In 2012 we co-founded the DT Lab, a hub for innovation and creativity at the University of Tromsø. Our goal is to help people and organizations develop their creative confidence, and solve critical challenges through human-centered, design-driven approaches and hands-on teaching methods. We offer workshops, pilot projects, and incubator services to organizations across Northern Norway and Europe.
corporate workshop series
A big part of our job is to help large corporations inspire their employees to think differently, and to develop a culture conducive to innovation. We've recently been invited to give design thinking workshops by the Chief Operating Officer of DNB, Sr. Vice President of Kongsberg Satellite Services, Operations Director of Baker Hughes Norway, HR Director of Total E&P, Executive Team of Kongsberg Gruppen, among others.
Mindfulness in Action
In 2015, we began integrating mindfulness into our innovation courses as an optional offering. The reception from students has been overwhelmingly positive. In collaboration with the Communication, Contemplation, and Wellbeing Research Group at NTNU's Psychology Department, we hope to learn more about how mindfulness impacts students' creative, empathic, and compassionate potential.
We've been visiting Korea every year since 2014 through a close collaboration with the Korean Association of Design Thinking Research. We've received invitations from the President of South Korea and leading corporations such as Samsung and LG to execute eight workshops across four cities. The collaboration is going strong, and we are now developing Korea's first design thinking executive education program.
INTEGRATING & INNOVATING: REFUGEE DESIGN CHALLENGe
We collaborate in an ongoing project with Engineers Without Borders, one of NTNU's largest student associations, and the office for refugee services in Trondheim, to design education and innovation projects that serve the fast-growing refugee community in Norway. We offer creativity and integration workshops where both refugees and NTNU students tackle important societal challenges and develop interdisciplinary solutions together.
Innovation by DT is the first university-wide, interdisciplinary innovation course at the Norwegian University of Science & Technology (NTNU). Launched in 2015 in collaboration with Professor Martin Steinert, the course attracts nearly 200 students, who tackled team-based design challenges like, for example, autonomous vehicle development, handicapped accessibility, and the design of green markets. Tine, the food and beverages company, served as the 2016 course sponsor.
In the spring of 2015 and 2016, we taught Engineering Design, a.k.a. "The Bike Course," one of the most well-known courses at NTNU. Student teams go from the early empathy research stage, to the ideation stage, all the way through the development and manufacturing of a bicycle in four months. Throughout the years students have designed bicycles for home nurses, families, the homeless, airports, and the handicapped, among many others.
LITHUANIAN CULTURAL INNOVATION PROGRAM
In winter 2015, we launched a cultural institution innovation program financed by the European Economic Area in collaboration with the Future Society Institute in Lithuania. Our goal was to identify best practices between Norwegian and Lithuanian museums, libraries, and cultural centers in order to strengthen their offerings, and to train the current leadership of these organizations in the design-thinking methodology.
DIAMON-DT & POLISHOPA
In the fall of 2015, the DT Lab and Pracademy began a collaboration with a group of scholars to co-create design thinking education programs in two Polish cities, Galicia in Northern Spain, and Norway. Our responsibility within this European Union-funded project is to run a series of "Train the Trainer" workshops over a two-year period in order to transfer the necessary teaching competencies to the next generation of design-thinking scholars.