Understanding Body Politics in Retail and Fashion

In retail, fashion, or even wearable tech spaces, it’s easy for designers and design researchers
to focus either on the technical innovations of fabrics and clothing, or on the aesthetic and expressive aspects of a garment. Innovation in these spaces largely focuses on the created object and its production, rather than the cultural consumption of the…

Why Self-Care Makes for Better Caregivers

Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes – paid and unpaid, experienced and inexperienced, young and old – yet those who are family carers and who are put into the role due to unforeseen circumstances often go unnoticed and/or their efforts go undervalued. According to the 2015 AARP “Caregiving in the United States” Report, an estimated…

Tackling
 the Crisis of Political Faith with Citizen-Centered Design

Despite today’s age of connectivity, participatory digital communities, and online knowledge sharing, political dialogue and engagement remain bleak. As populations of individuals witness the introduction of radical anti-terrorism bills, the passing of detrimental environmental policies,
 or continual human rights violations, yet choose not to engage directly with politicians and political structures, a deeper challenge emerges.…

The Origin of Breakthroughs PT. 2

Read the first part here - The Origin of Breakthroughs pt.1 Psychological Origins In a similar vein, looking to psychology and other self-development fields can help challenge the way that businesses look for and expect breakthroughs to happen in their company. On an individual level, therapists, teachers, and motivational coaches say that breakthroughs come as revelatory…

The Origin of Breakthroughs PT. 1

 Since the age of the Enlightenment, modern Western society has been enchanted by the notion of progress; improving, accelerating, moving forward, and rising to the top are all aspirations captured within this deeply entrenched cultural ideal. More recently, a sexier word has come onto the scene that reaffirms our continued pursuit of “better-ness.” This contemporary…

3 Steps to a Yoga-infused Innovation Practice

At the intersection of two of my greatest passions lies a rich territory for learning. Being both a yoga teacher and an anthropologist in an innovation strategy and experience design firm, I’ve realized how significantly the two disciplines complement one another. What I continue to learn on the yoga mat has amazing value in the…

How Chocolatiers can teach your brand Diversification

Belgium - a country characterized by its cornucopia of craft beers, fluffy golden waffles, mayo-ified frites, and delectable chocolatey treats. On a recent trip to the country I intended to fully indulge in and bask in this national flavor. Of course, I also swore to bring back some souvenirs, in the form of chocolate. LOTS…